Adam Marcus and Ivan Oransky
A rash of scientific retraction
Despite assaults on the science of global warming and evolution, the real threat to research these days may be coming from within. Journals are retracting more than 10 times as many articles each year today than they did a decade ago, while publishing only about 50 percent more studies than before. The institutions of science — universities, laboratories, and journals — shouldn’t take the public’s trust for granted. And there are distressing signs that the kind of transparency scientists need is far from universal.