Journals are retracting studies at a growing pace

08/11/2011 | Wall Street Journal, The

More and more studies are being retracted after publication in scientific journals and after doctors and researchers have acted based on the information published, The Wall Street Journal reports. Not only can patients be injured by faulty or fabricated study results, subsequent research is often nullified, wasting time and money. Researchers and journals alike feel pressure to publish studies, potentially leading to future retractions. "The stakes are so high," said Richard Horton, editor of The Lancet. "A single paper in Lancet and you get your chair and you get your money. It's your passport to success."

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