Study on Retractions in Psychology Mentioned in Acclaimed Retraction Watch Blog

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Retraction Watch1, the well-known blog about retractions of scientific literature and the stories behind these incidents, has recommended a presentation2 by Prof. Armin Günther of the Leibniz Institute for Psychology Information (ZPID). Its topic: Research Misconduct and the Development of Article Retractions in Psychology and its Fields.

Günther originally presented his findings at the latest congress of the German Psychological Society (DGPs)3 in Leipzig, Germany (18.09.-22.09.2016). He did not only show that the number of retractions in psychology has considerably increased during the last two decades, thus matching the development in other disciplines. Günther also reported that, contrary to a widely-held opinion, he did not find any indication in his data that scientific misconduct causing the retraction of published research is more prevalent in Social Psychology than in other fields of psychology.

»If you do not just count retracted papers but the number of authors accused for scientific misconduct the supposed special position of Social Psychology disappears«, Günther explained. Following his presentation in Leipzig he has received a lot of feedback, Günther said, indicating considerable insecurity in the scientific community about research integrity.

Retraction watch was founded in August 2010. Ivan Oransky, one of the founders, says, retractions and corrections of research findings need more publicity. Retraction Watch has more than 17,000 followers on Twitter and more than 24,500 subscribers on Facebook.

The presentation of Armin Günther is available online.4

News erstellt am: 06.02.2017

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