Retraction Watch: what is it?

Retraction Watch is a database that lists retracted (retractions) or corrected (corrections) publications, or publications with an expressions of concern. A blog is connected to the databese, highlighting some of the retracted publications. Retraction Watch started in 2010, which means you will not find older publications in the collection. The parent company is the Center for Scientific Integrity,

There are many different reasons why a publication can be retracted, such as (but not restricted to):

  • Plagiarism of data, images, and/or authorship
  • Self-plagiarism
  • Errors in data, images, analyses, ...
  • Falsification/fabrication of data, results, ...
  • Ethical objections
  • ...

Why use this database?

The database is a source for the researcher to verify whether or not to cite a publication. Moreover, one of the reasons a publication might be retracted is because it is partly based on retracted publications, so it is important to check this before you send in your publication.

User tips

The site provides an elaborated user guide. For example, you can limit your search to retractions, excluding corrections and expressions of concern. You can search certain authors or a certain journal.


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Last modified May 26, 2023, 2:01 p.m.