Retraction statements and research malpractice in economics

Cox, Adam, Craig, Russell and Tourish, Dennis (2018) Retraction statements and research malpractice in economics. Research Policy, 47 (5). pp. 924-935. ISSN 0048-7333

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We draw on rational crime theory to help analyse 55 articles that have been retracted from 734 peer-reviewed journals in the field of economics. We highlight and discuss what these findings indicate regarding the nature and pattern of research malpractice in that discipline. Particular attention is given to exploring “no reason” retractions and the policy guidelines of publishers regarding retracted papers. We conclude that the frequent vagueness of retraction statements, and a reluctance to signal research malpractice, generally results in little damage to the reputation of caught, and known, offenders. Thus, a key deterrent to engaging in research malpractice is lacking. To reduce the incidence of research malpractice, we offer several recommendations for publishers and journal editors.

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Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > Business and Management
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Depositing User: Joy Blake
Date Deposited: 26 Feb 2018 15:21
Last Modified: 22 May 2018 14:55

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