Retraction is a notification of readers that the article findings are invalid. Retractions are issued if there is a clear evidence that the results are unreliable, this can be because of misconduct or honest error.
Retraction can be requested by:
Most often, the reason for retraction is identifying of errors by authors in the research, which they noticed already after the publication of the article and want to correct them.
In case when the editorial office receives a complaint, i.e. the initiator of the retraction is not the author/authors of the article, but other subjects (reader, institution, publisher or owner of the journal, etc.), the editorial office is obliged to conduct own thorough investigation of the reported incident. Only based on the results of this investigation, a decision on retraction can be made, about which the authors of the article must be informed.
The reasons of the article retraction are the following:
A retraction notice takes place in the printed and online versions of the next issue of the journal (as a separate object, which is also noted in the contents of the issue).
According to COPE guidelines (COPE Council. COPE Guidelines: Retraction Guidelines.), retracted articles are not removed from the online version of the journal, but they are kept on the website with a note of retraction. In such cases, when following a link to a retracted article, the reader sees an announcement on the screen about the retraction of the article, a link in which redirects the reader to a page from which he can access the article. At the same time, the watermark “retracted article” is placed on the text of the article.
In very rare cases related to a violation of law, privacy, or serious health risk, a manuscript will be removed from the journal’s website. Bibliographic information about the article is retained to ensure the integrity of the journal’s content, and the retraction notice must clearly state why the full text of the article has been removed.
The retraction notifice must include:
We propose to fill in the form to retract the article.
The retraction notice is also sent to the scientometric databases, in which the article is indexed, as well as aggregators of the journal’s content.
The retraction notice must appear on all online search options that may be used to view the retracted publication.
We advise to use the recommendations of the European Association of Scientific Editors to retract the article.
In case of retractions, please write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.