Recent retraction cases in plant science that show why post-publication peer review is essential
Jaime A. Teixeira da Silva
Corresponding Author : Jaime A. Teixeira da Silva,
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Received : 2014-05-29 Accepted : 2014-06-24 Published : 2014-06-24
Abstract : The traditional peer review in plant science publishing, independent of the level of journal or publisher, involves the examination of a submitted paper, most commonly by one to three peers, who are either selected by the authors, or by the editors. That peer review serves two functions. Firstly, it determines whether the study (methods, data, interpretation of results, conclusions) is cohesive, accurate and correctly conducted, i.e., scientifically sound. Secondly, it serves to identify problems that are peripheral to, but intimately linked with science publishing, including misconduct, data fabrication, duplication, or plagiarism. In recent years, while internet tools and stronger data-bases have allowed for the better detection of the latter two, the former two remain difficult to show. Post-publication peer review (PPPR) provides a supplementary method to traditional peer review, allowing trust in the peer community to be regained, and allowing errors that may have made it past the permeable traditional peer review, to be detected, and corrected. The burden then lies on the editors and the publishers to correct the literature. This case study highlights recent examples of retractions that have emerged that exemplify the urgent need for PPPR in plant science.
Keywords : correction, editorial responsibility, erratum, ethics, fraud, peer review
Citation : Jaime A. Teixeira da Silva, (2014) Recent retraction cases in plant science that show why post-publication peer review is essential. J. of Advancement in Engineering and Technology. V1I3 DOI : 10.5281/zenodo.897955
Copyright : Â© 2014 Jaime A. Teixeira da Silva. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
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