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PM_ME_ZED_BARA t1_j0jmgqq wrote

I have been using Zotero for managing citations and I am thankful that the program will give me a warning every time a paper has been retracted. I would not manually check for retraction myself unless the papers are popular ones.


Sinapine t1_j0jdi75 wrote

I typically don't keep studies that have been retracted when I find them. But I have thousands of papers in my citation manager at this point, and I don't go back to the website to see if it's been corrected or retracted when I cite it in a new manuscript. I think it would be a good addition for citation managers to be able to do a correction/retraction check on your library based on doi. They can already fill their own metadata this way with decent accuracy so I would imagine this wouldn't be too difficult to implement.


Southernerd t1_j0jhemc wrote

Aren't some cited for the fact they were retracted? Criticisms of methodology, etc.


minion_is_here t1_j0k0gu6 wrote

Yes, and some retracted articles /papers could still have good data, ideas, figures, etc. to cite as long as you put the effort in to vet the thing. I.e. the reason it was retracted doesn't effect the specific thing you want to cite.


Jiggly1984 t1_j0jiioy wrote

I'm not in the sciences, but I'm kind of surprised there isn't already something like you describe. In the legal field we have the ability to near-instantly find out if a particular statute, regulation, or case has been invalidated, criticized, overruled, and so forth. I know it would be more difficult to implement in terms of detailed info, but the ability to quickly identify whether a source or citation relied upon has been updated or retracted seems straightforward.


DocDez t1_j0jj4td wrote

This would be a comparatively easier task too.


Jiggly1984 t1_j0jkuh3 wrote

I would think so too... Mainly looking to compare the documents for changes and looking for key words like correction or retraction.


DocDez t1_j0jmbd2 wrote

Even easier than that, errata are formally published documents by a journal saying “actually, we messed up, please ignore that last thing we said”. It attaches to the underlying work forever. It’s closer to an appeals court reversing a trial courts decision: pretty hard to miss and very clearly marked every time.

Edit: first redditor to tell Zotero gets the big bucks.


Hypernova1912 t1_j0jo1qb wrote

They've apparently already implemented it, though as of the linked post only for papers with a DOI or PMID entered. Not sure if they expanded it in Zotero 6.


Sinapine t1_j0jsoc6 wrote

Hopefully endnote will get something similar. I'll always use whatever my employer gets a group license for and it seems that most places use endnote.


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