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Research Ethics/Scientific Article Retraction

Selected Guidelines

"There is currently one tool that has some traction for identifying retractions while you are viewing an article in real-time. Crossmark was created by CrossRef, which some of you may already have familiarity. Crossref is a non-profit widely known for DOI registration. Crossmark is a logo that you possibly could see within article records, and if one clicks on the CrossMark logo, the status is revealed, and one would be notified if that version of an article is up to date or if there has been a retraction or any other update like a correction, but considering user experience, seeing Crossmark logos on documents is inconsistent because a publisher would need to be Crossref members in order to display the CrossMark logos within search results. A CrossMark logo will be visible on some publisher pages but not in other commonly used databases and aggregators. Several publishers are members of CrossMark including Elsevier BV, Springer, and Oxford University Press (Publishers & Societies, 2015). Perhaps the number of publishers participating in Crossref will continue to grow. CrossMark has potential for being a consistent way for users to identify retractions, but currently it's not interoperable with bibliographic platforms like Ebsco, OVID, or Web of Science"  -  The Wild and Unwieldy World of Retractions  by Amy Riegelman and Caitlin Bakker, University of Minnesota Libraries.