This page contains enriched content visible when JavaScript is enabled or by clicking here. Skip to main content

Research Ethics/Scientific Article Retraction


Clichès aside, honesty really is the best policy if you discover an error in your own published work.  It can be in your own best interest to self-report inadvertent errors to your publisher.  Some errors can be handled with corrections rather than retractions.  In the event that a work needs a complete retraction, self-reporting helps to indicate that an error was innocent, rather than a deliberate attempt at deception.

Remember, failing to correct a known error can negatively impact all the other researchers who follow you, those that reference your research in their own work.