Published: 3 August 2021
Author(s): C Candal-Pedreira, A Ruano-Ravina, M Pérez-Ríos
Section: Ideas and Opinions

Scientific misconduct is detrimental to both society and researchers, potentially resulting in a mistrust in science. When the results of a scientific publication are based on erroneous content or data, whether due to error or misconduct, the publication must be retracted. The retraction of a publication alerts the scientific community that its results and conclusions may not be valid [1]. Over the last 20 years, retractions due to misconduct have increased, surpassing the number of retractions due to honest error and becoming the leading cause of retraction at present [2].

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