B – How journals can prevent, detect and respond to misconduct

Wager E. How journals can prevent, detect and respond to misconduct. Notfall+Rettungsmedizin German Interdisciplinary Journal of Emergency Medicine 2011, 30 October:1-3
(doi: 10.1007/s10049-011-1543-8)

Editors of science journals are sometimes reluctant to retract articles. Reasons may include concerns about litigation or about effects a retraction might have on the reputation of a journal. Editors should work to prevent and detect potential misconduct by educating researchers and authors about good practices. Journals policies and guidelines should also inform peer reviewers and editors about their responsibilities for ensuring the integrity of the process and of what is reported. Nowadays new tools are available for detecting various types of misconduct but all of them carry costs.