Retractionwatch launches searcheable database

Retraction Watch, the blog that has been reporting new and providing information on retractions in scientific literature since 2010, recently launched the Retraction Watch Database.

The database currently features details of over 18,000 retractions, most importantantly the reasons for retraction, and is searchable by author, article title, doi number, publisher, journal name, URL, and more.

For example, if you would like to catch up on the details and commentary surrounding the recent Brian Wansink scandal, you can search for his name and browse the list of 40 items.

This new tool should prove a helpful service in being able to easily check the integrity of any article, and understand the reasons behind the retraction of any papers. It is an interesting step towards adding greater transparency to the retraction process.