Retraction: Mistake or Misconduct?

THE ETHICIST: RESEARCH

Ethics in the Academy of Management

 

Columnist: Lorraine Eden, Visiting Professor (The Ohio State University) and Professor (Texas A&M University), leden@tamu.edu

Date: October 28, 2013

 

Subject:  RETRACTION: MISTAKE OR MISCONDUCT? 

 

KEY INSIGHT:  Seeing a journal article with the word “RETRACTION” written in diagonal watermark across the front page is probably a shock to most management and business scholars. Not only is the percentage of articles withdrawn from publication across all disciplines very small (the estimate is less than .02% per year), the number of retracted articles in business and management journals is small relative to those in, for example, biomedical journals. Recently, however, a number of our well-known journals including Journal of Management Studies, Organization Science and Strategic Management Journal – even the Journal of Business Ethics! — have posted retraction notices. Why are articles retracted? I discuss the various categories of article retraction, look at retraction in the context of business and management journals, provide examples of retraction categories,  and end with questions for discussion. Continue reading “Retraction: Mistake or Misconduct?”