Eek, my first post! Not much of a post, more of a share…
I came across this article and thought it was particularly interesting. It attempts to analyse why papers being withdrawn are on the increase, suggesting an increase in the awareness of misconduct rather than an increase in the misconduct itself.
The interesting bit for me is the suggestion that “scientists hear retraction and immediately think misconduct”. The article suggests only about half of all retractions are actually due to misconduct – the rest are either irreproducible results or honest error.
The article itself, coming from Nature, is referring to STM research rather than Business and Management, but it would be interesting to see if the same rings true for our discipline.
See http://www.nature.com/news/2011/111005/full/478026a.html for the full article.
I hope you find it as interesting as I did.