Today's Hard|Forum Post
Today's Hard|Forum Post

Monday September 11, 2017

How Retractions Hurt Scientists' Credibility

While I have looked to MIT over the years to answer some incredibly difficult questions and callings, I am not so sure this one was that tough to figure out. Saying something is fact, then saying you were wrong, will make every statement of fact you put forth before come into question.

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"The question we’re asking is: Do retractions trigger, at an individual level, something like an infection mechanism, where the retracted author is being punished and discredited for being dishonest or just incompetent?" says Alessandro Bonatti, an associate professor at the MIT Sloan School of Mangement and a co-author of a new paper detailing the study. "We find that yes, there is such a mechanism in place, and it operates through citations."

Of course the fact that the MIT news office spells "Mangement" incorrectly is icing on the cake. Are we being trolled? Hell, I even looked it up because I of course called my own spelling of it into question.