Retraction Watch: 25% of its retractions are for image manipulation

Retraction Watch allows readers to search its collection of retractions by the reason for the retraction.  As of February 14, 2012, retractions for image manipulation account for a quarter of all retractions in the database, tied with those retracted because they were not reproducible. The top five reasons given—accounting for 94%–for the 230 retractions were

Not reproducible                     24.7%

Image manipulation                 24.3%

Plagiarism                             18.3%

Duplication                            15.2%

Faked data                            11.3%

Retraction Watch  is a website devoted to “tracking retractions as a window into the scientific process.”

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