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Propagation of Error: Approving Citations to Problematic Research

Most claims that are made in a typical scientific paper are based on work done by other scientists. That is how science works. But when scientists approvingly cite---cite without noting any concern---problematic research, this bedrock of science turns to mush. In this paper, we investigate how common approving citations to problematic research are, and how much does the rate of citation vary before and after the problems are publicized.

Given some of problems likely stem from the fact that it is still not easy to find problematic research, we have developed a web application that allows people to quickly check whether they cite retracted research.


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Ken Cor and Gaurav Sood

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