Does “the computer ate my homework” explain retraction of higher ed paper?
A researcher at the University of Ruhuna in Sri Lanka has been forced to retract a paper in the International Journal of Public Administration after evidently failing to properly install the computer software used to process the data.
Here’s the retraction notice for the 2010 article, by Chamil Rathnayake:
The Editors and Publisher, Taylor & Francis, are retracting the article “Romance of Leadership in the Public Sector Higher Education in Sri Lanka” from publication in the International Journal of Public Administration. Upon further investigation, the author discovered that there were installation errors with the software used to run the factor analysis in the paper. We greatly regret the inconvenience the publication of erroneous results might have caused other researchers.
We’ve contacted the author to find out more, and will update with anything we learn.