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The 39 retractions: Stapel’s count rises again

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stapel_npcIt’s getting hard to keep up. A day ago, we noted that Diederik Stapel’s retraction count had risen to 38. But later in the day, we heard about number 39, from the European Journal of Social Psychology.

Here’s the notice for “Making sense of war: Using the interpretation comparison model to understand the Iraq conflict”:

The following article from the European Journal of Social Psychology, “Making sense of war: Using the interpretation comparison model to understand the Iraq conflict” by Stapel, D. A., and Marx, D. M., published online on 23 August 2006 in Wiley Online Library (wileyonlinelibrary.com), has been retracted by agreement between the co-author, the journal Editor in Chief, Tom Postmes, and John Wiley and Sons Ltd. The retraction has been agreed upon following the results of an investigation into the work of Diederik A. Stapel (https://www.commissielevelt.nl/). The Levelt Committee has determined that this article was likely to have contained data that were fabricated by Diederik A. Stapel. The co-author was unaware of his actions and not in any way involved.

The paper has been cited just twice, according to Thomson Scientific’s Web of Knowledge. In case you’re wondering where the count may stop, the committee investigations suggest 55 papers likely warrant retraction.

Hat tip: ThatNeilMartin

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