Brian Deer’s name will no doubt be familiar to many Retraction Watch readers. Deer, of course, is the award-winning investigative reporter known for his reporting on numerous medical issues, including Andrew Wakefield’s now-retracted research into autism and vaccines.
Deer is giving a talk next week at the UK’s “Evidence Live” conference,and has a proposal that he hopes will make it more difficult for dishonest researchers to hide their misdeeds — and make it easier for journals to retract fraudulent papers. He has expressed concern before that voluntary codes have no teeth. Deer is proposing an amendment to the ICMJE’s Uniform Requirements for the Submission of Manuscripts to Biomedical Journals:
Papers may be subject to post-publication editorial review and retraction.
A failure by authors to disclose and speak to the project’s full methods and data, in recorded editorial interview, or upon request by an appropriate panel, employer, funding body or court, shall be grounds for retraction.
Deer welcomes feedback from Retraction Watch readers, so we were glad to have the opportunity to present his proposal for discussion here.