Open science journal F1000Research posts its first retraction
An honest error has prompted the first retraction of a paper published in F1000Research, a relatively new open science journal that publishes all articles before peer review and then solicits such review.
Here’s the notice:
The authors of this article, Dr Evelio Velis and Dr Graham Shaw, would like to retract this article [Velis E, Shaw GP. (2013) The AIDS epidemic in south Florida: black non-Hispanics in our communities remain increasingly vulnerable [v1; ref status: awaiting peer review, http://f1000r.es/1wj] F1000Research 2013, 2:236 (doi: 10.12688/f1000research.2-236.v1)] from publication in F1000Research. The authors have been informed that the data provided by the Florida Department of Health, on which the conclusions of the article were based, were incomplete. The authors apologise for this case of honest error. The authors are now examining the complete data set and will republish their findings when their analysis is completed. The data set that accompanies this article, AIDS Cases in Miami-Dade County, 1993 to 2011, http://dx.doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.834938, has also been marked as retracted in the figshare repository. F1000Research, 12/11/2013.
The journal said it has published more than 300 articles since launching in July 2012. They seem to have put a lot of thought into their approach to retractions, and tell us:
We’ve taken the COPE and other retraction guidelines into account when formulating our retraction notice. As this article had not yet been peer-reviewed (and therefore not indexed), we hope that our method of retraction is clear. For retractions for any articles that have been peer-reviewed, we’ll have a different strategy.
As you’ll see, the paper is now only accessible directly through the doi or URL or by browsing our list of published articles. As we have Crossmark implemented on the site, it should be clear that the paper is retracted. We’ve also added details of the retraction to the data set hosted by Figshare.