Gentle readers: Since August of 2010 when we launched Retraction Watch, you’ve showed us plenty of love, for which we are ever grateful. Your encouragement, story tips, and critiques are what make the site what it is. It’s great to know that we are providing you with a valuable source of information that has helped focus public attention on scientific misconduct and the process of self-correction.
Now, we’re hoping some of you will consider making a financial contribution. To continue to grow Retraction Watch, we will need resources. Please consider supporting our blog financially by becoming a paying subscriber at a modest level (or, if the spirit moves you, at an immodest level — we’ll take that, too!).
How will we use the money?
- Operating expenses, such as hosting charges and phone bills
- Hiring other writers as contributors
- Conducting more in-depth investigations, for which we may have to travel
- Building a proper retraction database
A word about how this will work: Journalists must do everything they can to maintain a firewall between their financial supporters and the work that they do. In the past, when we briefly introduced a “donate” button, we quickly saw that our very well-meaning supporters often had stories they wanted us to tell. In the interest of keeping an arm’s length from the people and institutions we cover, we’ve engaged an independent, outside company to handle these transactions confidentially, sort of the publishing equivalent of a politician who puts his assets in a blind trust.
Important to note: Our intention and plan is that RetractionWatch.com will remain freely available to the public. Open access to information about scientific corrections and retractions is part of our ethos. Becoming a supporting member of our community by contributing financially is not required to continue to read our coverage. But we certainly appreciate any and all contributions, whether they go into our story tip jar or our cash tip jar. This is not a tax deductible charitable contribution.
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