We’ve compiled a list of the 10 most highly cited retracted papers. Note that many papers — including the #1 most cited paper — received more citations after they were retracted, which research has shown is an ongoing problem.
Readers will see some familiar entries, such as the infamous Lancet paper by Andrew Wakefield that originally suggested a link between autism and childhood vaccines. There’s also Olivier Voinnet, a well-known biologist who had a rocky 2015, issuing multiple corrections and retractions.
Nearly half of the list comes from papers retracted in 2015, including a BMC Evolutionary Biology retraction after an author refused to make his software available to countries that are friendly to immigrants.
As always, we will update the list as more information comes to light.
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