2018 Webinar 4: The “R” Word: Removing the Stigma from Retractions

Held: October 22, 2018, 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM Eastern Time

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What’s in a word? The current publishing landscape has seen an increase in transparency and data sharing; knowledge is being shared more freely through the rise of open access journals and increasingly open models of peer review. The popularity of crowdsourced information has also greatly contributed to this data-rich environment. Unfortunately, this advance has contributed to a rise in ethical issues and scientific misconduct. Other factors certainly have an impact, but one thing is certain, the numbers of retractions (and expressions of concern) have grown, due to a mix of misconduct and honest scientific errors. This webinar will address this dreaded “R” word for journals, in an effort to remove the stigma and discuss the importance of, and how to go about, protecting the integrity of the scientific record.


  • To understand the significance of retractions to correct errors in the scientific record.
  • To learn more about office workflows for formally investigating scientific misconduct.
  • To examine case studies as examples to apply in your editorial office.
  • To make informed decisions on whether to issue a correction (errata, corrigenda, expression of concern, retraction).


Julie Vo, Editorial Coordinator, American Society for Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics


Annette Flanagin, RN, MA, FAAN, Executive Managing Editor and Vice President, Editorial Operations, JAMA and the JAMA Network
Annette Flanagin, RN, MA, FAAN, is Executive Managing Editor and Vice President of Editorial Operations, for JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association) and the JAMA Network, and Executive Editor, JAMAevidence. She directs the editorial operations, content management, systems, editing, and services and author outreach programs for the JAMA Network. Ms. Flanagin is Past President of the Council of Science Editors (CSE) and is a faculty member for the CSE Short Courses on Publication Ethics and Manuscript Editing. She also serves as the Executive Director of the International Congresses on Peer Review and Scientific Publication and as Co-Director of the African Journal Partnership Program and is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing. Ms. Flanagin has co-developed a number of guidelines and policies to guide authors, editors, and publishers in scientific publication and is a committee member and author of the AMA Manual of Style: A Guide for Authors and Editors.

Sabine Kleinert, Senior Executive Editor, The Lancet
Sabine Kleinert is Senior Executive Editor at The Lancet. She trained as a Paediatrician in the UK and Belgium, and specifically in Paediatric Cardiology in London, Melbourne, Australia, and Houston, Texas. Ms. Kleinert joined The Lancet as a full-time Medical Editor in 1998 and has been in her current role since July 2006. She joined the Committee on Publication Ethics in 1999, was elected to Council in 2002, and served as Vice-Chair from 2006 to March 2012. She was a member of the planning committee of the first and second World Conference on Research Integrity and she co-chaired the planning committee for the 2013 and 2015 World Conferences on Research Integrity. Ms. Kleinert became a member of the Steering Committee of the World Conferences on Research Integrity Foundation in July 2017.

Ana Marusic, Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Global Health
Ana Marusic is Professor of Anatomy and Chair of the Department of Research in Biomedicine and Health at the University of Split School of Medicine, Split, Croatia, and holds an Honorary Professorship at the University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK. She is the co-editor in Chief of the Journal of Global Health and Past-President of the European Association of Science Editors. Ms. Marusic also chairs the Research Committee of the World Association of Medical Editors and is the Co-Chair of the Cochrane Scientific Committee. Ms. Marusic is the founder of the Cochrane Croatia and takes responsibility for Research as its Research Coordinator. She also founded the Croatian Centre for Global Health at the University of Split School of Medicine and is on the Steering Group of the EQUATOR (Enhancing the Quality And Transparency Of Health Research) Network.