PubMed cumulative retractions 1977-present
There’s been a recent flurry of interest in retractions. See for example: Scientific Retractions: A Growth Industry?
; summarised also by GenomeWeb in Take That Back
; articles in the WSJ
and the Pharmalot blog
; and academic articles in the Journal of Medical Ethics
and Infection & Immunity
Several of these sources cite data from my humble web application, PMRetract. So now seems like a good time to mention that:
- The application is still going strong and is updated regularly
- I’ve added a few enhancements to the UI; you can follow development at GitHub
- I’ve also added a long-overdue about page with some extra information, including the fact that I wrote it :)
Now I just need to fix up my Git repositories. Currently there’s one which pushes to GitHub and a second, with a copy of the Sinatra code for pushing to Heroku, which isn’t too smart.
In a previous post analysing retractions from PubMed, I wrote:
It strikes me that it would be relatively easy to build a web application (Rails, Heroku), which constantly monitors retraction data at PubMed and generates a variety of statistics and charts.
“Relatively easy” it was. Let me introduce you to PMRetract, my first publicly-available web application.
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