One publisher, more than 7000 retractions

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Science  26 Oct 2018:
Vol. 362, Issue 6413, pp. 393
DOI: 10.1126/science.362.6413.393

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Some 40% of the retracted publications in the Retraction Watch database have a single curious origin: Over the past decade, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers in New York City has quietly retracted thousands of abstracts of conference presentations. Most were written by authors in China and had been peer reviewed before publication. Many of the retraction notices offer few specifics about the reason. The episode may reflect the more rapid and less intensive form of peer review that conference submissions often undergo compared with papers submitted to traditional journals. That approach allows for quick sharing of ideas in fast-moving fields such as computer science, but also allows mistakes to slip through.