Fallout for co-authors

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Science  26 Oct 2018:
Vol. 362, Issue 6413, pp. 394-395
DOI: 10.1126/science.362.6413.394-b

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Retracted journal articles are a black eye for lead authors but also cause collateral damage for their collaborators. What happens to the careers of co-authors when colleagues have a spate of retractions? Some labor for years to try to clear their names. When retractions involve fraud or misconduct, less prominent scientists face smaller penalties, in the form of fewer citations to their previous work, than more prominent scientists. But when it's not obvious who on a research team was to blame for a retraction, less prominent co-authors tend to experience larger declines in citations.