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Science  25 Jan 2019:
Vol. 363, Issue 6425, pp. 355
DOI: 10.1126/science.aaw6181

We thank Barolo et al. for continuing the dialogue about best practices for addressing harassment. Barolo et al. call for the retraction or removal of the Letter by Moya et al. (1). Science originally published the Letter to fulfill the Letters section's mission of representing diverse views within the community. Since publication, Science has acknowledged that some of the points in the Moya et al. Letter were flawed (2). However, because Letters represent the opinions of the authors and not editorial positions of Science, we will not retract previously published Letters. Furthermore, in line with current best practice (3, 4), Science policy precludes removing text once it is published. Rather, before the Letter itself (1), we have prominently placed the text of the 12 October 2018 Editor's Note (2), which alerts readers to concerns about the Letter and explains new policies put in place since its publication.


  1. “CSE's White Paper on promoting integrity in scientific journal publications,” Council of Science Editors (2012), Table Editor's List of Elements and Operations for Corrections; www.councilscienceeditors.org/resource-library/editorial-policies/white-paper-on-publication-ethics/3-5-correcting-the-literature/#352.
  2. “Retraction guidelines,” Committee on Publication Ethics (2009); https://publicationethics.org/files/retraction%20guidelines_0.pdf.

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