Let's focus on Transparency
Transparency is essential for stakeholder trust in journal quality. The internet community and stakeholders will hold accountable those who strive to evade, mislead or under-disclose. You will be publicly interrogated and your actions questioned. Discussions on ethics are becoming more globally cohesive and the excellent outcome is that authors and more importantly publishers, are more accountable and also rewarded for their behaviours.
IJS is committed to transparency. As stroke is such a close knit community, and the reviewers and authors are very intertwined, we have not yet been in the position where we have needed to disclose a retraction, or more importantly, where we have need to retract an article.
The author of the Retraction watch blog wrote the following article for Lab Times online
http://www.labtimes.org/labtimes/ranking/dont/2013_03.lasso; they quote Dr Stuart Firestein from this article here http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2012/07/firestein-science-doubt/ 'Science often traffics in doubt and readily welcomes revision. And these are precisely the attributes that make it deserving of our confidence.'
In a recent TED talk he says “It’s farting around… in the dark.”
So this means that explanation and transparency through retraction or in a wider sense error, is fundamentally important to quality, and a true quality marker for scientific publishing.
This quote was found in PubMed - a standard retraction from Wiley, IJS's publisher.
The following article from Journal of Product Innovation Management, The Impact of Aligning Product Development and Technology Licensing: A Contingency Perspective by Ulrich Lichtenthaler and Johan Frishammar, published online on 13 October 2011 in Wiley Online Library (wileyonlinelibrary.com), has been retracted by agreement between the authors, the journal Editor-in-Chief, the Product Development and Management Association, and Wiley Periodicals, Inc. The retraction has been agreed to due to inconsistencies in the empirical results. Prof. Dr. Lichtenthaler has indicated that Prof. Frishammar was not responsible for any of the statistical analyses in the article and Prof. Dr. Lichtenthaler accepts sole responsibility for this article being retracted.
I invite blog readers to comment on this retraction and the process used and invoke discussion about the detail, and transparency.