[Suelzer EM, Deal J, Hanus KL, Ruggeri B, Sieracki R, Witkowski E. Assessment of Citations of the Retracted Article by Wakefield et. al. With Fraudulent Claims of an Association Between Vaccination and Autism. JAMA Netw Open. 2019 Nov 1;2(11):e1915552. doi: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2019.15552.]
Some of you might remember Liz writing about her experience as part of MLA's RTI group last year. This research project stemmed from her participation in that group.
Liz and her team analyzed citations from the now retracted 1998 Lancet article by Wakefield which suggested a causal relationship between vaccines and autism.
- "My team felt that documenting the retraction carries a great amount of weight in demonstrating that the findings were fraudulent, and by missing out on this important piece of information, people may be under the perception that the work could be valid. The retraction of the Wakefield study is very well known and if authors are failing to note the retracted status of this article, we are concerned that lesser known retracted articles are being cited without documenting their retraction."
In addition to the JAMA Network Open article, Liz was featured on Retraction Watch yesterday and went into more detail about what her team discovered and recommendations for working to minimize the lack of retraction's in citation styles and citation management software.
Read more in the press release below, courtesy of Medical College of Wisconsin.