Table 3

Comparison of the 3 main reasons for retraction by impact factor, time to retraction and visibility of retractions
Fraud Mistakes Plagiarism p-value
Impact factor (n = 137) 4.9 7.2 2.3 <0.0001
(3.2, 2.9-14.6) (4.1, 0.7-31.4) (1.9, 0.3-9.8)
Time to retraction (n = 244), years 2.2 2.5 3.2 0.722
(2, 0–8) (2, 0–10) (2, 0–10)
Publication year of retraction vs original article (n = 244), n (%) 0.024
same year 2 (6) 11 (17) 8 (17)
1 to 5 years 31 (91) 47 (72) 29 (60)
>5 years 1 (3) 7 (11) 11 (23)
Visibility (n = 233), n (%) 0.057
mention 28 (82) 38 (62) 22 (51)
no mention 5 (15) 15 (25) 12 (28)
deletion 1 (3) 8 (13) 9 (21)

Values are mean (median, min-max) unless otherwise specified.

Decullier et al.

Decullier et al. BMC Research Notes 2013 6:238   doi:10.1186/1756-0500-6-238

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