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Academic Publishing

Best practices and pitfalls to avoid in the academic publishing process.

Plagiarism Detection Resources

  • content is freely available to all under the Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) license. This means you are free to share and adapt the data, so long as you give credit and don’t restrict the freedom of others. is a portal to bioinformatics resources worldwide, aimed to help bioinformaticians and scientists:
    • find, understand, compare and select resources == discovery

    • use and connect them in workflows == (inter)operability

  • Retraction Watch provides open access to information to about 50,000 scientific corrections and retractions. The Retraction Database can be searched using multiple filters including, author, subject, DOI, reason for retraction. In 2023, Retraction Watch was acquired by Crossref. "An agreement between the two organisations will allow Retraction Watch to keep the data populated on an ongoing basis and always open, alongside publishers registering their retraction notices directly with Crossref."
  • Similarity Check, powered by iThenticate, provides feedback on manuscripts to see if there are similarities with other published works. "Similarity Check instantly produces a report that highlights potential matches and indicates if and how the paper overlaps with other work. This report enables editors to assess the originality of the work before they publish it — providing confidence for publishers and authors, and evidence of trust for readers." 

Library Databases

Web of Science

Search for retracted articles in Web of Science by choosing "Document Type" from the dropdown and typing "Retraction", "Retracted Publication" or "Retraction of Publication" in the search field. You must must also choose a subject in order to view retractions. In this case, the word "medical" was searched under All Fields to find articles with the word medical in the title or abstract.

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Search for retracted articles in ProQuest PsycInfo under Advanced Search. Type the subject, for example "medical," and then the word "retraction" in the search boxes. Under Record Type, choose "Retraction" and then Search. Results for articles that have been removed, retracted, or have a retraction notice are returned.