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Engineering Literature Retractions: Applications to Scholarly Communications Training

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2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access


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July 26, 2021

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July 26, 2021

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July 19, 2022

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Engineering Libraries Division Poster Session

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Engineering Libraries

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Daniela Solomon Case Western Reserve University Orcid 16x16

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Daniela Solomon is Research Services Librarian for Engineering & Chemistry at Kelvin Smith Library, Case Western Reserve University. She is interested in standards, bibliometrics, data management, and library instruction.

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Christopher Heckman St. Mary's College of Maryland

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Research and Instruction Librarian at St. Mary's College of Maryland.

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This study investigates retracted publications in the engineering literature to identify the most common reasons for retraction. The results of this study provide a better understanding of the scholarly communications landscape in engineering and will be of particular interest to educators teaching scholarly communications practices to engineering graduate students by illustrating the common mistakes found in the engineering literature. We used Elsevier’s Scopus abstract and citation database to collect engineering publications marked as “retracted articles” as of November 2019. We found that the most common reasons for retraction were plagiarism and authorship issues, while copyright infringement, errors, and lack of reproducible results were less common. These results will help librarians understand the common reasons for retraction, and identify topics that need to be addressed in instruction settings.

Solomon, D., & Heckman, C. (2021, July), Engineering Literature Retractions: Applications to Scholarly Communications Training Paper presented at 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual Conference.

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