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Nothing Is Sacred

At Nature, Retraction Watch bloggers Adam Marcus and Ivan Oransky write that the increase in retractions of scientific papers isn't necessarily a bad thing, and that the trend shows instead that journal editors and researchers need to stop treating papers as if they are "sacred." Instead of focusing on an individual paper, the record of scientific study on a particular subject should include other material like media coverage, blog posts, and how many times a paper has been downloaded,

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