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The Rebuttal Role

Researchers from the University of Washington led by Jeannette Banobi looked into how seven original Science or Nature articles and their rebuttal articles were cited by subsequent papers. As they report in Ecosphere, Banobi and her team found that the original articles were cited 17 more times than the rebuttals, and when the rebuttal article was not included, 95 percent of citing researchers took the original article at face value.

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