When researchers have an article retracted, they face a further penalty in terms of decreased citations, and that penalty is larger for higher-profile researchers, Retraction Watch writes.

However, the penalty is not as large when a paper has been pulled for an honest error rather than for research misconduct, RW's Alison McCook adds.

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