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This is our 5,000th post — and we have a $5,000 matching pledge if you can help us for the next 5,000 – Retraction Watch

This is our 5,000th post — and we have a $5,000 matching pledge if you can help us for the next 5,000 – Retraction Watch

In our early days, at our “office,” the former Market Diner

Nine and a half years in the past, Adam Marcus and I had an concept: A weblog about retractions. Apparently, we wanted to persuade ourselves that it was a good concept. Otherwise, why would our first post, on Aug. three, 2010, be titled “Why write a weblog about retractions?”

That was post #1. And this, expensive reader, is post #5,000. Yes, 5,000.

Adam and I haven’t written each a type of posts. Our first intern — and then employees author — Cat Ferguson wrote greater than 200, as did Dalmeet Singh Chawla and Victoria Stern, two different employees writers. Staff author Shannon Palus wrote practically 400. Our editor for a number of years, Alison McCook, wrote greater than 600. 

Adam has written greater than 1,000, and I’ve written greater than 1,800, together with greater than 300 Weekend Reads, each Saturday since late 2013. (With the exception of about two years when we had beneficiant grant help to fund partial salaries for the two of us, we have been volunteers for most of Retraction Watch’s existence, which we’re simply positive with.)

Two of our posts have damaged 100,000 pageviews, and they couldn’t be extra totally different. One was when we broke the story of a Science retraction involving a examine of views of same-sex marriage, and the different was when we puzzled aloud about Elsevier’s withdrawal coverage.

Along the method, we’ve — properly, extra exactly our researcher, Alison Abritis — constructed the world’s most complete database of retractions, now being utilized by Zotero to flag retracted papers, and by dozens of teams of researchers to review retractions and associated points. As of this writing, it accommodates simply shy of 21,000 retractions

But as a lot as we take pleasure in a journey down reminiscence lane, we’re right here on much more vital — and thrilling — enterprise.

In honor of our 5,000th post, a beneficiant donor has supplied to match as much as $5,000 in particular person donations. We’ve defined elsewhere why such help is so vital to our future, so please think about contributing a tax-deductible donation by PayPal right here, Crowdrise right here, or by examine made out to The Center For Scientific Integrity, 121 W. 36th St., Suite 209, New York, NY 10018.

Thank you upfront — and see you round the weblog.

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