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Cureus Wall of Shame Frequently Asked Questions

How do I view the retractions?

Click on the author name and scroll down to the Publications section of their Cureus profile to view all of their published articles. Retracted articles are clearly labeled.

What is the selection criteria for authors?

The Cureus Wall of Shame lists all submitting authors of Cureus articles retracted due to scientific misconduct. In select cases, a co-author may be featured instead if the completed misconduct investigation revealed that the co-author is primarily responsible for the misconduct.

Allegations of scientific misconduct, whether brought forth during editorial review, peer review or after publication, will be thoroughly investigated by Cureus editors. This includes contacting the authors for their response to these allegations and, in cases of plagiarism, unethical research practices, and data or figure manipulation/falsification/fabrication, notifying the authors’ institutions to request an independent investigation. It is the responsibility of the authors’ institution to lead such an investigation as they are best positioned to uncover all related facts and details. Cureus will always provide as much assistance as possible in said investigations. Upon the investigating institution’s confirmation of misconduct (or the journal’s confirmation if the institution will not investigate), the relevant articles will be retracted (or blocked if not yet published) and offending authors permanently suspended from Cureus and added to the Wall of Shame.

What is the selection criteria for institutions?

Institutions that fail to adequately respond to requests for investigation of misconduct allegations will be added to the Wall of Shame.

Why aren’t co-authors listed as well?

All authors should be considered culpable in matters of misconduct unless stated otherwise. Due to space limitations, the Wall of Shame features only the submitting author of each article, except in rare cases as mentioned in the prior paragraph. All co-authors are displayed on the retracted articles, which can be viewed by clicking on the author name and scrolling down to the Publications section of their Cureus profile.

What about misconduct identified prior to publication?

The Wall of Shame is currently limited only to authors of articles retracted due to misconduct in an attempt to avoid spending vast amounts of time and resources listing all offenders. Rest assured that those accused or suspected of misconduct prior to publication will be fully investigated per the processes detailed in the Publication Ethics and Scientific Misconduct section in the Cureus Author Guide. This includes contacting the authors for their response to these allegations and, in cases of plagiarism, unethical research practices, and data or figure manipulation/falsification/fabrication, notifying the authors’ institutions to request an independent investigation. In the future, the journal may decide to include authors or reviewers who commit egregious violations related to articles that have not been retracted, including violations caught prior to publication.

Are you selectively omitting authors from the Wall of Shame based on nationality, institutional affiliation, qualifications or other criteria?

NO. Cureus adheres to a strictly unbiased approach to selecting individuals for the Wall of Shame. If an author, reviewer or institution satisfies the previously stated criteria, they will be added to the Wall of Shame without exception.