Journal retractions: Cracks in the ivory tower

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According to an analysis by the academic journal Nature, Malaysia is among the countries with the highest retraction rates of published academic research papers in 2023.

The report exposes an alarming trend: for every 10,000 Malaysian research papers published, a staggering 17.2 were retracted. This figure stands three times higher than the global average, raising serious questions about the credibility and integrity of Malaysian academic research.

Are these retractions for error corrections and honest mistakes – or does it point to systemic challenges in academia that demand urgent attention?

Astro Awani’s Melisa Idris speaks to Gerak chair UK Menon, Dr Idlan Zakaria and Dr Sharifah Munirah Alatas, the Gerak deputy chair and Aliran member.

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