Retractions flagged in EndNote

When a publication is retracted, it doesn’t disappear from the face of the earth. In fact, many retracted publications continue to be cited for many years after their retraction date causing the spread of a phenomenon sometimes called “zombie literature.” In many cases, researchers are unaware that an article they are citing has been retracted because they downloaded it or imported it into their citation manager prior to the retraction date. Retraction Alerts is a new feature in EndNote which attempts to address this problem by leveraging the Retraction Watch Database.

To see Retraction Alerts, you must be using EndNote 20.2 (or higher) and be signed in to your EndNote account via EndNote’s Sync feature. Once you’ve done that, EndNote will check whether the references in your library have been listed in the Retraction Watch Database and will add them to a “Retractions” group in your library. The retracted reference’s Summary display will indicate the reasons for retraction. Click on “Read more” to see more information on the journal’s website.

EndNote will check for retractions when a library is opened and when a reference is added or updated. Retractions are identified by DOI or PMID. The Retraction Watch Database includes over 39,000 retractions and is updated on a regular basis, but it is not comprehensive. So, authors still must be vigilant.

Additional information is available from:

EndNote 20: Retraction Alerts knowledge base article

Retraction Watch Database User Guide