As most of you know, one of the strengths of Cochrane reviews is the authors’ commitment to keeping them updated. Reviews that are considered out of date are withdrawn, although you can still view the abstracts in MEDLINE.At a Cochrane workshop that I attended earlier this week, there was a question about retracted publications such as articles, and how to locate them. The librarian giving the presentation answered that these can be searched in OVID’s MEDLINE, but not in PubMed. Well, I didn’t believe her because I know that we can do a lot more in PubMed than appears on the home page. Turns out you can search both retracted publications, and the notices of them, as publication types. Here they are:
Retracted Publication [Publication Type]
Work consisting of the designation of an article or book as retracted in whole or in part by an author or authors or an authorized representative. It identifies a citation previously published and now retracted through a formal issuance from the author, publisher, or other authorized agent, and is distinguished from RETRACTION OF PUBLICATION [PUBLICATION TYPE], which identifies the citation retracting the original published item.
Retraction of Publication [Publication Type]
Work consisting of a statement issued by one or more authors of an article or a book, withdrawing or disavowing acknowledgment of their participation in performing research or writing the results of their study. In indexing, the retraction is sent to the editor of the publication in which the article appeared and is published under the rubric "retraction" or in the form of a letter. This publication type designates the author's statement of retraction: it should be differentiated from RETRACTED PUBLICATION [PUBLICATION TYPE] which labels the retracted publication.Then there is this:
Retraction of Publication [MeSH Heading]
– for publication retraction as a subject (e.g., an article on "Retraction of Fraudulent Data")Are you completely confused? If you copy retracted publication[pt] into the PubMed search screen, you will retrieve 674 retracted publications.
Here is an article retracted from the Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine:
Women hydrate more than men during a marathon race: hyponatremia in the Houston marathon: a report on 60 cases [retracted publication]
If you click on this link you will see the link to the retraction [retraction of publication]
If anyone is still reading at this point, I will be amazed. And here is the full list of publication types searchable in PubMed:
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