Retractions in Philosophy Reported in the Retraction Watch Database in Light of the Guidelines of the Committee on Publication Ethics

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Tomasz Kubalica
Michał Łyszczarz


This article presents the results of a quantitative and qualitative analysis of retraction notices from philosophy journals with global reach. The analysis is based on the Retraction Watch Database and carried out with respect to the recommendations of the Committee on Publication Ethics. In quantitative terms, the sample consists of only 0.48% of the records in the entire database. Hence, the statistics of publication retractions presented here can only form the basis for a case study. The article attempts to lay out the most common reasons for the retraction of philosophy articles following the typology presented in COPE documents. Our systematic approach shows that the normative regulation of publication retraction should be considered inadequate for the publishing practice in philosophy.


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Kubalica, Tomasz, and Michał Łyszczarz. 2022. “Retractions in Philosophy Reported in the Retraction Watch Database in Light of the Guidelines of the Committee on Publication Ethics”. Diametros 19 (74):2-18.
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Tomasz Kubalica, University of Silesia in Katowice

Tomasz Kubalica (dr hab.) is a Junior Professor of Philosophy at the Institute of Philosophy, University of Silesia in Katowice, Poland.

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