Available Until 12/31/2024

An Essential Introduction to Retractions and Evaluating Research Quality (Recording)

Health care providers, researchers, and scholars depend on a trustworthy scientific knowledge base. Article retraction rates are increasing. . . and so is their impact on the scientific knowledge base and health care practice.

Health science librarians have a vital role to play in identifying, and educating patrons in identifying, trustworthy research. If you work with scholarly literature, this webinar is essential.

You’ll gain an understanding of what a retraction means, how publications are retracted, and how to identify publications as being retracted. You’ll also learn how to use the REAPPRAISED checklist, a vital tool for evaluating the integrity of a publication. It will enable you to identify low-quality research, even if it’s not retracted.

You will be able to apply your learning from this webinar to many aspects of health science librarianship, from working on systematic reviews and meta-analyses to evidence-based medicine education and personal scholarship. The webinar may also inspire you to reach out to your institution’s research integrity office to find ways to partner and share this information.


Learning Outcomes

By the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Explain the purpose of retractions, the retraction process, and the types of retractions

  • Describe resources and tools for identifying retracted articles

  • Use the REAPPRAISED checklist to evaluate the integrity of a publication



Any health professional who accesses, evaluates, or uses scholarly literature in research, clinical care, or personal scholarship, or who teaches on these topics, in short: All health care professionals.


Jodi Schneider PhotoJodi Schneider, MSLIS, PhD is Assistant Professor at the School of Information Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she runs the Information Quality Lab. She is the primary investigator of Reducing the Inadvertent Spread of Retracted Science: Shaping a Research and Implementation Agenda, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation-funded project on which this webinar is based.


Elizabeth Suelzer photoElizabeth Suelzer, AHIP, MLIS is the Scholarly Communications Librarian at the Medical College of Wisconsin, a participant in the Reducing the Inadvertent Spread of Retracted Science (RISRS) Workshop, and the primary author of publications on retracted literature.


Ciara Healy photoCiara Healy, MSLIS is the librarian for Psychology & Neuroscience, Mathematics, Physics, Evolutionary Anthropology and Biological Sciences

at Duke University. Her work with retractions springs from a 2014 project to capture retracted literature and the associated literature re: Notices of Retractions,

Withdrawals and Expressions of Concern.


Christopher Lehmann photoChristopher Lehmann, PhD is the Research Integrity Officer for the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a clinical professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering. He coordinates campus Responsible Conduct of Research ethics training.




Registration Information

  • Length: 1.5 hour webinar
  • Technical information: After you have registered, go to My Learning in MEDLIB-ED to access the live webinar, resources, evaluation, and certificate.
  • Register, participate, and earn 1.5 MLA continuing education (CE) contact hours.

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