**Apologies for cross posting**

*Baltimore, MD, September 22, 2021:* The National Information Standards
Organization (NISO) today announced that its proposed work item for a
Communication of Retractions, Removals, and Expressions of Concern (CORREC)
Recommended Practice has been approved by NISO Voting Members.

Retracted research is published work that is withdrawn, removed, or
otherwise invalidated from the scientific and scholarly record. Although
relatively rare, retracted research—including unsupported or fabricated
data, fundamental errors, and unreproducible results—can be inadvertently
propagated within the digital scholarly record through citations. The
CORREC Recommended Practice is intended to help address this problem, by
clearly identifying parties involved in the retraction process, along with
their responsibilities, actions, notifications, and the metadata necessary
to communicate retracted research.

CORREC is an output of both the recent Sloan Foundation-funded
project, Reducing
the Inadvertent Spread of Retracted Science (RISRS)
<https://infoqualitylab.org/projects/risrs2020/> and the 2021 NISO Plus
conference, where this topic was one of three highlighted by attendees as
of highest importance. CORREC will be consistent with existing guidelines,
such as those published by the Council on Publishing Ethics (COPE) and the
International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) and the Council
of Science Editors (CSE).

NISO is forming a CORREC Working Group to bring together representatives
from key stakeholder groups including publishers, systems and other
providers that support them, data repositories, preprint platforms,
indexing and aggregating services, and others. Among other aspects of the
retractions landscape, the Working Group will consider the channels by
which retraction information is distributed and who is responsible for the
creation of metadata relating to retractions. The group will propose best
practices around populating that metadata and communication of an item’s
status and its visibility; and members will create a model workflow process
from issuing a retraction notice through display and discovery of the
retracted item.

“We are delighted to be working with the community to develop this new
Recommended Practice,” said Nettie Lagace, NISO’s Associate Executive
Director. “The Working Group’s goal is to improve the dissemination of
retraction information and to support consistent, timely transmission of
that information to the reader (machine or human). We hope to get input and
feedback from a range of stakeholders—publishers, A&I providers, link
resolvers, researchers, journalists, repositories, and more—in order to
help ensure that CORREC is widely adopted and used.”

For more information about the Working Group, or to volunteer to
participate, please contact the NISO Office at [log in to unmask]

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