Retraction of leadership articles: Causes and prevention

Leanne E. Atwater, Michael D. Mumford, Chester A. Schriesheim, Francis J. Yammarino

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Occasionally, published articles must be retracted to protect the integrity of the scientific record. Recently, The Leadership Quarterly retracted several articles. In this editorial, we describe why these retractions were warranted and the process leading to them. The key considerations giving rise to retractions, that is, accuracy in describing method and accuracy in describing results, are noted. The actions that authors must take to ensure their articles are not subject to retraction are also discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1174-1180
Number of pages7
JournalLeadership Quarterly
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 1 2014


  • Leadership
  • Research ethics
  • Retraction
  • Science
  • Scientific record

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Applied Psychology
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management


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