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LibKey and BrowZine

With this quick and simple guide, you can get to know about IU Northwest's access to LibKey and BrowZine as launched in Fall 2023.


Retraction Watch is a blog owned by the Center for Scientific Integrity, originally launched in 2010 by Ivan Oransky and Adam Marcus. The blog reports on retractions of scientific papers and related topics. It later expanded into creation a Retraction Watch database to assist in documenting and looking up retractions, as official retraction notices are often difficult to track and interpret. The ultimate goal of Retraction Watch is to minimize the risk of researchers continuing to use and work from content in retracted articles.

Third Iron integrates retraction data from Retraction Watch to improve research efforts of end users. Below, this page will show what can be expected when a user encounters a retracted article within LibKey Link.

Retraction Videos

This video was made before Third Iron partnered with Retraction Watch, but does well in explaining the basics of retraction as an issue and the work done by Retraction Watch that feeds into LibKey Link.

LibKey retracted article

A typical LibKey Link result page for a retracted article will look like the following example.


Example of a retracted article in LibKey Link; the unique elements compared to a typical result are further explained below


The elements of this result page unique to a retraction are:

  • Background color: The background color of the result is changed from blue to red as a warning sign.
  • Article details: The journal's article details box has the word Retracted placed over it for additional warning.
  • Official retraction notice: Direct link to the retraction notice as supplied by the journal or publisher.
  • Retraction Watch related article: Direct link to Retraction Watch blog post discussing the retraction.
  • Reason for retraction from Retraction Watch: Data from Retraction Watch summarizing the reason(s) for article retraction.

LibKey continues to provide access to an article even after retraction as there are many good reasons for a researcher to read or use an article after retraction. They may want to cite the article as an example of retraction in scholarly works, to explain errors in an article that cited the retracted article, et cetera.


Follow the link provided below if you are interested in checking the features of this record for yourself. As you do, note that content reached through the Download PDF and Article Link buttons do not mention the retraction.

Effects of Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation over Left Dorsolateral pFC on the Attentional Blink Depend on Individual Baseline Performance (RETRACTED)