The idea of “reanalysis” needs to be rethought, if recent examples are any indication of what this trend could do to science.
The vaccine-autism papers were a hoax. But a lingering controversy around the diagnosis of a celebrity’s child and her insistence on preserving her version of the facts only shows how stubborn misinformation can be.
Even when a paper is retracted, free copies of articles still persist in institutional repositories and public websites. Authority for the accuracy of scientific record must keep pace with open access. Fortunately there is a solution.
Now that the vaccine-autism link has been shown to be based on a fraud, will ego continue to trump humility in the face of evidence?