Third Iron Integrates Retraction Watch Data

Feb 14, 2022Press Releases

Notifying Researchers of Article Retraction Status at Any Point of Discovery

ST. PAUL, MN, February 14, 2022 — Third Iron, LLC, a leading information technology company developing innovative services for libraries, publishers, and their users, announced the integration of article retraction data provided by Retraction Watch into their LibKey and BrowZine services. Users of BrowZine and LibKey are informed of an article’s retracted status when they view it in BrowZine, when they find it in library services like databases and discovery platforms, or when the article is found searching open websites like PubMed and Wikipedia.

“Citation of retracted articles can degrade original research and trigger negative domino effects on scholarship and education,” said Kendall Bartsch, CEO at Third Iron. “However, because retraction status is unevenly communicated by publishers, aggregators that host content, and databases that index articles, it is easy for researchers to unwittingly incorporate retracted articles into their papers.” John Seguin, Third Iron President and Chief Librarian, continued, “By incorporating Retraction Watch data, we alert researchers of an article’s retracted status when they use BrowZine or, via our LibKey services, when researchers find a retracted article in a database or on a website – regardless of whether the article has been labeled as retracted by the publisher. This fills a big gap in the research process and enhances the library’s critical role in advancing scholarly communication.” Ivan Oransky, co-founder of Retraction Watch, said “We are excited to work with organizations like Third Iron. As reflected by the mission statement of our parent nonprofit organization The Center for Scientific Integrity, our objectives are to promote transparency and integrity in science and scientific publishing. Helping to ensure readers know an article has been retracted – and do not cite it unknowingly – through the integration of our data helps further this mission.”

Libraries interested in evaluating BrowZine and LibKey may email Third Iron at

About Third Iron®

Third Iron, LLC is a leading information technology company developing innovate services that benefit libraries and their users.  Third Iron services include BrowZine, LibKey Discovery, LibKey Link, LibKey Nomad and  Founded in 2011, Third Iron products are used by researchers from nearly 1,000 corporation, hospital, university and government libraries in more than 30 countries.  For more information, visit

About Retraction Watch®

Retraction Watch, launched in 2010, is a journalism outlet focused on telling the stories behind retractions and other issues related to scientific integrity. Its parent nonprofit organization, The Center for Scientific Integrity, created and maintains the Retraction Watch database, the most comprehensive database of scholarly retractions available. For more information, visit: