Serious flaws were among the reasons the publishers of an international scientific journal retracted from their platform the Stellenbosch University study denounced as racist.
They said there was clear evidence that the findings in the controversial study were unreliable
This comes after an outcry caused by the article “Age- and education-related effects on cognitive functioning in coloured South African women,” by the university’s Health Sciences Faculty researchers.
Academics and organisations called for the study to be removed from the UK-based academic journal publishing site, while the Psychological Society of South Africa’s division for research and methodology said the methodology used in the research was flawed. In a statement, the publishers said they retracted the paper in line with their Committee on Publication Ethics guidelines on retractions, because there was clear evidence that the findings were unreliable.
“As outlined in the retraction notice there are serious flaws in the paper’s methodology and in how the original study was reported, including making assertions that are not supported by the data provided.