A stigma should not be attached to the retraction of a scientific paper, as you explain (Nature 507, 389–391; 2014). It should also be emphasized that the rise in retractions over the past few years does not signify a surge in misconduct: on the contrary, it reflects a growing scientific integrity.
Too many academics and journalists conflate retractions with the falsification of results. However, retractions account for less than 0.02% of publications annually — a fraction of the 2% of scientists who admit in anonymous surveys to having manipulated data at least once (see e5738; 2009). PLoS ONE 4,
The majority of formal retractions have been issued in recent years, with none before the 1970s. A growing number of journals are now prepared to publish retractions, and the apparent increase in retraction rate disappears after correcting for this factor (see e1001563; 2013). PLoS Med. 10,
Retractions are therefore more logically and usefully interpreted as evidence for the commitment of editors and scientists to remove invalid results from the literature.