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Peer-Review Fraud - Hacking the Scientific Publication Process

OPEN The New England journal of medicine | 22 Oct 2015

CJ Haug
Abstract
In August 2015, the publisher Springer retracted 64 articles from 10 different subscription journals “after editorial checks spotted fake email addresses, and subsequent internal investigations uncovered fabricated peer review reports,” according to a statement on their website.(1) The retractions came only months after BioMed Central, an open-access publisher also owned by Springer, retracted 43 articles for the same reason. “This is officially becoming a trend,” Alison McCook wrote on the blog Retraction Watch, referring to the increasing number of retractions due to fabricated peer reviews.(2) Since it was first reported 3 years ago, when South Korean researcher Hyung-in Moon admitted . . .
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Scientific journal, Peer review, Review, Publishing, Retraction, Scientific method, Open access, Academic publishing
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