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Fraudulent Peer Review

The organization COPE (Committee on Publication Ethics) has issued a statement that indicates attempts to manipulate the peer review process on a large scale.

While not much details are available it indicates that some agencies provide "services" to scientific publishers that include fake peer reviewers. The strategy by these agencies seems to be to submit papers to scientific journals and at the same time trying to propose fake peer reviewers to the same journal in the hope that they'll get to review the submitted article. Then they submit favorable reviews in the name of the non-existing reviewers.

This sounds similar to a story form 2012 I recently also mentioned here where peer reviews for journals from the publisher Elsevier were retracted due to peer reviewers that didn't exist. The current news indicates that this has happened at a much larger scale than previously known.

Probably a large number of publications will be retracted following these incidents.


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