In DepthAcademic Misconduct

China pursues fraudsters in science publishing

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Science  27 Nov 2015:
Vol. 350, Issue 6264, pp. 1015
DOI: 10.1126/science.350.6264.1015

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China's main basic research agency is cracking down on scientists who used fake peer reviews to publish papers in international journals, demanding that many return research funding. A separate Chinese scientific organization released the results of an investigation revealing the role of China's many unscrupulous paper brokers, which peddle ghostwritten or fraudulent papers, in the peer-review scandal. In some cases brokers suggested reviewers for their clients' papers, provided email addresses to accounts they controlled, and then reviewed the authors' work themselves. The National Natural Science Foundation is now revoking funding from authors found to have committed egregious offenses. But critics say the measures don't go far enough to stave off fraud.

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