Peer-review scandals shake up scholarly journal community
from By Cait Harrison
Call it a new form of academic cheating. Peer reviews for scholarly journals have come under the spotlight lately — and the future isn't looking so bright. U.K.-based publisher BioMed Central recently retracted 43 scientific and medical articles because of peer reviews written by people who forged scientists' names. These instances of research fraud are rare, but they're becoming more common with an increase in technology as well as pressure on scholars to get published. What can journals do to prevent the chance of something like this happening again?
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