Thought for the month

“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” Origin uncertain, usually attributed as a Chinese Proverb.

Friday, 4 September 2015

Review it yourself?

Springer has retracted 64 articles in 10 subscription journals. After spotting fake email addresses the subsequent investigations uncovered fabricated peer review reports. Asking authors to suggest peer reviewers has previously been highlighted as a flaw with submitted email addresses for reviewers leading back to the actual authors. Retraction Watch say that faked reviews have been responsible for 15% of all retractions in the past three years.

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