Thought for the month

“Science is a method to keep yourself from kidding yourself”.

Edwin Land, scientist and inventor (1909-91)

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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