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Some Online Journals Will Publish Fake Science, For A Fee : Shots - Health News

Some Online Journals Will Publish Fake Science, For A Fee : Shots - Health News
hide captionYou could do all that brain work. Or you could make it up. iStockphoto.com Many online journals are ready to publish bad research in exchange for a credit card number. That's the conclusion of an elaborate sting carried out by Science, a leading mainline journal. The result should trouble doctors, patients, policymakers and anyone who has a stake in the integrity of science (and who doesn't?). The business model of these "predatory publishers" is a scientific version of those phishes from Nigerians who want help transferring a few million dollars into your bank account. To find out just how common predatory publishing is, Science contributor John Bohannon sent a deliberately faked research article 305 times to online journals. "This sting operation," Bohannan writes, reveals "the contours of an emerging Wild West in academic publishing." Online scientific journals are springing up at a great rate. These sleazy journals often look legitimate. Science

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