Publishers launch joint effort to tackle altered images in research papers

(13 May 2020)  From Nature:

“The world’s largest science publishers are teaming up to discuss how to automatically flag altered or duplicated images in research papers. A new working group — the first formal cross-industry initiative to discuss the issue — aims to set standards for software that screens papers for problematic images during peer review.”

Players in the market providing image checking services include LPIXEL in Tokyo and Proofig from Israel, are able to extract images from full-text, and analyze for duplications or manipulations, including instances in which parts of images have been rotated, flipped, stretched or filtered in 1-2 minutes.

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