(2 Dec 2022) Publishers are testing prototypes of automatic systems to flag submitted manuscripts bearing the hallmarks of paper mills — businesses that produce fake research papers.
The tools, which will eventually form part of an online integrity hub, are the result of a year-long collaboration between 24 publishers and scholarly analytics providers. Together, the companies are trying to stamp out the growing scourge of fabricated scientific articles.
Since 2020, the International Association of Scientific, Technical and Medical Publishers (STM) — a global trade association based in The Hague, the Netherlands — has been working with publishing companies to develop shared standards for software that can detect potential problems with images during peer review. It announced in December 2021 that it was developing the STM Integrity Hub, which will provide tools that allow editors from any publisher to check submitted articles for research-integrity issues.
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