1 The retractions came only weeks after BioMed Central.
But these addresses had been ones he created, so the requests to review visited him or his co-workers directly. The fallout from Moon’s confession: 28 content articles in various journals published by Informa were retracted, and one editor resigned. An editor at among the journals released by Sage Publications became suspicious, sparking an extended and comprehensive investigation, which led to the retraction of 60 articles in July 2014. At the ultimate end of 2014, BioMed Central and other publishers alerted the international Committee on Publication Ethics to new forms of systematic attempts to manipulate journals’ peer-review procedures. According to a declaration published on COPE’s internet site in January 2015, these attempts to hijack the scholarly review program were evidently orchestrated by firms that first helped authors compose or enhance their scientific articles and offered them favorable peer testimonials.4 BioMed Central conducted a comprehensive investigation of all their recently published content and identified 43 that were published on the basis of reviews from fabricated reviewers. (more…)