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Volume 25, Issue 4 - Medical Education

Peer review fraud

Abstract

The hijacking of peer review by authors who create false referee profiles in order to deliver favourable reviews of their own work has received prominent recent coverage in several leading journals. At the time of writing, over 300 articles had been retracted by affected publishers, including the likes of Elsevier, Springer, and SAGE.

References

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