Recently a person with the name Lars Andersson published an article on HPV vaccination in the Indian Journal of Medical Ethics. The title page (now revised by the editor) stated that the author was affiliated with Karolinska Institutet. When the article was brought to our attention we quickly concluded that no such affiliation exists. This person is not employed by KI, nor associated with KI in any other capacity.
If the reported details are correct this is a disturbing example of deceptive practice and it seems more sooty than grey and definitely a problem that could be detected by editors prior to publication.
So is this just a story about a willful deception on the part of a single, yet unidentified person?