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Authorship for sale: Some journals willing to add authors to papers they didn’t write – Retraction Watch (Alison McCook | September 2017)

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Authorship for sale: Some journals willing to add authors to papers they didn’t write – Retraction Watch (Alison McCook | September 2017)

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Got $300? Then you can be added as an author to a paper – even if you had no role in the research.

A new and pretty low development for illegitimate publishers

That’s right – some journals are willing to add authors to papers they didn’t write, often for a fee. This realization comes from one of the many sting experiments we’ve witnessed over the years, designed to expose the perils of the publishing industry, in which some journals will claim to peer review and publish any manuscript for a fee – no matter how nonsensical the content. Pravin Bolshete, a medical writer and researcher from India, wanted to explore a different side of predatory publishing – would journals agree to add a fictional author to a manuscript he/she didn’t write?
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Presenting his findings at the Eighth Peer Review Congress this week in Chicago, Bolshete reported that, after sending hundreds of emails to publishers considered predatory according to the now-defunct (and controversial) list compiled by librarian Jeffrey Beall, 16% agreed to add an author to a paper.
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