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EDITORIAL: Organised crime against the academic peer review system (Papers: Adam Cohen et al 2016)

Published/Released on May 23, 2016 | Posted by Admin on May 25, 2016 / , , , , , , , , ,
 


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Great but disturbing read about how a journal was persuaded to publish a poor meta-analysis as a result of fraud in the peer review system. We applaud the decision of the editors to lay bare their decision-making so that others may learn from the failure to identify the fraud prior to publication.

“Editorials are generally about what we did right in our journal and we do not often publish about our failures. Yet, in this Editorial we feel we have to convey the full story of how we went entirely off track with the publication of a paper.
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In 2015, we published a paper in our journal [2] that we retracted last month. The peer review process of this paper was compromised, but, in addition, our careful editorial process did not function. In this Editorial, we would like to describe this whole case, with the aim of learning from this and of drawing attention to a serious breach of the trust between scientists,which is the basis of our peer review system (see box 1).”
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Cohen A, Pattanaik S, Kumar P, Bies RR, de Boer A, Ferr A, Gilchrist A, Isbister GK, Ross S and Webb A (2016) Organised crime against the academic peer review system. British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology. 81(6), pps 1012–1017
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Publisher (Open Access):  http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/bcp.12992/epdf

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Read The Watchdogs Retraction Watch reports about this retraction.



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