The products of paper mills are a serious blight on the academic record. In their guidance material and professional development activities, research institutions should stress that using a paper mill is not only a serious form of cheating the work they sell is deeply flawed and could ruin the career of a researcher. Not every case is like this, in this case the flaws made it easy to detect the paper was from a paper mill. Institutions should have a mechanism too check whether the work being produced by its researchers has come from a paper mill.
- There is a rising threat to the scientific community and academic publishing from paper mills.
- A total of 451 suspicious papers that are potentially linked to the Russia-based paper mill ‘International Publisher’ LLC were identified in this study.
- Problematic papers potentially originating from ‘International Publisher’ LLC are characterized by collaboration anomalies; that is, diversity of affiliations in each paper, mismatch between the specialization of the authors and the topic of the manuscript, and so forth.
- Current systems for paper mill detection should be regularly monitored and improved.
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