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Fake scientific studies are a problem that is becoming increasingly difficult to solve

Faking it ’til you make it can be a common practice in some careers. But it is clearly unethical for scientists and medical researchers.

Yet thousands of fake articles are produced every year by so-called paper mills, many of them in peer-reviewed journals.

The issue recently made headlines when Wiley, a respected publishing house, announced that it would cancel 19 of its magazines associated with a publisher they had acquired called Hindawi, in part because they were contaminated with fake paper. But the problem was known before: the fraud detection blog For Better Science drew attention to the ‘fraud-positive’ attitude at Wiley in 2022. (And I discussed the problem of fake research in my 2021 Follow the Science podcast.)

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