Washington Post: Scholarly journal retracts 60 articles, smashes ‘peer review ring’

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That’s right a “ring.” A group of people, and not a small group, collectively organized in fraud.

The thing that is particularly interesting about this “ring” is that it’s a bunch of professors studying of all things, acoustics.

The only “peer review'” I trust is the open sourced kind where experts and non-experts alike can look things over. Even if the specialty is hyper-narrow. But the professors don’t like that.

(From The Washington Post)

Every now and then a scholarly journal retracts an article because of errors or outright fraud. In academic circles, and sometimes beyond, each retraction is a big deal.

Now comes word of a journal retracting 60 articles at once.

The reason for the mass retraction is mind-blowing: A “peer review and citation ring” was apparently rigging the review process to get articles published.

You’ve heard of prostitution rings, gambling rings and extortion rings. Now there’s a “peer review ring.”

Good for the editor and staff of this journal by the way.

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