wow…someone would really do this?

Thought I would share the following post from Retraction Watch:

Elsevier parasitology journal retracts paper after finding author made up peer reviewer email addresses

So, the main point is this: the author apparently submitted the paper and suggested reviewers for the paper, as is required by most (all?) journals these days. However, the editors of the journal discovered that the emails were bogus. For example, some of the addresses suggested went to a domain in China, despite the fact that the reviewers allegedly associated with those emails WERE NOT from China. The implication here is that the author was abusing the review system in order to obtain a favorable review (i.e., perhaps the author was on the other end of those addresses?). I guess I am just a bit sheltered – just shocks me that someone would actually go to these lengths.

Published by Andrew Lyon

Founding Dean, Fowler School of Engineering @ Chapman University. Formerly Dean of the Schmid College of Science and Technology @ Chapman.

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