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Science and medicine have a ‘publication pollution’ problem, according to newly published commentary

The scientific community is facing a ‘pollution problem’ in academic publishing, and one that poses a serious threat to the “trustworthiness, utility, and value of science and medicine”, according to one of the United State’s leading medical ethicists (Arthur Caplan).

In a commentary published on April 3rd 2015 in the journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings, the author writes: “The pollution of science and medicine by plagiarism, fraud, and predatory publishing is corroding the reliability of research. Yet neither the leadership nor those who rely on the truth of science and medicine are sounding the alarm loudly or moving to fix the problem with appropriate energy.”.

The full commentary can be found here.



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