Fake Peer Reviews, the Latest Form of Scientific Fraud, Fool Journals

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Dong-A U.

Suspicions that Hyung-In Moon, a professor at Dong-A U., in South Korea, wrote his own peer reviews have prompted several journals to retract his papers.

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Dong-A U.

Suspicions that Hyung-In Moon, a professor at Dong-A U., in South Korea, wrote his own peer reviews have prompted several journals to retract his papers.

Scientists appear to have figured out a new way to avoid any bad prepublication reviews that dissuade journals from publishing their articles: Write positive reviews themselves, under other people's names.

In incidents involving four scientists—the latest case coming to light two weeks ago—journal editors say authors got to critique their own papers by suggesting reviewers with contact e-mails that actually went to themselves.

The glowing endorsements got the work