...from the quill of Antisthenes
BEIJING: A leading British medical journal has retracted 43 published articles after it was found that the authors had fabricated their peer reviews. As many as 41 articles were written by doctors who worked in Chinese hospitals.
The authors of the “fake” articles have allegedly used the services of agents involved in “selling pre-written manuscripts to fabricate contact details for peer reviewers,” according to UK’s Committee on Publication Ethnics. The committee said the behaviour was inappropriate and a systematic attempt to manipulate the peer review process. …
Authors of articles retracted by the journal, Biomed Central, come from 38 different Chinese hospitals including some respected ones like the Beijing Anzhen Hospital, Shanghai Chest Hospital, People’s Liberation Army 452 Hospital and Shanghai East Hospital.
One of the authors, Yang Jianmin who is associate chief physician of Hangzhou First People’s Hospital, admitted to using the service of an article writing agency. Yang told the Caixin magazine that he paid $3,220 to the agency for getting the article written and published. … [full article]
If climate “scientists” can do it and even collect Nobel Prizes for it, why not medics? And I would not for a moment believe that this often applied and so rarely outed “scientific” practice is limited to the Chinese.
Well, I thought this post would be appropriate at this time of the year, when the progies pour scorn on religious superstitions and praise what they are pleased to call “reason” and “science”.