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Peer review and citation ring “busted”

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What on earth is the science world coming to? We used to describe crack dealers like this.

From Retraction Watch:

SAGE Publishers is retracting 60 articles from the Journal of Vibration and Control after an investigation revealed a “peer review and citation ring” involving a professor in Taiwan.

Here’s the beginning of a statement from SAGE:

London, UK (08 July 2014) – SAGE announces the retraction of 60 articles implicated in a peer review and citation ring at the Journal of Vibration and Control (JVC). The full extent of the peer review ring has been uncovered following a 14 month SAGE-led investigation, and centres on the strongly suspected misconduct of Peter Chen, formerly of National Pingtung University of Education, Taiwan (NPUE) and possibly other authors at this institution.

In 2013 the then Editor-in-Chief of JVC, Professor Ali H. Nayfeh,and SAGE became aware of a potential peer review ring involving assumed and fabricated identities used to manipulate the online submission system SAGE Track powered by ScholarOne Manuscripts™.

Too much grant money chasing too few facts?

A SAGE spokeperson went on record, in response to this question:

Is there any concern this problem might be more widespread?

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We have undertaken a thorough investigation into this peer review ring and are confident that we have uncovered the full extent of the problem. Although attempts to mislead the academic community are extremely rare, there will occasionally be fraudulent and unethical individuals seeking to abuse the system. Both SAGE and Journal of Vibration and Control are committed to upholding the true spirit of peer review while continuing to introduce new measures to reinforce the review process.

That’s good to hear, but we didn’t even know about this one before. Future vigilance won’t likely be wasted.

See also: Peer review: Another citation stacking scheme outed

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10 Replies to “Peer review and citation ring “busted”

  1. 1
    humbled says:

    Haha what a mess. Not surprising considering the Darwinits are running the science establishments these days.

  2. 2
    Piotr says:

    The Journal of Vibration and Control is run by Darwinists? You are being paranoid.

  3. 3
    Acartia_bogart says:

    Humbled: “Haha what a mess. Not surprising considering the Darwinits are running the science establishments these days.”

    Yah, all of science is a Darwinist conspiracy. Maybe you should wrap the tinfoil a little tighter.

  4. 4
    News says:

    Guys, a lot of science today appears to be a huge mess. Let’s hopes some serious reform is in sight.

  5. 5
    StephenA says:

    Piotr:
    You think that the people that run the the Journal of Vibration and Control aren’t Darwinists? What are they then? Creationists? IDists?

    Arcatia_bogart:
    ‘Conspiracy’ is the wrong word. ‘Groupthink’ more accurately describes what sceptics see as controlling the institutions of science.

  6. 6
    Acartia_bogart says:

    StephenA:
    You think that the people that run the the Journal of Vibration and Control aren’t Darwinists? What are they then? Creationists? IDists?”

    What?

  7. 7
    StephenA says:

    Piotr claimed that it was paranoid to say that the Journal of Vibration and Control was being run by Darwinists. I’m asking him if he really thinks that the majority don’t believe in Darwinism.

  8. 8
    Piotr says:

    StephenA @7

    How the hell should I know, and how would it matter? It’s an engineering journal whose scope “encompasses all linear and nonlinear vibration phenomena and covers topics such as: vibration and control of structures and machinery, signal analysis, aeroelasticity, neural networks, structural control and acoustics, noise and noise control, waves in solids and fluids and shock waves” (to quote the description on the journal’s website). Evolutionary biology is irrelevant from its authors’ and editors’ point of view.

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    humbled says:

    Piotr, of course it matters. These folks are no doubt evolutionists. The evolutionary belief system dictates that survival of the fittest is the name of the game. As such the evolutionist has little need for morals, ethics nor should s/he care about petty issues like right or wrong.

    What’s a small bit of fraud in the grand scheme of things? Especially if it gets you ahead, right?

    Creation scientists are distrusted and persecuted no matter what field they’re working in due to their creation bias. I don’t see why the Darwin faithful should get a free pass. Especially when they have such a long list of failed predictions, fraud and other such blunders.

    This failed Victorian belief system is the root cause behind so many of today’s issues.

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    Acartia_bogart says:

    Humbled: “The evolutionary belief system dictates that survival of the fittest is the name of the game. As such the evolutionist has little need for morals, ethics nor should s/he care about petty issues like right or wrong.”

    This is such a load of crap. That would be like me saying that the creationist system is all about corrupt, greedy, fornicating ministers trying to maximize both their financial and sexual pleasures. In fact, there is far more evidence for my claim than yours.

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