Identity Theft in the Academic World Leads to Junk Science


In recent years, identity theft has been growing in the academic world. Cybercriminals create fake profiles for prominent scientists in attempts to manipulate the review and publishing process. Without permission, some fraudulent journals use the names of standout researchers on their editorial boards in the effort to look legitimate. This opinion piece, highlights some of the usual types of identity theft and their role in spreading junk science. Some general guidelines that editors and researchers can use against such attacks are presented.

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Dadkhah, M., Lagzian, M. & Borchardt, G. Identity Theft in the Academic World Leads to Junk Science. Sci Eng Ethics 24, 287–290 (2018).

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  • Junk science
  • Identity theft
  • Fake peer review
  • Academic misconduct