[Irtalk] 17 retractions from SAGE journals bring total fake peer review count to 250

Ina Smith Ina at assaf.org.za
Thu Aug 20 09:19:30 SAST 2015


On Monday, we reported on 64 new retractions from Springer journals<http://retractionwatch.com/2015/08/17/64-more-papers-retracted-for-fake-reviews-this-time-from-springer-journals/> resulting from fake peer reviews. Yesterday, SAGE - which retracted 60 papers for the same reason just over a year ago<http://retractionwatch.com/2014/07/08/sage-publications-busts-peer-review-and-citation-ring-60-papers-retracted/> - added 17 additional retractions to their list.

The articles were published in five different journals, and one retraction involved authorship fraud in addition to peer review fraud, according to a SAGE spokesperson:

In all 17 cases, our investigation found the peer review processes had been severely compromised by fake reviewer details that were supplied to manipulate the peer review process.

The investigations and subsequent retractions are a reflection of improved processes and guidance provided by SAGE to editors and peer review assistants that SAGE further enhanced following a group of retractions in 2014. Today's retractions are historical in nature and reflect SAGE's efforts to uncover instances of fraud that predate the new process.

Ina Smith
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