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      Mass production of fake science publishing: How big is the problem and why?

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      Genetoberfest 2023
      16-18 October 2023
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            Our trust in the integrity of academic publishing is the foundation of progress in biomedical science and technology. But there is now concern about an unprecedented scale of misconduct: industry-style, semi-automatic production of fake scientific publications by “paper mills”, professional agencies that fake scientific data, figures, tables, and AI-written manuscripts. While the number of fake publications was considered to be small, it now reaches concerning levels in biomedicine of 100,000+ publications annually, supporting a billion € industry. Researchers, editors, publishers and governmental funding bodies are called to action to stop this systematic attack on the permanent scientific record.

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            9 October 2023
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            [1 ] Institute of Medical Psychology, Medical Faculty, Otto-von-Guericke University of Magdeburg, Magdeburg, Germany ;
            [2 ] Center for Brain and Behavioral Sciences (CBBS), Magdeburg, Germany;
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            https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4472-5543
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            10.14293/GOF.23.15
            ef167156-0eb8-4821-875c-dbee637bfdc3

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