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Springer: Weeding out Fake Science

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Springer: Weeding out Fake Science

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Through a collaboration with Cyril Labbe of Joseph Fourier University in Grenoble, France, Springer recently released SciDetect, an open source software program designed to automatically check for fake scientific papers submitted by academic mischief-makers.

"After Springer found out that 18 [fake] articles had been published in our journals, we contacted Dr. Labbe to ask for advice," says Jeff Iezzi, specialist business support for content and process management at Springer. "We scanned our publications using his tool and others. Based on our work, we decided to develop a new tool in cooperation with Dr. Labbe that we could integrate in our publication workflows."

In 2014, Labbe discovered more than 120 fake papers among the subscription services of Springer and IEEE. The papers were created by a program called SCIgen (among other programs), which strings together grammatically correct sentences of jargon to manufacture nonsensical computer science articles. The program was created in 2005 by researchers at MIT to prove that some conferences would accept papers with no merit, and it has since been released to the public for anyone to use. Similar fake paper production programs for other disciplines were created over time. …

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