Biomed Central, a leading UK-based medical journal, has recently retracted 43 published articles after discovering that they were deem falsified. The authors, all Chinese doctors, completely compromised the integrity of the process of publishing scientific articles. The articles were deemed “fake” because the doctors were using the services of agents for the “selling pre-written manuscripts to fabricate contact details for peer reviewers.”
The peer review process is key in all kinds of published works, but especially in the medical world, where it is likely to affect patients. One of these doctors is Yang Jainmin, associate chief physician of Hangzhou First People’s Hospital, who “told the Caixin magazine that he paid $3,220 to the agency.”
When questioned about the reasoning behind this, Yang explained that he simply did not have enough time due to a high volume of surgeries. He says that the government’s regulations make it difficult to be promoted in hospitals without have a substantial amount of articles published in scientific journals. This is a controversial story, especially in light of China recently passing the UK in their number of theses published.