Science and Engineering Ethics, Volume (24), No (1), Year (2017-1) , Pages (287-290)

Title : ( Identity Theft in the Academic World Leads to Junk Science )

Authors: Mehdi Dadkhah , Mohammad Mehraeen , G. Borchardt ,

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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.


Junk scienceIdentity theftFake peer reviewAcademic misconduct
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author = {Dadkhah, Mehdi and Mehraeen, Mohammad and G. Borchardt},
title = {Identity Theft in the Academic World Leads to Junk Science},
journal = {Science and Engineering Ethics},
year = {2017},
volume = {24},
number = {1},
month = {January},
issn = {1353-3452},
pages = {287--290},
numpages = {3},
keywords = {Junk scienceIdentity theftFake peer reviewAcademic misconduct},


%0 Journal Article
%T Identity Theft in the Academic World Leads to Junk Science
%A Dadkhah, Mehdi
%A Mehraeen, Mohammad
%A G. Borchardt
%J Science and Engineering Ethics
%@ 1353-3452
%D 2017