Fake Research and Academic Papers in China

Education experts in China estimate that the market for plagiarized academic papers, fake journals and other types of invented research is generates up to $150 Million a year.

In China, research grants and promotions within universities is tied to the number of articles published in academic journals. Researchers purchase plagiarized reports in order to increase their resume. According to a government survey, one-third of 6,000 researchers at 6 institutions in China admitted to either plagiarism, falsification of the data, or outright fabrication.

In addition to papers, sellers were also offering fake medical journals that offer placement for a price. One counterfeit journal was offering to publish articles for $650.

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Source:  “Scientific research: Looks good on paper,” Economist, September 28, 2013.