China vows to investigate into academic cheating
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An association of scientists commented on the recent scandal of over 100 papers by Chinese physicians being retracted by an international medical journal, declaring that the government would fully investigate into the matter that has damaged the reputation of China’s scientific community. 
 
Springer has retracted 107 papers from its medical journal Tumor Biology after discovering they had been accepted with fake peer reviews. “The articles were submitted with reviewer suggestions, which had real researcher names but fabricated email addresses,” Peter Butler, editorial director for cell biology and biochemistry at Spring Nature, the publisher of Tumor Biology, told Shanghai-based news the paper.cn.
 
“All investigative results will be made open to the public, with no compromise but severe punishment on those involved,” Shang Yong, vice chairman of the China Association for Science and Technology addressed a press conference of the State Council Information Office. 
 
Shang indicated the ongoing probe has led them to some findings. “The situation is complicated. Papers involved were submitted between 2012 and 2016, with most of the authors being physicians in China,” he said. 
 
It is believed that lenient regulations are culprits of such academic misconduct, according to Shang. “Some illegal intermediaries and publishers who crave for profit have collided to induce (authors) into the malpractices,” he added. Shang noted the scientific community in China would definitely not tolerate such kind of dishonorable behavior. 
 
Surgeons, a hot soup opera now on air in China, has caught public attention recently by showing a plot that suggests Chinese doctors, although kept madly busy with their work, are required to compose papers in order to gain academic titles and pay raise.     
 
“I do not mean to defend the cheaters! However, in a system where one thousand well-done operations could not bring doctors the kind of pay raise they expect as one published paper would, it is difficult to demand high morals from doctors,” one of the most liked online posts commented. 

 


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