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    Fake peer review: many faces

    Fake peer review: the many faces
    Viroj Wiwanitkit1
    1. Honorary Professor, Dr Dy Patil University, Pune Inida
    Email: wviroj@yahoo.com

    I read the recent publication by Cheung BMY with a great interest [1]. In fact, this problem is not uncommon and can be seen elsewhere.

    Reviews that seem overtly positive can be a clue for suspicious fake reviewing. It is the role of the journal editor to select the reviewer and consider the quality of the review. The fake reviewing might be by a non-existent (totally fake) person or a disguised reviewer. Sometimes, it can be a totally biased reviewer who is recommended by the submitting author.

    In addition, a similar problem can also be seen in academic presentations, proposal decisions, funding decisions, as well as academic position appointment decisions. In some underdeveloped countries, it is surprising that non-scientific reviewers can act as academic reviewers when academic work is under consideration. This reflects a poor standard and should be considered as an unacceptable misconduct.

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    1. Cheung BMY. Fake peer review - too good to be true. Postgrad Med J. 2017 Jun 7. pii: postgradmedj-2016-134506.
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