26 Oct, 16 | by BMJ
A recent news report published in Science ran with the alarming headline: “A shady market in scientific papers mars Iran’s rise in science.”
The story reports that some Iranian scholars buy scientific papers to publish under their name, and that there is a prosperous market in Iran to sell such articles to researchers. While it was interesting reading about the Iranian scientific community (something of a novelty), there are some notable omissions in the report.
I agree that there are some fraudsters in the Iranian scientific community who abuse the accelerated demand from Iranian researchers for publishing in “indexed” journals by selling papers. Yet this kind of report overshadows the whole Iranian community of researchers more…