Chinese Government to Review Cancer Papers Retracted by Academic Journal
(Beijing) — China’s education ministry and the national health commission will review over a 100 research papers taken down by an international academic journal after finding possible irregularities including plagiarism, according to China Association for Science and Technology.
Berlin-based Springer Nature said on April 20 that it has investigated 107 research articles authored by Chinese academics published in Tumor Biology between 2012 and 2016 and found that authors had supplied the journal’s editors with made-up contact information of third-party reviewers.
There have been several incidents in recent years where Chinese researchers, who are under pressure to produce academic papers to secure promotions, have been caught plagiarizing or falsifying research data.
The papers in question, 106 in total — not 107 as believed earlier — are a gross violation of academic norms and integrity, Shang Yong, party secretary of the government-backed China Association for Science and Technology told a news conference in Beijing on Thursday. About 80% of the papers were published before 2015, he said.
“The retraction has tarnished the reputation of the scientific community in China,” Shang said.
The association will supervise relevant government agencies including the Ministry of Education and the National Health and Family Planning Commission, who will evaluate each paper and their authors for possible irregularities such as plagiarism in order to hold errant parties to account, he said.
The scandal also helped expose lax oversight over academic activities in China and the network of agents offering ghost-writing services and predatory publishers who charged Chinese academics and doctors for publishing their work, he said.
Publishers must take the responsibility to verify the authenticity of academic papers including peer reviews, Wang Chunfa, director of the association said during a meeting with Arnout Jacobs, head of Springer Nature’s operations in Greater China on April 18, two days before the retractions were announced.
Contact reporter Li Rongde (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Jul 10 19:00
Jul 10 18:54
Jul 10 17:22
Jul 10 16:31
Jul 10 13:03
Jul 09 19:19
Jul 09 19:10
Jul 09 18:49
Jul 09 16:40
Jul 08 18:10
Jul 08 15:57
Jul 08 13:46
Jul 07 18:50
Jul 07 13:17
Jul 07 04:13
- 1For Electric-Vehicle Maker Nio, Government Tie-Up Has Its Benefits
- 2Tencent’s PUBG Mobile Game Hits $3 Billion Milestone
- 3Zoom Investment Grew From Li Ka-shing’s Disgust at Pricey Video Gear, Says His Tech-Savvy Companion
- 4In Depth: CATL Loses Electric-Car Battery Crown as Foreign Firms Muscle In
- 5Trending in China: Outrage Ensues as Updated U.S. Student Visa Policies Force International Students into a Dilemma
- 1Power To The People: Pintec Serves A Booming Consumer Class
- 2Largest hotel group in Europe accepts UnionPay
- 3UnionPay mobile QuickPass debuts in Hong Kong
- 4UnionPay International launches premium catering privilege U Dining Collection
- 5UnionPay International’s U Plan has covered over 1600 stores overseas