Some academic institutions are paying authors for the name of the institution to be included in the manuscript so that the institution has an increased number of publications in a given year. The institution gives the author payment and the author terms it as ‘funding’ or ‘grant’, which is not the case. The author publishes the research article in a journal with two affiliations and explains in the acknowledgment section that the institution gave a partial grant. The terms funding and grant are used to camouflage the purpose.
Questions for the Forum
- How can such malpractices be reduced?
- Are there any checks that can be adopted via the submission system or by the editorial team to avoid this issue?