Paper mills are the topic of discussion in this issue of Digest as Deborah Poff, COPE Chair describes "A fascinating but troubling operation, which seems to be increasing in frequency, or at least the frequency in which papers are detected, of mass produced research papers, which may involve fabricated data and selling authorship on the papers.". A recording of the text recycling webinar is now on our website, with additional content as the member of the Text Recycling Research Project have very kindly answered questions we couldn't get to in the webinar. We also have new cases that came to the COPE Forum in September for discussion and advice from COPE Members: How to respond to a reader's repeated concerns; Authors requesting withdrawal of articles from similarity check database in order to re-publish. At the Forum we also heard updates to existing cases. E
Trevor Lane, COPE Council member spoke at the ISMTE Asia virtual event on 'Ethical use of professional editorial and publishing support services'. This was part of the session on 'Transparency in support services' and is available to watch now.
New research from COPE Council member, Adrian Ziderman and Michal Tal-Socher 'Data sharing policies in scholarly publications: interdisciplinary comparisons' has been published in Prometheus and gives an insightful assessment of current preferences for data sharing processes and platform solutions across different disciplines.