Manipulation of the publication process is a relatively new form of misconduct affecting the publishing industry.
These guidelines represent an important first step towards encouraging openness and collaboration between publishers to address this phenomenon.
Systematic manipulation of the publication process is where an individual or a group of individuals have repeatedly used dishonest or fraudulent practices to:
- prevent or inappropriately influence the independent assessment of a piece of scholarly work by an independent peer;
- inappropriately attribute authorship of a piece of scholarly work;
- publish fabricated or plagiarised research.
Systematic manipulation of the publishing process via paper mills COPE Forum discussion, September 2020
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