TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A research journal has pulled more than 30 papers authored by Chinese researchers citing plagiarism and other academic misconduct.
Multimedia Tools and Applications, which is owned by German publisher Springer, withdrew a total of 33 Chinese papers in April, the journal's second round of retractions in two years. This brought the total number of retracted articles to 41, including 39 submitted by Chinese authors, reported The Paper.
The journal listed “[duplication] from an unpublished manuscript, authorship manipulation, an attempt to subvert the peer review process, substantial overlap, most notably with the article cited, and figure duplication without appropriate permission” as the primary reasons for the retractions.
According to the report, dozens of Chinese academic institutions and companies were involved in the large-scale withdrawal, many of which had been government-sponsored. They include Zhejiang University, Beihang University, Wuhan University of Science and Technology, China Jiliang University, and Changzhou Institute of Technology.
Tumor Biology, another journal founded by Springer, previously pulled 107 papers published between 2012 and 2016 due to peer-review fraud. The flagged articles were authored by 524 researchers from 125 institutions in China, Japan, the U.S., and Canada.