Science Publisher Suggests It Played Along With Hoax

USA“Bentham Science Publishers, as it watches editors quit in protest of lax peer-review standards, is contending that it agreed to publish a specious research report by a Cornell University graduate student because it was trying to trap the perpetrator. Mahmood Alam, Bentham’s director of publications, initially told The Chronicle he wasn’t aware of the case in which Bentham’s Open Information Science Journal accepted the computer-generated charade, submitted under a false name by Philip M Davis, a doctoral student in communications at Cornell …” (more)

[Paul Basken, Chronicle of Higher Education, 18 June]

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