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Detection Tool to Fight Flood of Fake Academic Papers

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"Preventing these papers from being published in the first place is going to send a clear message to the paper mills," said microbiologist Elisabeth Bik.

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Academic publishers have introduced an online tool developed by academic and professional publishing association STM that can identify bogus papers fabricated by "paper mills."

Publishers registered with the STM Integrity Hub can upload manuscripts to the cloud-based tool, which scans them for signs of potential fraud like doctored images and similarities to papers previously associated with paper mills.

Said Joris van Rossum, who led development of the STM Integrity Hub, “The academic world is traditionally built on trust and in the past few years we have seen that process challenged by systemic fraud. The paper mill industry is a growing problem, made bigger recently by its use of more sophisticated technologies and AI-generated content.”

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