Editor’s Note: And that’s probably just scratching the surface. What’s really surprising is that anyone actually caught these and did anything about it. But they’re waiving the banner of SCIIIIIEEEEENNNNCE! Who actually pays attention anymore to whether or not what they are actually saying is true? It’s sciiiiiiiieeeence!
Via Retraction Watch:
BioMed Central is retracting 43 papers, following their investigation into 50 papers that raised suspicions of fake peer review, possibly involving third-party companies selling the service.
In November 2014 we wrote about fake peer reviews for Nature; at that point there had been about 110 retractions across several journals. The addition of 16 retractions by Elsevier for the same reason, and today’s 43 from BMC, brings retractions resulting from the phenomenon up to about 170.