How Naunyn-Schmiedeberg's Archives of Pharmacology deals with fraudulent papers from paper mills

Naunyn Schmiedebergs Arch Pharmacol. 2021 Mar;394(3):431-436. doi: 10.1007/s00210-021-02056-8.


Fraudulent papers from paper mills are a serious threat to the entire scientific community. Naunyn-Schmiedeberg's Archives of Pharmacology has become the target of a massive attack of fraudulent papers originating from paper mills. This editorial highlights 20 important features we observed with paper mills and explains how the journal is responding to this serious threat to restore the integrity of science. Hopefully, this editorial is also helpful for editors of other scientific journals.

Keywords: Fake data; Paper mills; Raw data; Scientific fraud; Scientific integrity.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Biomedical Research / ethics
  • Peer Review, Research / ethics
  • Periodicals as Topic / standards*
  • Scientific Misconduct*