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Analytical Methods in the Quality Control of Scientific Publications Part III: Publishers’ Ethics and Editors’ Complicity

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In 2012, the first paper in the series Analytical Methods. The first paper in this series di-scussed issues of obvious falsification and plagiarism contained in paper published by Dongre et al., Applications et al. copied their publication from an original research manu-script submitted for consideration by other authors. This paper was published in the Asian Jour-nal present paper will discuss the following issues: the obvious neglect of the rights of authors by some publishers and editors; how original research manuscripts are ex-posed to mediocre researchers, and possibly sold, by editors to these "scientists" to boost the image of these particular "scientists"; how the order of authors' names in published articles are changed to satisfy the commercial interests of companies; and how copyright is breached in an appalling way by well-established publishers. The documents presented here concern research publications in the fields of chromatography, chromatography-mass spectrometry, and mass spec-trometry.
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... Perhaps in Asia, and especially in India, this phenomenon of cheating to boost national "pride" began significantly earlier than in Africa and had an uglier face. Publications [2]- [5] describe how the "prominent" Indian scientists Dongre, Karmuse, Nimbalkar, Singh and Kumar in 2005 stole the text of a paper from a manuscript submitted to the Asian Journal of Chemistry, and how India's well-known Editor in Chief Agrawal of the Asian Journal of Chemistry helped them to do this [4]. Although to a lesser extent than India's authors, authors in China have published papers with obvious mistakes; however, they were published mostly in Chinese domestic journals and was criticized in [3]. ...
... Because of its desperate need to publish quality scientific reports, Nova Science Publishers Inc. of New York (US) has published as a new paper a chapter from a book without the authorization of the author, and even without notifying the author [4]. Some Indian publishers are fishing for manuscripts, as described in [4] the case of the Asian Journal of Chemistry's Editor in Chief Agrawal, for the purpose of building national pride or maybe simply because of commercial interests. ...
... Because of its desperate need to publish quality scientific reports, Nova Science Publishers Inc. of New York (US) has published as a new paper a chapter from a book without the authorization of the author, and even without notifying the author [4]. Some Indian publishers are fishing for manuscripts, as described in [4] the case of the Asian Journal of Chemistry's Editor in Chief Agrawal, for the purpose of building national pride or maybe simply because of commercial interests. He probably transferred the text of manuscript to the paper [6] to the "prominent scientists" Dongre et al. ...
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... En una versión ampliada del concepto de plagio se suele incluir también a las conductas reprobables relacionadas con el arbitraje de publicaciones o de proyectos de investigación, en donde más bien se habla de una complicidad de plagio en cualquiera de las formas particulares mencionadas en los incisos anteriores (Brondz, 2013). ...
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... Estos estudios también incluyen los mecanismos y políticas para la detección y prevención del plagio. Otros actores afectados son: c) las compañías, proyectos o iniciativas que ofrecen entre sus servicios la detección de plagio académico (Bretah y Mahmud, 2009; Garner, 2011); y d) los investigadores que publican sus textos en revistas indexadas y arbitradas (Durani, 2006;Brondz, 2013). ...
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