Paper mills pose threat to scientific scholarship

May 29, 2024 article from The Oxford Student.

As students, scientists, and other professionals face pressures to publish content, paper mills exploit this demand to the detriment of academic integrity and scholarly publishing.

“The use of paper mills not only diminishes the reputability and credibility of scientific journals, but it can also cost companies millions of dollars. The prevalence of academic misconduct, even amongst some reputable scholars, demonstrates the need to greatly improve publishing editorial processes. Potential improvement measures include employee training and stricter peer reviewer vetting. Many publishing companies and relevant stakeholders are currently pursuing efforts to improve paper mill detection, especially through technology.”