This article from the Ottawa Citizen is certainly a bit discouraging. Though fraud with peer-reviewed works is not new, it’s distressing to see that it is becoming a much larger problem. We work very hard in our General Education courses to get students to understand how important it is to use peer-reviewed academic works in their research. As many schools do these days, we are constantly asked about why we do this when Google has “everything they need.” If the important peer-review process is not seen as authentic by students, what is the next step? I’m not quite sure what academic publishers can do to be proactive instead of reactive, but it’s worth a longer discussion.
The article can be found here: