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The paper mill crisis is a five-alarm fire for science: what can librarians do about it? – Plus More ATG News & Announcements for 7/4/24

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The paper mill crisis, which is polluting the scholarly literature with fake papers, has led to record-breaking article retractions and continues to erode trust in science. While publishers and other scholarly publishing stakeholders have mobilized to address this grave threat to research and publishing integrity, action from the library community has been lacking. This article explores the ongoing impact of the paper mill crisis and its causes. It also reviews the steps being taken across the sector to address it. This includes actions taken by publishers, integrity sleuths and organizations like Retraction Watch, NISO and STM. Based on the severity of the crisis and the current response, this article recommends actions libraries can take to help address the crisis and clean up the mess paper mills have made in the scholarly literature. At a time of declining trust and growing threats facing society, it is critical that all scholarly publishing stakeholders, including librarians, help hold the line on publishing integrity and restore trust in science.


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According to Publishing Perspectives “While many parts of the work of the United States-based Audio Publishers Association has been frequently useful to the world book publishing industry, its September 10 International Summit of Audio Publishers in New York City is the organization’s first-of-its-kind foray into elements of the business in the international context.

“This event, the program’s descriptive text reads, “will provide a unique platform for publishers and distributors from diverse global locations to connect, collaborate, and explore the latest trends in the industry.”

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