On September 5, 2019, global science analytics business and Wageningen University & Research (WUR) announced their collaboration. Using Elsevier’s analytical capabilities, the duo want to detect unethical addition of citations to scientific research papers. This would be the first large-scale analysis to eradicate citation manipulation in journals and it will be presented at the 17th International Conference on Scientometrics & Informetrics (ISSI) in Rome, Italy. Arthur Mol, Rector Magnificus of Wageningen University expresses his concerns of the problem in a statement saying “Of course, scientific integrity in relation to publishing is bigger than citation stacking or pushing. Since the imperative to ‘publish or perish’ has become such an important factor in our scientific community, it is important to safeguard all aspects of quality control of the publishing process.” This is a joint responsibility for both the scientific and publishing communities, and is why we called for action.
Reference Link: https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-09/e-eww090419.php