Comments on: Elsevier editorial system hacked, reviews faked, 11 retractions follow http://retractionwatch.com/2012/12/11/elsevier-editorial-system-hacked-reviews-faked-11-retractions-follow/ Tracking retractions as a window into the scientific process Sat, 25 Apr 2015 23:41:54 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2 By: Zwi Curiohttp://retractionwatch.com/2012/12/11/elsevier-editorial-system-hacked-reviews-faked-11-retractions-follow/#comment-7889 Tue, 18 Dec 2012 06:21:49 +0000 http://www.retractionwatch.com/?p=11059#comment-7889 Which 11 papers have been retracted? Is there a list somewhere?

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By: telescoperhttp://retractionwatch.com/2012/12/11/elsevier-editorial-system-hacked-reviews-faked-11-retractions-follow/#comment-7884 Sun, 16 Dec 2012 11:48:43 +0000 http://www.retractionwatch.com/?p=11059#comment-7884 Reblogged this on In the Dark and commented:
Have you heard all the stories about that carefully-managed system of peer review that justifies the exorbitant cost of Elsevier journals? Then read this…

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By: Tobyhttp://retractionwatch.com/2012/12/11/elsevier-editorial-system-hacked-reviews-faked-11-retractions-follow/#comment-7878 Thu, 13 Dec 2012 12:11:42 +0000 http://www.retractionwatch.com/?p=11059#comment-7878 Because it is rather sinister……….and I hope that AD is a nom de plume!

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By: Alice Dregerhttp://retractionwatch.com/2012/12/11/elsevier-editorial-system-hacked-reviews-faked-11-retractions-follow/#comment-7877 Wed, 12 Dec 2012 22:38:55 +0000 http://www.retractionwatch.com/?p=11059#comment-7877 Why am I having such a hard time figuring out a joke to make here with regard to Elsevier’s history of publishing out-and-out fake journals? http://www.the-scientist.com/?articles.view/articleNo/27383/title/Elsevier-published-6-fake-journals/

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By: Tom Rellerhttp://retractionwatch.com/2012/12/11/elsevier-editorial-system-hacked-reviews-faked-11-retractions-follow/#comment-7876 Wed, 12 Dec 2012 21:14:45 +0000 http://www.retractionwatch.com/?p=11059#comment-7876 Dr. Brookes, this was changed in the shift to new user consolodated accounts, discussed here http://elsevierconnect.com/faking-peer-reviews/

Thank you — Tom Reller, Elsevier

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By: Tom Rellerhttp://retractionwatch.com/2012/12/11/elsevier-editorial-system-hacked-reviews-faked-11-retractions-follow/#comment-7875 Wed, 12 Dec 2012 21:11:08 +0000 http://www.retractionwatch.com/?p=11059#comment-7875 We at Elsevier have provided more information on this incident on our online community site, Elsevier Connect. http://elsevierconnect.com/faking-peer-reviews/

Tom Reller, Elsevier

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By: ivanoranskyhttp://retractionwatch.com/2012/12/11/elsevier-editorial-system-hacked-reviews-faked-11-retractions-follow/#comment-7872 Wed, 12 Dec 2012 16:42:02 +0000 http://www.retractionwatch.com/?p=11059#comment-7872 Elsevier didn’t say they were sure. As we reported, “So far, Elsevier said, it has not seen a direct connection between the fake reviewers and the authors.”

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By: Todd Horowitzhttp://retractionwatch.com/2012/12/11/elsevier-editorial-system-hacked-reviews-faked-11-retractions-follow/#comment-7871 Wed, 12 Dec 2012 15:18:49 +0000 http://www.retractionwatch.com/?p=11059#comment-7871 Isn’t there an automatic system for handling username and password requests?

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By: Todd Horowitzhttp://retractionwatch.com/2012/12/11/elsevier-editorial-system-hacked-reviews-faked-11-retractions-follow/#comment-7870 Wed, 12 Dec 2012 15:16:11 +0000 http://www.retractionwatch.com/?p=11059#comment-7870 Editors ask for cover letters for a number of reasons. One is that you typically ask for reviewers before actually reading the paper. Otherwise, the editor would be a significant bottleneck. The cover letter gives you an idea of what the paper is about so you can know who to ask for reviews. Also, authors can use the cover letter to request certain reviewers or to request that certain people not review the paper. This is helpful. Remember that in most cases, the editor is not an expert in the particular sub-field of the manuscript, so it’s useful to have suggestions, and also useful to know about academic feuds you don’t want to get into. Of course, if you only sent the paper to the author’s preferred reviewers, that would be problematic (though preferred reviewers are no guarantee of a positive review, in my experience!), but it’s good to have a place to start.

Again, while the editor does have an obligation to use her own judgement about the quality of a manuscript, you ask for reviewers precisely because they have more expertise, so it would be foolish to ignore them.

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By: Angela Cochranhttp://retractionwatch.com/2012/12/11/elsevier-editorial-system-hacked-reviews-faked-11-retractions-follow/#comment-7869 Wed, 12 Dec 2012 14:54:18 +0000 http://www.retractionwatch.com/?p=11059#comment-7869 Our system does this too. I am not comfortable with it as I have seen a few review request emails forwarded along with this information. That said, when we stopped providing this information, the editorial office was FLOODED with username and password requests. Seeing as we have 4 editorial coordinators for 33 journals, this was a problem and now we send out user and password.

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