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Detective work uncovers dirty tricks at Wiley

last modified Sep 12, 2016 11:58 AM

This week Richard Smith-Unna from the Hibberd Lab features heavily in a Nature News article on the dirty tricks some academic publishers are using to stifle text & data mining. In the article titled 'Publisher under fire for fake article webpages', Richard explains how he uncovered that the academic publisher Wiley (John Wiley & Sons), has been publishing fake articles with fake DOIs online in a bid to stifle the systematic downloading of research articles. Wiley even went as far as to mistakenly block a number of Cambridge users for clicking on these fake 'trap' website links. Well done Richard!