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Crystallography Databases Hunt for Fraudulent Structures

In 2022, a study revealed that about 800 papers published in crystallography and exotic-chemistry journals originated from a paper mill. In response to Bimler’s study, the Cambridge Structural Database (CSD), one of the most popular crystallography databases, flagged 992 crystal structures mentioned in the implicated papers. In fact, crystallography databases have taken a number of steps in recent years to tackle fraudulent and subpar entries. The whole article was published jointly by ACS Central Science and C&EN Magazine.

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