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One academic paper’s journey through the mill

In the summer of 2020, Anna Abalkina came across an advertisement online: a website was selling authorship of a chemistry paper that it said was to be published in a reputable journal in February 2021. The ad didn’t come as a surprise to Abalkina, a sociologist at the Free University of Berlin, because she had been tracking such advertisements for a while. The whole story was published by C&EN Magazine.

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