This is nasty. Forensic students should beware of these dangerous waters within “publish or perish” industry and academia.
Some recent communications from companies involved in academic publishing have some journal representatives worried. In one instance, a manuscript editing company offered to pay an editor to help its papers get published in his journal; in another, a research ethics company threatened to investigate all of an author’s papers if he or she didn’t donate thousands to support the company’s efforts. Bottom line: Research authors (and editors) should beware companies offering unethical manuscript editing and other publishing services.
Read every word from The Retraction Watch. “Pay to play? Three new ways companies are subverting academic publishing.”