Journal-giant and research-data resource Elsevier promotes a new methodology, “to detect the unethical addition of citations to scientific research papers”
It’s a project with Wageningen University & Research in the Netherlands to identify peer-reviewers adding irrelevant citations to authors or journals. The partners based their analysis on 500 000 reviewers and citations in Scopus and found 0.8 per cent of 69 000 researchers who reviewed five or more publications in Elsevier journals, “were associated with suspicious citation platforms.”
“Now that Elsevier can detect citation manipulation in published papers, the next step is to prevent it earlier and before publication.”
Not the biggest deal in itself but another Elsevier effort to reconfigure is business base away from being solely seen as the arch-enemy of open access.