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Fake News and False Information: Academic Inaccuracies

This guide will provide you with some strategies for identifying fake information and news.

False Information in Academia

Even in publications that are not predatory, some academic publications still contain false or misleading information. There are several reasons for this, as explored in the articles below. 

And, just like with any publications, sometimes academic papers publish without being reviewed and edited thoroughly, occasionally with entertaining results: 

Below, find some resources that monitor the accuracy of academic publications: 

Predatory Publishing and Academic Fraud

Some publishers and conferences that target academics are predatory, meaning that they charge the authors fees without actually supplying the peer-review, editing, and legitimacy of a scholarly journal or conference. Gumberg Library holds a recurring presentation on predatory publishers. Check the Presentations page to see the schedule of our workshops. 

In other cases, groups work together to beef up citation counts, or sometimes even fake papers slip through the supposedly rigorous peer-review process.

See below for more information on predatory publishing and academic fraud:

guide to spotting bad science