In the world of academic journals, peer review of submissions is the gold-standard. However, all that glitters in academe is apparently not gold as this report in Nature reveals:
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Most journal editors know how much effort it takes to persuade busy researchers to review a paper. That is why the editor of The Journal of Enzyme Inhibition and Medicinal Chemistry was puzzled by the reviews for manuscripts by one author — Hyung-In Moon, a medicinal-plant researcher then at Dongguk University in Gyeongju, South Korea.
The reviews themselves were not remarkable: mostly favourable, with some suggestions about how to improve the papers. What was unusual was how quickly they were completed — often within 24 hours. The turnaround was a little too fast, and Claudiu Supuran, the journal’s editor-in-chief, started to
In 2012, he confronted Moon, who readily admitted that the reviews had come in so quickly because he had written many of them himself.