Springer and Universite Joseph Fourier Release SciDetect to Check for Fake Scientific Papers

By CIOReview | Friday, March 27, 2015

FREMONT, CA: Soon after intensive collaboration with Dr. Cyril Labbe from Universite Joseph Fourier in Grenoble, France, Springer- a global publishing company announces the release of SciDetect, a new software program that automatically checks for fake scientific papers.

 Springer in 2014 has found that it has published 18 articles that were generated by the SCIgen computer program, which creates fake documents for submission as Computer Science and Engineering conference papers. This very incident triggered the company to fund a PhD candidate in Dr. Labbe’s team, who is working with Springer to create better detection mechanisms and guard against any future programs that are similar to SCIgen.

The new open source software helps in discovering text that has been generated with the SCIgen computer program and other fake-paper generators like Mathgen and Physgen. Springer uses the software in its production workflow to provide additional, fail-safe checking. Springer. The University has released the software under the GNU General Public License, Version 3.0 (GPLv3) so others in the scientific and publishing communities will also get benefitted.

SciDetect checks a document and can be easily make out whether it is fake or genuine .It scans Extensible Markup Language (XML) and Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) files and compares them against a corpus of fake scientific papers. This software program is also flexible and thus can be customized to match with the newly generated fake or random text.

“SciDetect, developed by Tien Nguyen, a member of Dr. Labbé’s team of PhD students, is a valuable building block for the future of academic publishing. It helps us ensure that unfair methods and quick cheats do not go unnoticed. We stand behind the integrity of our authors and consider it our duty to uphold this ethical principle. Accordingly, we have decided to make the software freely available to our partners,” says Dr. Hubertus von Riedesel, Executive Vice President Physical Sciences and Engineering at Springer.