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Identification and characterization of ‘self-promotion journals’ : a survey of biomedical journals

Abstract : Context: The Percentage of Papers by the Most Prolific (PPMP) author is a simple measure that can be used as a red flag to identify journals that are suspected of biased editorial decision-making. Complementally, a more complex measure like the Gini index was used. Methods: For all biomedical journals referenced in the National Library of Medicine, with any attributed Broad Subject Terms, and at least 50 papers with authors names published between 2015 and 2019, we calculated and describe the PPMP and Gini index of distribution of articles among authors. Discussion: Our results reveal relationships between authors and editors that question the necessary independence of scientific publishing. Limits of this study included automated calculations with a risk of inaccuracy and a focus on journals indexed with NLM Broad Subject Terms that may have selected the more established journals.
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Alexandre Scanff. Identification and characterization of ‘self-promotion journals’ : a survey of biomedical journals. Life Sciences [q-bio]. 2020. ⟨dumas-03243394⟩



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