Working Hand in Glove: Scientific Ghostwriting Company and the Predatory Journal Targeting Chinese Authors

Here is the story of how it happened: last week, one anonymous visitor emailed us and told us that this paper, “Decreased miR-452 expression in human colorectal cancer and its tumor suppressive function. Genet Mol Res. 2016 May 23;15(2). doi:10.4238/gmr.15027730. PMID: 27323070 (file short name: GMR7730)” features horrible plagiarism, but neglected to provide us with more details. When we used iPlagiarism software to screen it, it seemed to us that it was just a common and serious text duplicate, with a very high similarity index (31%).

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Suspected Plagiarism: MicroRNA-154 functions as a tumor suppressor and directly targets HMGA2 in human non-small cell lung cancer. Genet. Mol. Res. 15 (2): gmr.15028173

Questionable Paper: MicroRNA-154 functions as a tumor suppressor and directly targets HMGA2 in human non-small cell lung cancer. Genet. Mol. Res. 15 (2): gmr.15028173

Questionable Journal: Genetics and molecular research (Impact factor 0.764)

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Suspected Plagiarism: Changes in growth factor levels in the cerebrospinal fluid of autism patients after transplantation of human umbilical cord blood mononuclear cells and umbilical cord-derived mesenchymal stem cells. Genet. Mol. Res. 15 (2): gmr.15027526

Questionable Paper: Changes in growth factor levels in the cerebrospinal fluid of autism patients after transplantation of human umbilical cord blood mononuclear cells and umbilical cord-derived mesenchymal stem cells. Genet. Mol. Res. 15 (2): gmr.15027526

Questionable Journal: Genetics and molecular research (Impact factor 0.764)

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Suspected Plagiarism: Increased expression of the lncRNA BANCR and its prognostic significance in human osteosarcoma. Genet Mol Res. 2016 Mar 28;15(1).

Questionable Paper: Suspected Plagiarism: Increased expression of the lncRNA BANCR  and its prognostic significance in human  osteosarcoma. Genet Mol Res. 2016 Mar 28;15(1).

Questionable Journal: Genetics and molecular research (Impact factor 0.764)

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Suspected Plagiarism: Decreased miR-452 expression in human colorectal cancer and its tumor suppressive function. Genetics and Molecular Research 15 (2): gmr.15027730

Questionable Paper: Decreased miR-452 expression in human colorectal cancer and its tumor suppressive function. Genetics and Molecular Research 15 (2): gmr.15027730

Questionable Journal: Genetics and molecular research (Impact factor 0.764)

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Suspected Plagiarism: Docetaxel enhances apoptosis and G2/M cell cycle arrest by suppressing mitogen-activated protein kinase signaling in human renal clear cell carcinoma. Genet Mol Res. 2016 Feb 5;15(1).

Questionable Paper: Docetaxel enhances apoptosis and G2/M cell cycle arrest by suppressing mitogen-activated protein kinase signaling in human renal clear cell carcinoma. Genet Mol Res. 2016 Feb 5;15(1).

Questionable Journal: Genetics and molecular research (Impact factor 0.764)

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