Research Misconduct in Dissertations and Scientific Publications in Russia
Awarding fake academic degrees to all those who wish to use their academic titles to step onto a faster career route is widely spread in Russia. In order to make a large-scale screening to detect the most dangerous forms of research misconduct over the country a voluntary community so-called “Dissernet” was founded in 2013. The ultimate aim of the Dissernet project is to visualize a research misconduct landscape over different scientific fields and universities in Russia, to gain insight into the backgrounds of this phenomenon and indicate ways of its managing. During six years of running the project nearly 10000 largely falsified dissertations were found and made public. Since 2016 the Dissernet has started the Journal Project. The aim of the Journal Project is to investigate misconduct in Russian scientific journals: plagiarism, duplicate publications, gifted and stolen authorship, fake peer-reviews and other violations. By 2019 significant research misconduct in more than 5000 journal papers published in recent years in Russia is identified.
The collected statistics allow a detail analysis of the phenomenon under study. The project has attracted a broad attention of the media and became very popular in the academic society in Russia.