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The STM Integrity Hub

In scholarly publishing, the ability to maintain and uphold research integrity is critical. But as AI adoption continues to permeate the industry, the opportunity for editors and publishers to identify fraud becomes a more complex and difficult endeavor.

In hopes of counteracting the unintentional publishing of fraudulent research, the International Association of Scientific, Technical, and Medical Publishers (STM) has created the STM Integrity Hub — a cloud-based software enabling publishers to connect, share experiences and resources, and ultimately identify faulty scholarly journalism that violates accepted research integrity standards.

How might the STM Integrity Hub achieve this lofty goal? On a basic level, it provides a platform for publishers to share their knowledge and intelligence with their peers. For instance, if one publisher successfully identifies counterfeit paper markings at a paper mill, they can share this information, empowering others to do the same.

The STM Integrity Hub is also working to help create industry-wide standards and policies. The platform was built to detect patterns in submissions and ensure the confidentiality of participating publishers. It works within the framework of the law to share valuable information but protect privacy.

As STM posits, because no one publisher can catch all fake images or faulty research, only by coming together to share resources and collaborate can the publishing industry successfully maintain high standards of research integrity. The hope is that competing publishing houses will work together for the greater good — because protecting research is an industry-wide goal. Participation in the STM Integrity Hub is voluntary and involves a membership fee.

The STM Integrity Hub offers an opportunity to safeguard the scholarly community against fraud, but it cannot be relied upon solely. Even publishers who choose to join should continue practicing existing methods of determining whether an article or image is counterfeit.

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