How a “hygiene routine” can help academics protect their scholarship: Opinion

November 1, 2021
Academics should continually be checking their scholarship and digital presence to ensure that their work and name is not being used by unscrupulous publishers, writes Guillaume Cabanac. Cabanac says that malpractice and mix-ups are common across academia, and that academics should develop a “hygiene routine” of searching their name and affiliation online to see if they are listed on editorial boards or conference committees that they are not associated with. The author recommends checking if an academic has been named as a support or contributor to a paper without their consent or knowledge, and copying in the appropriate university representatives when contacting the publishers of such work. Cabanac also suggests setting alerts so you are notified of citations or links to your researcher profile. Nature (Editorial)