The academic journal Science reported that scientists in China pay between $1,500 to $24,850 to have their names listed as authors in academic papers.
One such paper that offered authorship for sale included a study on Alzheimer that was published in a legitimate Canadian journal.
The black market in authorship has around 27 Chinese companies that offer editing and research services. According to Science, the companies offer slots on papers written by legitimate scientists, plagiarize a separate paper, or create fake data and write a completely new paper.
Previously, the Economist magazine reported that fake research and academic papers industry in China generated $150 Million a year.
Source: Margaret Munro, “China’s academic ‘black market’ fooled Canadian journal, report says,” Province, November 28, 2013.