The Papermill Alarm

The Papermill Alarm is the world’s leading tool for detecting organised research fraud across all areas of science.

The Papermill Alarm is comprised of a number of separate tools using a broad range of methods and data.

Read about The Papermill Alarm in Nature & Science. For the latest news, follow our blog and find us on Twitter.

Papermills are a significant and growing problem. We estimate that at least 1.5% of the research literature is produced by papermills.

The Papermill Alarm is available exclusively via a direct subscription to Clear Skies’ services. Contact us for details.

Subscribe to Clear Skies to receive:

  • Automated alerts when The Papermill Alarm detects signs of research fraud in newly published papers.
    • Subscribing publishers also receive alerts when new submissions trigger The Papermill Alarm: saving time in peer-review and preventing retractions.
  • Access to a web app which shows long term trends. This can reveal methods of operation: targeted journals, targeted subject areas and much more.

For details of how to subscribe: contact us 

Clear Skies also offers the following APIs to aid editorial analytics:

  • Article Tracker – for linking limited article metadata to Crossref. The Article Tracker can provide valuable context on peer-review operations. It also detects duplicate submissions in Crossmark data out-of-the-box. This is a hallmark of papermill activity.
  • Papermill Alarm: Public – an introductory version of The Papermill Alarm based on publicly-available data.

For more information, follow our blog and find us on Twitter.

Clear Skies gratefully acknowledges the services and support of the following organisations and individuals.

  • Akabana Consulting
  • The STM Association
  • Amazon Web Services (AWS)
  • Crossref
  • OpenAlex
  • Semantic Scholar
  • Retraction Watch
  • Elisabeth Bik
  • Guillaume Cabanac
  • Smut Clyde
  • Anna Abalkina