Iran and China are among the countries with the fastest growth rate of scientific publications in the world (1). Unfortunately, these countries are also home to more frequent publication misconduct (2). There is a growing publication bazaar in Iran, similar to the one in China (3). Agencies that guarantee publication for a price abound. The website of one such agency displays a price list based on the impact factor of the journal (4). For journals with impact factors below 0.5, between 0.5 and 1.0, and above 1.0, the price is about US$600, US$800, and US$1000, respectively.
- academic misconduct