papers affected

NewAmerica

Senior Member
Mandarin
Does "papers affected" mean "papers involved in a manner of contamination (contaminating the academic integrity)"?

The use of the word "affected" appears to be a bit unique. Why not simply has written it as "(papers) involved"? I guess that "affected" is much stronger than "involved." The former appears to act in an aggressive way like a virus. I am not sure.

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An education ministry report details 11 university academics who named high-school or middle-school-aged children on papers that the children allegedly did not contribute to. Nine of these are newly identified, bringing the total number accused to 17, and the total number of papers affected to 24, since the practice was first exposed in late 2017.

Source: Nature 12 NOVEMBER 2019
More South Korean academics caught naming kids as co-authors
 
  • owlman5

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    English-US
    Does "papers affected" mean "papers involved in a manner of contamination (contaminating the academic integrity)"?
    This sounds reasonable. The papers affected are those papers in which some author made a dishonest claim about the people who were actually involved in writing the paper.
     
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