Predatory journals: no definition, no defence

Posted in Research on December 11th, 2019 by steve

International“Leading scholars and publishers from ten countries have agreed a definition of predatory publishing that can protect scholarship. It took 12 hours of discussion, 18 questions and 3 rounds to reach …” (more)

[Nature, 11 December]

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The rise and rise of predatory journals

Posted in Research on October 21st, 2018 by steve

International“There has been a precipitous rise in predatory academic journals in recent years. Most researchers are probably familiar with the recruitment tactic from these scammers. If you haven’t noticed, check your spam folder. It will be littered with invitations to submit to journals tangentially related to your field. You might even have an invitation to join an editorial board or two …” (more)

[Ryan Allen, University World News, 19 October]


Denialism on the Rocks: It Just Got a Lot Harder to Pretend that Predatory Publishing Doesn’t Matter

Posted in Research on August 7th, 2018 by steve

“If you don’t want predatory publishing to tarnish the open access (OA) movement, you basically have two choices: an easy but ineffective one, and a difficult but more effective one. The easy but ineffective strategy is to deny that predatory publishing is a real issue and try to stop people talking about it … ” (more)

[Rick Anderson, The Scholarly Kitchen, 7 August]

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Warning: conmen and shameless scholars operate in this area

Posted in Governance and administration on January 12th, 2017 by steve

International“As I wrapped up a research sabbatical in Canada in March 2015, I started searching for conferences to present my research at. A quick Google search highlighted a shocking number of events and organisations that I had never even heard of – and an even more shocking list of conference fees …” (more)

[James McCrostie, Times Higher Education, 12 January]

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A Peek Inside the Strange World of Fake Academia

Posted in Research on December 31st, 2016 by steve

“The caller ID on my office telephone said the number was from Las Vegas, but when I picked up the receiver I heard what sounded like a busy overseas call center in the background. The operator, ‘John’, asked if I would be interested in attending the 15th World Cardiology and Angiology Conference in Philadelphia next month …” (more)

[Kevin Carey, New York Times, 29 December]


Predatory and Pay for Publish journals and Irish Academia

Posted in Research on January 21st, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Being the editor of the journal gives you a perspective on the publishing process that is not available to the majority of academic researchers. One of the issues that strikes you is that there is an enormous volume of material seeking a home …” (more)

[Brian M Lucey, 21 January]

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