Monday, 7 October 2013

A paper exposing the world of dodgy "open access" journals

Who’s Afraid of Peer Review?
A spoof paper concocted by Science reveals little or no scrutiny at many open-access journals

Alongside very respectable open-access journals, who are committed to keeping published research open-access, are a world of journals who are little more than a vanity press, publishing anything in return for cash.  The journal "Science" has done an investigation, and found that many of these journals accepted a spoof paper they concocted.  Of course, Science, has a vested interest in stressing the virtues of the old "pay wall" model of publication, but there is no doubt that many unscrupulous "open access" journals exist (along side older "conferences" with basically the same purpose).

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