ATG Article of the Week: Many Academics Are Eager to Publish in Worthless Journals

by | Dec 14, 2018 | 0 comments

Many Academics Are Eager to Publish in Worthless Journals is a post by Gina Kolata, a reporter at The New York Times who focuses on science and medicine.


In her article Ms. Kolata starts by stating the obvious fact that “Universities, colleges, even community colleges insist that faculty publish scholarly research, and the more papers the better.” And then after noting the “fierce competition” to publish in the best journals, she quickly pivots to the plight of “the overworked professors at less prestigious schools and community colleges, without big grants and state-of-the-art labs” and reflects on the less than edifying results.

“As it turns out, many of their articles are appearing in “journals” that will publish almost anything, for fees that can range into the hundreds of dollars per paper. These publications often are called predatory journals, on the assumption that well-meaning academics are duped into working with them — tricked by flattering emails from the journals inviting them to submit a paper or fooled by a name that sounded like a journal they knew.

“But it’s increasingly clear that many academics know exactly what they’re getting into, which explains why these journals have proliferated despite wide criticism. The relationship is less predator and prey, some experts say, than a new and ugly symbiosis.

“Many faculty members — especially at schools where the teaching load is heavy and resources few — have become eager participants in what experts call academic fraud that wastes taxpayer money, chips away at scientific credibility, and muddies important research…”

Of course Ms. Kolata continues her argument, but to read it you will need to click here, or on the link above.

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