Crossing the Pubicon: Adults Only?

I got a chuckle yesterday from Jeffrey Beall’s warning email about a new probably predatory online open access publisher calling itself “Pubicon.”

Now, Julius Caesar famously crossed the “Rubicon,” and changed the course of history.

But, really? “Pubicon”? Does you mother know you’re using language like that? Sounds to me like the witticism of a sophomore Latin student.

Details here: http://scholarlyoa.com/2014/12/04/new-oa-publisher-pubicon-international-publications-launches-with-14-journals/

Why Predatory Publishing Can Be Harmful

The ever-vigilant Jeffrey Beall in a recent post on his web site ScholarlyOA reported on a case in which an unwitting journalist picked up on a spurious article published by an unreliable online open-access publisher. The journalist took the conclusions of a flawed study and presented them as a scientific consensus.

Predatory online open-access publishing not only cheapens the value of scholarly work but also disguises bogus science as valid and reliable, which can continue to circulate through the knowledge ecosystem.

Details here: http://scholarlyoa.com/2014/12/02/clueless-reporter-from-the-mirror-bases-story-on-withdrawn-omics-publishing-group-article/

Editorials for our “Predatory Publishers” Project!

Thomas Lawrence Long:

A statement from the International Academy of Nurse Editors on predatory open-access publishers and journals.

Originally posted on INANE - International Academy of Nursing Editors:

576675_339521189451599_1525598560_nAt our 2014 INANE conference in Portland, Maine, the group present for Jeffrey Beall’s informative presentation titled “Open Access or Good Editors Stand Out in a World of Predatory Publishers” agreed to launch a project to inform all readers of nursing journals about this important topic. We envisioned having an initial document published that lays out the basic issues involved; this document can be re-published or quoted (with adequate attribution) by any nursing journal editor in preparing an editorial that is tailored to a specific journal audience.

Without delay, and within exactly four weeks, a team of collaborators led by Sally Thorne developed an overview “anchor” document that has now been published in Nurse Author & Editor.  This position statement is titled “Predatory Publishing: What Editors Need to Know.”  It is available for free for any interested person; you only need to register on the site (at no…

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JPMHN Seeks Editor

The Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing is seeking applications for the position of Associate Editor within one of the leading international psychiatric and mental health journals.

For further information please see attached or follow this link:
http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1111/%28ISSN%291365-2850/homepage/JPMHN_Editor_Advert.pdf

 

Survey: Medical Humanities Programs

For humanities scholars whose work includes teaching, consulting, or research in schools of medicine or nursing or allied health programs, a survey is now being conducted under the auspices of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities (ASBH).

Please take a few minutes to participate in this important data gathering activity: https://redcap01.brisc.utah.edu/ccts/redcap/surveys/?s=zKHJjm

Impact Factor Update

Impact factor — the metric that purports to calculate a journal’s and an article’s scholarly influence by measuring the frequency of citation — has come under scrutiny for many reasons (not the least, its use as an outsourced proxy for tenure and promotion decisions), but ethical questions have been raised about some journals’ requiring their authors to cite them in order to game the system.

The Nature News Blog reports that a record number of journals has been removed from this year’s impact factor list: http://blogs.nature.com/news/2013/06/new-record-66-journals-banned-for-boosting-impact-factor-with-self-citations.html

The list can be found here: http://admin-apps.webofknowledge.com/JCR/static_html/notices/notices.htm#editorial_information

Appropriately, the list includes the Iranian Journal of Fuzzy Systems.

Adv in Neonatal Care Seeks New Editor

Call for Editor-in-Chief

The National Association of Neonatal Nurses is currently seeking applicants for the position of Editor-in-Chief of Advances in Neonatal Care. For more information and to apply, please visit:

http://journals.lww.com/advancesinneonatalcare/pages/default.aspx

http://www.nann.org/membership/content/volunteer-opportunities.html

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