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Post-Publication Peer Review?

A growing number of reports in a variety of media point to problems with pre-publication peer review. Now anonymous group has created a mechanism for post-publication peer review. A wave of the future? They are interviewed here: http://www.vox.com/2015/3/14/8203595/pubpeer (“Why you can’t always believe what you read in scientific journals”). Their web site, PubPeer: The Online … Continue reading Post-Publication Peer Review?

Scholarly Kitchen: Why Is Science Suffering in the Modern Age?

Kent Anderson writing for the Scholarly Kitchen (“What’s Hot and Cooking in Scholarly Publishing”) asks, “Why is science suffering in the modern age?” Among the causes of the crisis of public confidence in science: Political and societal dysfunction. Economic dysfunction. Mass media dysfunction. Scientific dysfunction. Admitting the complexities of the first three, Anderson observes of … Continue reading Scholarly Kitchen: Why Is Science Suffering in the Modern Age?

On-Line Journal Publishes Article Authored by Characters from “The Simpsons”

Would you like to be published in the same journal that accepted a manuscript written by "Margaret Simpson" and "Edna Krabappel"? If those names sound familiar, it's not because they're distinguished researchers. They're not. They're not even real people. They're characters on the long-running evening cartoon situation comedy The Simpsons. But the "editors" of an … Continue reading On-Line Journal Publishes Article Authored by Characters from “The Simpsons”

Predatory Publishing: It’s a Jungle Out There in the Wild West

OK, so I’m mixing metaphors here, but the new landscape of online publications does invite both the image of the predatory jungle ("Nature, red in tooth and claw," as the poet Tennyson wrote) and the lawless American frontier West. Compliments of Edie Brous, nurse attorney—EdieBrous.com—a compilation of recent reports on predatory open-access journals and scholarly … Continue reading Predatory Publishing: It’s a Jungle Out There in the Wild West

Warning: Predatory Publishers Gone Phishing

Reported today by Jeffrey Beall on the ScholarlyOA web site, a scam involving predatory open-access publishers posing as a distinguished publisher (e.g., Elsevier): http://scholarlyoa.com/2014/05/08/scholarly-publishing-phishing-attempts-noted/ "Phishing" is the practice of attempting to secure information by posing as a reputable entity. In this case, the "phishers" do not direct you to the legitimate web site of the … Continue reading Warning: Predatory Publishers Gone Phishing