Serious concerns about “fake science” and “fake publishers” are reaching the mainstream. The New Yorker has just published “Paging Dr. Fraud”: The Fake Publishers That Are Ruining Science by Alan Burdick in which Mr. Burdick draws attention to “the proliferation of fake and disreputable science journals” that has bedeviled scientific publishing. He also highlights the numerous spoofs that have helped expose the problem. But unfortunately, Mr. Burdick also notes that fake publishers won’t be going out of business any time soon. “Predatory journals and conferences continue to spawn, even scientists are having a hard time discerning the real from the fake…”
Tom is originally from Brooklyn N.Y but has spent his entire professional career in South Carolina, most recently as Head of Reference Services at the College of Charleston. As part of the Against the Grain and Charleston Conference team, he serves as the associate editor of the print ATG as well as the co-editor of the webpage. Tom’s conference duties include coordinating the Penthouse Suite interviews as well as the conference poster sessions.
He received his MLS from the University of Buffalo, SUNY and a second master’s in public administration from the College of Charleston and the Univ. of South Carolina. His wife Carol and he live in downtown Charleston and she is an artist and a tour guide offering historic walking tours of the city.