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.
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.