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Problems with "Predatory Journals"
Predatory journals: no definition, no defence
Prof. Monica Berger (NYCTech) and others present their research on how to define predatory journals. The lack of an agreed definition is a barrier to combating predatory publishing.
Nature | Vol 576 | 12 December 2019:
This article by Monica Berger (NYCTech, CUNY) was presented at the Association of College & Research Libraries Conference in Baltimore, Maryland, March 22 - 25, 2017. It is a good place to start understanding more about questionable academic publishing. [Conference paper].
Gina Kolata's New York TImes article was published on Oct. 30, 2017. It includes the issue of publishing in questionable journals at CUNY as well as other stories of problems with "predatory journals," Very interesting!
Another, earlier article by Gina Kolata (Mar. 22, 2017) describes a sting operation to uncover the unethical practices of "predatory journals." Amazing!
This is the official memo to CUNY faculty, by Daniel McCloskey, Interim Associate Vice Chancellor, CUNY Office of Research and Gregory Gosselin, Interim University Dean of Libraries and Information Systems. November 1, 2017. Written after Ms. Gina Kolata's NYT article that discussed CUNY faculty use of "predatory journals."
Prof. Dan McCloskey prepared this chart showing the percentage of questionable journals by discipline within CUNY.
Take a look at this amusing but cautionary article. Here's an excerpt: “In the ‘Star Trek’ universe, the fantastic speed of warp 10 has remained annoyingly out of reach. However, a recent paper in an open-access journal describes an experiment that attempted to break that boundary. The fact that the ‘experiment’ described in the paper wasn't conducted in a real-world laboratory, but in an episode of the sci-fi TV series "Star Trek: Voyager," reveals just how easy it is to publish fake science in some so-called "predatory journals." Fake Science Paper about 'Star Trek' an Warp 10 was Accepted by 'Predatory Journals'