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Academic Publishing Can't Remain Such a Great Business

Publishers generally don't pay for the articles they publish, or for the primary editing and peer reviewing essential to preparing them for publication (they do fork over some money for copy editing). Most of this gratis labor is performed by employees of academic institutions. Those institutions, along with government agencies and foundations, also fund all the research that these journal articles are based upon.
   
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Scientists defrauded by hijacked journals

Scientific progress is being hindered by the emergence of a relatively new kind of fraud - the hijacked scientific journal, according to researchers from Iran and Poland. They describe the problem and its detrimental effects on science in the International Journal of Technology Enhanced Learning. According to Mehdi Dadkhah of the Foulad Institute of Technology, in Isfahan and Tomasz Maliszewski of the Pomeranian University in Slupsk, hijacked journals are launched by fraudsters purely for financial gain. These journals deceptively steal the names and numbers of reputable, but perhaps less well known journals and charge authors publication charges under the pretext of being an open access publisher, but they are not authentic.
   
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Elsevier Mutiny: Cracks Are Widening in the Fortress of Academic Publishing

A prestigious academic journal has just experienced the closest thing to outright mutiny: All six editors and the entire editorial board of the well-respected linguistics journal Lingua resigned en masse last week. And the reason says a lot about the ongoing disruption taking place in the formerly sleepy world of academic publishing. In many ways, academic publishers are going through the same kind of wrenching change that traditional media companies like newspaper and magazine publishers are. Subscription-based business models that worked for decades are coming apart at the seams, thanks in part to the web's ability to distribute content much more cheaply and broadly. And academia itself is becoming much more open as well.
   
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Peer Review Fraud on the Rise at Scientific Journals

Biomedical fraud is not uncommon, either, and can have dire consequences. Most such frauds involve the fabrication of results, and even when it leads to no disaster for patients, it leads other researchers up the garden path, wasting time and resources. But a recent article in the New England Journal of Medicine draws attention to a relatively new form of fraud. Before accepting a paper for publication, reputable scientific journals send it out to peer review, that is to say to other workers in the field who criticize it, make suggestions for improvement, and recommend either acceptance or rejection.
   
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Publish Or Perish Culture Encourages Scientists To Cut Corners

The intense pressure of academic research drives some scientists to breach ethical codes. There was a public case of a journal article being retracted as a result of academic misconduct. This time it was in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), with the lead author-Dr. Anna Ahimastos, working at Melbourne's Baker IDI-reportedly admitting she fabricated data. But this is not to say that science is imperiled, only that we need to ensure the reward and support structures in academia promote the best practices rather than corner cutting.
   
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