Some Online Journals Will Publish Fake Science, For A Fee : Shots – Health News : NPR

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You could do all that brain work. Or you could make it up.

Many online journals are ready to publish bad research in exchange for a credit card number.

That's the conclusion of an elaborate sting carried out by Science, a leading mainline journal. The result should trouble doctors, patients, policymakers and anyone who has a stake in the integrity of science (and who doesn't?).
 

The business model of these "predatory publishers" is a scientific version of those phishes from Nigerians who want help transferring a few million dollars into your bank account.

To find out just how common predatory publishing is, Science contributor John Bohannon sent a deliberately faked research article 305 times to online journals. More than half the journals that supposedly reviewed the fake paper accepted it."This sting operation," Bohannan writes, reveals "the contours of an emerging Wild West in academic publishing."

Online scientific journals are springing up at a great rate. There are thousands out there. Many, such as PLoS One, are totally respectable. This "open access" model is making good science more accessible than ever before, without making users pay the hefty subscription fees of traditional print journals.
 

Written By: Richard Knox
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9 COMMENTS

  1. Why does this remind me of this bed for the prostitution of science, and pseudo-science fakery?

    Dr. Purdom also has published papers in the 2008 Proceedings of the International Conference on Creationism and Answers Research Journal.

    Dr. Purdom is a member of the Creation Research Society and serves on the editorial board and executive council of BSG: A Creation Biology Study Group. She serves as a peer reviewer for Answers Research Journal and Creation Research Science Quarterly.

    Dr. Purdom, along with Dr. Joseph Francis of Master’s College, are co-founders of the Microbe Forum. This forum sponsors research, collaboration, and conferences in the field of creation microbiology. http://www.answersingenesis.org/outreach/speakers/georgia-purdom/bio/

    Posturing titles to impress the uneducated with fake journals!

    • In reply to #1 by Alan4discussion:

      Why does this remind me of this bed for the prostitution of science, and pseudo-science fakery?

      Dr. Purdom also has published papers in the 2008 Proceedings of the International Conference on Creationism and Answers Research Journal.

      Dr. Purdom is a member of the Creation Research Society and serv…

      That was the first thing that popped into my head when I read the title. Creationism.

  2. Open access is a good idea, provided only that it is free access for authors. Which probably means government or university subsidy in some form.

    As soon as authors are obliged to pay for publication, the publisher has an unavoidable conflict of interest and unethical practice becomes a foregone conclusion.

    That’s before we even get into the realms of people starting to say (truthfully) that hundreds of published and (allegedly) peer-reviewed papers have all confirmed that homeopathy (or whatever) is the greatest thing since sliced bread. This practice is dangerous.

  3. Well, sometimes you’ve just got to pay the piper to lie effectively for Jebus.

    I do see some justice here though. It’s only fair that those who bilk their flocks get bilked themselves from time to time. Maybe their stuff is pier-reviewed- take it down to the docks and give it a thumbs up or down based on the fish kill.

  4. I see that I’m not the only suspicious cove around here. However, I’m not aware of any evidence that Creationists are behind this.

    “Love of money is the route of all evil.” That, or something with precisely the same meaning, is in the Bible; there are numerous versions of the decalogue in said volume, so I’m not too concerned about misquoting from it. I think my drift is clear enough.

    • In reply to #5 by Stafford Gordon:

      I see that I’m not the only suspicious cove around here. However, I’m not aware of any evidence that Creationists are behind this.

      “Love of money is the route of all evil.” That, or something with precisely the same meaning, is in the Bible; there are numerous versions of the decalogue in said volu…

      I agree; it seems the original impetus behind these is “publish or perish” – to have “journal articles” for people to put in their CVs. However, I imagine they must already be being used to push various agendas as well – but then, the motives for most of those would boil down to money, wouldn’t they? Even for creationism.

      And the quote you refer to is “The love of money is the root of all evil,” but it’s amusing to note that in English it works either way, so I’m glad you typed it that way. :)

    • In reply to #6 by mmurray:

      I do rather hanker after publishing something in the Antarctic Journal of Mathematics but I am resisting.

      You would definitely be on a warming slippery slope leading to a wash-out on those glaciers Michael!

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