I believe that open-access publishing enables, facilitates, and increases the rate and occurrence of author misconduct. I base this conclusion on my observation of predatory journals over the past several years.
Guest blog post by: Ali Mobasheri, D.Phil., Associate Professor University of Nottingham, United Kingdom
I was a graduate student when e-mail became widely available as a form of communication and the world wide web was getting going in the early 1990’s. Scholars and researchers largely welcomed the advent of the internet and e-mail greatly facilitated communication and collaboration. More than 2 decades later e-mail and the web are dominating academic life and it is hard to imagine how we managed without them. However, e-mail and web-based administration is starting to take over the lives of many academics and researchers. Read the rest of this entry »
There are companies that publish websites or magazines that showcase research. These companies send spam invitations to published researchers inviting them to pay to have their research promoted in the glossy magazines or on the websites.
A report entitled “Legitimacy of citations in predatory publishing: The case of proliferation of papers by Serbian authors in two Bosnian WoS‐indexed journals” was published in late 2012. Written by Pero Šipka,, the report looks at the questionable self-citation practices of four journals published by a Sarajavo-based organization known as DRUNPP. The shadowy organization publishes five journals according to its website: