Weekend reads: Ghostwritten thesis apps; discriminatory authorship rules; group up to 14 retractions

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The week at Retraction featured a paper by Kim Kardashian, four retractions for an author who lied about his identity, and a story about the “Journals Mafia” that we’re still not sure what to make of. Here’s what was happening elsewhere:

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One thought on “Weekend reads: Ghostwritten thesis apps; discriminatory authorship rules; group up to 14 retractions”

  1. I have got to agree with both Olavo Amaral and Jeffrey Beall here. I agree with Amaral because I don’t believe Beall’s argument subscription publishing was or is governed by a ‘gentleman’s agreement’ between researchers and publishers. The system is far too exploitative to be governed by honour or integrity.

    I think Beall really overestimates the value that things like copyediting and typesetting adds to the process. And both subscription and OA journals are indexed by both non-profit (DOAJ, CiteSeerX) and for-profit organizations (Clarivate, Scopus).

    But Beall is right about the pay-to-publish business model. We all avoid low-quality subscription journals by default, but even when an OA journals has the DOAJ seal they might still not be particularly rigorous.

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