Weekend reads: Museum director sues after suspension; Nobelist ’embroiled in research scandal;’ spider biologist lawyers up after retractions

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3 thoughts on “Weekend reads: Museum director sues after suspension; Nobelist ’embroiled in research scandal;’ spider biologist lawyers up after retractions”

  1. “Hundreds of scientists who post their peer-review activity on the website Publons say they’ve reviewed papers for journals termed ‘predatory’, an analysis has found.”

    I thought the “predatory” journals were called that because they didn’t do any peer review? Maybe the term and those smeared with it need to be re-evaluated.

    1. A number of parasitical publishers spam strangers with invitations to peer-review, not because they intend to use the responses to decide whether to accept the authors’ money or not but rather to legitimise their scam. Much as they try to recruit Editors whose names will adorn the Editorial Boards but who will serve no other function there.

      For instance, I was spammed the other day by a bot posing as ‘Vernica D’ at the ‘Peer Review Department’ of ”PeerTechz’, who operate at a level several barrels lower than the bottom of the original barrel.

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