Weekend reads: Should open access advocates vilify publishers?; authorship for sale, $5,000; is economics just ‘bafflegab?’

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Our list of retracted or withdrawn COVID-19 papers is up to 219. There are more than 33,000 retractions in our database — which powers retraction alerts in EndNoteLibKeyPapers, and Zotero. And have you seen our leaderboard of authors with the most retractions lately — or our list of top 10 most highly cited retracted papers?

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2 thoughts on “Weekend reads: Should open access advocates vilify publishers?; authorship for sale, $5,000; is economics just ‘bafflegab?’”

  1. “Open access loses when publishers are vilified.”

    Nah, it doesn’t. Nobody even vilifies publishers, people just list the facts about them and that alone paints clear enough a picture of the bullshit of this whole industry. Behind that link is a boring apology that attempts to exploit concepts like decolonisation in order to finally say that the likes of Elsevier and OUP should contribute to the process too.

    They may contribute immensely by just disappearing.

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