Does Predatory Publishing Start With Publication Fees?

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Posted by Rob Walsh, community karma 1466

Over in this blog post, I've responded to John Bohannon's Science article, "Who's Afraid of Peer Review?" with the idea that open access isn't to blame for predatory publishers, but rather, it's the accepted practice of high dollar amount publication fees that has incentivized predatory publishers to exist.

What do you think? 

almost 9 years ago

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Scott Jeffrey, community karma 2367
Publication fees are worse than the process where we have to shop journals. 

It seems to me that high quality articles are in shorter supply than journals.  So - why should we pay publication fees and even shop our article around to journals.  It should be the other way.
over 8 years ago
Scott, when you say "it should be the other way" – do you mean that authors should submit articles to one place and the journals fight between themselves to claim it?
Rob Walsh – over 8 years ago
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Scott Jeffrey, community karma 2367
Sort of.  I don't see why authors have to shop for a journal, when quality work is a scarce resource.  I don't see bidding (it's not really a market), but publishers should seek out quality content.
over 8 years ago
I don't think I follow - don't publishers already seek out quality content by offering 'calls for papers?' Or do you think there's an even better way to seek out this quality content? Maybe something like journals keeping up with a scholar's output via their blogs, twitters, etc? and discovering emerging talent that way?
Rob Walsh – over 8 years ago
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Scott Jeffrey, community karma 2367
Publishers seek out topics by a call for papers.  Doesn't really screen for quality. 

I guess there is this distortion called 'invited articles" I guess that would lead to more type II errors, not printing something that should be printed because they are looking in the wrong place.

It is just frustrating some times.

over 8 years ago
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