Weekly reading 38.2017

Emanuel Kulczycki, Dalmeet Singh Chawla

The rise of predatory journals: The case of Dr. Anna Fraud

Emanuel Kulczycki

The note

This paper is about a research conducted in 2017 in which a fake female scientist became a member of the editorial boards of some journals. The paper was published in Nature. The researcher has checked if there were any Polish scientist in editorial boards of 10 journals that could be found on Beall’s list. He has found in two journals more than a 10 of them in total.

There is also a checklist “Think. Check. Submit.”, which can help researchers to choose best publication channels for their work and prevent them from submitting papers to journals with problematic reputation.


Publishers go after networking site for illicit sharing of journal papers

Dalmeet Singh Chawla

DOI: doi:10.1126/science.aaq0132

The note

Researchgate.net – one of the biggest network for scholars has been asked to remove a large quantity of papers, because they are not licensed to be freely disseminated. Some authors are not aware that very often after successful publication, the rights to the distribution of a final text are in the hands of the journals owner (f.e. a large printing house). An author quotes a research, in which 500 randomly picked paper has been checked, and authors of 201 of them violated licence with the editing house.