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Scholar proposes that predatory publishing pads professors profits and is pushed out (comment)

Courtesy of the National Coalition of Independent Scholars, here is a link to an article about  Derek Pyne, an associate professor of economics at Thompson Rivers University in British Columbia, Canada.  Pyne carried out an economic analysis of his colleagues' publication records and concluded that they benefited from publishing articles in "predatory" journals.  Soon thereafter, the university

Another perspective on Open Access and the future of scholarly publishing (comment)


Brian McGill of the University of Maine. School of Biology & Ecology  has published a long post on his blog Dynamic Ecology" on the many problems posed by the transition from subscriber-based publishing to author-paid publishing in  "Open Access and the Reality of Getting from Here to There."

He warns that the transition period marks a "suboptimal valley" where there is no clear model for publishing and that our decisions may actually prolong the lenth of time we spend in that valley.