This space for sale: unethical publication scams

Friends:  The Scholarly Kitchen blog has a guest post by Anna Abalkina  describing some unethical practices perpetrated by Russian journals and Russian academics.  They include plagiarizing work from other scholars by translating it and publishing it as their own, publishing articles in "predatory" journals and selling/buying credit as a second, third, or more author of a legitimate article. Payments for publication by Russian Universities (which may be reimbursed by the state) are contributing to the problem.

Crowd-sourcing reviews


The Scholarly Kitchen blog has a discussion of a new method that some journals are using to collect reviews of scientific articles.  The system relies on a large number of expert reviewers who are invited to "crowd" review a manuscript and can submit their comments much more rapidly than under the old system.

The comments are also of interest.  Commentators noted the way that this promotes discussion and collegiality; one of them thought it would be worth trying the same method with book reviews.

Re: should journals give more information to prospective authors?

I am an editorial assistant for two academic journals, and I've been doing it for seven years. I always acknowledge receipt of the MS - after asking the editor if it's something they'd like to review - and then give the authors a timeline of when to expect the peer reviews to be back, after which we will give them our editorial decision. This has worked well for us for the most part.

should journals give more information to prospective authors?


Below is a link to an article on the Scholarly Kitchen blog by Jerry Jacobs entitled "Author Friendly Journal websites."  Jacobs contents that journal publishers could assit authors who are interested in submitting an article by giving them more information about how long their peer review process usually takes and the time from acceptance to publication.  The commentators on the article aren't so sure that this information will be transparent and meaningful. 

Managing a career in publishing (Scholarly Kitchen)

Feeding the Elephant readers may be interested in a recent guest post from the Scholarly Kitchen called "Managing Your Career in Publishing," focusing on identifying and developing skills and professional networking through organizations like the Association of University Presses, the Association of American

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