The Internet’s Waste Paper Basket

The Internet has become flooded with thousands of phony “peer reviewed” journals which publish shoddy work under the guise of prestige.

One recent tally by analytics firm Cabells clocked almost 9,000 falsely peer-reviewed submissions, twice the number a year ago.

More journals are switching to an “open access” business model, nixing subscription fees and charging authors to publish their papers instead. This shift has ushered in a flood of appalling published papers in journals disguised as the real deal. While some authors may earnestly be duped, research has shown that some authors and institutions benefit from the fakery and turn a blind eye to the practice.

The Economist

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