A ‘controversial’ journal

It seems that less-than-reputable publishers infect the entire spectrum of writing.  Apparently academic writers are targeted by journals which maybe have slightly lower standards than might be desired, and which charge hefty fees to publish accepted articles.

Here’s an excerpt from the Wikipedia article of a particularly illuminating example:

In 2005, two scientists, David Mazières and Eddie Kohler, wrote a paper titled Get me off Your Fucking Mailing List and submitted it to WMSCI 2005 (the 9th World Multiconference on Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics), a conference then notorious for its spamming and lax standards for paper acceptance, in protest of same.[6] The paper consisted essentially only of the sentence “Get me off your fucking mailing list” repeated many times.[7]

In 2014, after receiving a spam email from the International Journal of Advanced Computer Technology, Peter Vamplew forwarded Mazières’ and Kohler’s old paper as an acerbic response.[8] To Vamplew’s surprise, the paper was reviewed, rated as “excellent” by the journal’s peer-review process and accepted for publication.[8][5] The paper was not actually published as Vamplew declined to pay the required $150 article processing fee.[8] This case has led commenters to question the legitimacy of the journal as an authentic scholarly undertaking.[1][2][5][8]

Don’t you just love the understatement in the last line?

 

 

© Gloria Hanlon 2016 All Rights Reserved

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