Open access – divji zahod

    Enostavna pot dr. Goljufivke do uredniškega stolčka
    V reviji Nature je bila marca 2017 objavljena raziskava poljskih znanstvenikov, ki jih je zanimalo kako uspešna je prošnja za vključitev v uredniški odbor revije, če le to naslovi izmišljena znanstvenica s ponarejeno bibliografijo. Izmišljeno ime ni bilo naključno, poimenovali so jo dr. Anna O. Szust, (v poljščini Goljuf_ivka). Prošnje so naslovili urednikom 360 revij. Izbrali so 3 skupine revij in na vsako naslovili 120 vlog. Skupine: revije s faktorjem vpliva (JCR – Journal Citation Reports), Open Access revije (Directory of Open Access Journals –DOAJ) in revije na seznamu knjižničarja J. Beall-a, ki naj bi jih izdajale potencialno možne predatorske založbe. Mesto glavne urednice so dr. Goljufjivki takoj ponudile 4 revije. Vse revije iz skupine JCR so vlogo zavrnile, v uredniški odbor pa jo je sprejelo kar 40 (1/3) predatorskih revij s seznama Bell-a in 8 DOAJ revij.

    Nekaj izsekov:

    The number of active predatory journals has increased at an alarming rate1. By 2015, more than half a million papers had been published in predatory journals, and at the end of 2016, the number of predatory journals on Beall’s list (about 10,000) approached the number indexed by the DOAJ and JCR5. Most are hosted by publishers (including some industry giants). Predatory publishing is becoming an organized industry.

    It is difficult to predict the future editorial career of Anna O. Szust. Although journals that accepted our fraud were informed that Szust “kindly withdraws her application”, her name still appears on the editorial boards listed by at least 11 journals’ websites. In fact, she is listed as an editor of at least one journal to which we did not apply. She is also listed as management staff, a member of conference organizing committees, and ironically, a member of the Advisory Board of the Journals Open Access Indexing Agency whose mission it is to “increase the visibility and ease of use of open access scientific and scholarly journals”.

    We hope that our sting brings further awareness to the problem of predatory publishing. However, a solution will require targeting the problem at its core by making publishing in illegitimate journals less attractive. Those who reward academics for publishing must make efforts to assess journal quality and to reward only best practices.

    PS: tudi članstvo v uredniškem odboru revije prinese SICRISS-ARRS točke.

    Po objavi zgoraj omenjene raziskave je J. Bell-ova lista ugasnila. Včeraj pa je bil napovedan zagon privatnega podjetja, ki bo proti plačilu omogočal vpogled na listo predatorskih revij.

    Scholarly-services firm Cabell’s International in Beaumont, Texas, says that on 15 June it will launch its own list of predatory journals: those that deceive their authors or readers, for example by charging fees to publish papers without conducting peer review. The firm described its work on 31 May, at the annual meeting of the Society for Scholarly Publishing in Boston, Massachusetts.

    Ali bo tudi strošek za vpogled na listo predatorskih revij omenjenega podjetja upravičen strošek, ki bo poleg objavljanja “open access” še dodatno “zažiral” javna sredstva za znanost? Ali je strošek objave v predatorski reviji upravičen strošek na projektih, programih? Kaj se zgodi, če je članek doktorand_ke objavljen v predatorski reviji (pred ali po zagovoru doktorata)? Kako objave v predatorskih revijah obravnavajo habilitacijske komisije? Kako razpoznajo, ali je raziskovalec_ka objavila v predatorskih revijah zgolj z namenom pridobiti ustrezno število člankov za napredovanje oziroma je bil_a le neveden_a ali pa so revijo kasneje razpoznali za predatorsko? Kako upošteva točke objav v predatorskih revijah ARRS, oziroma ali naši OSIC-i zmorejo ažurirati sezname predatorskih revij? Ali je dopustno, da je “kaznovan_a” posameznik_ca katere objava je kvalitetna, pomembna pa se izkaže, da je revija predatorska? Ali štejejo citacije v predatorski reviji? itd.

    Še intervju J. Bella v NYT (2013), na temo “open access – spodbuda psevdoznanosti”: Scientific Articles Accepted (Personal Checks, Too)

    Ali je spodbujanje “Open-access” objav res smiselno, upravičeno?

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