Springer Publishing retracts 64 papers due to fake peer review – Investigation please… #science

The Washington Post reports on the announcement by Springer Publishing that it is retracting 64 papers due to problems with the peer-review of the papers. Namely, that the peer reviewers were fake, or made up, or the authors’ themselves. In the … Continue reading

Academic publishing costs: Should reviewers be compensated for their time?? #science

Eleftherios P. Diamandis has written a provocative correspondence in this week’s Nature. Diamandis suggests that reviewers and journals should treat peer-review as a business transaction. In other words, journals should pay for the reviewers valuable time to encourage fast and quality reviews. At … Continue reading

Jon Tennant: AAAS attempt at open access publishing = FAIL @ConversationEDU

Top scientific publisher chooses not to advance open access By Jon Tennant, Imperial College London Access to research is limited worldwide by the high cost of subscription journals, which force readers to pay for their content. The use of scientific … Continue reading

Science Quotable: Jonathan Adams on scientific publishing merit

Publishing in a high impact journal is a real signal of achievement. It’s tough in a highly competitive environment to get past those editorial and refereeing decisions. So, it’s great to get into Nature or Science or the leading international journal in your field. … Continue reading

Times are a changin’: Testing out double-blind peer review in scientific publishing #abouttime

  Daniel Cressey has written a great article in Nature about a double-blind peer review system for scientific publications. In the current system of peer review (see this post for more info on peer review), most reviewers know the names of the … Continue reading

Problems in Science Part 1: the broken economics of academic publishing

For the introduction and background on this series of posts, see this post. A great article by Bob Yirka on Phys.org summarizes a recent PNAS paper describing how universities and academic institutions are being scammed (more or less) by publishers … Continue reading