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KingsGambit
11-25-2014, 10:26 AM
Unfortunately, there is no real way I can link to this article on TWeb, so I will describe the gist.

To prove a point about the corrupt nature of for-profit scientific journals, somebody submitted an article to one such journal that was seven pages of the sentence "Take me off your (censored) mailing list". The article was accepted for publication, and even told that it had received rave reviews from an in-house reviewer. (The article was not published because the authors chose not to pony up the $150 fee.)

Roy
11-25-2014, 10:41 AM
To prove a point about the corrupt nature of for-profit scientific journals, somebody submitted an article to one such journal that was seven pages of the sentence "Take me off your (censored) mailing list".Hey! You forgot the diagrams! And it had references!

Also, the "journal" is not a "for-profit scientific journal", since it's not a journal at all. It's a scam.

Roy

Catholicity
11-25-2014, 03:10 PM
The real question: Did he ever get off the "(censored) mailing list"?

Duragizer
11-25-2014, 08:46 PM
The real question: Did he ever get off the "(censored) mailing list"?

If he hasn't, then he'd better get off his can and get it (censored) taken care of post-haste.

robrecht
11-26-2014, 01:43 AM
All journals are 'for profit', or at least intended to be so. Publishing is a business. You're referring to 'predatory journals', which are scamming (as Roy mentioned) the open access movement within scientific publishing. Legitimate open access journals do charge authors a fee because they do not sell reprints or charge for electronic copies, hence the term open access. The predatory journals sometimes adopt names virtually identical to legitimate journals and sometimes even take over journals that are having financial difficulties. Here's an interesting article on this phenomenon:

http://ottawacitizen.com/technology/science/respected-medical-journal-turns-to-dark-side

shunyadragon
11-26-2014, 11:02 AM
Unfortunately, there is no real way I can link to this article on TWeb, so I will describe the gist.

To prove a point about the corrupt nature of for-profit scientific journals, somebody submitted an article to one such journal that was seven pages of the sentence "Take me off your (censored) mailing list". The article was accepted for publication, and even told that it had received rave reviews from an in-house reviewer. (The article was not published because the authors chose not to pony up the $150 fee.)
References??? I will beat the price and do it for $50.00