Tuesday, December 20, 2011

More on predatory journals

As a follow-up to my post on Jeffrey' Beall's list of "predatory open access journals" (see my previous post on this) (Beall's original post is here; see also here),  Open Access journalist and advocate Richard Poynder has posted an interesting interview with the founder and Managing Director of one of the target companies:

The Open Access Interviews: OMICS Publishing Group’s Srinu Babu Gedela.

Srinu Babu Gedela, or course, denies that OMICS is a predatory publisher.

Poynder suggests that the research community should accept some of the responsibility for these bogus journals. After all, thousands of researchers (including archaeologists) have agreed to serve on the editorial boards of these journals, and perhaps review articles for them.

Richard Poynder does research and journalism about Open Access. I highly recommend his blog, Open and Shut. If you want to explore Open Access in more detail, I highly recommend Poynder's extended interviews in a series called the "Basement Interviews" (follow the link on the main page). The first two interviews, at the bottom of the list, are with Steven Harnad and Peter Suber, my two heroes in the Open Access movement.

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