Ethics

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The Authors Guild Loses (Again), and HathiTrust Wins–But What Does It Mean?

The Authors Guild’s lawsuit against HathiTrust over the latter’s massive library of digitized print books has been dismissed by the Second Circuit Court. What does this mean for libraries, authors, and readers? Continue reading

The 1% of Scientific Outputs — A Story of Strawmen, Sensationalism, and Scopus

A paper claiming to have identified “the 1%” in productive published researchers may suffer from problems with disambiguation, timing, and scope. Continue reading

Trust But Verify — Identity Fraud and Exploitation of the Trust Economy in Scholarly Publishing

A ruse to self-review and self-recommend papers for publication leads to 60 retractions. Can we find a way to prevent this kind of identity fraud and its consequences? Continue reading

Hit the Road — How a Forgettable Paper and a Misguided Publisher Created an Unnecessary Controversy

The censorship scandal at Taylor & Francis has wrapped up, and the lessons are as obvious as you think. Continue reading

Life in a Bubble — The Limitations of Public Access, the Challenges of Public Engagement

Presumptions about the benefits of access fail to take into account the power and difficulty of true engagement with diverse publics. Continue reading

Author vs. Author: The Authors Guild and the Authors Alliance Set to Duke It Out?

The emergence of the Authors Alliance is causing consternation among some members of the traditional publishing community, most notably the Authors Guild, which has already issued a sharply-worded critique. But what is the Alliance actually going to do? They’re not really saying. Continue reading

How Can We Make the Publishing Process More Sound?

At a time when more research articles are more readily available to more readers globally than ever before, it’s crucial we are confident that those papers meet the highest standards and, that on those occasions where they don’t, there is a sound system in place to revise or retract them. So what can we do to make the publishing process more sound?
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Identity Theft of the Scholarly Kind

Building a reputation can take decades for a society, publisher or journal. Unfortunately, the influential “seals of approval” in the industry are easy to spoof leaving some authors confused and deceived. Continue reading

University Presses: “Under Fire” or Just Under the Gun (Like the Rest of Us)?

Are university presses really “under fire,” or are they simply experiencing the natural consequences of doing the wrong things at the wrong time in a marketplace that has evolved away from them? Continue reading

How Do We Address the Continuing Problem of Inadequate and Deceptive Publishing Practices?

Technological trends have enabled experiments in publishing. But now that we’ve seen plenty of experiments, is it time to bring them under control? Continue reading

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