The Department of Biomedicine
BBB seminar

BBB seminar: Henriette Christie Ertsås

Of course you would never publish in a predatory journal… or would you?

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Henriette Christie Ertsås
Forskning Til Folket / Science To the People

You receive them all too often: e-mails from supposedly scientific journals praising your work in awkward English, missing only your cancer data to complete their special issue on urology and anthropology. However, it is too good to be true. No actual editor would ever praise your work in that manner and your paper will not be peer-reviewed.  

Other journals offer similar speedy processing and enthusiasm for your work. However, these are approved by colleagues and your go-to registers (DOAJ, Norwegian Centre for Research Data [NSD]). So why then endure an ever-lasting peer-review process, tiresome revisions topped by a possible rejection, when you can choose a quick and dirty solution for half the cost, approved by funding authorities?  

Science involving scrutiny from fellow scientists through peer-reviewing is the kind that benefits society, but unfortunately it can also rob the individual scientist of much-needed publication points needed to promote a career. What if proper scientific discovery is a poor business model? 

Chairperson: Harald Barsnes, Department of Biomedicine