Friday, March 24, 2017
There is a PR crisis in science. It has to do with publishing. There is now an abundance of fraudulent science journals on the market. They are pay-to-play, charging scientists for getting their papers printed. They are not peer-reviewed. They have no credibility to the knowledgeable, and they are a trap for the less aware. Scientists caught in the publish-or-perish cycle are using them to buff their resumes, and there is no way to know whether their data has been vetted. There is a reason for examination of one's experiments by other scientists. Science is hard, and there are many ways for experiments to go wrong. There are also unscrupulous scientists who make up experiments and invent data solely for the purpose of getting published. The cure for phony journals is transparency. The scientific community should unmask them and expose them to ridicule. Papers published in them should be discounted, and authors put on notice. There is no excuse for letting this kind of dishonesty continue.