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Research Fraud Forces Several Scientific Journals to Close

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Due to the increasing prevalence of research fraud on an industrial scale, Wiley, a leading publisher of scientific journals, has made the difficult decision to close 19 of its journals, according to a report by RedState:

“Academic publishing is a major industry for two reasons. The publishing industry generates about $30 billion in revenue, approximately 40% of which comes from within the United States. These publications don’t make their money from advertisers.

“To have a research paper published in a top-tier journal will cost the research team several thousand dollars. That money typically is an authorized expense of the grant or contract the laboratory has received.

“Why, you might add, would anyone pay $12,000 to have their paper published in one of Nature’s 156 titles? The way you win grants, acquire and maintain academic tenure, and move from the underpaid gypsy status of a post-doctoral researcher is by publishing.

“Nearly all the problems associated with academic publishing — fraudulent data, insipid and irrelevant subjects, and incoherent writing being top among them — stem from the role publishing in academic journals plays in scientific research.

“Paradoxically, the business model of academic journals is based on selling space to needy scientists, and so there is a tension between academic integrity and the bottom line that technology, especially the emergence of large language models, has exacerbated.”

To read the entire RedState article, click HERE.

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