News from the open access movementJump to navigation
Philip Davis, Open Access Publisher Accepts Nonsense Manuscript for Dollars, Scholarly Kitchen, June 10, 2009. Excerpt:
Also see Kent Anderson's follow-up post in the same blog:
Update. Also see Bob Grant's article in The Scientist. One new nugget:
Update. Also see Paul Basken's article on the Chronicle of Higher Education News Blog. The comment section is starting to grow.
Update. Tom Wilson argues that the Bentham scandal is another reason to prefer no-fee OA journals.
Update (6/11/09). Peter Aldhous in New Scientist reviews similar hoaxes in which journals or conferences were caught accepting outright nonsense. He also got an official response from Bentham:
Update (6/11/09). Also see Norman Oder's article in Library Journal.
Update (6/11/09). The Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA) points out several ways in which practices at Bentham Science appear to fall short of the association's code of conduct, and that Bentham is not a member of OASPA.
Update (6/11/09). According to Bob Grant in The Scientist, the editor of the journal accepting the computer-generated nonsense paper, Bambang Parmanto, an information scientist at the U of Pittsburgh, has resigned.
Update (6/13/09). Dorothea Salo wants universities with OA journal funds to refuse to pay publication fees charged by Bentham-like publishers, and wants librarians to help identify the Bentham-like publishers.
Update (6/15/09). Also see Natasha Gilbert's article in Nature News. Bentham is standing by the story that it knew the paper was a hoax and pretended to accept it in order to learn the authors' true identities.