The challenges presented by quasi- or non-academic publications that lack rigorous peer review are increasing. At first glance, this phenomenon may mean little to us here at the Graduate Center, which is fortunate to have more than its share of faculty who set the standard rather than seek to meet it. However, in addition to exacerbating a cultural crisis in which preferred ideas are treated as facts and facts are disregarded, predatory publishers and conference organizers pose a particular danger to emerging scholars -- our students.
Deceptive scam journals that pretend to a level of formal expertise they simply do not have can do great harm to a student’s finances and reputation as well as the very concept of scholarship.
I call on all faculty colleagues to make it a point to guide our students to solid periodicals with good peer review practices in place, including innovative ones publishing multimedia and unconventionally formatted work. I would like to thank the CUNY Central Office for drawing our attention to the reach and impact of psuedo journals in 2018 and I am pleased to share the tips linked here.
Submitted on: MAY 13, 2018
Category: Provost's Office