Friday, August 24

I'm being scammed. Again.

Every time I submit a paper to a journal, I hate journals more.

They pretty much expect us to do everything for them - all the contact details sorted, the formatting in exactly the right way, even name who the referees should be. They then bung this out to the referee who does all the reviewing for free. The journal then charges us a huge amount of money to put it in a journal that they charge us a huge amount of money to read.

OK, not all journals are like this. If I'd had my way, this paper wouldn't be sent to one that behaves in this manner. So I feel like I'm being scammed and doing absolutely nothing to stop it. It's a vanity press, it's obsolete, but we keep doing it because that's the way it's done.

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