Academic publishing scams continue to plague the scientific community, posing a significant threat to the integrity of research. While we expect scholarly journals to uphold rigorous standards, deceitful practices persist, undermining the credibility of the publishing process.

In this article, we shed light on some of the deceptive tactics employed by predatory publishers, and offer insights into how researchers can navigate this complex domain to ensure their work reaches credible platforms.

Overview of academic publishing scams

Academic publishing scams are a growing concern within the scholarly community. These scams involve unethical practices that exploit the publishing process for personal gain. One common scam is the re-publication of mispublished manuscripts, where researchers seek to benefit financially by submitting their work to multiple journals. This practice not only undermines the integrity of the academic publishing system but also hampers the advancement of knowledge. For instance, it leads to the wastage of valuable resources such as time and funding.

Additionally, it diminishes the credibility of legitimate research, as it becomes increasingly difficult to differentiate between reputable and predatory journals. Safeguarding against such scams is crucial to protecting the integrity and reliability of academic publishing.

But we will consider another instance of re-publication: We want to create incentives to legitimately republish mispublished (e.g. ended in a predatory journal) manuscripts, to salvage them. It is well accepted that re-publication contradicts scientific ethics, but scientific ethics is not set in stone, scientific ethic is even not a science. We want to amend it.

Importance of addressing deceptive publishing practices

Addressing deceptive publishing practices is crucial in creating economical incentives to re-publish mispublished manuscripts. By combating deceptive practices, we can ensure the integrity of the publishing industry and maintain the trust of readers and researchers. For instance, consider the impact of fraudulent research findings being published and disseminated.

This can not only result in wasted resources for the scientific community but also misinform the public and potentially harm individuals who rely on such findings for medical decisions. Taking measures to address deceptive publishing practices helps mitigate these risks and promotes a reliable and credible scholarly ecosystem.

Understanding Academic Publishing Scams

One common issue in academic publishing is the existence of scams that exploit researchers seeking publication opportunities. These scams lure authors with false promises of quick publication and wide dissemination of their work, only to charge hefty fees without delivering on those promises.

For example, some predatory publishers may accept manuscripts regardless of their quality, leading to the publication of subpar research or even complete nonsense. This can undermine the credibility and reputation of legitimate academic journals and hinder the dissemination of valuable knowledge. It is imperative for researchers to exercise vigilance and thoroughly evaluate the reputation and authenticity of publishers before submitting their work, to avoid falling victim to these scams.

Consequences of Deceptive Publishing Practices

Efforts to Combat Deceptive Publishing Practices

Our (World Science DAO) efforts to Combat Deceptive Publishing Practices are focusing on creating economical incentives to re-publish mispublished manuscripts. Modern scientific ethics works against science: it forbids republication of a scientific work in all cases, not taking into account that it may have ended in a predatory journal. We are creating a new economy with the incentive to change this practice and publish scientific works as widely as possible.

Additionally, establishing a system where authors and marketers receive monetary rewards for maximum publication of well-valued scientific manuscripts further incentivizes transparent practices. These measures encourage a more responsible approach to publishing, ensuring the dissemination of reliable and trustworthy information.

Creating Economical Incentives to Re-Publish Mispublished Manuscripts

Creating economical incentives to re-publish mispublished manuscripts is crucial in the world of academic publishing. One practical example is offering authors a discounted publishing fee for re-submitting and re-publishing their previously mispublished work. This not only encourages authors to correct their mistakes but also helps them save on publication costs.

Another approach is to provide financial rewards or grants to researchers who successfully re-publish their mispublished manuscripts, thus recognizing their efforts in rectifying the errors and contributing to the scholarly community. These incentives play a role in ensuring that mispublished manuscripts are given a second chance without overwhelming the authors financially.

We, using blockchain, are working to provide a new economy, where scientific knowledge is widely disseminated and new ethics, where publication is not one-off activity, but a manuscript disseminates as widely as possible during all of its lifetime.

Wrapping up

This article focuses on exposing deceptive publishing practices prevalent within the academic publishing industry. It sheds light on various scams targeting researchers and discusses the tactics employed by predatory publishers to exploit unsuspecting scholars. By examining case studies and highlighting warning signs, the article aims to equip academics with the knowledge to detect and avoid these fraudulent practices. But more importantly, it refers to an economical, blockchain-based solution of this problem, that does not just pick up particular cases of bad publication, but changes the entire economy of scientific publication.