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NEWS ROUNDUP 31 Jan 2018

Slovak professors advised students to publish in fraudulent journals

Ria Gehrerová recommended by Ria Gehrerová Denník N, Slovakia

At the International Relations Faculty of the University of Economics in Bratislava, two thirds of articles which should have been published in respected international journals, were sent to Ukrainian predatory journals instead.

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Why this story matters:

After all, why not? It seemed like the most convenient option. PhD students preferred to pay for publication then conduct proper research. The university needed publications in international journals. It worked for everybody, so professors encouraged the practice. 

Sadly, this is not an isolated case in Slovak higher education and shows just how easily a malpractice can become part of the system, if everyone get's enough of what they need. 

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Details from the story:

  • According to the Ministry of Finance, Slovakia ranks second among OECD countries in the share of scientific articles published in predatory journals.
  • In academic publishing, the so-called "predatory" open-access journals charge publication fees to authors without providing the editorial and publishing services associated with legitimate journals. 
  • The former dean of the faculty, Ľudmila Lipková, pushed PhD students into publishing in the predatory journals in order to obtain credits for international publications.
  • For a moment, these two Ukrainian predatory journals were in the Scopus database. They are "Actual Problems of Economics" and "Economic Annals-XXI". As of today, the first one is already on the Beall's list of Predatory Journals.
  • The price for the publication of one article is 300 euros and does not include the reviewing process, because there is no such mechanism in these journals. 

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