[open-science] Fake Cancer study published in 157 Open Access Journals

Brian Hole brian.hole at ubiquitypress.com
Fri Oct 4 08:44:51 UTC 2013

The Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA) has just issued a
response which highlights the concerns with the study and its flaws:

Brian Hole
]u[ Ubiquity Press Ltd.

On 4 October 2013 09:33, Egon Willighagen <egon.willighagen at gmail.com>wrote:

> On Fri, Oct 4, 2013 at 10:16 AM, Jenny Molloy <jcmcoppice12 at gmail.com>
> wrote:
> > Thanks for sharing! It would have been nice to see a comparison to
> > acceptance rates by closed access journals, as one commenter further down
> > the article points out, peer review problems are not OA specific.
> But the abstract singles out OA journals:
> "A spoof paper concocted by Science reveals little or no scrutiny at
> many open-access journals."
> At the very least, this summary is suggestive, and otherwise very
> uninformative. This is not scientific reporting, and generally
> referred to as FUD. The argumentation is just wrong, and I find it
> rather ironic that a journal accepts a paper with clear flaws in the
> argumentation that did a sting with a paper with this issue.
> Conclusions they could have made: peer review does not work. But that
> they do not state.
> So, FUD. Let's move on.
> Egon
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