Payouts push professors towards predatory journals

peter.suber's bookmarks 2019-01-16


"If South Africa truly wants to encourage good research, it must stop paying academics by the paper...

Why are South Africans relying so much on journals that do little or nothing to ensure quality? In an effort to boost academic productivity, the country’s education department launched a subsidy scheme in 2005. It now awards roughly US$7,000 for each research paper published in an accredited journal. Depending on the institution, up to half of this amount is paid directly to faculty members. At least one South African got roughly $40,000 for research papers published in 2016 — about 60% of a full professor’s annual salary. There is no guarantee (or expectation) that a researcher will use this money for research purposes. Most simply see it as a financial reward over and above their salaries....

In my experience, publication subsidies promote several other counterproductive practices. Some researchers salami-slice their research to spread it across more papers. Others target low-quality journals that are deemed less demanding...."



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Tags: oa.incentives oa.predatory oa.credibility oa.quality oa.south_africa

Date tagged:

01/16/2019, 11:19

Date published:

01/16/2019, 06:19