The publication rat race: Who will bell the cat? / by Amitav Banerjee.
Jeffrey Beall's bookmarks 2013-07-05
The recent Medical Council of India (MCI) amendment  regarding research publications by medical teachers seems to have led to a publication rat race. Medical Colleges in India do not have a robust research tradition. Faculty in Medical Colleges qualify as research guides to post-graduate students for their dissertations on the basis of their teaching experience and publications most of which are due to gift authorship.  Against this background, the recent MCI amendment on research publications has led to desperate measures to increase publication by medical teachers. Besides, encouraging unethical publication practices such as unjustified co-authorship, plagiarism, and other publication misconduct,  it has led to the spawning of a large number of "predatory scientific journals" which follow unethical editorial practices.