Back in 2011, I posted a piece on my blog entitled “A Question Related To Academic Publishing” (https://heartontheleft.wordpress.com/2011/08/29/a-question-related-to-academic-publishing/ if it doesn’t show up as a link). In this piece I asked about the viability of listing blog posts as publications on one’s vita. There was only one response to the post (and I want to thank that person for making the comment).
I bring up the idea of alternative publication processes because 1) I think the presence of electronic journals is more prevalent and the use of the Internet suggests we think about such alternatives and 2) an article published in Science entitled “Who’s Afraid of Peer Review” (http://www.sciencemag.org/content/342/6154/60.full). In this article, the author describes an experiment to determine the viability of publishing in “open access journals”. The conclusion is not very good. It would seem that the majority of such journals are only interested in scamming money from the authors and will publish anything if the check clears (sarcasm is mine).
I suppose we should not be surprised by all of this. The academic world is a distinct part of the information age and we should expect individuals seeking to take advantage of the opportunity before them. The next question is, “What do we do next?”