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Chinese Knockoffs

2011-06-15 20:30:13.260811+00 by ebradway 5 comments

Not everything made in China is a questionable. But an amazing variety of Chinese knockoffs are being knocked off, from telephones to watches to condoms. Now the academic journal appears to be the next victim.

The journal Nature has written on a publisher of over 34 journals, some which have included articles already published elsewhere. Editorial board members for some journals are listed but never actually asked to join the board. The same IP hosts another company that runs conferences. Evidently, all that is needed to get into the conference and have a paper published is to pay the registration fee. I guess the next step is to be able to pay to have your articles cited, boosting your impact factor.

And like the legitimate manufacturing base, China is trying to create its own University system to provide higher education to its booming middle class. A research community also is necessary in support of the Universities. So it's natural that new journals and conferences would also be springing up to provide an outlet for research results.

Hopefully this won't result in the death of open publishing of scientific research.

[ related topics: Invention and Design Education Conferences China ]

comments in ascending chronological order (reverse):

#Comment Re: made: 2011-06-15 20:47:49.217601+00 by: petronius

I notice the publisher is offering a scientific book on Recovery of Gold from Gold-Bearing Materials using Biodiesel(??!?). Is this legit, or another thing like the Nazis trying to extract gold from Seawater? I also look forward to their monographs on cold fusion.

#Comment Re: made: 2011-06-15 22:51:06.209374+00 by: meuon

Today is a weird day. About all I can say is: It was a bad day with the Chinese and the Nigerians are awesome. Today. Subject to change tomorrow.

#Comment Re: made: 2011-06-16 01:10:20.531447+00 by: jeff

The American worker is being knocked off.

What will America and China resemble in 2030?

#Comment Re: made: 2011-06-16 11:08:22.028676+00 by: meuon

This morning, this seems to be a business opportunity. We should be doing this for ourselves. For just a $1000 you get the gold package and are listed as a board member of the associated NPO research group and get 3 articles published this year and get listed as keynote speaker. For $500 more you get the upgrade package that includes social media seeding about how great the conference and your presentation was. And you won't ever have to leave home ;)

#Comment Re: made: 2011-06-16 19:50:39.486631+00 by: petronius

And for $2000 you get the Biodiesel Gold package and begin to extract Kruegar Rands from your compost heap.