[Taxacom] Monbiot editorial on academic publishing

Michael Heads michael.heads at yahoo.com
Tue Aug 30 15:08:09 CDT 2011

In the correspondence about the Monbiot article, 'MrBendy' wrote:  
'My experience suggests that other academics who believe that it is essential to commit superhuman levels of time and effort to the job, and not even to expect any support while doing it, are as implicated in the continuation of this outrageous scam as the publishers who are reaping excessive profits from it.'
Exactly. Now that anyone can publish on the net, the only thing that these journals have is their brand, and this is maintained by reviewers.
Michael Heads

Wellington, New Zealand.

My papers on biogeography are at: http://tiny.cc/RiUE0

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A fiercely critical article on academic publishing in today¹s Guardian
newspaper might be of interest to many of you:
(this is the newspaper version, including comments, and is NOT behind a

The fully referenced version is here:


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