[Taxacom] Predatory Open Access Publishers

Kirk Fitzhugh kfitzhugh at nhm.org
Thu Sep 13 17:55:44 CDT 2012


Of course, but too often it isn't done. Consider the epistemically 
specious comparisons of cladograms inferred from different data sets.

On 9/13/2012 3:45 PM, John Grehan wrote:
> Of course, in the general sense that one should consider all evidence
> before making one's choices about what evidence to use.
>
> John Grehan
>
> On Thu, Sep 13, 2012 at 6:13 PM, Kirk Fitzhugh <kfitzhugh at nhm.org> wrote:
>
>> John,
>>
>> I am referring to the requirement as recognized in all fields of
>> science. I'm sure you've read the basic literature on the subject that
>> exists beyond the vacuum of systematics. If not, may I direct you to
>> these two papers as primers:
>>
>> Fitzhugh, K. 2006. The 'requirement of total evidence' and its role in
>> phylogenetic systematics. Biology & Philosophy 21: 309--351.
>>
>> Fitzhugh, K. 2012. The limits of understanding in biological
>> systematics. Zootaxa 3435: 40--67.
>>
>> Kirk
>>
>> On 9/13/2012 2:27 PM, John Grehan wrote:
>>> When it comes to the requirement of 'total evidence' being a 'basic
>> tenet'
>>> I would have to say that the demand for combining molecular and
>>> morphological evidence can be more of a total fraud than a tenet. Since
>>> Kirk did not specify what he meant by total evidence I do not attribute
>> the
>>> molecular sequence/morphology combination to his label, but I would
>>> certainly point out that the idea of combining the evidence is not
>>> automatically a basic tenet other than by those who so believe.
>>>
>>> John Grehan
>>>
>>> On Thu, Sep 13, 2012 at 12:46 PM, Kirk Fitzhugh <kfitzhugh at nhm.org>
>> wrote:
>>>> I'm reminded of what Stephen Stearns says in a Yale University article,
>>>> 'Some Modest Advice for Graduate Students
>>>> <http://www.eeb.yale.edu/stearns/advice.htm>:' "The pressure to publish
>>>> has corroded the quality of journals and the quality of intellectual
>>>> life." Perhaps rather than complaining about 'predatory' journals, we
>>>> need to change research standards. Stop thinking that the number of
>>>> publications per year or journal impact factor are reasonable indicators
>>>> of the quality of one's research. As one fluent in philosophy of
>>>> science, I'm astounded at the poor quality of systematics research that
>>>> regularly gets published in 'high end' journals. We continue to have a
>>>> community that does not understand some of the most basic tenets of
>>>> science, e.g. the nature of inference, the requirement of total
>>>> evidence, or mechanics of hypothesis testing.
>>>>
>>>> Kirk
>>>>
>>>> On 9/13/2012 8:24 AM, Sergio Vargas wrote:
>>>>> Dear taxacomers:
>>>>>
>>>>> A colleague gently send a link to a Nature editorial on Open Access
>>>>> publishing. In case you are interested please find the link(s) below.
>>>>> I know the topic has been raised before in the list. I think this will
>>>>> be especially important in taxonomy now that e-only publication is
>>>>> possible.
>>>>>
>>>>> Predatory publishers are corrupting open access:
>>>>>
>> http://www.nature.com/news/predatory-publishers-are-corrupting-open-access-1.11385
>>>>> (A) List of predatory open access publishers:
>>>>> http://scholarlyoa.com/publishers/
>>>>>
>>>>> cheers
>>>>>
>>>>> sergio
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>>
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J. Kirk Fitzhugh, Ph.D.
Curator of Polychaetes
Invertebrate Zoology Section
Research & Collections Branch
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
900 Exposition Blvd
Los Angeles CA 90007
Phone: 213-763-3233
FAX: 213-746-2999
e-mail: kfitzhug at nhm.org
http://www.nhm.org/site/research-collections/polychaetous-annelids
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