Maurie Markman, MD
It is quite difficult for those not directly involved in the complex world of academic medicine to understand fully the process of individual professional advancement and the values that organizations place on the components required for achieving and maintaining tenure. For that matter, the meaning of the term “tenure” is debated, and the implications of this status vary greatly among academic institutions.
It is unclear whether measures put in place to improve the situation are sufficient to successfully alter the current state of affairs.
Growth of Predatory Journals
A potentially relevant factor in the increasingly problematic arena of scientific publication is the proliferation of “predatory journals” for which business models could reasonably be classified as “academic publication fraud.”6,7
Not surprisingly, information regarding the goals and content of these publications is commonly available only online, frequently accompanied by glowing testimonials. Unfortunately, it can be difficult for an individual clinical or laboratory scientist or their supporting institutions to know if statements regarding the journal and the quality of its peer review are factual or fraudulent.8
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