They just keep coming, almost daily, pre-emptively spamming all the people we had been hoping to win over to Open Access.
Not only is it regrettable that OA is so unthinkingly identified in most people’s minds with gold OA publishing in general, but this growing spate of relentless fool’s-gold junk-OA spamming in particular is now coalescing with that misconception — and at the same time more and more universities and funders are reaching into their scarce funds to pay for this kind of thing, thinking this is the way to provide OA.
(Meanwhile, green OA mandates, the real solution, are still hovering at about 200 out of about 10,000 (2%!) — and mostly needlessly watered-down mandates. I wish I could figure out a way to turn this liability — fool’s-gold spam and scam — into an asset for spreading green mandates, but I’m afraid that even Richard Poynder’s critical articles are being perceived mostly as critical of OA itself rather than just of fool’s-gold OA.)
The real culprits are not the ones trying to make a buck out of this current spike in pay-to-publish-or-perish/gold-fever co-morbidity, but the researchers themselves, who can’t put 2+2 together and provide green OA on their own, cost-free; and their institutions and funders, who can’t put 2+2 together and mandate that they do it.
Instead of thinking, it’s easier to shell out for fool’s gold…
Richard’s exposés are helpful, but I think they are not enough to open people’s eyes.
So all we can do is hope that the spamming itself will become so blatant and intrusive that it will wake people up to the fact that this is not the way to provide OA…
PS Not only do I not work on anything faintly resembling “proteomics/bioinformatics” but I have no “relationship with OMICS Group” (except possibly prior complaints about spam)! These spam disclaimers are a lark. They seem to be using professional spam services that try to appear respectable.
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