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October 4, 2013

The Wild West world of open-access journals

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Bohannon contacted a scientist who was listed as a reviewer for the SAP, and she said she had received just one paper, which was deeply flawed. “I thought it was a joke,” she said.

The reviewer said she asked to be taken off of the group’s masthead after that.

There were notable exceptions however.

“Some open-access journals that have been criticized for poor quality control provided the most rigorous peer review of all,” Bohannan wrote. “For example, the flagship journal of the Public Library of Science, PLOS ONE, was the only journal that called attention to the paper’s potential ethical problems.”

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