Moshe Y. Vardi
Predatory scholarly Publishing
Scholarly publishing is a very unique business.
In a typical business, you have two parties: sellers
and buyers. In scholarly publishing you also have
sellers and buyers, these are the publishers and
the research libraries. However, you
have two additional parties. On one
side, you have authors, who freely and
eagerly provide content (“publish or
perish”). On the other side, there are
editors and reviewers, who act as gatekeepers. They do so for a variety of reasons: sometimes for financial remuneration, but mostly out of civic duty
and to gain scholarly prestige.
Moshe Y. Vardi, EDITOR-In-CHIEF