[OSGeo-Discuss] Journal editors - please share summary statistics

Suchith Anand Suchith.Anand at nottingham.ac.uk
Tue Jul 17 23:31:24 PDT 2018

Dear colleagues,

It has come to my attention that there is rapid increase in low quality and dubious submissions send to all journals. This is a global problem that needs a coordinated effort to help solve.  With the rapid increase in lot of low quality and dubious  submissions to all journals , it is important that all professional and scientific organisations are careful in this .

My humble suggestion and request is that all  GIS professional organisations should avoid  taking any sponsorship or royalty for scholarly publications (books, journals etc) from any GIS vendors . If a professional association takes sponsorship for any scholarly publication (edited books etc)  from any GIS vendor and agrees to publish it through the vendor’s press then there is potential issues with independent peer review and ensuring scientific quality. It is only natural that any GIS vendor publication press to have vested interests in promoting their products and  agenda. It also makes it easy for the vendor to get endorsement for their  products from scientific and professional organisations using this route.

By taking sponsorship for scholarly publications (edited books etc)  from any vendors , it will then become difficult for the Professional Organisations to take strong moral  stand against low quality and dubious submissions for other journals .Especially in times we are seeing increase in fake scientific articles submissions etc, it is important to  have clear guidelines for any sponsorship.

I am happy to work on a Open Letter to highlight this issue but will need help from the wider community. If you are a journal editor, it will be very helpful, if you can share the statistics of how many  articles that you have identified in the last three years that are problem and you have rejected .It will be helpful to share examples of these (removing author details etc) , so the wider community is aware of the problem and can take steps to help reduce the problem in the future.

Best wishes,


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