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

Patrick Hogan phogan99 at yahoo.com
Wed Jul 18 10:28:24 PDT 2018



I for one dearly appreciate the sentiment and intent of your carefully
expressed concerns. This issue needs to be identified and described as you
are doing so well! 


We need this discussion to be qualitative, yet examples of the good, the bad
and the ugly will certainly help to guide that discussion. And I too feel
that we are losing ground by putting an open source veneer around enormous
profit-machines' products. This certainly doesn't get us any closer to the
sustainable world we need. 


If humanity is to have a brighter future, technology must operate with a
more collective spirit. Progress in this area will be rather difficult,
given the entrenched nature of the profit machine and its gate-keeper


Thank you for initiating this discussion.

-Patrick Hogan


From: Discuss <discuss-bounces at lists.osgeo.org> On Behalf Of Suchith Anand
Sent: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 11:31 PM
To: discuss at lists.osgeo.org
Subject: [OSGeo-Discuss] Journal editors - please share summary statistics

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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