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Publication by association: the Covid-19 pandemic reveals relationships between authors and editors

Authors
  • Locher, Clara
  • Moher, David
  • Cristea, Ioana A
  • Naudet, Florian
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2020
Identifiers
DOI: 10.31222/osf.io/64u3s
OAI: oai:HAL:hal-03150830v1
Source
HAL-INRIA
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Language
English
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Abstract

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the rush to scientific and political judgments on the merits of hydroxychloroquine was fuelled by dubious papers which may have been published because the authors were not independent from the practices of the journals in which they appeared. This example leads us to consider a new type of illegitimate publishing entity, “self-promotion journals” which could be deployed to serve the instrumentalisation of productivity-based metrics, with a ripple effect on decisions about promotion, tenure, and grant funding.

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