Spot-on, IMHO, Judith, esp. your observation that 'peer review seems
suspect in those operations, too.'
Thanks very much.
On Fri, Sep 17, 2021 at 5:05 PM Lee, Judith <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Thanks for the alert, Susan. I have not been contacted for this
> publication, but have declined similar opportunities for the same reason.
> It’s one thing to ask early-career scholars to pay a small membership fee
> to join the society that publishes the journal in which their work appears;
> it’s quite another thing to make substantial publication fees the source
> of a for-profit publishing operation. And peer review seems suspect in
> those operations, too.
> Judith Yaross Lee, Ph.D. (she/her)
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> On Sep 17, 2021, at 4:56 PM, Harris, Susan Kumin <[log in to unmask]<mailto:
> [log in to unmask]>> wrote:
> Hi, folks. Susan Harris here, president of the MT Circle. I've recently
> been contacted by an entity named Clyde Cui, asking me to guest edit a
> special Twain issue of a new, open access journal titled Literature,
> published by the MDPI group. After doing a bit of research, I turned the
> request down; MDPI (based in Switzerland, with offices out of Beijing), has
> a vast array of journals, mostly in the sciences. Apparently some of the
> articles they publish are very good, but they also charge authors for
> publishing their work and have other elements of "predatory" publishing.
> So while I support open access publishing, I am leery of being put in a
> situation where I might be exploiting young scholars.
> It's likely that they will now reach out to members of the Forum, so I
> just wanted to post this warning. --skh
> Susan K. Harris