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Why does MU allow poor quality research by faculty members?

Predatory Journals, Beall list, and other shameful things

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Why does MU allow poor quality research by faculty members?

Predatory journals are publications that exploit the academic publishing model for profit, often at the expense of scholarly integrity. These journals typically charge high fees for publication without providing the necessary editorial or peer review services. They often accept low-quality or even bogus research papers without proper scrutiny, leading to the dissemination of unreliable or misleading information.
In regular journals, it is common for authors to receive feedback from reviewers and editors requesting revisions to their manuscripts. Authors then need time to address these comments and resubmit their revised manuscripts for further review. This iterative process of revisions and resubmissions can add to the overall publication timeline. Journals in these fields typically rely heavily on peer review, where submitted articles are reviewed by experts in the field before being accepted for publication. This process can be time-consuming, as reviewers need to carefully assess the quality, validity, and significance of the research presented in the manuscript.
So, authors may be attracted to predatory journals due to their lax acceptance policies and promises of rapid publication, but publishing in such journals can damage their academic reputation and credibility. Additionally, it undermines the quality control mechanisms that are crucial for maintaining the integrity of scholarly communication. To avoid falling victim to predatory journals, researchers should thoroughly investigate the legitimacy and reputation of any journal before submitting their work. They should look for indicators of quality, such as peer review processes, indexing in reputable databases, and editorial board credentials. Consulting resources like the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) and Beall’s List (now archived, but similar lists may exist) can help identify potentially predatory journals. Beall’s List, compiled by Jeffrey Beall, was a well-known and controversial list of potential predatory publishers and standalone journals.
Given the importance of quality and rigor in academic research, journals in humanities and social sciences prioritize thoroughness in the review process to ensure the credibility and integrity of published work. This commitment to quality may contribute to longer publication timelines. Though the publication in these predatory journals became rampant among PhD students as they are given timelines on submission, these journals also send mass mails to scholars soliciting papers. Under pressure to publish, many students succumb to submitting their manuscripts and publishing in these journals by paying a fee. This is the reason why these journals are called predatory journals. So, many institutes have removed such requirements so that students do not end up publishing in these journals.
In Manipur University, it is not just the students but teachers who are publishing in these journals. UGC has released a list of journals called the CARE list. The list includes journals which are approved by UGC, and the papers published in these journals will be counted in calculating the academic progress of the teacher. Or it has to be published in journals listed in the Scopus index. Such is now the rule.
Moreover, UGC often updates the CARE list to weed out predatory journals and sometimes publishes its own list of predatory journals too. But, we can see many faculty members of Manipur University who have published their papers in these predatory journals. For instance, we can see many of them publishing in the journal titled Journal of Emerging Technologies and Innovative Research. The journal states the publication process takes only 1 or 2 days, with a fee. It is mentioned in the stand-alone version of Beall’s list under the name International Journal of Emerging Technologies and Innovative Research. There are similar journals such as International Journal of Advance Research in Computer Sciences. Many humanities and social sciences faculty have published their work in these journals.
Manipur University should discourage such practices which compromise academic integrity. Such practices hurt the reputation of the university as these papers, since they are not properly peer-reviewed, have very poor quality of research in them.

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