Publishing an academic paper on a journal used to be something that scholars would boast of in the past. However, this is quite different today as the supply has met its demand. However, things haven’t changed for community colleges, colleges, and universities as they still insist faculty members to publish scholarly research. They further tell their faculties and departments that the higher the number of papers they publish, the better. This is attributed to the fact that the reputation of many institutions and universities is dependent on these papers being published. However, this has become quite complicated with an increasing supply of Ph. D. holders vying for limited opportunities. This has resulted in a deadly competition for a paper to appear in a leading journal. The question that now lags is how the professors who work at community colleges and less prestigious schools will be able to cope or get ahead. However, a recent study has revealed that they are doing quite well as their papers are being published. However, the downside of this statement is that their papers are being published in journals that can publish anything as long as they pay. The fees for these journals could range from a few dollars to some hundreds of dollars.
Well established journals refer to these journals as predatory journals. They either use a name of a journal that sounds familiar or trick well-meaning academicians to publish their papers in the journals. However, a recent study discovered that these journals flourish because even the academicians who publish these papers know what they are getting into. This has led to some experts terming the relationship between these two sets of people as less predator and prey. There is even an ugly symbiosis that goes on. The study found out that the journals are favorites for lecturers who have heavy teaching loads and few resources. On the other hand, experts have referred to the practice as a waste of taxpayer money. Thompson Rivers University economics professor Derek Pyne says that there is no way that these thousands of publications can be cases of being victims. The British Columbia based lecturer also writes an op-ed for the Ottawa Citizen further said he believed that this is a deliberate fraud. As a matter of fact, nearly 10,000 such papers are published every year. Mr. Pyne also explained that most of these journals have names similar to established journals.