Individual integrity and public morality in scientific publishing

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Science and science reporting are under threat. Knowingly or not, researchers and clinicians are part of this debacle. This is not due so much to the notorious replication crisis, as to our acceptance of lowering common morality for personal gains, including the widespread, deprecable phenomenon of predatory publishing. Rather than fiercefully countering this loathsome practice, academics are accepting, often supporting a masquerade solution: paying several thousand dollars to publish for all their own papers. This new policy will create a disparity across richer and poorer disciplines; will result in concentrating even more in the hands of large, rich, Western institutions, also penalising younger researchers; will kill observational studies and exploratory research; and will make disseminating science depending more on finances than on quality. This article calls for the full awareness of the academic community on the risks of the current situation in scientific publishing.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)129-134
JournalDementia e Neuropsychologia
Issue number2
Early online date13 May 2022
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 13 May 2022


  • open access publishing
  • predatory publishers
  • Plan-S
  • integrity
  • scientific publishing


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