POLL: Are scientific journals unfair or biased?

I had the feeling sometimes that some scientific journals, particularly those belonging to certain regions, departments or associations, have some bias or require certain characteristics to research and to the manuscript that make it difficult to publish articles that are not of their affinity group.

  1. This has happened to me especially in Spain and the USA, so I imagine it will be a global widespread problem.
  2. In particular, I find difficult to publish in American journals indexed in Journal Citation Reports (Thomson Reuters), which often have a series of demands that I don’t find in other countries journals the same level of impact factor; I don’t not know if their quality level is higher or that they distrustful of the research done outside the USA, which would be discriminatory. I believe that it has to do with what is taught in the USA doctorates, betting on a certain way of doing things and a specific requirement in research, although it’s best not to generalize.
  3. This feeling of discrimination have also been felt by some Asian colleagues, but instead, they directly accuse European and American journals of racism, which I do not think it exists for what was mentioned above.

But fortunately I feel that this presumably unjust situation is changing with the entry of new competitors / players in scholarly publishing, such as Open Access journals, article repositories, academic social networks or platforms such as Gaudeamus, which democratize the knowledge of scholarly publishing and open the opportunity to disseminate research from authors all around the world.

With these thoughts I propose you to vote on this survey and change a little our scholarly publishing world!

POLL: Are scientific journals unfair or biased?


4 Responses to POLL: Are scientific journals unfair or biased?

  1. Prof. Mahmoud M. Ashour says:

    NOT in many cases It would be better to say (REFREE IS NOT FARE) I suffered this

  2. Prof. Dr. T.S. Thandavamoorthy, Ph.D. says:

    Yes, nowadays with the proliferation of portals of scientific journals they have become unfair and biased. This is because of some monetary considerations rather than good quality research and innovations. Many of the journals publish papers on medicine, biology, and engineering together. What kind of research are these journals promote. The journals insist online submission without giving proper instructions to the authors. I have experienced that after two or three days of struggle I succeeded to submit my paper. Next day it was returned to me by the Chief Editor stating that it did not fit in the journal area of publication and the language was not proper. The Chief Editor lacked any expertise in the subject area of the paper. The journals suggest two or three referees to be provided. Without giving an opportunity to get evaluated by experts how is justifiable to return the paper without any technical comments. In olden days it was customary to communicate the comments to the authors. Any rejection was also based on experts’ comments. Now I have observed that the Editors and Reviewers getting confused with language and style. Each author has his own way of presentation. Reviewers cannot comments on this. They have to confine themselves only to technical issues. The basic idea of publication is to make known the world that the author has the expertise to solve the problems faced by the industry. In such a case why there is insistence that papers have to be published only in journals carrying impact factors. This practice has ended up in commercialisation of publications and journals belonging to publishing houses are encashing upon that. This has resulted in deterioration in quality research. That way journals belonging to professional societies are better.

  3. Yahia Ahmed Raja'a says:

    Yes, there is some bias in the European journals. For scientists from low income region to publish a work with them, they must look for a European partner so that their work to be accepted. I feel they do not trust our institutions and affiliations. But if some affiliations come from occidental universities it become easier.
    Moreover, the high publication fees in many instances are hindering scientists from low income regions to publish in a highly reputable journal. I think that requesting fees from scientists from low income regions is a bias by itself. Especially, when we know that the fees will be paid by the researchers themselves.

  4. creativegb says:

    It is not any particular region or university but the mind-set of its so-called ‘intellectuals’ (or ‘snob’ in reality) that is responsible for discrimination in the matter of publishing Papers in certain Journals ‘managed’ by these snobs — for example, the journals published by IIM (Ahmedabad) or by FMS (Delhi) would readily publish a Paper written by its own Faculty, but not publish a similar or better one if it is written by a Teacher of another educational Institute.

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