On fake journals and other fakes

Elsevier’s publication of a number of fake journals to support drug marketing has attracted a lot of attention since it was reported in The Scientist (see, e.g., Laika’s MedLibLog, Open Access News). I’m really pleased to see this issue come out into the open, and think that it should give us an opportunity to think more seriously about medical publication.

First, we shouldn’t think that this is an isolated event. All of the major publishing companies are involved in publication planning (marketing via the scientific literature), and any of them could put out new journals in order to promote a product.  If you look at
Wiley's website, you'll find, in addition to a number of other ways that Wiley can help the healthcare industry: