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Anne-Wil Harzing. September Tarma Software Research Publishing.

Leslie H. Nicoll, PhD, MBA, RN, FAAN Editor-in-Chief

In , Anne-Wil Harzing , while making a case for her own academic promotion, saw a need for software that could help her to show how frequently her own work had been cited. Publish or Perish PoP has since become internationally recognised and widely popular, both because of the unique service that it offers and its perfect timing, at a time when evaluation of article level impact has become an increasingly valuable currency by which to measure the value of academic research.

The book gives detailed and extensive instructions to potential users of the software, but also gives broader advice to researchers and related support staff. It can also be used though as a tool for finding journals in which to publish, to carry out bibliometric research on an author or journal, or as part of a search for finding sources for a literature review.

Usefully the book gives an overview of the three main sources for citation analysis: Google Scholar, Thomson Reuters Web of Science, and Scopus. For a newcomer to article level citation analysis, this is an excellent introduction with clear explanations of each service. It also features an overview of the different citation metrics that are in current use, such as h-index and journal impact factor.

PoP uses Google Scholar data for its own analysis, and therefore pulls in information from publishers, university repositories, and so on.

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The chapters of this book cover searching by specific authors and particular journals, and how to use every feature of the software in detail. This detail is made easy to understand due to screenshots and extra tips and suggestions. For example, if you wish to demonstrate the impact of your own intellectual contribution, drawing attention to highly-cited items that you authored on your own will make this case better than showing multi-authored works even if they have impressive citation rates.

Another example is when it might be best to use a contemporary h-index which adds a premium to recent publications , as it can demonstrate that your recent work has been particularly well-cited. Anyone who has even casually looked at item level citation analysis knows there are many potential pitfalls, and Harzing tackles them with admirable honesty.


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Many of these journals have names that closely resemble those of established publications, making them easily mistakable. Predatory journals have few expenses, since they do not seriously review papers that are submitted and they publish only online. They blast emails to academics, inviting them to publish.

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And the journals often advertise on their websites that they are indexed by Google Scholar. Often that is correct — but Google Scholar does not vet the journals it indexes.

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The journals are giving rise to a wider ecosystem of pseudo science. But when I visited, the only venue was a small windowless room on the sixth floor of a hotel undergoing renovation. A handful of people sat in the room, diligently listening to a talk.

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Most who were listed on the program were not in attendance. Participating in such dubious enterprises carries few risks.


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All but one academic in 10 who won a School of Business and Economics award had published papers in these journals. One had 10 such articles. Pyne concluded. There are few or no adverse consequences — in fact, the rewards for publishing in predatory journals were greater than for publishing in legitimate ones. Pyne does not know what role those studies played in the promotions. Although it is hardly known for its research, college administrators urge the faculty to publish.

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Recently a group of concerned professors complained that nearly a dozen colleagues have repeatedly published in at least one of the dubious journals — and have been promoted and rewarded for it. The research that I have seen published by our faculty is of the highest quality.

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Some say the academic system bears much of the blame for the rise of predatory journals, demanding publications even from teachers at places without real resources for research and where they may have little time apart from teaching. At Queensborough, faculty members typically teach nine courses per year. At four-year colleges, faculty may teach four to six courses a year. Recently a group of researchers invented a fake academic: Anna O. The name in Polish means fraudster.