Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Bullshit for You - Transcendence for Me

So for some reason I wrote a response (the reason will be the subject of a later post) to Gord Pennycook's article On the reception and detection of pseudo-profound bullshit entitled  Bullshit for You; Transcendence for Me.  I admit I was way out of my depth but I found the editorial process mediated by the journal editor Jonathan Baron very stimulating. Even though I was attempting to crtitique Gord Pennycook's paper, he and I exchanged several cordial emails and was left with a great admiration for the graciousness of Pennycook and his team. It seems there may even be a new discipline of Bullshit Studies. emerging.

One of those journals that has an internet robot inviting academics to resubmit their papers to their pay for publication predatory journal contacted me as a recognised expert in Bullshit...email transcript follow...

Dear Dr. Craig Dalton,
My name is James, and I am the editorial assistant of International Journal of Social Science Studies [IJSSS]. I have had an opportunity to read your paper, "Bullshit for you; transcendence for me. A commentary on "On the reception and detection of pseudo-profound bullshit"", and can tell from your work that you are an expert in this field.
IJSSS is now seeking submissions for Vol. 4 No. 3, March 2016. If you have unpublished manuscripts in hand that might fit within our journal’s subject areas, please consider submitting them to our journal. If you do not have any at the moment, it is appreciated if you could keep our journal in mind for your future research outputs......

Craig Dalton
International Journal of Social Science Studies ;
Hello, thank you for contacting me with regard to my research on pseudo-profound bullshit and "classical" bullshit.  Your offer to publish more of my work is appreciated, but given it is becoming increasingly easy to publish work of this nature - even free to publish open access journals seem to have an insatiable appetite for Bullshit studies - I think a $300 author fee is excessive.  I can offer you $100.  regards, Craig.

Dear Dr. Craig Dalton,

Thank you for your reply. For International Journal of Social Science Studies, authors are asked to pay publication fee of 300 USD per processed paper, but only if the article is accepted for publication in this journal after peer-review and possible revision of the manuscript. After publication, two hard copies of the journal will be sent to the corresponding author, free of charge. 

If you do not need the hard copies, the publication fee can be reduced to 200USD. We do not waive or reduce publication fees in any other cases.

I am trying to decide if it is worth $200...........

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