Peter Hornung Fake science – science gone astray
They are called “predatory publishers”. There are no scientific rules in their illusory world. This is where profiteers, charlatans and criminals meet to sell each other science, along with serious researchers who are unaware of what they are getting into. An internal research study demonstrates how this phenomenon is booming, as well as what is needed to maintain the credibility of good science.
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Scientists linked to industry also publish in fake magazines and attend pseudo conferences – both risk damaging companies’ reputations. That’s precisely why it’s always important to know where the boundary lies between serious science and the illusory world of predator publishers and conferences.
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Peter Hornung studied political science and history (M.A.) at Vienna and Regensburg, as well as journalism at Mainz. He worked as an editor, moderator and reporter at Hessischer Rundfunk (radio), before becoming a correspondent and studio director of the ARD studio in Prague. He is currently an editor and investigative reporter at Norddeutscher Rundfunk and a research lecturer at the Academy for Journalism in Hamburg.