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Great Science Publishing Scandal

Press/Media: Relating to Research

School of History


Matthew Cobb, Professor of Zoology at the University of Manchester, explores the hidden world of prestige, profits and piracy that lurks behind scientific journals... Matthew Cobb looks back at how the scientific publishing industry got to its current state and asks how it could change. He argues that scientists themselves need to break their addiction to wanting their articles to appear in a few well known journals, and instead concentrate on the quality of their research.

Media contributions

TitleThe Great Scientific Publishing Scandal
Degree of recognitionNational
Media name/outletBBC Radio 4
Media typeRadio
Duration/Length/Size28 mins
CountryUnited Kingdom
DescriptionAileen Fyfe is one of the interviewees on this programme (at 6mins, on the history of scientific journals; and at 14 mins on the importance of copyright to scientific publishing).
Producer/AuthorMatthew Cobb
PersonsAileen Fyfe

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