Predator journals target ISSH2021 – be warned.

So, a process warning to those not used to getting chatty friendly emails from parasite journals that will charge you to publish. The ISSH2021 conference gets hit by these predators. Promising to publish, but they won’t peer review or copy edit, are not rated in Scopus or ISI clarivate and will charge you up to US$6000 at the end for being tempted.Someone needs to extend Marx’s discussion of piece rates and expose these 7figure ‘earning’ corporate cowboys preying on adjuncts and new researchers. Even as some profs are starting to be a bit more alert to their predicament, such as Harry Cleaver below:

‘Another white-collar job, which is structured by the dynamics of piecework, is that of university professors. While most formally receive pay in the form of a salary, in truth the size of that salary is largely determined by piecework. Although universities pretend to value the importance of teaching, large research universities–that dominate higher education and set the standards by which other universities are ingly base professors’ pay not on teaching but on research and publishing…. Professors are supposed to understand their fields well enough to choose appropriate projects and skilled enough to craft both research and articles reporting on that research without direct supervision. The more articles reporting on that research without direct supervision. The more articles they publish, the more likely their known as “merit” pay increases. They are, in short, paid according to the number of “pieces” they produce. Moreover, like other pieceworkers they are not entirely on their own. They too are subject to quality control when they submit grant proposals or articles to journals. Quality control takes the form of “peer review,” wherein other professors evaluate their proposals or articles and decide whether they should receive grants in the one case or publication in the other. This situation, again like other piecework situations, is highly conducive to intense competition. With research funds and space in prestigious journals limited, professors compete for both—as well, of course, for tenure and promotion. For almost four decades the last 20 years of the twentieth century and the first 18 of the twenty-first-conservative politicians have used tax reductions on the rich to produce rising by cutting social programs but also on higher education, including reduced funding for research, which intensifies competition and makes universities funding for research, which intensines competition.’ (Cleaver 2019: 383-4)

some of the ISSH2021 recordings wll be coming soon…

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