Schneider Shorts 7.01.2022 – The real lesson from Theranos affair, various psychiatric disorders cured with cannabis, resveratrol and mushrooms, a huge Russian papermill exposed, Raoult finds a new coronavirus variant, and learning research integrity with Dr Eckert (ex-Curno) of Frontiers.
The Lausanne-based publishing house Frontiers, founded by the neuroscientists Henry and Kamila Markram, has been added to the Beall’s List of potential, possible, or probable predatory scholarly open-access publishers. Was this decision justified? I wish to share here some of my recent investigations.
Frontiers is a somewhat unconventional open access publisher, which likes to have it both ways: playing scientific elite while accepting almost anything from paying customers. My regular contributor Smut Clyde will tell you below how some anti-vaccine scare-mongers managed to sneak in some rather dangerous works thanks to Frontiers’ unofficial “we don’t judge, we just charge” quasi-policy.