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David vs Goliath: Early career researchers in an unethical publishing system
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  • Aurore Receveur,
  • jonathan Bonfanti,
  • Stephanie D'Agata,
  • Andrew Helmstetter,
  • Nicole Moore,
  • Brunno Oliveira,
  • Cathleen Petit,
  • Érica Rievrs Borges,
  • marieke schultz,
  • Aaron Sexton,
  • Devi Veytia
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Fondation pour la Recherche sur la Biodiversite

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jonathan Bonfanti
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Stephanie D'Agata
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Andrew Helmstetter
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Nicole Moore
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Brunno Oliveira
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Cathleen Petit
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Érica Rievrs Borges
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marieke schultz
Fondation pour la Recherche sur la Biodiversite
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Aaron Sexton
Fondation pour la Recherche sur la Biodiversite
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Devi Veytia
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Abstract

The academic culture of publish-or-perish has served as a catalyst for an unethical publishing system. This system is characterized by the proliferation of journals unaffiliated with academic organizations that maintain extremely large profit margins, diverting funds away from the academic community. Early career researchers (ECRs) are particularly vulnerable to this publishing system due to intersecting factors including pressure to pursue prestigious publications, rising costs and job insecurity. Moving towards a more ethical system requires that scientists advocate for structural changes by making career choices that come with risks, many of which disproportionately impact ECRs. We illuminate major issues facing ECRs in ecology and evolution in the current publishing system, and propose a portfolio of policies and actions to address them that can be implemented by researchers across all career stages.
27 Oct 2023Submitted to Ecology Letters
30 Oct 2023Assigned to Editor
30 Oct 2023Submission Checks Completed
30 Oct 2023Review(s) Completed, Editorial Evaluation Pending
06 Nov 2023Reviewer(s) Assigned