A group of scientists sent a denunciation letter to the State Council of the pulpit, citing some candidates who published articles in so-called predators.
Under Decision 37, Associate Professor candidates must be the first author of at least three scientific articles, while Professor candidates must be the first author of five articles published in prestigious international journals.
The State Professorship Council has published a list of prestigious international publishing houses such as Springer, Elsevier, Wiley-Blackwell and publishing houses belonging to the world’s top 100 universities according to the annual Times Higher Education World University Rankings (THE) ranked by Times Higher Education and Thomson Reuters.
Universities have also issued warnings about low-quality journals called “predators.”
The State Council of the Chair has received denunciation letters regarding some candidates who published scientific papers in low-quality journals in order to have enough papers to become candidates for the position of professor and associate professor.
A group of scientists sent a denunciation letter to the State Chair Council, naming some candidates who published articles in so-called predators, and claiming that the candidates cannot meet the requirements for the professorship.
An associate professor candidate has five internationally published articles, but one was published in the Academy of Accounting and Financial Studies Journal, a journal of the Allied Academies, or Allied Business Academies, a predator.
Another article was published in the Turkish Journal of Computer and Mathematics Education, a very low quality journal. The third article was published in a journal excluded from the Scopus list in 2018. The two remaining articles were published in Open Access (it does not collect royalties from readers and only collects royalties from publishers, and the articles can be downloaded for free).
One of the two was published in the Turkish Journal of Computer and Mathematics Education belonging to Scopus Q4 with an H index of 3. The other was published in Open Access which has just entered the ESCI (Emerging Sources Citation Index).
The group of scientists clarified that the candidate’s articles should not be considered as articles published in prestigious journals. Without the statutes, the candidate cannot meet the requirements to become a professor or associate professor.
In another case, an associate professor candidate was the first author of five papers, including one published in the International Journal of Entrepreneurship, which is a very low-quality journal, one in Decision Science Letters owned by Growing Science Publishing House, and one in open access (Q4), and once in the International Journal of Entrepreneurship of Allied Academies Publishing House. The others have been published in open access.
The candidate also has an article published in the Journal of Asian Finance, Economics and Business. This journal has been put on a warning list by some universities. The National University of Economics does not support the publication of articles in this journal due to the low quality of the journal.
Another candidate is the author of six articles, including one published in Accounting of Growing Science, one in Academy of Strategic Management Journal of Allied Academies and four others in the Journal of Asian Finance, Economics and Business.
The group of scientists also mentioned a candidate for the title of associate professor who is the author of 10 articles. Of these, four articles have been published in Uncertain Supply Chain Management (Growing Science), International Journal of Advanced and Applied Sciences, Decision Science Letters (Growing Science), Journal of Management Information and Decision Sciences (Allied Academies).
The candidate has also published three articles in the Journal of Asian Finance, Economics and Business.
Another candidate for the title of professor is the author of eight articles. However, the candidate has two articles in Management Science Letters owned by Growing Science. The other two articles were published in the Academy of Accounting and Financial Studies Journal owned by the Allied Academies. He also published an article in the Journal of Asian Finance, Economic and Business.
According to the group of scientists, the five candidates mentioned are still on the list submitted by the Council of Professors of Economics to the Council of State Professors for the granting of the titles of professor and associate professor.
People in other fields have also been found not to meet the requirements to have articles published in prestigious journals.
A candidate for the title of professor of politics had eight articles published in international journals. However, one of the articles was published in the Turkish Journal of Computer and Mathematics Education – TURCOMAT, one in PalArch’s Journal of Archeology of Egypt/Egyptology, three in the Journal of Contemporary Issues in Business and Government (ISSN (International Standard Serial Number) 2204 1990), and two in psychology and education (ISSN: 0033 – 3077).
Tran Anh Tuan, chief secretariat of the State Council of Teachers, said the council received information related to the profiles of candidate teachers and sent documents to local teachers’ councils for clarification.
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