Background Briefing exposes the predatory practices of an open access publisher that claims to be one of Sydney's leading scientific associations.
The Australian Society for Commerce Industry and Engineering (SCIE) is one of several hundred organisations identified by Jeffrey Beall, an academic librarian in Denver, Colorado, as 'potential, possible or probable predatory scholarly open access publishers'.
Posing as an international student named Rajita Dhital, Background Briefing emailed the SCIE asking to become a member of the society. A scholarly publisher that claims to follow 'world best academic publishing protocol' has agreed to publish an academic paper 'immediately without peer review' in exchange for a $704 fee.
Executive producer: Chris Bullock