Some 98 percent of the articles Uzbek academics publish abroad appear in discredited journals.
Anyone tracking scholarship on Central Asia is sure to be swamped by Uzbek research in unreputable publications
This piece highlights the degree to which the reputational damage done by publishing in a questionable publication is much larger than to an individual researcher. Countries and institutions must actively urge their researchers away from questionable publishers, stop publication incentives that have perverse impacts and drive us away from junk science.
“Publish or perish”: It’s a global problem among academics, with eye-opening salience in Uzbekistan, find Bahtiyor Eshchanov of the Center for Economic Research and Reforms in Tashkent and his three Uzbek co-authors in a new paper in Publications, a peer-reviewed journal about scholarly publishing.
Eshchanov and his colleagues trace the proliferation of this “pseudo-research” and find that the trouble in Uzbekistan is caused by two forces, one local and one global.