Can anybody explain why someone who is editor of a reputable journal also act simultaneously as an editor for a potentially predatory journal?

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    Voting to close because Arun Bansil is likely the only person who can really answer this. Feb 25, 2018 at 20:23
  • I’ve edited the question to focus on the central issue. Calling out an individual editor in such a manner is inflammatory.
    – aeismail
    Feb 26, 2018 at 0:21

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We cannot know if this is really the case, but many disreputable publishers surreptitiously list well known scientists in their editorial boards, without asking their consent.


The editor is the only person that knows for sure. Some possibilities (note I do not know if ikpress is a flaky publisher - I'm simply assuming it is):

  • He doesn't think ikpress is a flaky publisher. Compare Frontiers and MDPI, both publishers that were included on Beall's list that also had established academics defending them.
  • He isn't aware ikpress is a flaky publisher.
  • He doesn't care that ikpress is a flaky publisher (for whatever reason).
  • He doesn't know he's listed as an editor, or he might have tried to be "unlisted" but the publisher has been slow at removing him.
  • Why you do not enter into the key issue? that is, what is reputation? Feb 25, 2018 at 23:45
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    I don't see how reputation is relevant?
    – Allure
    Feb 25, 2018 at 23:49

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