Frequent contributor Bennett Haselton writes:
"A Harvard biologist was able to get an intentionally flawed
paper accepted for publication by a number of open-access
academic journals, included that had supposedly been vetted for quality by advocates of
open access. It seems the problem could be mitigated by consolidating journals
within a field, so that there are much fewer of them, publishing much more articles
per journal -- so the review processes take the same amount of labor, but you have fewer
journals that have to be audited for procedural honesty." Read on for the rest, including his idea to solve the problem of fraudulent submissions (or even just sub-par science) through simplification.