Professor fights ban amid debate on academic freedom

A professor who has taken a stand against the publication of research in ‘predatory’ journals that aren’t peer reviewed says he has been suspended from the campus of the university where he works in the Interior of British Columbia, writes Camille Bains for The Canadian Press.

In an article written for a journal published by the University of Toronto Press, Professor Derek Pyne raised questions about the practice followed by some professors who publish research in so-called predatory journals. Pyne, who has taught at Thompson Rivers University’s school of business and economics since 2010, said his troubles began following the April 2017 publication of his research article titled “The Awards of Predatory Publications at a Small Business School”.

The article says 16 of 27 professors with research responsibilities paid so-called predatory journals that don’t require research to be peer reviewed to publish their work up to the end of 2015 and that they landed promotions. Meanwhile, the Canadian Association of University Teachers has taken on Pyne’s case to determine whether his academic freedom has been violated.
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