Kudos to Elsevier [for admitting their mistake]. But they need to go further.
They need to provide the names of the sponsors of the six faux journals. Who besides Merck colluded in "unacceptable practice"?
They should also release financial information. I'd like to know the price that bought the integrity of one of the leading science publishers.
At that point, I'll be happy to accept that "the integrity of Elsevier's publications and business practices remains intact," as the Elsevier spokesperson maintains. I know Elsevier from the inside--they gave me my first job in publishing.
More thoughts about Merck & Elsevier
First El Naschie, then an undisclosed relationship with Merck to publish what were essentially product advertisements masquerading as a scholarly journal. Here's what Richard Gallagher writing at The Scientist has to say:
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