Several scholarly  publishing associations are pushing for new principles to guide article submission and selection criteria to offset concerns over editorial practices at some open access journals. The trick will be separating the truly rigorous peer-reviewed journals from those with sloppy research standards without inadvertently (or intentionally) attacking journals with legitimate philosophical and methodological differences from the mainstream scholarly pack. Weeding out truly bad journals is a noble cause. Unfortunately, there is often a fine line between such legitimate efforts to ensure quality and integrity and squelching legitimate scholarly efforts based solely on different philosophical or ideological grounds. One need only look at the evolution pack’s assault on anything that breaks with their assumptions and received narrative (such as intelligent design) to see how group-think can become blind to genuine scholarship and turn academically tyrannical.

Read more on this story, “Principles of Transparency,” at Inside Higher Ed.