Research Matters

Professor Lynne Bennington

Research Matters

by Professor Lynne Bennington


Predatory Publishers

You will remember that in our previous newsletter, Business Research Matters, I cautioned academic staff about the pitfalls of vanity publishing. Now we have a related but perhaps more insidious phenomenon - the predatory open access journal publisher.

Professor Anne-Wil Harzing, University of Melbourne, presented on this topic at the recent BARDSNET meeting. It seems that predatory publishers are similar to vanity publishers although they typically charge fees for publishing your articles. Harzing, quoting Beal, a librarian from the University of Colorado, says that predatory open access journals ate “those that unprofessionally exploit the author-pays model of open-access publishing for their own profit. Typically, these publishers spam professional email lists, broadly soliciting article submissions for the clear purposes of gaining income.”

How will you recognise such publishers? Sometimes it is not as easy as you might think and quite a lot of investigation may be needed. Professor Harzing suggests that most of these publishing houses are run from emerging economies but it is not unusual for them to have shopfronts in western countries, including Australia. Typically they have editorial boards from the same countries but may include westerners on their editorial boards. Professor Harzing suggested that sometimes these people do not even know that their names have been included on so-called editorial boards. The scope of topics accepted tends to be extremely broad (humorously so in some cases) and the acceptance rate for articles is very high. Needless to say, following, as one publishers stated, “blindly peer review” (sic), turnaround times are very fast. In fact, if one looks closely at some of their material, the use of the English language is often amusing: Harzing provides one such example: “The journal seeks to publish original research articles that are hypothetical and theoretical in its nature and that provide exploratory insights in the field of ...”

The difficulty for authors is that many of the journals have names that are similar to well known and highly ranked journals and some suggest that they have links to the likes of Harvard University. What is even more worrying is that some predatory open access journals are C-ranked and have been included in the ERA list and a couple have made it to ISI.

Prior to submitting to a journal that you are not very familiar with, Professor Harzing advises authors to:
1. Check Beal’s list of predatory journals/publishers at
2. Look into the publication records of editorial board members
3. Check Google Scholar; and
4. Read some sample articles.

ABDC Journal Quality List

A number of disciplines have developed quality lists to, amongst other reasons, guide academics in their choice of journal outlets for their research. ERA 2010 provided a list but this was deleted prior to the 2012 ERA exercise and the list is no longer available.
Based on demand from business schools across Australia and New Zealand, the ABDC list will be updated in the 2012-2013 period. There will be an opportunity for academics to make submissions in respect of the list. Announcements about this will be made once the review procedures have been approved by the ABDC.

Introducing The Philanthropists

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Research Achievements

Professor John Rodwell
• Rodwell, J., & Demir, D. (in-press). Psychosocial Antecedents and Consequences of Workplace Aggression for Hospital Nurses. Journal of Nursing Scholarship.
• Rodwell, J. & Gulyas, A. (in-press). A Taxonomy of Primary Health Care Practices: An Avenue For Informing Management and Policy Implementation. Australian Journal of Primary Health.
• Rodwell, J., & Demir, D. (in-press). Psychological Consequences of Bullying for Hospital and Aged Care Nurses. International Nursing Review.
• Allisey, A., Rodwell, J., & Noblet, A. (2012). Personality and the Effort-Reward Imbalance Model of Stress: Individual Differences in Reward Sensitivity. Work & Stress, 26 (3), 230-251.
• Rodwell, J., & Demir, D. (2012). Oppression and Exposure as Differentiating Predictors of Types of Workplace Violence for Nurses. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 21 (15-16), 2296-2305.
• Jepsen, D.M., & Rodwell, J.J. (2012). Lack of Symmetry in Employees’ Perceptions of The Psychological Contract. Psychological Reports, 110 (3), 820-838.
• Noblet, A., Maharee-Lawler, S., & Rodwell, J. (2012). Using Job Strain and Organizational Justice Models to Predict Multiple Forms of Employee Performance Behaviours Among Australian Policing Personnel. International Journal of Human Resource Management, 23 (14), 3009-3026.
• Jepsen, D.M., & Rodwell, J.J. (in-press). Justice Predictors of Employee Outcomes Vary By Gender. Gender, Work & Organization.
• Lawson, K.J., Rodwell, J.J., & Noblet, A. (2012). Mental Health of a Police Force: Estimating Prevalence of Work-related Depression in Australia Without a Direct National Measure. Psychological Reports, 110 (3), 743-752.

Dr Al Marshall 
• Presented a poster paper at the 2012 ACU Teaching & Learning Conference in Sydney in early August. The poster paper was on French and Australian marketing student learning styles.
• Presented a paper at the semi-finals of the 2012 Australian Competitive Research Symposium in Melbourne in mid September. The paper was on Generation Y media consumption and its role in information decision making.

Professor John Rodwell & Professor Peter Steane
• Rodwell, J., Demir, D., & Steane, P. (in-press). Psychological and Organisational
Impact of Bullying Over and Above Negative Affectivity: A Survey of Two Nursing Contexts. International Journal of Nursing Practice.
• Rodwell, J., Demir, D., Parris, M., Steane, P., & Noblet, A. (2012). The Impact of Bullying on Health Care Administration Staff: Reduced Commitment Beyond the Influences of Negative Affectivity. Health Care Management Review, 37 (4), 329-338.

Professor Chris Winder
• Makin, A.-M., & Winder, C. (2012). Applications in dynamic risk management. In PSAM 11/ESREL 2012, Helsinki, Finland, 25-29 June, 2012.
• Winder, C. (2012). Carbon monoxide induced death and toxicity from charcoal briquettes. Medical Journal of Australia, 196(67): 349-350.

Professor Robin Kramar
• Kramar, R., & Maley, J. (in-press). The Influence of Global Uncertainty on Cross- Border performance Appraisal. Personal Review.
• O'Donnell, L., Kramar, R., & Dyball, M. (in-press). Complementing a positivist approach to investment analysis with critical realism: challenges and a way forward. Qualitative Research in Financial Markets (Journal).
• Kramar, R. (2012). Trends in Australian Human Resource Management: What Next? Asia Pacific Journal of Human Resources 50(2).
• Kramar, R. (2012). Diversity management: a mosaic of concepts, practice and rhetoric. Asia Pacific Journal of Human Resources 50(2).
• Kramar, R. (2012). Beyond Strategic Human Resource Management: Sustainable Human Resource Management. Best paper award at Institute for Sustainable Leadership 7th Annual Symposium, Rome, Italy, 6-8 June, 2012.

Professor Robin Kramar & Professor Peter Steane
• Kramar, R., & Steane, P. (2012). Emerging HRM skills in Australia. Asia-Pacific Journal of Business Administration, Vol. 4: 2, pp.139 – 157.

Assoc. Prof. Darcy McCormack
• McCormack, D., Djurkovic, N., & Casimir, G. (2012). The bullying of apprentices and trainees and its effects. In the Proceedings of the Eighth International Conference on Workplace Bullying and Harassment at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, 13- 15 June 2012. Darcy also chaired the session on “Interventions and workplace bullying” at the Eighth International Conference on Workplace Bullying and Harassment at the University of Copenhagen.
• WorkSafe Victoria. (2012). The bullying and harassment of apprentices and trainees. Victoria, Australia: McCormack, D., Djurkovic, N., & Casimir, G.
• Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (2012). Homelessness and Unemployment: Understanding the Connection and Breaking the Cycle. Canberra, Australia: Steen, A., MacKenzie, D., & McCormack, D.

Professor Elizabeth More
• Razi, N., & More, E. 2012. Employee firm-specific knowledge and the acquisition of a high-performance work system organisation. Accounting, Accountability & Performance, 17(1&2), 79-93.
• Razi, N., & More, E. 2012. Human Capital and Performance Management in High Performing Service Industry: A Case of the Impact of an Acquisition. Journal of Accounting Business and Management, 19 (2), 15-43.
• Butt, L., More, E., & Avery, G. (in press). The myth of the ‘green student’: student involvement in Australian university sustainability programs. Studies in Higher Education.

Ms Jacqui Larkin
• Larkin, J., & Neumann, R. (in press).  Playing the Performance Management Game? Perceptions of Australian Older Academics. Irish Journal of Management.

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