[Tibeto-burman-linguistics] Fwd: MDPI

Randy LaPolla randy.lapolla at gmail.com
Sat Feb 4 11:13:01 UTC 2023

Hi all,
After I forwarded Ralf Vollman’s CfP for a special issue of *Languages*, I
received the information below about the publisher:

*I hope you won't mind a quick note about MDPI, just to point out that this
is not really a reputable publisher, rather on the side of "predatory
publishers" that make money based on dubious editorial practices (sloppy
policy for acceptance) and abuse the good will of scholars...*

*The 'long read' is available on the Internet. Despite the company's
lobbying, the Wikipedia entry contains relevant information:*

*"MDPI's business practices have attracted criticism, with controversies
suggesting it sacrifices editorial and academic rigor in favor of
operational speed and business interests.[4]
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MDPI#cite_note-ASH2017-16> MDPI was included
on Jeffrey Beall's list
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beall%27s_List> of predatory open access
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Predatory_open_access_publishing> companies
in 2014[17] <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MDPI#cite_note-Gillis-17>[18]
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MDPI#cite_note-Beall2014-18> but was removed
in 2015 following a successful appeal[16]
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MDPI#cite_note-Gillis-17> while applying
pressure on Beall's employer.[19]
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MDPI#cite_note-biochemia-19> Some journals
published by MDPI have also been noted by the Chinese Academy of Sciences
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinese_Academy_of_Sciences> and Norwegian
Scientific Publication Register
two major scientific bodies, for lack of rigour and possible predatory

 I am sending this so people can make their own decision about whether to
publish there (Note: we are talking about the journal Languages, not the
Linguistic Society of America’s journal Language).


*From:* ralf vollmann <vollmanr at gmail.com>
*Date:* 4 February 2023 at 7:49:44 AM GMT+8
*To:* "Mag.Dr. Ralf Vollmann" <ralf.vollmann at uni-graz.at>
*Subject:* *edition project, invitation to contribute*

Dear colleagues,
allow me to send a mass email to you and not address everybody personally –
sorry :-)
I have agreed to MDPI to be the guest editor on a special issue for the
journal "Languages"
which seems to be indexed and reputable – unfortunately, there seems to be
an author
fee for open access.
I have thought of a more specific topic and came up with something I
seemingly find
less in the existing literature. If you feel inspired to contribute to the
proposal sent as
attachment, please let me know, and thank you in advance. I would like to
get insights
into all of the countries (or regions) of South-East Asia as described
below, either from
autochthonous minorities viewpoint or from more recent migrations which
new languages to urban centres.
If you can advise me which other authors on the subject I might ask, I am
thankful. Certainly, I still missed many names even after making my own
list of
potential contributors.
Thank you, best wishes, Ralf Vollmann

ao.Univ.Prof. Mag.Dr. Ralf Vollmann (孙学仁)
Univ. of Graz, Merangasse 70, A-8010 Graz
TEL: 0043/316/380-2419 ; MOB: 0681/81692723
vollmanr at gmail.com ; ralf.vollmann at uni-graz.at
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