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As Victor Mair reports, "the fake science sickness has infected some of our mainstream publishing  houses." It's easy to blame AI for this, but of course it's not just AI. It's the people abusing AI to try to tap in to the the nearly $30 billion academic publishing industry. And they've always been around. Mair argues that the law should get involved. "Accredited authorities should go on the offensive and work for the enactment of laws and penalties," he writes. "Make these crimes of sham scholarship cost." More effective, I think, would be to take the money out of the system. Colleges and Universities could publish in-house and make the papers open access. Then there's no way to make money out of the system, and the people who pay for the existing system - authors and institutions, who would now be publishing in-house - end up paying a lot less.

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