BMJ letter: Cash for publication is discriminatory, unscientific, and dangerous (3)

19 May, 2019

I totaly agree with our two eminent contributors Neil and Anna that cash and publish is very discrimatory than academic institutions used to say, 'publish or perish' in that the latter was encouraging academic excellence while the former is being selective and biased and skewed or tilts towards cash. Information is power so they say. Cash will act as a digital divider, those who don't have can't write, publish and access reputable journals, knowlege will be for the privileged few. It will like the story of the bible which was owned and accessed by kings. On the other hand publishers incur a lot of costs such prints, editorial, some publishers use glossy materials to remain prestigious etc. May the target certain groups of but you look at certain foundations like Bill Gates & Belinda how they using their to sponsor scientfic research so that noone is left behind to acess qaulity health so that the majority on Low and Medium contries good health. Therefore we pray that printing costs or whatever resoan should take center stage at the expense of human development.

HIFA profile: Kenneth L Chanda is Associate Consultant and Lecturer at National Institute of Public Administration where he is lecturing in Records Management. He is co-author of The development of telehealth as a strategy to improve health care services in Zambia. Kenneth L. Chanda & Jean G. Shaw. Health Information & Libraries Journal. Volume 27, Issue 2, pages 133139, June 2010. He recently retired as Assistant Medical Librarian at the University of Zambia. klchanda AT