Poor old Crelle!

Douglas Arnold and Kristine Fowler have done a spectacular piece of reporting in “Nefarious Numbers” <arXiv:1010.0278v1 [math.HO]>, about the manipulation of impact factors. The central example is the International Journal of Nonlinear Science and Numerical Simulation (IJNSNS). After reading Arnold and Fowler’s article, I was curious about what else the publisher of the journal, Freund Publishing House, might be up to. As usual with Google, I got a surprise: De Gruyter, publisher of Crelle’s Journal, has bought IJNSNS along with about 20 other journals from Freund. I suppose De Gruyter gets what it deserves, since it seems to have bought an impact factor rather than an intellectual enterprise, but it’s sad to see Crelle in this kind of company.

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