Tuesday, 15 May 2018

watch out for predatory journals

Consider the 'Journal of Business and Economics.' This journal does not appear on the DHET accredited journals list (http://libguides.wits.ac.za/Scholarly_Research_Resources/Accredited_Journals). If you google the journal, you find it is published by Academic Star publishers. Is its content entirely about economics? No. So it is not in fact a real journal.


Predatory journals (which this may or may not be), accept journal articles without peer review. What predatory journals do, is they offer to publish your paper, then accept your paper as-is, then charge "page fees" for publication. They do not review for quality. This lowers the quality of academic work worldwide as researchers who are under pressure to "publish or perish" assume that it is a legitimate offer from a legitimate journal. There are also conferences which do this - they approach you to publish your work, because they assume you're desperate to get published and will therefore pay for it.

The following article from a UJ academic explains further.


Here is a South African author who reported this particular journal. As you can see, a trivial google of any journal will show you whether it is legit or not.


Here is a real journal:


See the difference? Look at the work quality, content, and topic adherence. Look at the publisher guidelines. Google the word "scam" with the journal name.

Basically they pretend to be legit, trick you into publishing with them, then ask for "page fees". However, the article you submit does not get peer-reviewed; it just gets published regardless, because the publishers just want the academics' money.




Tuesday, 18 August 2015

animated cave


Friday, 7 August 2015

searle on relativism


Thursday, 2 April 2015

Parmenides' Argument

After marking about half the essays, it has come to my attention that people aren’t entirely clear on why Parmenides says that change does not occur.


Here is my interpretation of his argument:


1. Change = motion = destruction

2. In order for something to come into being, there has to be a time where it did not exist

3. Nothing comes from nothing (‘ex nihilo nihil fit’)

4. Therefore nothing ever does not exist

5. Therefore, as Parmenides says, only one thought makes sense, namely ‘it is’

6. Therefore, everything always exists

7. Therefore destruction does not happen (non-existence never comes to exist or occur)

8. Therefore if (1) is true, change does not happen, since change requires destruction or non-existence.


This argument is refuted by denying (1), since not all change involves destruction in the sense of annihilation; some changes merely involve rearrangement of parts without destruction of anything other than the original form of a thing. (1) Could only be true if changing a thing (rearranging it) constitutes destruction (of the form of the thing); which, in a sense, is true; however, the thing still exists (as a new thing).


By the way, it is “Yin Yang” not “ying yang”.

Friday, 6 March 2015

How to do Proper Online Research


On this page I list common errors people make in doing online research, that is, gathering data online for the purpose of ultimately writing a research document of some sort, e.g., an academic paper, a factual book, etc. I hope this page is helpful to you. If you think it needs some additional pointers mentioned on it, please let me know.

Please note this page contains the author's opinions only and may differ from the Rules and Regulations of the University. Please consult the University Rules, which overrule these.


Interpreting and Choosing Sources

The most important thing is to use reputable, recognised, accurate sources. There is a lot of information on Internet which is of questionable provenance. In particular, you should avoid making the following mistakes:

Correct English


Please note this page contains the author's opinions only and may differ from the Rules and Regulations of the University. Please consult the University Rules, which overrule these.

Nice page: http://www.vox.com/2015/3/3/8053521/25-maps-that-explain-english

On this page I list common errors people make in their usage of English, and provide the corrections. You'll notice that I can't make up my mind whether English is capitalised or not. I have the same problem with "earth." Anyone want to correct me?

PS If you don't think learning to spell is important, please consider the below:


Apostrophe, possessive and plural forms. This is used to indicate a missing letter which was historically present. Hence, the word "don't" contains an apostrophe because it is a contraction of "do not." the apostrophe replaces the O. Other examples are "let's", which is short for "let us", and "he's", which is short for "he has" or "he is". E.g., "He's got a car" means "he has got a car". Similarly, in the past, i.e., about 1000 years ago, English used -as for plural and -es for possessive (genitive). Since the loss of the vowel in these suffixes, we now use the apostrophe to denote the E in -es (genitive). e.g., John's apple's red colour—meaning, the red colour of the apple of John. If John has more than one apple, it would be apples (without an apostrophe) to indicate the presence of more than one apple, however, if we still want to talk about the red colour of John's apples, we have to add an apostrophe to indicate that we're not putting the -es of possessive form, but we know it should be there. So it would be: John's apples' red colour. American usage retains the second S, i.e., John's apples's red colour.