Since articles are reviewed by other academics -- for free -- profit margins are extremely good: around 30-40%.
Given this dismal industry background, it will come as no surprise to learn from Science magazine that Russian academic publishing has its own problems, fueled by the bad behavior of authors: Academic journals in Russia are retracting more than 800 papers following a probe into unethical publication practices by a commission appointed by the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS).
The moves come in the wake of several other queries suggesting the vast Russian scientific literature is riddled with plagiarism, self-plagiarism, and so-called gift authorship, in which academics become a co-author without having contributed any work.
Antiplagiat looked at over four million academic articles published in the Russian language, and found that more than 70,000 were published at least twice.
It involves selling slots on papers already written by other authors that have been accepted by a journal.