The professor rejects the debate on academic freedom B.C. university


VANCOUVER – A professor who has opposed the publication of research results in non-peer-reviewed journals says he has been suspended from the university campus where he works within British Columbia.

In an article published by the University of Toronto, University of Toronto, Professor Derek Pyne asked questions about the practice of some professors who publish research in so-called catch magazines.

Pyne, who has taught at the Thompson Rivers University in Economics and Business since 2010, said that his problem began with his research paper, published in April 2017, titled "Small Business School's fraudulent publications awards." He did not name any professors or universities he founded in his research on the peer-reviewed Journal of Scholarly Publishing.

The article lists 16 27 professors whose so-called catching magazines have been paid in research areas, which do not require peer review of the studies to publish their work by the end of 2015 and that they are dismantling the campaigns.

In the meantime, the Canadian University Teachers' Association has asked Pyne to find out whether her academic freedom has been violated.

In an interview, Pyne said the career of professors who has published their work in prey magazines has developed.

"It is positively tied to the winners' company-specific research prizes because they tend to pay more, because it's much easier to write prey books, so you have more time to make overload training to earn extra money by teaching extra courses or teaching online courses," Pyne said.

"You would think that the most inexperienced people make mistakes, however, the higher the academic placement, the more likely they are the catch records."

He argues that the Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops violated his academic freedom by refusing to accept him when his inquiries were received.

The university said that Pyle's academic freedom is fully protected by a collective agreement with Thompson Rivers, a scientific community.

"Dr. Pyne's activities did not relate to his specific research, the dissemination of his research work, or the right to exercise academic freedom," he said in his statement.

President Christine Bovis-Cnossen of the Provisional University does not discuss this, referring to privacy, as Payne had not given his consent to discuss his case. Pyne sent him Wednesday that he could discuss his case and convey email to the Canadian press.

Pyne said he was banned from campus since May, except to meet with the Union. He said he was in an unpaid interruption related to his critical feedback from a colleague at the university.

In his feedback, open to all faculties as part of the rental procedure, Pyne claimed that a colleague was involved in 12 of the predatory investigation cases.

Pyne said the university claimed that the feedback he sent to the staff who collected it for the selection committee and the current president of the university was a defamation.

"Right now they say that I am banned from the University," he said, adding admins do not like his present position of the suspension, even if he has no possibility to teach at the university.

"By disparaging, they can try to claim that it is not tied to academic freedom," Pyne said of the two questions with the criticism he has tasked.

A critical feedback colleague said that Pyle's questions have nothing to do with academic freedom.

"Derek Pyne has all the academic freedom in the world to say what he wants to say," he said in an interview.

My colleague rejected the comment on whether he intends to take legal action with an alleged innocence and did not want to discuss his research.

The Canadian University Teachers' Association David Robinson told the group that Thompson Rivers had set up a committee to investigate whether Pyle's academic freedom was violated.

The association was founded in 1951 and offers courses, workshops and conferences as well as collective bargaining and legal support for member organizations. It promotes academic freedom issues and represents more than 70,000 academic staff in most of the unions and colleges

Bovis-Cnossen replied to Robinson's letter of 2 November, saying that the Pine Alliance had not filed an appeal and would be an appropriate process for resolving the allegations arising from the alleged violation of academic freedom.

"Therefore, TRU does not participate in your research proposal because you do not have the power or authority to conduct such a research in our collective agreements (union)," he said in a letter Robinson suggested to the Canadian press.

Robinson said the e-mails and documents Pyne has given to him suggest that the papers that prey on his research are the core of the anti-university activities.

"We had hoped that the spirit would be a matter for us, and we could basically get the administration to cooperate with the study," he added.

In rare cases, a university that does not address the concerns raised by the association's report on academic freedom can be placed on a list of distrusts in which spokespersons teach their investigators "black list" to the facility when they do not speak there or accept honor points or jobs, Robinson said.

Pyne said he did not know why the Union did not make a complaint in his case, even though it had offended the two-week unpaid interruption between July and August, which he said was still unresolved.

Union President Tom Friedman does not comment on the Pyne case.

"Of course, Dr. Pyne gets a full representation of the faculty association and it is our constitution, but I can not go into any detail about what this representation means."

Professor Mark Mercer, Chairman of the Academic Freedom and Aid Federation, said he had responded to Bovis-Cnossen asking for Pyne, but he mentioned that privacy law weakens to discuss the university's response. Society is a non-profit organization focusing on academic freedom issues.

All professors are responsible for the proper functioning of their students' society, and their work falls into criticism, said Mercer, who teaches philosophy at Maryland University in Halifax.

"I do not know how this could be anything but a violation of Pyni's academic freedom when we know it," he said.

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Camille Bains, the Canadian press


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