Reading Achievement, International Comparisons, and Moral Panic: Do International Reading Test Scores Matter?

Here’s the first paragraph of my recent article in JAAL – click on the link below to go to the full article. Thanks! Moral panic about reading achievement appears to afflict most English-speaking nations from time to time, and when this occurs, stories of a decline in achievement appear regularly in the media. Referring toContinue reading “Reading Achievement, International Comparisons, and Moral Panic: Do International Reading Test Scores Matter?”

Unpublishing 101 – fake journals and the grey economy of open access publishing

In this ‘post-truth world’, fake journals are beginning to become a serious nuisance. Open-access publication now operates in a kind of academic parallel universe, with over 2000 predatory and exploitative publishers, author fees up to $3,700, automatic acceptance of papers, contrived metrics, fake (or partly-fake) review boards, fake conferences, and bogus proofreading services (for whichContinue reading “Unpublishing 101 – fake journals and the grey economy of open access publishing”