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Chairman of i-manager Publications to Deliver Keynote on Ethical Publishing Challenges at ICPCE 2024 in Vietnam

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The academic journal publishing model has come under intense scrutiny for its ethical shortcomings. Dominated by a few major for-profit conglomerates, more than 50% of all articles in the natural sciences and social sciences are controlled by these entities. This concentration of power has led to exorbitant subscription and open-access publishing fees, which publicly funded universities, libraries, and research institutions worldwide find increasingly unsustainable.

Financial impact on science and access

A significant portion of the costs associated with publishing papers, approximately one-third, is profit for the shareholders of these dominant publishers. About half of the remaining costs cover the system’s operational expenses, which include lobbying, marketing, and maintaining paywalls. These paywalls restrict access to scientific outputs, impeding the free sharing of knowledge with the public and other researchers. As a result, money that the public believes is invested in scientific progress is, in fact, diverted away from it or used to limit access to it.

Alternative models are on the rise

In response to these issues, alternative publishing models have emerged, gaining traction in recent years. Diamond open-access journals and community-driven recommendation models are two notable examples. These models are free of charge for authors and minimise costs for institutions and agencies, while making peer-reviewed scientific results publicly accessible. Despite their benefits, for-profit publishing agents have co-opted some open-access schemes and created journal-driven incentives that hinder an effective collective shift away from profiteering.

Challenges to transition

The move towards alternative publishing models is often perceived as costly for individual researchers. This perception, combined with ingrained incentives and the dominant position of major publishers, creates significant roadblocks to change. Researchers may fear that publishing in less established open-access journals could impact their career progression, given the prestige associated with traditional journals.

Steps towards ethical publishing

Despite these challenges, there are actionable steps that academics at all levels can implement to promote a more ethical publishing system. These include advocating for and supporting open-access initiatives, prioritising the publication of their work in ethical journals, and participating in scholarly communities that emphasise the importance of accessible research. By collectively embracing these practices, the academic community can work towards a more equitable and sustainable publishing model.

Icpce 2024: addressing ethical publishing

Renisha Winston, founder and chairman of i-manager Publications, is set to deliver a keynote address on the challenges surrounding ethical publishing at the 6th International Conference on Psychology, Counselling and Education (ICPCE 2024). The conference, scheduled for 12th–13th October 2024 at the Hello World Saigon in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, aims to create a supportive environment for academics, practitioners, and the general public from various disciplines.

Under the theme “Integrative Approaches to Mental Health: Bridging Theory, Research, and Practice,” ICPCE 2024 will explore a wide range of topics that combine methodological, theoretical, and disciplinary perspectives. The conference will feature a diverse lineup of keynote speakers and learning sessions, offering a platform for sharing pioneering ideas and best practices in mental health and education.

Keynote Speakers and Learning Sessions

Aside from Renisah, the conference will feature notable keynote speakers, including:

  • Alexander Bentley-Sutherland, MBA | The Psych Busines (United Kingdom)
  • Ronald Yrog-Irog, PhD | Cebu Institute of Technology-University (Philippines)
  • Qiyong Gong, MD, PhD | Sichuan University (China)

There will also be learning sessions which will be facilitated by

  • Professor Nigel Maclennan, PhD | PsyPerform (United Kingdom)
  • Vicki Gier, PhD | Mississippi State University (United States)
  • Emy Nimbley, PhD | University of Edinburgh (United Kingdom)
  • Risydah Fadilah, PhD | Universitas Medan Area (Indonesia)

Call for papers

ICPCE 2024 is currently accepting submissions for paper presentations. Researchers are invited to submit studies that address modern challenges through psychological research, incorporating comprehensive empirical studies and innovative theoretical analyses. Submissions should adhere to the APA Style Guide using British English spelling conventions and will be published in the inaugural issue of ISPCE Bulletin.


The conference offers various registration options to accommodate both in-person and virtual participants. In-person presenters and participants will benefit from the vibrant setting of Ho Chi Minh City, while virtual participants can engage with the conference’s rich content remotely.

ICPCE 2024 promises to be an enriching educational experience, fostering networking, learning, and collaboration among diverse participants. By addressing the pressing issue of ethical publishing, the conference aims to contribute to a more equitable and accessible academic landscape.

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