[Air-L] Elsevier and peer review

Sharon Greenfield sharon.greenfield at rmit.edu.au
Wed Dec 28 20:09:20 PST 2016

The other day I was told by someone not in academia that there are
regularly planted independently written 'articles' (quotes mine) to places
like the Social Science Research Network (SSRN) https://www.ssrn.com so as
to give a 'credible source' for right wing racist media pundits and those
who follow them.

Thoughts on this process? SSRN is an arm of Elsevier. As apparent by below
planted 'article' (quotes again mine) and the multitude of scientific
errors, there is no peer review. Does this 'open access' of research
journals from Elsevier dilute any credibility they have? Would love to chat
with someone at Elsevier about this. I do understand what a tough place the
publishing industry is in right now.

I was pointed to below link which is being used to back up quotes like "97%
of women with children by black male partners get ZERO financial help from
their partner." :


Ninety Two Percent: Examining the Birth Trends, Family Structure, Economic
Standing, Paternal Relationships, and Emotional Stability of Biracial
Children with African American Fathers
Tiffany N. Calloway
June 2, 2015
*Abstract: *
This study examines the birth trends, family structure, economic standing,
paternal relationships, and emotional stability of biracial children with
African American fathers. For study implementation quantitative research
methods were used. Questions were asked through a questionnaire that was
administered to 1000 women spanning the united States that were equally
ranging from 3 different racial groups; Caucasian, Asian, and Hispanic.
Participants were recruited through the internet, radio, and news. This
study finds that 92% of biracial children with African American fathers are
born out of wedlock and 82% end up on government assistance. The results of
this study make it very clear that biracial children with African American
fathers are fatherless on a scale much larger than the public may realize.

*Number of Pages in PDF File:* 12

*Keywords:* Biracial, out of wedlock, fatherless, black fathers, interracial

*Sharon Greenfield*
PhD Researcher
School of Media and Communication
RMIT University, Australia

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