1:30 p.m. - maximum 3:30 p.m.


Peter Hornung, Hamburg


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Course Description (Lecture)

The rise of ”predatory journals”, also known as pseudo-scientific journals, poses a risk to the integrity of science and young scientists need to know about their practices. Upon receipt of a publication fee, predatory journals publish manuscripts regardless of their scientific merit, very often without any peer review, and without providing editorial services. To maximise profit, such journals disregard all aspects of scientific integrity and foster the dissemination of bad and bogus science, lobby materials, and conspiracy theories. Publishing in predatory journals can have dire consequences for authors, their careers, and the reputation of their institutions. But how to tell the good ones from the bad?

Afterwards, all participants are invited to join the discussion on predatory publishers.

Information about the Lecturer

Peter Hornung is an investigative reporter and editor. He enjoys researching for a living and is happy to pass on the know-how. Building networks, finding informants, searching the Internet for hidden information and documents, checking sources - and thus getting to the bottom of things: You can learn all that.

Important stations:

  • Radio reporter and editor at Hessischer Rundfunk in Frankfurt, correspondent and head of the ARD studio in Prague
  • Since 2009 Editor and reporter at NDR: Investigative research in the reporter pool of the radio program NDR Info and in the trimedial department Investigation of NDR (research cooperation NDR/WDR/SZ)
  • Team member in international research projects "Offshoreleaks" (2013), "Panama Papers" (2016) and "Fake Science" (2018)
  • Since 2013 lecturer for investigative research at the Academy of Journalism


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