Bloggers are reacting to an article published in The Chronicle of Higher Education that suggests that an "avalanche" of low-quality papers are being published, that they add too much noise to research and that too many of these papers contain very little useful information. "Instead of contributing to knowledge in various disciplines, the increasing number of low-cited publications only adds to the bulk of words and numbers to be reviewed," the article's authors say.

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