Hoodwinking Higher Education: Deviant Behavior and Academia

deadline for submissions: 
May 10, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
Salvador Jimenez Murguía, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Sociology Akita International University Yuwa, Akita-city 010-1292 Japan
contact email: 

Call for Chapters in and Edited Volume

Hoodwinking Higher Education: Deviant Behavior and Academia

I am seeking contributors to an edited volume on academic deviance titled, Hoodwinking Higher Education: Deviant Behavior and Academia.

My own current involvement in this project stems from substantial fieldwork on the topic, in particular fraudulent academic conferences that offer various amenities such as vacation/tourist packages; guaranteed acceptance for participation; guaranteed publications in conference proceedings; invitations for future keynote speaking engagements; all at the expense of allocated college/university research budgets.

These events convey an image of legitimate conferences based on scientific and academic principles of peer-review, interaction and scrutiny. Yet in reality, these conferences are more geared toward offering tourist-like amenities, guaranteeing resume enhancement, and propping up speakers that are so-called experts in their fields. In short, these conferences are anything but legitimate and pose a real problem for university budgets, as faculty often attend them, enjoy their time as a vacation, receive credit for research within this framework, and simply charge the expense to their respective universities.

I am seeking insightful, jargon-limited, and engaging writing on a wide-range of topics that address the dynamics of social and ethical boundary setting and breaches related to the broader institution of academia. Although emergent research is encouraged, case studies and theoretical pieces will also be seriously considered.

At the moment, I have two academic publishers and one university press that have expressed interest in the topic.

Topics may include, though are not limited to the following:

  • Self-plagiarism
  • Plagiarism
  • Requesting unnecessary desk copies with the intent to sell and profit from their sales online.
  • Sham Peer-Review
  • Feigning one’s qualifications/credentials (especially language proficiency on such professional websites as LinkedIn.com and Academica.edu.)
  • Misappropriating research funds for non-research-related purposes.
  • Purchasing products or services with research funds that are used for personal, non-occupational-related purposes.
  • Using research funds to finance travel to and/or from conferences that have no merit vis-à-vis one’s stated expertise or training.
  • Assigning one’s publications—for which royalties are receivable—to students in one’s classes and offering no subsidy that diminishes these royalties.
  • Misrepresenting achievements and honors on one’s curriculum vitae.
  • Listing service oriented publications as academic publications.
  • Listing publications that were pre-determined for publication as peer-reviewed.
  • Listing conference proceedings under peer-reviewed publications.
  • Circumventing Institutional Review Boards—in particular Human Subjects standards—to conduct research.
  • Using copy-written material in either research or courses without giving proper credit to originators of such material.
  • Piltdown Man / and other profit-driven hoaxes.
  • Sokal Affair / and other illuminating hoaxes.
  • Offering positive performance reviews or grades in exchange for personal favors.
  • Ghost-co-authoring
  • Case study examples of Robert K. Merton’s “Mathew Effect.”
  • Association/participation in fraudulent scholarly associations / fraudulent journal outfits

Chapters should be between 3500 and 5500 words. Although I will provide further details about formatting, for now contributors should anticipate using the Chicago Manual of Style, 17th Edition.

Please send a 200-500 word abstract and an abbreviated curriculum vitae to the following address:



  • Abstracts Due: 10 May 2018
  • Abstract Acceptance Notification: 15 May 2018
  • First Draft Submissions: 10 August 2018
  • Chapter Acceptance Notification: 10 September 2018


People of color, women, graduate students and junior faculty are encouraged to submit abstracts.