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Critical analysis of scholarly open-access publishing

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  • 07/27/12--07:50: And Now, a Proofreading Scam
  • A bogus proofreading service is spamming scholars with illiterate solicitations for its business. The spam email and the service’s website are both filled with typographical and grammatical errors.  The company’s name appears to be just Manuscript Proofreading. The site is decorated with professional images that appear to have been lifted from the internet. The site’s “editors” page [...]

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    The gold rush continues with IBIMA Publishing. By “gold rush,” I refer to the rush to set up gold (author-pays) open-access publishing sites that can make their owners easy money. This publisher has started out with a fleet of 59 journals. The titles cover the fields of business, social sciences, computer science, life sciences, and [...]

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    The editor of the Journal of Sports Medicine & Doping Studies, Senthil P. Kumar, wrote an editorial in the journal that contains passages that appeared in three previously-published articles. Kumar, who is associate professor in the Dept. of Physiotherapy at the Kasturba Medical College in Mangalore, India, editorialized about the advent of open access, commenting on its strengths [...]

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  • 08/28/12--08:23: Swiss Journals
  • We have observed the appearance of a new publisher: Swiss Journals. The publisher offers 16 journal titles in the fields of engineering, applied sciences, and health sciences. By looking up the domain name registration, we determined that this publisher is the work of Dr. Shapoor Zarei, of Tehran, Iran. An email response from him confirmed [...]

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    Somebody copied a scholarly article, slightly changed the title, replaced the co-authors’ names, and submitted it to the predatory journal African Journal of Agricultural Research (published by Nigeria-based Academic Journals), where it was accepted and published (of course) after the author fee was paid. The July, 2012 prank article, “Mapping Indonesian Paddy Fields Using Multiple-Temporal [...]

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    Two print journals that didn’t have websites have had their identities completely stolen. Unknown persons have created impostor websites using the identities of the journals Wulfenia and Archives des Sciences. The fraudsters have created new websites and have copied the titles, ISSNs, and even the mailing addresses of the established journals. The bogus websites have [...]

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    I am currently researching an organization called the Maryland Institute of Research. It publishes two open-access journals, the International Journal of Business and Social Research, which began in 2011, and the Journal of Arts and Humanities (JAH), which just published its first issue in August, 2012. One confusing thing about this publisher is that it seems [...]

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    One of the tricks that the International Organization of Scientific Research (IOSR) uses to convince authors that it is legitimate is to flash logos of legitimate organizations on its main page. There are four pictures that cycle every few seconds. Seen above is the HOLLIS–Harvard Libraries logo, with Harvard’s Veritas symbol. Others include a NASA [...]

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    We recently added the journal International Journal of Applied Research & Studies to our list of stand-alone predatory journals. This journal stands out because it uses as many tricks, unethical practices, and lies to attract authors to submit manuscripts. The website claims it does not charge an author processing fee, but we doubt this claim. [...]

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    International Journal of Applied Research & Studies (iJARS)International Journal of Applied Research & Studies (iJARS)

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  • 09/28/12--13:30: Shirley, You Jest
  • IJEST is the International Journal of Engineering Science and Technology, published by ENGG Journals Publications in Madras, India. The site also lists an address in Singapore. The journal has published monthly since October, 2009. Some of its articles contain plagiarism. Its publisher has a website that looks like it’s designed for children: It uses a [...]

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  • 10/16/12--08:04: Copying Elsevier
  • If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then the people at Reed Elsevier ought to be very flattered by this imitation of their work. The picture above is from the homepage of the International Journal of Pharma and Bio Sciences (IJPBS), based in India. The journal gratuitously uses the Elsevier logo in a prominent [...]

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    International Journal of Pharma and Bio SciencesInternational Journal of Pharma and Bio Sciences

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    Introducing one of the newest open-access publishers: Science Target. According to the publisher’s website, they are based in Ottawa, Ontario. Here is a screen grab from their “contact us” page: However, I did a little research. I searched that address on Google Maps and found a drug store at that address: Because the telephone number [...]

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    We learned recently about a scholarly publisher that appears to be operating like a pyramid scheme. The publisher is Simplex Academic Publishers, based in Tiruchengodu, India. It publishes five journals, including the omnibus journal ScienceJet. We obtained a copy of a spam email sent to a US researcher, asking him to serve as one of [...]

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    Simplex Academic PublishersSimplex Academic Publishers

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    The Dirty Western is a blog that is exposing faculty members who have published in — and are taking academic credit for — crummy papers published in predatory journals. The blog has covered Western Illinois University (WIU) in Macomb, Illinois since August, 2009. Recently, the blog ran a series of exposés that critically examined the [...]

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    The latest trend among some predatory publishers is to display the ISO (International Standards Organization) logo on their websites. They do this to make themselves look legitimate. I don’t think any of them are using the logo appropriately, and I think the ones that state they have an ISO certification are lying. Some just add [...]

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    I receive many emails from all over the world complaining about LAP Lambert Academic Publishing GmbH & Co. KG. (This publisher is so bad, I will not even provide a link to them). I don’t list them on my blog because they are not an open-access publisher. Instead, they spam recent graduates and junior faculty [...]

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    Nigeria-based International Research Journals is being cut off by its United States-based Internet service provider for spamming, a violation of the provider’s terms of service. The publisher’s old domain name was http://interesjournals.org. The new domain name is http://interesjournal.org, but it is unclear who the publisher’s new ISP is. At this time, both domains are active, as [...]

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  • 11/15/12--09:56: Open Access Alcohol
  • OA Alcohol is the title of one of 140 new medical-science journals launched recently by the brand-new predatory publisher called OA Publishing London. While we love the idea of free drinks, we are frightened by the appearance of this sloppy new publisher.If this new enterprise is being run by surgeons, we would not let them [...]

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    A brand-new open-access publisher has just appeared: Science and Education Publishing (SciEP). The publisher is launching with 85 new journals, the second large launch I’ve seen in a single week (OA Publishing London recently launched with 138 brand new journals). This practice of starting a publisher with an excessive number of journals is called a [...]

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    In August 2012, I published the first edition of my Criteria for Determining Predatory Open-Access Publishers. I received many helpful comments and am now publishing a second edition of the work. I am especially grateful to Bill Cohen and Dr. Michael W. Firmin for their helpful suggestions. Also, thanks to all the those who left helpful [...]

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