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Critical analysis of scholarly open-access publishing

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    Need to publish an article quickly? The Asian Journal of Pharmaceutical Science and Technology can make you a published author in a matter of days. According to its homepage, the “Asian Journal of Pharmaceutical Science and Technology (AJPST) is an international peer-reviewed multidisciplinary journal, scheduled to appear bi-annual [sic] and serve as a means for […]

    denverjeffreyPharma IntelligenceOne-day peer reviewdenverjeffreyPharma IntelligenceOne-day peer review

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    Some articles in volume 17, issue 5 (2013) of the Latvian journal Computer Modelling and New Technologies have references at the end dated 2014. Here’s how it happened. I wrote earlier about the two different versions of the journal Computer Modelling and New Technologies, one for regular submissions, and the second — likely associated with […]

    denverjeffreyComputer Modelling and New TechnologiesddddenverjeffreyComputer Modelling and New Technologiesddd

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    There is no slowdown in the creation and launching of new open-access journals and publishers. Here I briefly describe the recent launches of two questionable open-access publishers — Cresco Online Publishing (36 journals) and Juniper Publishers (36 journals). First, Juniper Publishers. This publisher lists the following two addresses: Juniper Publishing Group Inext Ventures Inc. 3200 […]

    denverjeffreyLarge new OA publishersCresco is the publishing organizationdenverjeffreyLarge new OA publishersCresco is the publishing organization

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    OMICS Group recently launched a new open-access journal called Diagnostic Pathology: Open Access. The title closely matches that of the BioMed Central (BMC) journal Diagnostic Pathology. It also matches the scope of The Diagnostic Pathology Journal, a new open-access journal launched by the former editor-in-chief of the BMC journal. OMICS Group has a track record […]

    denverjeffreyThe recently-launched OMICS Group journal. The BioMed Central journal, with its strong impact factor.Another new journal.—Dr. Klaus KayserdenverjeffreyThe recently-launched OMICS Group journal. The BioMed Central journal, with its strong impact factor.Another new journal.—Dr. Klaus Kayser

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    Let me introduce Impact Factor Services for International Journals (I.F.S.I.J), the newest addition to my list of misleading metrics companies. The firm’s mission is to help low-quality and predatory journals appear legitimate and successful, even when they are worthless and dangerous. It contrives and licenses nine different types of “factors” to journal publishers. The company […]

    denverjeffreyImpact Factor Services for International JournalsAnnals of PhytomedicinedenverjeffreyImpact Factor Services for International JournalsAnnals of Phytomedicine

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    Article spinning is an increasingly-popular technique for creating plagiarized scholarly articles that plagiarism-detection software doesn’t always catch. It involves using software to copy and rephrase a published scholarly to create a new article. Terms and phrases in the source article are replaced with synonymous ones. Here’s an example. The first of the two articles below […]

    denverjeffreyarticle spinningThe original (2010) article.The copied (2015) article.European Academic Researchdenverjeffreyarticle spinningThe original (2010) article.The copied (2015) article.European Academic Research

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    The Dutch journal Amoeba: NJN-mededelingenblad has been hijacked. The hijackers have changed the title to Amoeba Journal, stealing and copying the original journal’s ISSN, publisher, and even its telephone number. I cannot find any website for the original journal, which was a newsletter and has apparently ceased publication. It was published by the Nederlandse Jeugdbond […]

    denverjeffreyDutch Amoeba Newsletter HijackedThomson Reuters Master ListAmoebadenverjeffreyDutch Amoeba Newsletter HijackedThomson Reuters Master ListAmoeba

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    A Russia-based article broker has appeared that offers various services to researchers, including writing research papers and also arranging the publication of researchers’ manuscripts in impact factor and Scopus-indexed journals. The company calls itself Big Time Publ. and its URL is http://WoS-Scopus.com. On its “Prices” page, the company lists the costs of its services. One […]

    denverjeffreyPublication Web of ScienceWriting articles to orderdenverjeffreyPublication Web of ScienceWriting articles to order

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    Over the past couple weeks I’ve received several emails informing me about two scholarly publishers / conference organizers and their intentional use of duplicate or nearly-duplicate journal titles and conference names. One of the most prolific conference-name copiers is WASET, the so-called World Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology that is not really an academy […]

    denverjeffreyInternational Conference on Traffic and Transport Psychology (ICTTP). WASETInternational Conference on Traffic and Transport PsychologJournal of Dual DiagnosisDual Diagnosis Open AccessSophia LorendenverjeffreyInternational Conference on Traffic and Transport Psychology (ICTTP). WASETInternational Conference on Traffic and Transport PsychologJournal of Dual DiagnosisDual Diagnosis Open AccessSophia Loren

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    The publisher Open Access Text (OAT) follows several of the same, questionable business practices as Hyderabad, India-based OMICS Group, leading me to suspect that it may have been acquired by OMICS. Currently in the middle of a massive spamming campaign, OAT uses the “my previous email” ploy, using emails to bait researchers with the promise […]

    denverjeffreyAnother spammer. Open Access Text Pvt. Ltd Suite A, 36-40 Copperfield Road, Mile End, London, E3 4RR, UK info@oatext.com +44 203 657 9099Amanda VenisdenverjeffreyAnother spammer. Open Access Text Pvt. Ltd Suite A, 36-40 Copperfield Road, Mile End, London, E3 4RR, UK info@oatext.com +44 203 657 9099Amanda Venis

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    The Philippines-based journal Asia Life Sciences charges authors a submission fee, and, when their papers are accepted, it also charges an exorbitant author fee. The fee is one of the highest open-access author fees in Asia. This email from William Sm. Gruezo, the journal’s “Chairman, Board of Editors,” was forwarded to me by an author […]

    denverjeffreyAsia Life Sciencesreview process feeAsia Life Sciences former impact factordenverjeffreyAsia Life Sciencesreview process feeAsia Life Sciences former impact factor

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    David Publishing Company is among the most annoying scholarly open-access publishers. It incessantly spams pretty much everyone in higher education, medicine, and research. It specializes in spamming people making presentations at conferences, timing the spam to arrive right after the presentation is completed and inviting the victim of the spam email to convert the presentation […]

    denverjeffreyDavid Publishing CompanyDavid Publishing journalsJournal of Communication and ComputerdenverjeffreyDavid Publishing CompanyDavid Publishing journalsJournal of Communication and Computer

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    Biomed Central has published an obviously bogus scholarly article that apparently uses the “template-plagiarism” technique, crafting a new article from an earlier one, changing the data and some of the text. The original article is entitled, “Decreased expression and clinical significance of miR-148a in hepatocellular carcinoma tissues.” This paper was published in the European Journal […]

    denverjeffreyBioMed CentralOriginal BMC articleTemplated BMC articleFigure 1 figure 2denverjeffreyBioMed CentralOriginal BMC articleTemplated BMC articleFigure 1 figure 2

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    The system of payments from authors is spurring the creation of many new companies seeking researchers’ money, especially grant-funded researchers. Many of these new companies are pay-to-publish scholarly publishers, including these two, SciRes Literature and Gavin Publishers. SciRes Literature Let’s start with SciRes Literature, which — apparently — is short for Scientific Research Literature. Its […]

    denverjeffreySciRes Literature and Gavin PublishersGavin Journal of Emergency MedicinedenverjeffreySciRes Literature and Gavin PublishersGavin Journal of Emergency Medicine

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    I learned recently of the “Institute of Science Index.” It appears vaguely similar in some ways to Journal Citation Reports, the database now published by Thomson Reuters that supplies journal impact factors. Journal Citation Reports is commonly referred to as ISI, the initials of the organization that originated it, the Institute for Scientific Information. This […]

    denverjeffreyInstitute of Science IndexArthur S ParrIt uses a URL that is, perhaps, intended to mislead: http://www.isi-database.org/denverjeffreyInstitute of Science IndexArthur S ParrIt uses a URL that is, perhaps, intended to mislead: http://www.isi-database.org/

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    Another apparent case of “template-plagiarism” in a BioMed Central (BMC) journal has come to light following my blog post on a similar case recently. It appears that the later article was created using the earlier one as a template, as in the earlier case. Both papers appear in the same journal, Diagnostic Pathology. In this […]

    denverjeffreymicroRNA DongmicroRNA AliSimilar conclusions.denverjeffreymicroRNA DongmicroRNA AliSimilar conclusions.

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    If you haven’t already, you may soon receive an annoying spam email from an Indian publisher called Global Journals Inc. (US). This publisher misrepresents its real headquarters location in its name and web address. It also provides much additional false and misleading information, all with the aim of getting you to submit your paper and […]

    denverjeffreyGlobal Journals IncHow to Write Good PaperdenverjeffreyGlobal Journals IncHow to Write Good Paper

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    I have observed what may be evidence of article brokers at work in a number of Bentham Open journals. Bentham Open is a Sharjah-based open-access publisher with over 100 low-quality OA journals in its portfolio. The publisher has been included on my list since 2011. Its non-open-access counterpart is Bentham Science Publishers. It appears that […]

    denverjeffreyBentham OpenChina mapdenverjeffreyBentham OpenChina map

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    Two strange, scholarly open-access publishers recently launched and began spamming for article submissions. While early predatory publishers copied the look and feel of legitimate publishers’ websites, recent launches, such as these, are essentially copies of copies, with each new generation of OA publisher wilder than the earlier one. Here I’ll describe new publishers Everant Publisher […]

    denverjeffreyEverant WASTWelcome to EverantJournal of Language Literature and LibraryWorld Academy of Science and TechnologyCall for papers December 2015denverjeffreyEverant WASTWelcome to EverantJournal of Language Literature and LibraryWorld Academy of Science and TechnologyCall for papers December 2015

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    South Korean prodigy Yoo-geun Song is 17 years-old and about to complete his Ph.D. in astrophysics. The boy genius, along with his dissertation adviser Seok Jae Park, co-authored an article published last month in The Astrophysical Journal, but regrettably, the article closely matches a book chapter published in 2002. The chapter is not cited in […]

    denverjeffreyYoo-geun SongIntroduction 2015Introduction 2002.jpgabstract 2015abstract 2002denverjeffreyYoo-geun SongIntroduction 2015Introduction 2002.jpgabstract 2015abstract 2002

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