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Critical analysis of scholarly open-access publishing

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    The South Korean journal Annals of Rehabilitation Medicine (ARM) claims on its website that authors are not charged any fees, but one author received a bill after his paper was accepted for publication. On its website the journal clearly states, There is no author’s submission fee or other publication related fee since every cost for […]

    denverjeffreyAnnals of Rehabilitation MedicineAnnals of Rehabilitation Medicine 2denverjeffreyAnnals of Rehabilitation MedicineAnnals of Rehabilitation Medicine 2

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    The World Journal of Biotechnology is a new, niche journal that fulfills the long-standing demand for an international publication outlet in the field of biotechnology. Not really. In fact, it’s a broad-scoped journal that duplicates the coverage of dozens of other fake, low-quality open-access journals in biotechnology. This one only stands out because it offers […]

    denverjeffreyWorld Journal of BiotechnologyScientific Platform JournalsdenverjeffreyWorld Journal of BiotechnologyScientific Platform Journals

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  • 12/15/15--08:00: MIT Journal Hijacked
  • The MIT Technology Review has been hijacked. In the last few months, I’ve seen an increase in the rate of hijacked journals reported to me. This blog post also reports the recent hijacking of a Brazilian scholarly society journal. The hijacked version of the journal uses at least two variant titles on its website: TECH […]

    denverjeffreyMIT Technology Review hijackedContact usRevista Brasileira de Medicina do EsporteThe competitive sport of scholarly open-access publishing.denverjeffreyMIT Technology Review hijackedContact usRevista Brasileira de Medicina do EsporteThe competitive sport of scholarly open-access publishing.

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    I didn’t get much rest over the Christmas break, as tips regarding questionable new publishers and journals poured in — tips I am grateful for. Over the break I added five new publishers to the list. Four are from India and one is from Nigeria. Below you will find a description of each of the five […]

    denverjeffreycollageBio CoreBrainy BuzzSt Anne MaryMathewsTerminal JournalsdenverjeffreycollageBio CoreBrainy BuzzSt Anne MaryMathewsTerminal Journals

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    I learned recently of a journal whose title exactly copies the title of a respected journal in the same field, the Journal of Natural Products. The counterfeit journal is based in India, while the original journal is published by a respected scholarly society. The copycat journal is apparently the effort of one man, Sudhanshu Tiwari. […]

    denverjeffreyJournal of Natural Products (counterfeit)Journal of Natural Products (authentic).jpgdenverjeffreyJournal of Natural Products (counterfeit)Journal of Natural Products (authentic).jpg

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    There is increasing evidence of a parallel economy developing around the scholarly publishing industry. The components of this parallel economy include predatory publishers, contrived metrics companies, bogus proofreading services, and now, a company supplying non-standard identifiers. The company selling the non-standard identifier is called Scientific Object Identifier (SOI). This is clearly an attempt to create […]

    denverjeffreyScientific Object IdentifierHalitosisdenverjeffreyScientific Object IdentifierHalitosis

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    The Journal of Current Research in Science (JCRS) is included on my list of questionable journals, and I strongly advise all honest researchers to avoid it. It allows up to 40% plagiarism in its articles and proclaims several completely fake impact factors. Surprisingly, a new scholarly index from a reputable firm has made the decision […]

    denverjeffreyJournal of Current Research in Science40 percent plagiarism.jpgFake impact factorsEmerging Sources Citation IndexdenverjeffreyJournal of Current Research in Science40 percent plagiarism.jpgFake impact factorsEmerging Sources Citation Index

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    A Russian-owned journal that claims to be based in Poland is as fake as a scholarly journal can get. The East European Science Journal has a completely made up editorial board, and most other aspects of it are fake also. The journal uses several titles in English. Its masthead says East European Science Journal, but […]

    denverjeffreyEast European Science JournalEast European Science Journal 2denverjeffreyEast European Science JournalEast European Science Journal 2

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    OMICS International (formerly OMICS Publishing Group) has named Chandra Wickramasinghe editor-in-chief of its strangely-titled Journal of Astrobiology & Outreach. Wickramasinghe’s research focuses on exogenesis and is largely rejected by mainstream astronomers. This is a clever move by OMICS International. Wickramasinghe has a following, and many of his followers are fringe scientists with money to spend […]

    denverjeffreyJournal of Astrobiology & OutreachWickramasingheGalladenverjeffreyJournal of Astrobiology & OutreachWickramasingheGalla

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    Here is another example of an article in an open-access journal about plagiarism that itself contains plagiarism. The 2016 article, classified as a “short communication” in the predatory International Journal of Health Sciences and Research, has only two pages of text and is barely readable, except for the plagiarized parts. The article is entitled “Plagiarism: […]

    denverjeffreyInternational Journal of Health Sciences and Research 1plagiarism 1plagiarism source 1plagiarism source 2Bitter medicine.Fake, fake, fake.denverjeffreyInternational Journal of Health Sciences and Research 1plagiarism 1plagiarism source 1plagiarism source 2Bitter medicine.Fake, fake, fake.

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    Here’s a bottom-tier, confused, and low-quality publisher everyone should avoid, Elite Hall Publishing House. This publisher of seven, broad, open-access journals is based in Malegaon, India. Some of its journals are branded with the publisher name ERM Publications. It has one of the worst-designed websites of any publisher I’ve ever encountered. It is a user […]

    denverjeffreyElite Hall Publishing HouseResearchers WorldIndian Journal of Management SciencedenverjeffreyElite Hall Publishing HouseResearchers WorldIndian Journal of Management Science

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    A Tunisia-based publisher has “cloned” itself, creating a new publishing operation with a different name, but with the same low-quality journals. The two versions of the publisher are: International Journals of N&N global Technology (IJNNGT) N&N Global Technology (NNGT) Both publish the same nine, broad-scoped journals. The both list the same address in the “Cyber […]

    denverjeffreyInternational Journals of N&N global TechnologyN&N Global Technology.jpgdenverjeffreyInternational Journals of N&N global TechnologyN&N Global Technology.jpg

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    A new open-access publisher with the strange name The Scientific Pages launched recently with 65 worthless scholarly journals. All the journals duplicate the coverage of existing subscription and open-access journals. The publisher gives this as its headquarters address: The Scientific Pages 1805 N Carson Street Suite S, Carson City Nevada 89701, USA  However, this is […]

    denverjeffreyThe Scientific PagesThe Scientific Pages of PediatricsdenverjeffreyThe Scientific PagesThe Scientific Pages of Pediatrics

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    A recent article in the National Review used the term “advocacy research” to describe unscientific articles published in predatory journals to promote a social or political agenda. I have been observing and blogging about this for some time and wish I had come up with the term “advocacy research,” for it fits the concept perfectly. […]

    denverjeffreyCurrent asbestos-related regulations are irrationalJournal of Environmental StudiesdenverjeffreyCurrent asbestos-related regulations are irrationalJournal of Environmental Studies

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    [Note: This is a guest blog post by Dr. Tansu Küçüköncü]. Thales Academic Publisher publishes 23 open-access journals and organizes scholarly conferences. It also publishes academic books. It is included on the list of questionable publishers. Strangely, two of its journals (the International Journal of Advanced and Multidisciplinary Social Science (JAMSS) and the International Journal […]

    denverjeffreyThales Academic PublisherRetraction noticedenverjeffreyThales Academic PublisherRetraction notice

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    A continuing explosion in the number of low-quality and predatory scholarly conferences in Southeast Asia is confusing and annoying researchers in the region. One example is the so-called International Academy of Computer Technology (IACT) — which is not really an academy at all — whose headquarters address shows up as a dwelling in a U.S. […]

    denverjeffreyInternational Academy of Computer Technology3308 N Mayfield AveSelected submission paperTheir publishing arm, also run from a house in San Bernardino.denverjeffreyInternational Academy of Computer Technology3308 N Mayfield AveSelected submission paperTheir publishing arm, also run from a house in San Bernardino.

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    There’s a new open-access publisher in town, and its name is Ology Science. I fear that the publisher may have a connection with the notorious publisher called OMICS International. Ology Science launched with ten broad, bio-medical sciences journals. Most of the titles are similar to many journals already being published by other publishers, but one […]

    denverjeffreyOlogy ScienceYou can't hide!denverjeffreyOlogy ScienceYou can't hide!

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    Be on the lookout for spam from a man using the fake persona of “Dr. Karl Heinz” and soliciting manuscripts for two open-access journals of abysmal quality. The journals use the initialisms JMESS and JMEST and claim they’re based in Germany, buy I suspect they are really based in eastern Turkey. The two journals, with […]

    denverjeffreyA mess indeed.Blah, blah, blah.Strong evidence of a weak journal.Not Teutonic at all.denverjeffreyA mess indeed.Blah, blah, blah.Strong evidence of a weak journal.Not Teutonic at all.

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    This past week I added a publisher called KnowledgeCuddle Publication to my list. The publisher’s name is silly and unprofessional, more evidence of scholarly open-access publishing’s decline into absurdity. At the same time, two U.S. universities implemented strong open-access policies, policies their faculties will be pressured to follow and submit to. The contrast is stark: […]

    denverjeffreyKnowledgeCuddle .... Really?KnowledgeCuddle 2Where KnowledgeCuddle claims its journals are indexed. http://www.knowledgecuddle.com/index.php/IJCESdenverjeffreyKnowledgeCuddle .... Really?KnowledgeCuddle 2Where KnowledgeCuddle claims its journals are indexed. http://www.knowledgecuddle.com/index.php/IJCES

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    Here I’d like to sound a warning about two low-quality scholarly open-access publishers. I wrote previously about Pyrex Journals and have an update on them. I’ll also write about a new publisher with a dumb name: Scientia Ricerca. I originally wrote a blog post about Pyrex Journals in November, 2014. At that time, I reported […]

    denverjeffreyPyrex JournalsScientia RicercadenverjeffreyPyrex JournalsScientia Ricerca

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