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Critical analysis of scholarly open-access publishing

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    Thanks to tips sent in by scientists and researchers, I learn about several new questionable publishers and independent journals each week. In this blog post, I highlight three questionable publishers that I recently learned about and added to my list. 1. Today Science purports to be owned by a bogus organization called the Science and [...]

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    Archives des sciences is a reputable journal that has been hijacked online. There are two websites for the journal, a real one and an impostor one that is run by criminals. The real journal is published by the Société de Physique et d’Histoire Naturelle (SPHN). The authentic journal website is located here: http://www.unige.ch/sphn/Publications/Archives.html The impostor journal website is located [...]

    denverjeffreyArchives des SciencesThe authentic one.denverjeffreyArchives des SciencesThe authentic one.

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    In late 2012, I was the victim of criminal impersonation. Someone sent out emails that looked like they were from me, asking for money to remove a publisher from my list. The technique they used is called email spoofing. British journalist Richard Poynder recently wrote a blog post about the case, a blog post that [...]

    denverjeffreyA publisher to avoid.The plagiarized text.The original text.denverjeffreyA publisher to avoid.The plagiarized text.The original text.

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    In earlier blog posts I’ve described and documented examples of OMICS Group’s unethical practices, including sending personal invitations to potential authors to submit manuscripts without informing them of the author fees, only to invoice them after their papers get quickly accepted. This was also reported in an article published by the Chronicle of Higher Education [...]

    denverjeffreyStay Away From OMICS' ConferencesAssembly line of conferences.denverjeffreyStay Away From OMICS' ConferencesAssembly line of conferences.

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    Guest blog post by Kenneth Witwer. Kenneth Witwer is an assistant professor of pathobiology in the Baltimore, Maryland area. The views and opinions expressed in this post are his own and do not necessarily reflect the policies or positions of his employer or any associated entity. The India-based OMICS company publishes open access journals and organizes conferences. The group [...]

    denverjeffreyOMICS Group's presence on LinkedIndenverjeffreyOMICS Group's presence on LinkedIn

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    A report entitled “Legitimacy of citations in predatory publishing: The case of proliferation of papers by Serbian authors in two Bosnian WoS‐indexed journals” was published in late 2012. Written by Pero Šipka,, the report looks at the questionable self-citation practices of four journals published by a Sarajavo-based organization known as DRUNPP. The shadowy organization publishes [...]

    denverjeffreyThe report's cover.denverjeffreyThe report's cover.

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    Sometimes, we are able to gather direct evidence of how predatory publishers operate. In this case we received primary information about the operation of the Journal of International Management Studies. This journal markets itself as a standalone journal, but we think it is really one of three published by the same, unnamed firm. The other [...]

    denverjeffrey Journal of International Management StudiesJIMSdenverjeffrey Journal of International Management StudiesJIMS

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    The English word epitome can mean, according to Wictionary, “The embodiment or encapsulation of” or “A representative example.” Here I want to describe a publisher that is the epitome of predatory publishers. The publisher is IJCRM. This India-based publisher is among the lowest-quality publishers I’ve seen. Some of its articles are a dumping ground of [...]

    denverjeffreyIJCRM means International Journal of Research in Commerce & ManagementNeenadenverjeffreyIJCRM means International Journal of Research in Commerce & ManagementNeena

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    Science Record is a Delaware-based publisher of ten scholarly journals. This publisher now appears to be a toll-access publisher, and each article listed has a “purchase” link, but none of the links actually leads to anything. Many of the journal’s table of contents pages are populated by titles, authors, and abstracts from previously-published legitimate journals. [...]

    denverjeffreyadd captionCopied from Elsevier. The original version.denverjeffreyadd captionCopied from Elsevier. The original version.

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    The journal Bradleya, published by the British Cactus and Succulent Society appears to have been hijacked. Journal hijacking is the process of maliciously setting up a duplicate website for a respected journal and then inviting article submissions for the legitimate journal on the hijacked page. Website of the authentic journal: http://www.bcss.org.uk/brad.php Website of hijacked journal: http://www.britishedu.org.uk/ The [...]

    denverjeffreyBradleya impostor. Bradleya gooddenverjeffreyBradleya impostor. Bradleya good

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    On April, 8, I was quoted in a New York Times article about questionable open-access publishers and questionable conferences. Since that day I’ve been happy to receive many emails, some with suggestions about possible publishers and standalone journals to add to my lists. Below are three publishers and two standalone journals that I added to [...]

    denverjeffreyScribes GuildInternational Journal Publishers Group Design for Scientific Renaissance International Journal of Medicine and Biosciences (IJMB) International Journal of Trends in Economics Management and Technology (IJTEMT)denverjeffreyScribes GuildInternational Journal Publishers Group Design for Scientific Renaissance International Journal of Medicine and Biosciences (IJMB) International Journal of Trends in Economics Management and Technology (IJTEMT)

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    Recently launched, and with 66 brand-new journals, Horizon Research Publishing Corporation carefully hides its headquarters location on its website. The “contact us” page does not list any location. Its spam email is signed, “Horizon Research Publishing, USA,” but I doubt it’s really from the United States. The publisher uses the URL http://zj.nkwww.com/, which is registered [...]

    denverjeffreyHorizon Publishing CorporationdenverjeffreyHorizon Publishing Corporation

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    We recently learned about the Canadian Science and Technology Press Inc. a scholarly publisher with six brand-new scholarly journals. The journal lists an address in the Toronto, Ontario suburb of Richmond Hill. Only two of the six journals have any content. One, the Canadian Journal of Plant Protection, has published two issues. The other one […]

    denverjeffreyCanadian Science and Technology Press Inc.Scientific CanadiandenverjeffreyCanadian Science and Technology Press Inc.Scientific Canadian

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    I regularly receive emails from new open-access publishers asking me to add their publisher or journal to one of my lists. My lists include publishers and standalone journals that I have found to be predatory or questionable in their practices, so it’s odd that a publisher would request inclusion. I assume they do it because […]

    denverjeffreyInternational Journal of BiologydenverjeffreyInternational Journal of Biology

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    Based in Hilo, Hawaii, the Institute for Business and Finance Research publishes eight business journals and organizes a regularly-occurring conference called Global Conference for Business and Finance that rotates among places like Honolulu, Las Vegas, and Costa Rica. One unique thing about this publisher is that it is successfully exploiting the Latin American market. Two […]

    denverjeffreyInstitute for Business and Finance Research JournalsdenverjeffreyInstitute for Business and Finance Research Journals

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    I recently discovered a new publisher called Recent Science, a scholarly publisher with 38 journals in its portfolio, some of which duplicate other publishers’ titles. According to Recent Science, every one of its journals has earned an impact factor, even though none has any content. It’s possible that this publishing operation is still being set […]

    denverjeffreyRecent ScienceRecent SciencedenverjeffreyRecent ScienceRecent Science

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    The International Journal Network is a new, open-access publisher that includes over 350 journals in its portfolio. The publisher’s main page lists San Francisco as its location, but its domain name is registered to Adam Curry at 4401 Roland Ave., Suite 405 in Baltimore, Maryland. There is a residential condominium at that address. The publisher’s “contact us” […]

    denverjeffreyInternational Journal NetworkdenverjeffreyInternational Journal Network

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    Hyderabad, India-based OMICS Publishing Group has set up new websites with different brand names that all try to lure potential authors into submitting papers to one or more of OMICS’ 250 journals. It is currently using these alternative brands: e-Clinical Central = http://www.eclinicalcentral.com/ e-Medical Central = http://www.emedicalcentral.com/ e-Pharma Central = http://www.epharmacentral.com/ e-Science Central = http://www.esciencecentral.org/ […]

    denverjeffreye-Medical Central e-Clinical Central e-Pharma Central e-Science Central NIH logodenverjeffreye-Medical Central e-Clinical Central e-Pharma Central e-Science Central NIH logo

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    The word savvy in English, according to Wictionary, means “shrewd, well-informed and perceptive.” The term is informal, so I am surprised to see it being used as the name of a scholarly publisher. However, examining Savvy Science Publisher leads me to think the term is perhaps too formal in this case. A colleague forwarded me a […]

    denverjeffreySavvy Science Publishers.Savvy Science PublishersdenverjeffreySavvy Science Publishers.Savvy Science Publishers

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    We recently discovered KY Publications, a new open-access publisher based in Guntur, Andhra Pradesh, India. We’re not sure what “KY” in the name stands for, but we know it’s not Kentucky or any drugstore product. The publisher has six new journals, but not all of them have content. The operation seems to be the work […]

    denverjeffreyKY PublicationsPoetry as a research articledenverjeffreyKY PublicationsPoetry as a research article

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