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- PharmaInterScience Publishers
- Photon Foundation
- Pinnacle Journal Publication
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- Prime Journals
- Priyanka Research Journal Publication
- Progressive Science Publications
- Prudence Journals
- Purple Journals [Link dead as of 2013-10-19]
- Quazzy Journals
- R & S Publications [Link dead as of 2013-07-04]
- Recent Science
- RedFame Publishing
- Research and Reviews (An International Journals)
- Research Online Publishing (RonPub)
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- Research Publisher
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- RG Education Society (RG Journals of Scientific Research)
- Rising Vision (RV)
- Ross Science Publishers
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- Sacha International Academic Journals
- Sai Om Publications
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- Savvy Science Publisher
- Scholar Journals [Link dead as of 2013-04-20]
- Scholar People
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- Sci Edit Publications
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- Scientific Perspectives Publishing (Scipers)
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- Scientific Viewers
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- Sphinx Knowledge House
- Spring Journals
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- Southern Cross Publishing Group
- The Standard International Journals
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- Stringer Open
- Suryansh Publications
- Swiss Journals
- Symbiosis (Symbiosis Online Publishing)
- Synergy Publishers
- T&S Journal PUblications
- Technical Journals Online
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- Textroad Journals
- Thavan E ACT International Journals
- TI Journals
- Time Journals
- Tomas Publishing
- Topclass Global Journals
- Trade Science, Inc
- Trans Stellar (Transstellar)
- Transaction Series on Engineering Sciences and Technologies
- Transnational Research Journals (formerly Universal Research Journals)
- TSPublications [Link dead as of 2013-08-23]
- U.S. Science Press
- Unique Research Journals
- Universal Association of Computer and Electronics Engineers(UACEE)
- Universal Association of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineers(UAMAE)
- Universal Research Publications
- Valleys International
- VBRI Press
- Whites Science Journals
- Victorquest Publications
- Watch Plus
- We-Together to Save Yourself Society
- Wilolud Journals
- Wireilla Scientific Publications
- World Academic Journal of Business & Applied Sciences (WAJBAS Publishing) [Publisher]
- World Academic Publishing
- World Academic Union
- World Academy of Research and Publication
- World Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology (WASET)
- World Business Institute Also here: http://www.wassco.org/
- World Journal of Publisher (WJP)
- World Open Access Journals
- World Scholars
- World Science Publisher
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- World Standard Organization
- Wudpecker Research Journals
- Wyno Academic Journals
- Academic Exchange Quarterly
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- Acta de Gerencia Ciencia (CAGENA)
- Advances in Forestry Letter
- Al Ameen Journal of Medical Sciences (AJMS)
- American Journal of Advanced Drug Delivery
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- American Journal of PharmTech Research (AJPTR)
- American Journal of Phytomedicine and Clinical Therapeutics
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- Anglisticum: International Journal of Literature, Linguistics & Interdisciplinary Studies
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- Asian Journal of Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences
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- Asian Journal of Business and Management Sciences (AJBMS)
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- Asian Journal of Pharmaceutical Research and Health Care (AJPRHC)
- Australasian Journal of Herpetology
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- Ayupharm: International Journal of Ayurveda and Allied Sciences
- The Bioscan
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- E-Library Science Research Journal
- ExcelingTech Publishing Company, Ltd.
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- Journal of Current Pharma Research
- Journal of Emerging Trends in Computing and Information Sciences
- Journal of ELT and Applied Linguistics (JELTAL)
- Journal of Environmental Hydrology
- Journal of Global Research in Computer Science (JGRCS)
- Journal of International Academic Research for Multidisciplinary(JIARM)
- Journal of International Management Studies
- Journal of Knowledge Management, Economics and Information Technology
- Journal of Medical Research and Practice (JMRP)
- Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences (JPBMS)
- Journal of Science Editing
- Journal of Scientific Theory and Methods
- Kashmir Economic Review
- The Macrotheme Review
- Mathematical and Computational Applications (MCA)
- Modern Behavioral Science
- The Modern Journal of Applied Linguistics (MJAL)
- National Journal of Basic Medical Sciences
- National Journal of Medical and Dental Research
- Open Veterinary Journal
- Oriental Journal of Computer Science and Technology
- People’s Journal of Scientific Research
- The Pharma Research (Journal)
- PharmacologyOnline (PhOL)
- PHARMANEST: An International Journal of Advances in Pharmaceutical Sciences
- Plant Digest
- Reef Resources Assessment and Management Technical Paper
- Research Directions: International Multidisciplinary Research Journal (Research Directions Journal
- Research in Biotechnology
- Research Inventy: International Journal of Engineering and Science
- Research Journal of Pharmaceutical, Biological and Chemical Sciences (RJPBCS)
- Researchers World – Journal of Arts Science & Commerce
- Review of Research
- Reviews of Progress
- Romanian Biotechnological Letters
- Science International
- Science Park
- Science Research Reporter
- Science Reuters
- Scientific World
- Seventh Sense Research Group Journal
- South Asian Journal of Mathematics
- Tactful Management Research Journal (TMRJ)
- Technics Technologies Education Management
- Universal Journal of Applied Computer Science and Technology
- Universal Journal of Computer Science and Engineering Technology (UniCSE)
- Universal Journal of Pharmacy (UJP Online)
- Weekly Science International Research Journal
- World Applied Sciences Journal
- World Journal of Pharmaceutical Research (WJPR)
- World Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (WJPPS)
- World Journal of Science and Technology (WJST)
- 01/07/14--08:00: Questionable Polish Publisher Targets Scholarly Societies
- Annals of Diagnostic Paediatric Pathology
- Archives of Perinatal Medicine
- Central European Journal of Immunology
- Folia Neuropathologica
- Leczenie Ran (Wound Management)
- Leczenie Żywieniowe i Metaboliczne (Clinical And Metabolic Nutrition)
- Lekarz Wojskowy (Military Medicine)
- Ortodoncja Polska
- Perspectives in Enviromental Sciences
- Polish Psychological Bulletin
- Polski Przegląd Radiologii (Polish Radiology Review)
- Postępy Osteoartrologii (Progress in Ostearthrology)
- Problemy HIV i Aids
- Przegląd Chirurgii Dziecięcej (Paediatric Surgery)
- Przegląd Flebologiczny (Phlebology Review)
- Przegląd Ginekologiczno-Położniczy (Obstetrics and Gynecology Rview)
- American International Journal of Biology
- American Review of Mathematics and Statistics
- International Journal of Accounting and Taxation
- International Journal of Art and Art History
- International Journal of Gender and Women’s Studies
- International Journal of Health Sciences
- International Journal of Language and Literature
- International Journal of Linguistics and Communication
- International Journal of Medicine and Pharmacy
- International Journal of Music and Performing Arts
- International Journal of Nursing
- International Journal of Philosophy and Theology
- International Journal of Physics and Astronomy
- International Multilingual Journal of Contemporary Research
- Journal of Administrative Sciences and Policy Studies
- Journal of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences
- Journal of Anthropology and Archaeology
- Journal of Business Law and Ethics
- Journal of Chemistry and Biochemistry
- Journal of Computer Science and Information Technology
- Journal of Economics and Development Studies
- Journal of Education and Human Development
- Journal of Engineering and Architecture
- Journal of Finance and Bank Management
- Journal of Foreign Languages, Cultures & Civilizations
- Journal of Geography and Earth Sciences
- Journal of Global Peace and Conflict
- Journal of Human Resources Management and Labor Studies
- Journal of International Business and Economics
- Journal of International Relations and Foreign Policy
- Journal of Islamic Banking and Finance
- Journal of Islamic Studies and Culture
- Journal of Law and Criminal Justice
- Journal of Library and Information Sciences
- Journal of Management Information System and E-commerce
- Journal of Management Policies and Practices
- Journal of Marketing Management
- Journal of Natural Sciences
- Journal of Physical Education and Sports Management
- Journal of Power, Politics & Governance
- Journal of Psychology and Behavioral Science
- Journal of Small Business and Entrepreneurship Development
- Journal of Social Science for Policy Implications
- Journal of Social Welfare and Human Rights
- Journal of Sociology and Social Work
- Journal of Tourism and Hospitality Management
- Public Policy and Administration Review
- Review of Arts and Humanities
- Review of Contemporary Business Research
- Review of History and Political Science
- Review of Journalism and Mass Communication
- Strategic Management Review
- 01/14/14--10:25: Publisher Launches with Two Nearly Identical Brands at Once
- 01/21/14--08:03: Have I Discovered the Source of the Hijacked Journals?
- Challenges of managing the integration of KOSOVO in European Union
- Privatization and Future Challenges in the Free Market Economy
- Minerals and its managing
- 01/30/14--10:20: New OA Publisher Launches with Three Really Bad Journals
- The International Journal of Business & Management
- The International Journal of Humanities & Social Studies
- The International Journal of Science & Technoledge
- 02/13/14--08:00: More Questionable Scholarly Metrics are Emerging
- Is the altmetrics movement encouraging the emergence of questionable metrics companies?
- Are these metrics just an extension of the expanding predatory publishing industry?
- 02/18/14--08:00: Chinese Publisher MDPI Added to List of Questionable Publishers
- Not submit papers to any of the MDPI journals
- Not accept invitations to serve as journal editors or editorial board members, including as guest editors for the publisher’s many “special” issues
- Resign from any MDPI editorial boards they are currently serving on, and resign as editors
- 02/24/14--09:23: Under Pressure, MDPI Tries to Clean House, Retracts Paper
- 02/26/14--08:05: Used-Car-Style Marketing Comes to Scholarly Publishing
- 03/04/14--08:01: New Madras-Based Publisher is a Laugh a Minute
Index Copernicus is a Poland-based company that offers several services related to scholarly publishing. One of their products is a journal rating system, and I am concerned about the methods they use for ranking journals and the high proportion of predatory journals in their database.
Looking at the IC Journals Master List 2012 one sees the beginning of the list sorted by “ICV” or Index Copernicus Value. The list is sorted with the highest-ranking journals at the top. The second highest scoring journal is Acta Myologica, with a score of 53.44. This journal beat out Science, Nature, and many other top science journals.
Looking at the information page for this journal at the Index Copernicus website, one sees many errors. First, there is a dead image link. The journal deals with myology, the study of muscles, but is misclassified by IC as a humanities journal.
The page shows the journal’s earlier scores from 2005-2009, increasing from 5.56 to 7.18. (I have observed that Index Copernicus values always go up, never down). Missing are the values for 2010-2011. The 2012 value is an astounding 53.44, and there’s no explanation why the value has increased so much. Also, the page mislabels Acta Myologica as an English Title (it’s really Latin).
Numerous predatory journals have IC values, and they often display their IC value prominently on their websites. They do this because they want to attract article submissions, and the article processing charges they bring in. The value may look like an authentic metric to potential authors. It bears a resemblance to the impact factor, so naïve authors may accept it as such.
The IC Evaluation Methodology is here. It seems heavily weighted towards publishing practice rather than scientific impact.
I find the Index Copernicus value (IC Value) highly questionable. In fact, I’d say it’s a pretty worthless measure, especially given how many predatory publishers have established values, values that increase every year.
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We recently learned about a new scholarly open-access publisher whose name sounds very much like that of an established scholarly publisher.
It is Stringer Open, and of course it sounds like Springer Open.
Stringer Open has just launched with ten journals, some with ungrammatical titles, and some with titles that make little sense, such as the International Journal of Addiction Science and Anesthesiology.
The publisher’s ‘contact us’ page does not state any location, but the domain name registration leads to an apartment complex in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India. There are many predatory publishers from Andhra Pradesh, and it seems everyone there wants to be a scholarly publisher.
Stringer Open is currently spamming for editorial board members, and I wonder how many will be tricked by the similar name. The boards now contain a few members each. The same person, Carol Calini, is on the editorial boards of three of the ten Stringer Open journals. I contacted her, and she told me she’s a researcher’s secretary and had not heard of this publisher before.
This publisher is an affront to scholarly publishing and to open-access. I strongly recommend against submitting papers to any of its journals and against accepting an invitation to serve on an editorial board.
Hat tip: Tero Kivelä
Appendix: List of Stringer Open journals as of November 23, 2013:
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The Photon Foundation is a predatory publisher of fifty bogus journals. This publisher, which uses Google Sites as its publishing platform, has been on my list for some time. I recently learned that the publisher is trying to use deception to get manuscript submissions from legitimate journals with titles similar to its journals.
The publisher uses fake names for its journals’ editors-in-chief. It also uses bogus metrics and bogus standard numbers:
Its journals have no editorial boards that I can find, and I have no idea whatsoever where this operation is based or who the owner is. It uses yahoo.com email addresses. The publisher misrepresents itself as a “foundation.” It promises a twelve-day peer review process and does not state what its article processing charges are. The publisher provides links to legitimate scholarly organizations, a tactic to make itself appear legitimate. It’s almost as if the Photon Foundation is intentionally trying to meet every single one of the criteria I’ve established for determining predatory open-access publishers.
Some of the Photon Foundation’s journal titles match exactly the titles of legitimate journals. One example is Photon’s Journal of Parasitology. The original Journal of Parasitology is co-published by Allen Press, Inc. in Lawrence, Kansas, and the American Society of Parasitologists. Allen Press requested that Google, Inc. remove the intentionally duplicate journal, but Google declined to take any action.
Lately, the Photon Foundation has been spamming members of the society, soliciting manuscripts for their journal with the same title as the authentic society journal. Photon is exploiting its duplicative journal title to deceive authors and steal potential article submissions.
I strongly recommend against submitting articles to any of the Photon Foundation journals. If anyone can determine where this publisher is based and who’s behind it, I would be grateful for that information.
Hat tips: Peter Burns, David Blair
Appendix: List of Photon Foundation journals as of November 23, 2013
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Faisalabad, Pakistan-based Medwell Journals was on my very first list of questionable publishers in 2010, and it continues there today. One of Medwell’s journals is the Journal of Animal and Veterinary Advances, and this journal actually has an impact factor.
This journal is clear evidence that the impact factor is not a measure of quality, for this is a bottom-tier journal. The Journal of Animal and Veterinary Advances has an impact factor of 0.390. On the other hand, the journal has a very large editorial board, whose 70 members are listed without their affiliations, if any. Moreover, the publisher tries to hide the fact that it’s based in Pakistan, and it does not clearly state what its article processing charges are.
It’s evidently very easy to get published in the Journal of Animal and Veterinary Advances. In fact, it’s so easy that the journal has 24 large issues per year to accommodate all the submissions it receives and accepts for publication. It’s clear the publisher is making a lot of money off this single journal. However, the papers appear to be generally of very low quality, and some are off-topic.
One example is the above article, “Effect of Different Cure Conditions on Compressive Strength of Concrete Having Different Properties.” The paper is about curing concrete and has nothing to do with “animal and veterinary advances.” Also, the publisher is not investing in copyediting, as a quick analysis of the articles reveals.
Many countries, universities, and departments require that their faculty publish in impact factor journals for promotion, tenure, and annual evaluations. Somehow, the Journal of Animal and Veterinary Advances has managed to get a legitimate impact factor, so it’s a gold mine for the publisher, and dream-come-true for authors needing a quick and easy publication in a journal with a legitimate impact factor.
Also, if you need academic credit that involves serving on the editorial board of an impact factor journal, this is a good place to go, and I suspect it involves very little if any work.
So, the impact factor is not a measure of quality, as this journal proves. I am keeping Medwell Journals on my list of questionable publishers and recommend that researchers not submit papers to any of their journals, impact factor or not.
Hat tip: Dr. Germán D. Mendoza Martínez
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The monographic series Reef Resources Assessment and Management Technical Papers has been hijacked as an open-access journal.
The above cover image shows the first number from the authentic series (this may be the only issue every published — I cannot find any others). It was published by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community, based in New Caledonia. I cannot find a website for the authentic serial.
Here’s the hijacked version of the publication:
It’s immediately clear upon inspection that there’s something “fishy” about this journal. First, its URL is this: http://behaviorsciences.com/ Second, on the website’s main page, it says,
Reef Resources Assessment and Management Technical Paper (RRAMT) ISSN: 1607-7393, is dedicated to publish research papers, reviews, case studies and short communications from all disciplines of science and technology. By not excluding papers on the basis of subject area, RRAMT facilitates the research and wishes to publish papers as long as they are technically correct and scientifically motivated.
Third, the bogus journal claims metrics and standard numbers that it doesn’t really have:
The bogus journal claims 37 published volumes, despite having “started” in 2001. I found that much of its content is lifted from other scholarly websites. Here’s an example:
Conclusion: This is another instance of a journal hijacking. Most definitely, do not submit any papers to this stolen journal.
Hat tip: Reza Tooshmalani
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A researcher agreed to peer-review a manuscript submitted to the Taylor & Francis journal Biocontrol Science and Technology. The researcher is Dr. S.S. Narwal, who is also editor of the toll-access Allelopathy Journal. About a week before the review was due back to the journal, the publisher sent this routine reminder notice to Dr. Narwal:
Dear Dr. S.S. Narwal:
Recently, you kindly agreed to review the above manuscript, entitled “[redacted].” The manuscript is located in your Reviewer Centre at [redacted].
This e-mail is simply a reminder that your review is due in one week. The authors are naturally anxious about the progress on their paper and I would appreciate your help in expediting the review process. Please do not hesitate to contact me if I can be of any assistance.
Mark S. Goettel
Biocontrol Science and Technology
Now, here is the response to the above email that came from Dr. Narwal’s email account:
Dear Dr. Mark,
I am too busy to spare time for PEER REVIEW of Mss, however, I can Review if i am paid for this service. If you agree to pay, please tell me amount to be paid per Review?
This unsigned response, apparently from Dr. Narwal himself, generated this strong reaction from the editor of Biocontrol Science and Technology, Mark Goettel:
From: Mark Goettel BST
Sent: Wednesday, 18 December 2013 8:22 AM
Subject: RE: Reminder: Manuscript CBST-2013- – Biocontrol Science & Technology
Dear Dr. Narwal,
Wow, that is a surprising request especially from the Chief Editor of an International Journal!! May I ask how much you pay the peer reviewers who provide reviews for your Journal, “Allelopathy Journal”?
You were invited to review this manuscript on 14 November and accepted on 1 December. Now it is acceptable for you to decline because all of a sudden you find yourself too busy, but ask for momentary compensation? Shame on you!
I am copying members of your Editorial Board as well as Editors of other journals to inform them of what I feel is really unethical behaviour for an Editor of an international, peer reviewed journal! I am sure they would like to know what type of journal editor they are associated with!
By the way, I also find it very strange that the only contact information provided for the “International Allelopathy Foundation”, the publisher of this journal to be your own! Does not the foundation have a Board of Directors who should be informed of your unethical behaviour?
Biocontrol Science & Technology
This letter was copied to all members of the journal’s editorial board, prompting this response from one of them, “I resigned from the Editorial Board of ‘Allelopathy Journal’ in 2009 in utter disgust at the conduct of its affairs.”
Allelopathy Journal is not an open-access journal, but it is questionable. Its masthead (see image above) claims an impact factor of 0.846, but my library’s edition of Journal Citation Reports shows 0.685.
Also, every time I visited the Allelopathy Journal website, it always said “Online Members: 107.” As Mark Goettel hinted at in his letter above, it appears the journal is really a one-man operation, despite its claiming to be published by the so-called International Allelopathy Foundation.
I recommend against submitting papers to Allelopathy Journal and against asking Dr. Narwal to review any manuscripts.
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Note: This is a guest post by a professor from an Iranian University.
Before the Islamic Revolution in Iran, some Iranian universities were almost as good as some outstanding universities (e.g., MIT, UCLA, etc.). When the Islamists overtook power in 1979, almost all of the fine Iranian university professors fled Iran for fear of their lives. The universities were closed for a couple of years. Before they re-opened, a team of hard-liner Islamists headed by Professor Abdolkarim Soroosh formed a ‘refinery’ group which came to be known as the “Supreme Council of the Cultural Revolution” whose job was to make sure no secular professors would remain employed in Iranian universities. Non-academic criteria (such as wearing the Islamic Chador, having a beard, saying prayers, participating in pro-regime political shows, etc.) were adopted as the criteria for employment, and the job vacancies were filled with so-called virtuous instructors/professors some of whom had fake diplomas (e.g., Ali Kordan).
A few years later, a new cancerous university with hundreds of branches even in far-off villages of Iran came into existence which was called Islamic Azad University; it may be amusing for non-Iranians to know that there is joke among Iranians which says, ‘If someone asks you to say a phrase which includes three BIG lies, just answer “Islamic Azad University”.’ The standards of academic quality were compromised even more, and Iranian universities began to race down the list of top universities of the world. Plagiarism, self plagiarism, fake books and papers, pseudo science, and the like began to grow like a cancerous tumor. All of a sudden, the Ministry of Science, Research and Technology as well as the Ministry of Health, Treatment and Medical Education noticed that Iranian university Professors were no longer able to publish in scholarly journals—they were not university material any more.
The people in charge in the two ministries agreed to do a survey whose purpose was to find the possible causes of this undesirable situation; a pathology/etiology study was performed, but the final report was quite amusing. The people in charge had concluded that universal prestige academic journals were sinisterly not willing to publish works from Iran simply because such journals belonged to Zionists who had decided to practice academic apartheid against Iranians—a justification which is very much in line with what Freud called projection. Everything in this country is explained that simply. There is always a western demon behind whatever goes wrong in this country. The whole world has just one thing to do; to plot against us.
Now that the cause was known, a remedy was in order. This gave birth to the Islamic World Science Citation Index (known as ISC). The ISC was launched as a rival to ISI, JCR, ERIC, etc. Now that we have our own ISC, assistant professors publish in predatory journals and get promoted to the rank of associate professor in no time; by the same token, associate professors become full professors. University rankings, too, have been drastically affected. After all, ISC indexes many predatory journals. Just see the list for yourselves: http://mjl.isc.gov.ir/Searchresult.aspx?Cond=0. The very fact that ISC has recently added an ‘Excluded Journals from ISC’ link (http://mjl.isc.gov.ir/ExcludedJournals.aspx) on its website testifies to the fact that ISC had indexed them on shaky grounds in the first place; now you can guess the rest of the story. The rest for me now is silence.
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By Jeffrey Beall
Released January 2, 2014
The gold (author pays) open-access model has given rise to a great many new online publishers. Many of these publishers are corrupt and exist only to make money off the author processing charges that are billed to authors upon acceptance of their scientific manuscripts.
There are two lists below. The first includes questionable, scholarly open-access publishers. Each of these publishers has a portfolio that ranges from just a few to hundreds of individual journal titles.
The second list includes individual journals that do not publish under the platform of any publisher — they are essentially standalone, questionable journals.
In both cases, we recommend that researchers, scientists, and academics avoid doing business with these publishers and journals. Scholars should avoid sending article submissions to them, serving on their editorial boards, reviewing papers for them, or advertising in them. Also, tenure and promotion committees should give extra scrutiny to articles published in these journals, for many of them include instances of research misconduct.
There are still many high-quality journals available for scholars to publish in, including many that do not charge author processing fees. An additional option is author self-archiving of article postprints in discipline-specific and institutional repositories.
The author is grateful to the many colleagues who have shared information about potential predatory publishers. Last year’s list included 225 publishers, and this year’s has over 477, evidence of the continued rapid growth in the number of predatory journals and publishers. The table below details the growth of questionable publishers since 2011.
Number of predatory publishers
This list will be updated throughout the year at the blog Scholarly Open Access, http://scholarlyoa.com. Please refer to the blog rather than the lists below because the list below will not be updated.
List 1: Questionable Publishers
List 2: Questionable Standalone Journals
This year’s list contains 303 titles; last year’s had 126.
There are many small learned and professional societies in the world, some of which publish one or more journals. Smaller, more specialized societies generally lack the resources, time, and expertise to publish their own journals, so they frequently contract out this function.
This is the story of one company that offers to publish journals for small societies for free. The business model is such that the article processing charges (sometimes waived for the first years) and advertising revenue sustain the journal. In theory, it’s a good deal for the publisher, for he earns income from the journal, and it’s a good deal for the society, for its members then get a specialized journal where they can publish articles and further the interests of the society, all without costs to the organization.
I have learned that there is one such publisher that is best avoided. This publisher operates using several names or brands. They are:
Blackhorse Science + Business Media, Ltd., SP. Z O.O., Warsaw, Poland
Formerly associated with Springer as is claimed on the website (however so far no one within Springer could confirm this), this firm is now independent, though its name mimics Springer Science + Business Media. I don’t understand how a Polish firm got the name “Blackhorse” and why the company logo is that of a lion. Its website, mostly in Polish but with some English, brazenly uses pictures of Albert Einstein and other scientists to make itself look legitimate. The English contains many typographical errors. Many of the links are not working, including the one to their editorial pages (http://www.editorialoffice.pl/), the one to the projects, or the one to the Insight on-line Library (http://www.insight-library.net/).
On the Blackhorse site the following journals are listed: Sepsis, Fluids, Przegląd Flebologiczny (Phlebology Reviews), International Journal on Abdominal Research (IJAR), and Hemostaza.
Trzaska Evert Michalski, LLC, Lewes, DE, USA
This brand is the most suspicious of the three. The name is taken from a prominent 20th century Polish bookseller and publisher. However, this new firm is incorporated in Delaware, a state in the United States that allows online incorporation for $50. Trazska Evert Michalski LLC was incorporated using the Delaware-based Harvard Business Services. So it appears that the owner has taken a revered Polish business name and used it to incorporate a business in Delaware. Why not incorporate it in Poland? Will the owner faithfully report the firm’s income to Delaware and U.S. tax authorities? On the Blackhorse website is stated “Większościowy pakiet udziałów Blackhorse Science Business Media przejmuje amerykański inwestor – firma Trzaska Evert Michalski, LLC.” Which means: “An American investor – the company Trzaska, Evert Michalski, LLC acquired the majority of stakes of Blackhorse Science Business Media.” And on the TEM publishers (http://www.tempublishers.com) site is stated “Today in Warsaw (Poland), Trzaska Evert Michalski, LLC took over the majority of shares of Blackhorse Science Business Media, Ltd.”
What a coincidence that Blackhorse Science Business Media and Trzaska Evert Michalski were set up and run by the same people!
As stated on their first page “Dziś mamy zaszczyt i wielki przywilej być częścią grupy wydawniczej o ponad dziewięćdziesięcioletniej tradycji.”, which literally means: “Today we feel honored and privileged to be part of the publishing group (Trzaska Evert Michalski) with more than ninety-years of tradition.” However the original Polish publishers had already stopped their activity soon after World War II.
Also, the website for this brand is just a stub. It looks like it was set up in about an hour and still contains filler text. The postal address indicated on the website is fake and if you send a regular letter you may expect the following response “return to sender – refused – unable to forward – registered agents – no authorization to receive mail for this addressee.” So it is obvious that this is just an offshore company without any assets.
Insight on-line Library (http://www.insight-library.net) publishes 23 journals, both in Polish and in English, and most are subscription journals. This site is difficult to navigate if you are even able to connect to it. It’s slow and awkward. Many of these journals are society journals, and I know there are many unhappy stories to be told here – indeed I have heard some of them. This “online” library appears to be offline, except that it has moved its content to: http://blacktest.kei.pl/insight.
These publishing brands are apparently owned by a “Dr.” Piotr Mariusz Dobosz, of Warsaw. But in fact, an enquiry at the International Cooperation Department of the Polish Supreme Chamber of Physicians and Dentists revealed that Piotr Dobosz is not allowed to call himself MD.
I’m told that Mr. Dobosz’s custom is to approach small learned societies and offer to publish a journal for them, of course for free and without tricks. He then draws up a contract that says, “Production cost of the journal in the electronic form is offered as zero cost.”
Then over time, Dobosz begins publishing the journal, but, unexpectedly, the society starts to receive bills for his work, despite Dobosz’s promises that the journal would incur “zero cost” to the organization.
At this time, I’m told, is when Dobosz starts legal maneuverings against these societies, in addition to other tricks, such as sending out emails threatening authors, or sending out emails in the name of the editors without permission, and the like.
This entire operation, including the three brands, Blackhorse Science + Business Media, Trzaska Evert Michalski, LLC, and Insight on-line Library, all seem highly questionable to me.
Therefore, I strongly recommend that all scholarly societies avoid doing business with this publisher, including all three of its brands and including all journals. There are many better options.
Appendix: List of Insight on-line Library Journals as of January 3, 2014:
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A recent addition to my list is the American Research Institute for Policy Development (ARIPD), which, unlike most new OA publishers, has a clever and professional-appearing website, until you look a little closer, that is.
One of the first strange things I noticed was the contact information:
First, a Google search on the director’s name brings up nothing relevant except this site itself. One would think that a search on the name of the director of an American Research Institute would retrieve numerous hits in Google. Who is Mr. Sagar?
Second, the name of the International Wing Coordinator is listed as Dr. William Smith (Mrs.). This is a very unusual way for a woman to state her name in a professional context (unless her name is William, I guess). I called the phone number listed and asked for her, and a man with a strong accent told me that the only way to communicate with her was through email.
Third, the addresses are all wrong. Google Maps shows no Monticello Street in New York City. There is a town called Monticello in New York State, and the 12701 zip (postal) code is for that town. Also, regarding, “42, Monticello Street,” Americans don’t put a comma after the street number like the Brits do.
Predatory publishers that are from abroad and try to look like they are from the US almost always fail to get American street addresses correct on their websites. This is among the most mangled I’ve seen.
The Institute’s overall website is fantastic. It is filled with excellent pictures, some great text, and the colors and layout are great. I somehow feel as if I’ve seen this website somewhere before.
Under the website section called “Ongoing Research,” there is a component called Global Financial Crisis. This section contains this text:
The global financial crisis, brewing for a while, really started to show its effects in the middle of 2007 and into 2008. Around the world stock markets have fallen, large financial institutions have collapsed or been bought out, and governments in even the wealthiest nations have had to come up with rescue packages to bail out their financial systems.
This text appears in many places on the Internet, including in this 2011 article. It is presented on the ARIPD website as if it were original, raising a question of plagiarism.
Many of this publisher’s 52 journals have nothing to do with policy development, the supposed focus of the institute. Most are broad in scope so that more articles will fall within their coverage.
This site has the gall to include a DONATE button, and it claims to offer scholarships. The institute is currently spamming for articles, so you may receive an email from “Pfeiffer Lydia” with an offer to waive the article processing charges if you submit your article right away.
The institute claims to have been founded in June, 2011, but its Facebook page was created on October 22, 2013, and at this time only has a measly 22 likes.
In my opinion, the American Research Institute for Policy Development is a sham, and I strongly recommend against submitting papers to it or having any association with it.
Appendix: List of ARIPD journals as of 2014-01-06:
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A colleague forwarded me a spam email from Lighthouse Journal Publication (also called Lighthouse Journals), and when I was investigating the publisher I discovered a second publisher, Blaze Journals, that looks almost exactly like the first. Both publishers claim this address as their headquarters:
64 Sunrise Avenue Chelmsford, Essex CM1 4JP United Kingdom
I looked at this address in Google Maps and observed a series of row houses in a neighborhood. It didn’t appear to be a publishing headquarters with two imprints. I then looked at the domain name registration data for both publishers, and for Lighthouse Journals I found this:
Registrant Name:CLARKE CLIFFORD
Registrant Street1:44 Abeke Road
Registrant Postal Code:234054
For Blaze Journals, I found this:
Registrant Name:clinton clarke
Registrant Street1:44 abeke road
Registrant Postal Code:23401
I think both publishing brands are being run from Nigeria by a single person, and he uses the address of a friend or relative in the U.K. to make it look like the operation is headquartered there. Both publishers launched recently with 20 new journals each. The look and feel of the two websites are identical. Much of the administrative content on the two sites is lifted from other publishers without attribution. Blaze Journals uses boastful (and false) language to promote itself:
Today, the Blaze Journals is becoming a formidable force in promoting quality, originality and integrity in academic thesis, studies and research publication. We acquire, develop, market and distribute the knowledge through collaborations with academics and practitioners from around the world. All journals published by us maintain high standards of quality, originality and integrity around the world.
So does Lighthouse:
Today, the Lighthouse Journals is becoming a formidable force in promoting quality, originality and integrity in academic thesis, studies and research publication. We acquire, develop, market and distribute the knowledge through collaborations with academics and practitioners from around the world. All journals published by us maintain high standards of quality, originality and integrity around the world.
I’ve added both of these publishing brands to my list and recommend that researchers not submit papers to either one.
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I received another report of a hijacked journal. Similar to many earlier cases, this established Austrian enology journal had only a minor web presence until some impostors came along and created a new website for the journal, stealing its identity and inviting article submissions. And now I think I may have found the single source of all the hijacked journals I’ve reported here, and it was right under my nose all along.
First, the latest hijacking. The legitimate website for the journal Mitteilungen Klosterneuburg is here. Unlike other hijacked journals, this one is open-access, at least for recent issues; the journal was founded in 1951.
Now the hijacked version of Mitteilungen Klosterneuburg can be found here. Also, the table below details hijacked journals (and their legitimate counterparts) that I documented previously:
|Archives des Sciences||Archives des Sciences|
|Bradleya [Link dead]||Bradleya|
|Nationalpark-Forschung in der Schweiz||Nationalpark-Forschung in der Schweiz|
Recently, in response to an inquiry, I looked at the homepage of a publisher that has been on my list for some time, Tomas Publishing. Based in Victoria, Seychelles, Tomas Publishing boasts four journals in its portfolio. The journals all have broad scopes and all falsely claim to have impact factors.
All four journals falsely claim to have an impact factor, yet none really does. The journals’ home pages use pirated images. What convinces me that this publisher must be the source of the hijacked journals is that the “look and feel” of their journal home pages matches the look and feel of the hijacked journals’ home pages. Also, they all claim to have 2013 impact factors. The current ISI impact factors are from 2012; the 2013 data won’t be released until June.
How could so much malevolence originate from a small, remote, and seemingly idyllic Indian Ocean island? I’ve received at least a dozen emails from people that have been tricked by the hijacked version of the journal Pensée alone, each having lost several hundred dollars. It’s likely that hundreds of honest researchers have been scammed by this outfit.
Hat tip: Dr. Amin Daneshmand Malayeri
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In Kosovo, University of Pristina Rector Ibrahim Gashi is being pressured to resign after it was revealed he published articles in predatory journals to meet the requirements for promotion to full professor.
A published report states that promotion to full professor at the university requires at least five publications in international, peer-reviewed journals. According to the report, Gashi has three articles published in the International Journal of Engineering and Management Sciences, a journal published by the Lucknow, India-based publisher Society for Science and Nature.
This publisher is included on my list of predatory publishers here.
Dr. Gashi has co-authored three articles in volume 4, issue 3 (2013) of the International Journal of Engineering and Management Sciences. All three articles have multiple authors, and he is not the first author on any of them:
To demonstrate that the International Journal of Engineering and Management Sciences is bogus, someone from Albania using the name “Filan Fisteku” (the Albanian equivalent of John Doe) submitted a bogus paper to the journal, where it was accepted and published. The paper is a satire of The Communist Manifesto with subtle references to Dr. Gashi. It is entitled The Principles of Manifesting Management at a Public University in a Developing Country: Case of Kosova [PDF].
Gashi also appears as a co-author on an article in Scientific Research Publishing’s journal Energy and Power Engineering. This publisher is also included in my list.
I also found an EBSCO HOST metadata record for an article co-authored by a “Gashi, Ibrahim” and published in the scandal-plagued journal Metalurgia International. The target of a sting operation last year, Metalurgia International had its impact factor removed, and then it disappeared from the internet.
Another published report said students were planning a protest to demand the rector’s resignation. The protest was scheduled for 1:30 PM Friday, January 24th. This report did not directly link the demands for resignation to publications in predatory journals, however, citing only “recent scandals,” according to a translation from Google Translate.
Gashi deflected the criticism by explaining that he is not the first author of any of the questionable articles and the first author has the responsibility of selecting which journal to submit to.
What does all this say about predatory publishers? Is Dr. Gashi a victim of predatory publishers or is he complicit? Both scenarios are possible. What I know for sure is that predatory publishers are poisoning research and scholarly communication in many countries.
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A very low quality and even ridiculous publisher – Globeedu Group – launched recently with three new journals. The publisher does not have its own website. Instead, each journal has an independent page. The journals are:
The word “technoledge” does not exist in English, so I don’t know if this word in the third title is a stupid mistake on the publisher’s part or an attempt to be clever.
Together, the three journals rank among the dumbest I’ve seen. Here’s an example:
All three of the journals have this contradictory statement. It is a juxtaposition of the CC BY license logo, which gives permission to copy, and the Copyscape warning against copying. Predatory publishers often garnish their websites with logos lifted off other publishers’ sites without understanding what the logos mean.
Next, all three journals claim to have impact factors. However, the metric in this case is not the legitimate ISI Journal Citation Reports impact factor, it is a bogus one provided by IIFS, which I’ll describe in my next blog post. This is an attempt to deceive authors into believing the journals have authentic impact factors. The publisher hopes to increase article submissions by displaying this bogus metric, and therefore increase revenue.
Finally, the three journals promise a five-day peer review process, as the above screenshot confirms. You can submit your paper on February 20th and see it published on the 25th. No authentic peer review can take this little time. This publisher is a sham.
This publisher does not give a physical location on its web pages, and the domain registration data is blocked, except for the name server information:
Name Server: WIN19.INDIA-TO.NET
Name Server: WIN20.INDIA-TO.NET
So it is likely the publisher is from India. This publisher is a total joke, and I recommend against submitting papers to the three journals. Let’s hope it dries up and goes away.
The three additional and questionable metrics were mentioned in helpful comments left on the earlier blog post.
The first is Advanced Science Index (ASI).
Just like with the predatory publishers, this company demonstrates a serious lack of transparency by not clearly stating its location. If you look at the “contact us” page, there’s only a web form, and the page is devoid of headquarters location information. This usually means that the website is operating out of an apartment in Asia somewhere. The main page makes mention of Germany, but this may be a sly attempt to associate a non-Western operation with a Western country.
The ASI website uses boastful and grandiose language to promote itself and its mission. Under a heading that states, “Making the Future of Science Evaluation,” the company betrays its unprofessional practices with its next line,
Advanced Science Index is an indexing service indexes scholarly journals in all areas and fields of science. It is aiming at rapid evaluation and indexing of all local and international journals.
I’ve copied this verbatim, mistakes and all. This company (and the others described here) is marketing its services to (predatory) journals – not to individual scholars. The journals will then use the bogus measure to promote themselves and to get increased submissions (and therefore article processing fees) from researchers.
Here is how the metric called the ASI-Impact Factor will be calculated, according to the website:
To calculate ASI-Impact Factor following relation would be considered:
Average number of citations to recent articles published in the journal.
A = the number of times that articles published in that journal in 2006 and 2007, were cited by articles in indexed journals during 2008.
B = the total number of “citable items” published by that journal in 2006 and 2007. (“Citable items” are usually articles, reviews, proceedings, or notes; not editorials or letters to the editor.)
2008 impact factor = A/B.
Sound familiar? It’s copied from Wikipedia, without attribution.
THE SECOND NEW METRIC is the ridiculously-named Directory of Journal Quality Factor. This profit-seeking company is from Tamilnadu, India, home to many scam publishers.
On its “About” page, this company says,
The Directory of Journal Quality Factor-DJQF is a gateway that includes the journals and developed from the information of the journals. These informations can be used to calculate Journal Quality Factor for the readers worldwide.
Translation: We are another company that wants to make easy money by charging predatory publishers to assign meaningless metrics to their meaningless journals.
DJQF devotes an entire webpage to explaining its evaluation method, a method that combines subjective analysis with some observational data. I don’t believe it for a second.
THE THIRD NEW METRIC:
I just learned of another likely bogus metric, International Scientific Indexing (ISI). The initialism “ISI” matches Institute for Scientific Information, the firm that originated the legitimate impact factor, now owned by Thomson Reuters.
This one purports to be headquartered in a village in the United Arab Emirates. Its website appears to have been set up in a single day. When will this end?
These new metrics often look (or claim to look) at citation data, but they use Google Scholar to gather this data. Google Scholar does not sufficiently screen for quality and includes thousands of predatory journals in its index. Therefore, these novel metrics — if they are really calculated at all rather than just made up – are largely based on citations in predatory journals, making them even less valid.
Don’t be fooled by bogus metrics.
Hat tip: Claudia Holland, et al.
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I have added the Chinese publisher MDPI (Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute) to my list of questionable publishers. This is not a decision I have taken lightly.
There is increasing evidence that MDPI is a highly questionable scholarly publisher, evidence that compels me to add the publisher to my list and to recommend that scholars:
The publisher MDPI is increasingly becoming synonymous with its founder and owner Shu-Kun Lin, himself the subject of increasing criticism and controversy. Lin and his vocal lackeys attack anyone who thinks critically about or dares question the legitimacy of MDPI.
Here are the reasons I have decided to add MDPI to my list:
1. The publisher cleverly uses the names and reputations of legitimate scholars, including Nobel laureates, to make the operation look more legitimate and accepted than it really is. The publisher claims that that several Nobel Laureates serve on its editorial boards, but one investigation found that they didn’t realize they were listed.
Also, MDPI publisher Shu-Kun Lin managed to convince the former de facto head of the open-access movement, Peter Suber, to serve on the editorial board of one its journals, Publications, a tactic designed, in my opinion, to forestall criticism of MDPI from OA advocates and to mingle the publisher’s reputation with Suber’s and that of the OA movement itself. [I was also personally invited to serve on the journal's editorial board by MDPI owner Shu-Kun Lin but declined. In 2010, I published a paper in one of the firm's journals, an action I now regret.]
2. The publisher has a large fleet of journals, many with one-word names, copying the practices used by legitimate subscription journals such as Cell. MDPI uses the gold (author pays) model of open-access publishing, and I think its article processing charges are high, and the publisher regularly launches new journals. The journals’ one-word titles (e.g., Animals, Children, Diversity) give each journal a broad scope, a strategy that draws in more articles and their accompanying author payments.
3. Because its mission is to earn as much money as possible through article submissions, the publisher regularly accepts questionable papers, resulting in a kind of “controversy of the month” for MDPI that draws attention – both wanted and unwanted – to the publisher.
For example, a 2011 MDPI paper entitled The Australian Paradox: A Substantial Decline in Sugars Intake over the Same Timeframe that Overweight and Obesity Have Increased has led a professor to campaign for retraction of the article and to create a website refuting it.
Also, a 2011 paper entitled Theory of the Origin, Evolution, and Nature of Life was published in the MDPI journal, Life. This article caused a major stir in the scientific community, documented in this blog post.
I wrote a blog post in May, 2013 (as did other writers) describing a questionable article about the chemical glyphosate published in the MDPI journal Entropy.
It’s likely that controversial articles like these will continue to be accepted in MDPI journals, possibly staining by association other articles that appear in the same journals.
4. Some believe the publisher is mainly set up to exploit and profit the need for scholars in China to get “international” publications. According to a recent report,
Lin’s MDPI headquarters in Switzerland has only about a half dozen of employees, but its branches in China, Beijing and Wuhan, have more than 100 people. The fact alone indicates the importance of China’s market to Lin’s business. As a matter of fact, China is the perfect place for open access publishing in general, and for Lin’s MDPI in particular. Ever since late 1980s, initiated by Nanjing University, publication in “international journals,” which generally mean journals either published outside of China or in English, or both, has become a necessary requirement for a member of Chinese academic community to be promoted.
5. The report also reveals an email exchange involving MDPI owner Shu-Kun Lin in which Lin offered the editorship of one of his many journals to a Chinese scholar, promising the scholar that “It does need an editor to do a lot of work, however I won’t bother you to do anything.” The new editor responds, “It is very good that I don’t need to work to be an editor. I like being lazy.”
6. I am aware that some of the MDPI journals have impact factors and are indexed by reputable abstracting and indexing services, and that the publisher has purchased a COPE (Committee on Publishing Ethics) membership. However, the criteria I use differ from others. Also, regularly publishing controversial articles may be an MDPI strategy designed to increase its journals’ impact factors, for these articles are later cited in repudiation articles in legitimate journals.
For authors that don’t care about science but only want to get publications in IF journals, MDPI is a fine venue.
7. The company calls itself an “Institute.” However, it’s not an institute in any true sense of the word.
In my opinion, MDPI is not the kind of scholarly publisher we need or want for the future of scholarly communication. Just because it is open-access doesn’t mean it’s legitimate. I think MDPI’s warehouse journals contain hundreds of lightly-reviewed articles that are mainly written and published for promotion and tenure purposes rather than to communicate science.
The publisher’s owner, Shu-Kun Lin, is himself becoming increasingly well-known and controversial, and he and MDPI have become inseparable in the minds of many. A scholarly publisher whose identity is closely tied to its owner’s increasingly-controversial image is harmful to the communication of science.
I think it’s fair to classify MDPI as a questionable publisher, and as such, it belongs on my list. I recommend that all scholars not submit papers to this publisher. In the long run, publishing a paper with MDPI will turn out to be a bad personal decision for most authors.
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I recently added publisher MDPI to my list of questionable publishers, an addition that has caused the publisher to go on the offensive against me and, on the positive side, to address some of its problems.
MDPI owner Shu-Kun Lin called in favors, asking his friends to support his business by leaving MDPI-favorable comments on my blog. One commenter wrote, “I have just received an SMS message from a MDPI Editor to come to this forum and to defend MDPI.”
I found that most of the comments favoring MDPI were written either by non-scholars or by scholars who have never published a paper in MDPI’s many journals. Several researchers, clearly friends of Lin, but who had never published in Lin’s journals, made arguments about how great the journals are. I think it’s very telling that Lin’s friends don’t publish in his journals. His friends know him well.
I’ve also angered someone named Fang Zhouzi (real name Shi-min Fang, or Fang Shi-min). He apparently markets himself as a Chinese science watchdog, trashing science published in journals other than those published by his friend Shu-Kun Lin, from whom he reportedly receives a stipend.
Fang is feverishly searching for dirt about me on the internet and publishing whatever he finds in his U.S.-based blog, all to defend his patron, Lin.
After I added MDPI to my list of questionable publishers, the company quickly retracted the 2004 article “Statistical Convergent Topological Sequence Entropy Maps of the Circle,” for plagiarism, even though the plagiarism was reported many years earlier. The plagiarism was reported in 2005 in an American Mathematical Society website called MathSciNet (picture below).
This report of the plagiarism was first published in 2005; the retraction (from the MDPI journal Entropy) occurred in February, 2014.
A discussion of the plagiarism — and the publisher’s anger at someone who reported it — was published on a math forum called MathForge (see comment #8), based at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim, Norway. It is likely that MDPI publisher Lin himself was the editor at the time the plagiarized article was published
I stand by the addition of publisher MDPI to my list. I recommend that scholars not submit papers to its journals and not serve on its editorial boards. This publisher is becoming increasingly controversial, and researchers should insulate themselves from such controversy, for it could hurt their careers in the long term.
Note: I wrote this blog post before Retraction Watch reported the retraction.
We recently learned of a website called PublishFast® that offers to sell quick and easy publishing opportunities for scholarly authors.
The site calls itself a “confidential academic service” and says it will help you “get a VIP treatment from the editors of a selection of top-quality journals which are indexed by Science Citation Index (SCI)*, Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI)*, Arts and Humanities Citation Index (AHCI)* and Scopus*.”
The journal titles are not divulged on the site. The company also boasts, “PublishFast® is probably the best kept secret among many proliferate researchers in the academic world for years!” [I think they mean prolific, not proliferate].
This statement — plus a chart on the main page — misleads readers into believing that the service started in 2011. In fact, the domain-name registration data suggests a recent UK origin:
Registered on: 17-Feb-2014
Expiry date: 17-Feb-2016
Last updated: 17-Feb-2014
Regarding cost, on its FAQ page, PublishFast says it charges $199. But this charge is just for the service. There is likely a separate fee for the APC, the article processing charge, once the paper gets accepted.
I am certain that everyone with a stake in the future of scholarly communication will agree that this site is a corruption of the ideals of scholarship. Let’s all hope it goes away soon.
Hat tip: Dr. Mehdad Jalalian
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The Dutch-language blog KLOPTDATWEL? reports that the Egyptian military claims its research has led to a handheld device that can diagnose hepatitis C.
Moreover, according to the news website Egypt Independent,
Egypt’s military claims its engineers have made an “unprecedented” scientific breakthrough by developing a device that can detect AIDs and hepatitis C infections without the need to take blood samples.
An article describing the device appeared in volume 7, number 12 (2013) of the International Journal of Medical, Pharmaceutical Science and Engineering, published by the World Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology (WASET), a publisher and prolific conference organizer that has long been on my list of questionable publishers.
Late Thursday, news reports also indicated that the Egyptian military had also developed a way to cure HIV and hepatitis C. It is unclear if this later claim is backed up by any journal article.
This is another example of how predatory, open-access journals are used to promote junk science. I strongly recommend against submitting papers to any of WASET’s journals and against attending its many questionable conferences
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International Science & Research Journals (also called ISR Journals & Publications) is a new publisher from India that is so fake and amateurish that its website is actually hilarious.
The first thing you notice is the image on the main page is obviously lifted out of a clothing catalog, but changed to black and white. Much of the site’s text reads as if it were copied from a successful company’s webpage. It’s rich with corporate jargon and designed to impress, but it fails miserably.
The publisher launched recently with 18 journals. One of its innovations is a quick turnaround time for peer review. Here’s what the publisher promises:
The page reads:
Many journals take many months, even years to publish research. By the time papers are published, often they become outdated. ISR publishes papers in the shortest possible time, without compromising on quality. This will ensure that the latest research is published, allowing readers to gain maximum benefit. We provide feedback instantaneously and furnish details of the outcome within about 5-6 working days of submission of your research paper. This enables research scholars to use their time effectively on the actual research rather than on the follow ups.
Okay, so we have a new publisher that completes a peer review within five or six days. Amazing.
Now the Funny Part
The website’s most hilarious section is the “Management Team” page; it reads like a self-parody. The page gives the biographies of its Founder and Chairman, Dr. John Paul, its Co-Founder and Chief Editorial Officer, Dr. Adams (no first name given), its Director Publications and Subscriptions, Dr. James Watson, and finally, its Director Research, Nikola Tesla. Here are the full bios, taken from the website:
Dr.John Paul, M.E,Ph.d(Information Technology)
Founder and Chairman
Dr.John Paul who has been the motivator and inspiration behind the formation of ISR Journals. He served in the research field for about 18 years in view of providing educational services to the poor and downtrodden. Though he is an educationally unqualified philanthrope, with the experience he had gained in his research career, he later on stamped his foot print in various business domains like Software Development, Business Research etc., with management assistance and leadership directives from Dr.Adams M.E,Ph.d(Computer Science and Engineering).
Dr.Adams ,M.E,Ph.d(Computer Science and Engineering)
Co-Founder and Chief Editorial Officer
Dr.Adams has a successful track record in various leadership capacities in the Engineering operations, Quality & Process Management,Manufacturing and software Engineering disciplines in the leading conglomerates etc., He has hands on experience and expertise in all phases of Software Development Life Cycle like Requirements Analysis, Enterprise Architecture Design, Development, Implementation and Training of distributed systems with excellent system design experience using UML, Rational Rose and System Architect 2001. Has about 16+ years of techno-functional experience and an in-depth understanding of emerging technologies and their commercial applications.
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Dr.Adams is an innate entrepreneur and is instrumental in establishing various retail centres across disparate disciplines like Software Development, Business Research etc.,, in his early years itself, sustaining them with high process orientation and running them profitably successfully for many years.
He has obtained the following prestigious technical certifications given by International bodies like
1.Microsoft Certified IT Professional – Database Administrator on SQL Server 2005 (MCITP)-2008, Australia,
2.Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist on SQL Server 2005 (MCTS)-2007, Australia.
Dr.James Watson, M.E,Ph.d(Electronics and Communication Engineering)
Director Publications and Subscriptions
Mr Dr.James Watson is an educationally unqualified, but a proven writer & journalist under the able encouragement of Dr.Adams. She has been writing articles pertaining to South Indian ethos, culture, religion, dynasties, family relationship, lineage etc., for more than 20 years as a columnist for variety of magazines, local dailies and weeklies. Traveled throughout India, from East to West and North to South by virtue of her husband’s transferable IAF job, she has been exposed to multi cultural, multi lingual, multi communal and multi racial aspects of India, which was an instigating factor in imbibing and absorbing the intricacies of human ethos in this part of the world. She has about 20 years of experience in the publication and printing industry.
Nikola Tesla obtained her graduation in Computer Science and Engg from one of the reputed colleges in USA and has got about 15 years of experience in software consulting, general management and research consulting. As an avid reader and an aggressive thinker, she has always been successfully leading technical teams and has got good exposure to research consulting. She is the sitting chairman of ISR’s Research Board, which comprises eminent professors who are specializing in disparate disciplines. Has worked in reputed software vendors in and around USA prior to joining ISR.
Obviously, these names are completely fake, the bios are contrived. The last name is that of an American inventor.
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