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- 11/21/13--08:00: _Index Copernicus Ha...
- 11/26/13--08:04: _New Open-Access Pub...
- 11/28/13--08:09: _Shedding Some Light...
- 12/03/13--08:20: _A Magical Combinati...
- 12/12/13--08:11: _Another Journal Hij...
- 12/24/13--08:11: _Journal Editor Agre...
- 12/31/13--08:00: _What is the Real Mo...
- 01/02/14--08:26: _List of Predatory P...
- 01/07/14--08:00: _Questionable Polish...
- 01/09/14--08:01: _Questionable OA Pub...
- 01/14/14--10:25: _Publisher Launches ...
- 01/21/14--08:03: _Have I Discovered t...
- 01/24/14--09:01: _University of Prist...
- 01/30/14--10:20: _New OA Publisher La...
- 02/13/14--08:00: _More Questionable S...
- 02/18/14--08:00: _Chinese Publisher M...
- 02/24/14--09:23: _Under Pressure, MDP...
- 02/26/14--08:05: _Used-Car-Style Mark...
- 02/28/14--08:03: _Article in Question...
- 03/04/14--08:01: _New Madras-Based Pu...
- 11/21/13--08:00: Index Copernicus Has No Value
- 11/26/13--08:04: New Open-Access Publisher: Stringer Open
- 11/28/13--08:09: Shedding Some Light on the Photon Foundation
- 12/12/13--08:11: Another Journal Hijacking
- 12/24/13--08:11: Journal Editor Agrees to Review Paper Then Demands Payment
- 01/02/14--08:26: List of Predatory Publishers 2014
- 01/07/14--08:00: Questionable Polish Publisher Targets Scholarly Societies
- 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?
- 01/30/14--10:20: New OA Publisher Launches with Three Really Bad Journals
- 02/13/14--08:00: More Questionable Scholarly Metrics are Emerging
- 02/18/14--08:00: Chinese Publisher MDPI Added to List of Questionable Publishers
- 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 […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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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, […]
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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 […]
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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: […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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 […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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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 International Journal of Business & Management The International Journal of Humanities & Social Studies The International Journal of […]
My previous blog post described a questionable new scholarly metric called International Impact Factor Services (IIFS). Now I’ve learned about three new additional questionable metrics. 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 […]
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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: Not […]
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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 […]
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)*, […]
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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 […]
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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. […]
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