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Critical analysis of scholarly open-access publishing

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    The Archives of Biological Sciences is the official journal of the Serbian Biological Society. Here I describe one case in which the journal accepted a submitted paper within 24 hours and without any peer review. I have verified that the Archives of Biological Sciences currently has an impact factor of 0.791. Also, according to the […]

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    Science Publishing Group (note the unoriginal name) is a predatory publisher that first appeared in late 2012. When it appeared, it used the logo from Google Chrome (bottom panel, above), but it later adopted an original logo (top panel). This publisher’s true location is a mystery to me. It uses a New York City address […]

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    People in the U.S. state of Colorado are unable to access two questionable scholarly publishers. I think the sites are blocked here to try to prevent me from analyzing them and adding them to my list. The publishers are these: ScholArena = http://www.scholarena.com/ Annex Publishers = http://www.annexpublishers.com/ I recently received three emails from researchers in […]

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    JSciMed Central is a questionable open-access publisher of 36 journals. It lists two U.S. addresses as its headquarters locations, and I’ve long suspected these were dummy addresses. Now I’ve learned the publisher’s real headquarters location. These are the two addresses that JSciMed Central gives on its ‘contact us’ page. The first one is really the […]

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    New York attorney Michael Hoenig is the author of the column “Complex Litigation” that appears in the New York Law Journal. He works for the law firm Herzfeld & Rubin. I read these two recent columns by Mr. Hoenig in which he describes the problems of using scholarly articles in court cases: ‘Unreliable’ Articles, ‘Trial […]

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    Here’s a new scholarly open-access publisher of three journals: LifeSciFeed Ventures. It follows the established formula for setting up a new scholarly publishing operation, yet it fails miserably. The first thing one notices about this publisher is the strange titles its journals have: Plant Sciences Feed Life Sciences Feed Pharma Sciences Feed In my mind, […]

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    The medical journal Experimental & Clinical Cardiology used to be a respected journal. It still has an impact factor (1.100). The publication was based in Toronto until it was sold in 2013 to, apparently, some Europeans.  The journal has declined in quality, and I have its publisher, Cardiology Academic Press, on my list, though the […]

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    OMICS Publishing Group’s journals are not included in NIH (National Institutes of Health) databases such as PubMed and PubMed Central, but OMICS may be working on a way to sneak into these prestigious databases. It appears that OMICS’ strategy is to purchase journals that are already indexed in PubMed and add them to its journal […]

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    I have added the OIDA International Journal of Sustainable Development to my list. Although sustainable development is noble and trendy, there’s nothing noble about this low-quality and highly-questionable journal. OIDA means Ontario International Development Agency. Here are the reasons I’ve added the journal to the list: 1. The journal does not appear to have an […]

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    Life Science Journal has been prospectively delisted from Scopus. I received a confirmation that Life Science Journal — published jointly by Marsland Press and Zhengzhou University — has been prospectively delisted from the Scopus database. The reasons for the delisting were not stated in the confirmation, but it’s easy to find problems with this journal. […]

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    I am writing this blog post in hopes of starting a conversation in the scientific community about the medicine called GcMAF and one of the companies that is currently distributing it, a company called GcMAF.eu GcMAF means “Gc protein-derived macrophage activating factor,” according to the short article about it on Wikipedia. The drug is currently […]

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    “Meta-analysis refers to the application of quantitative methods to the problem of combining results from different analytic studies” [1]. But what happens when some misconduct occurs, and the same study is published twice? According to a Choi, et al., “With the increasing use of meta-analysis, duplicate publication of original research is particularly problematic. Duplicate publication […]

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    Scientific Research Publishing has published many articles by controversial researcher Mohamed El Naschie and his band of followers. Scientific Research Publishing (SCIRP) says it has offices in China and Southern California, and like many questionable open-access publishers, it is registered in Delaware (and I wonder if the firm reports its income to the IRS). This […]

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    OMICS Publishing Group is one of the most prolific, abusive, and annoying spammers. Here we give an example of an email exchange sparked by one of OMICS’ spam emails soliciting articles for a special issue of its journal Hair: Therapy & Transplantation. The special issue is to be entitled Alopecia Areata. The spam email is […]

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    The publisher Spring-City Culture International Group is making some interesting appeals to authors and editors — appeals that seem to promise financial rewards. Spring-City has offices in Singapore, Beijing, and Hong Kong. This new scholarly open-access publisher came to my attention recently thanks to several researchers who forwarded copies of Spring-City spam emails to me. […]

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    MacroWorld is a new scholarly publisher based in Izmir, Turkey. It is notable for making contradictory statements — indicating a total lack of understanding — regarding its copyright and open-access policies. The publisher has launched with 18 journals, most all of them in disciplines already covered by many other scholarly journals. Contradictions Regarding Copyright The […]

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    We recently learned about the scholarly open-access publisher called Researchjournali. It launched with 24 broad journals and is based in Odisha, India. It promises an “editorial decision” in seven days, and authors get to suggest their own peer reviewers. The publisher’s name is pronounced “Research Journal Eye.” Pretty clever, no? Kind of like Ipod, only […]

    denverjeffreyResearchjournali logoEqual to the impact factor, no?denverjeffreyResearchjournali logoEqual to the impact factor, no?

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    I am trying to understand what’s going on with the International Journal of Scientific Research (IJScR). It claims to be published by the United Arab Emirates University (UAEU) in Al-Ain, Abu Dhabi. The journal’s ISSN number is 1832-1011. Searching this number in WorldCat, one retrieves a bibliographic record for a journal with the similar title […]

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    We recently learned about a new open-access publisher called Sprint Journals. The publisher has launched with 107 new, scholarly open-access journals — or more precisely — it is in the process of launching, for the website is incomplete, with mostly dead links. We heard about this new publisher from a poorly-written spam email  a researcher […]

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    The predatory publisher WASET (World Association of Science, Engineering and Technology) is organizing a conference using the exact same name as a legitimate conference on the same topic, a conference sponsored by a small and authentic scholarly society. Bogus conference = http://www.waset.org/conference/2014/06/copenhagen/ICEDM Legitimate conference = http://educationaldatamining.org/EDM2015/ Both conferences are called International Conference on Educational Data […]

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