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Critical analysis of scholarly open-access publishing

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    The International Journal of English Language, Literature & Humanities (IJELLH) is using a (likely pirated) Christmas-themed call for papers. It promises to publish research papers in four days. A quick look at this journal’s website reveals that it is totally fake in almost every way possible. It sports a fake impact factor (SJIF Impact Factor […]

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  • 12/30/14--08:00: Is This a Paper Mill?
  • A recent article entitled “For Sale: ‘Your Name Here’ in a Prestigious Science Journal” published in Scientific American described paper mills, companies that — for a fee — arrange to write a paper for a customer and then get it published in a reputable journal. The customer is listed as one of the paper’s authors […]

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    I am following the progress of the article “Culture and identification of Borrelia spirochetes in human vaginal and seminal secretions” in the journal F1000Research, which is published by Faculty of 1000 and is not on my list. This open-access journal uses the post-publication peer review model, publishing papers upon submission, and then subsequently accepting peer […]

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    I’ve added the journal Interdisciplinary Toxicology (interTOX) to my list. The journal is associated with the Slovak Toxicology Society (SETOX). In my opinion the journal is not aimed at communicating science but instead aims to promote a political agenda, namely that most manufactured chemicals cause harm to humans. The journal’s editor-in-chief is Michal Dubovický. According […]

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    A new open-access publisher with the strange name of Public Science Framework has launched with 42 new journals, most of which are broad and cover fields already saturated with open-access journals. I think the name Public Science Framework is a poorly-chosen name for a scholarly publisher. It tries to sound lofty and important but actually […]

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    Iran-based Aria Farnoos Isatis Co., Ltd publicly presents itself as an author services company, providing translation and copy editing services to scholarly authors, but a close analysis of the spam email it is sending to journal editors and publishers reveals a questionable motive. The spam email bears this title: “Collaboration proposal in journal publishing/ impact […]

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    I recently learned of the new open-access publisher McMed International. Everything about this publisher is amateurish and even childish. Its website feels like it was designed for children, and no serious researcher should publish here. McMed launched with 79 journals, many of which gratuitously use geographical terms in their titles. Though based in Chennai, India, […]

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    There are several organizations around the world called Institute of Strategic and International Studies. The one I want to review here is the one run by Dr. Detelin Elenkov of Angelo State University in Texas. The website for the “Institute” gives no headquarters location, but the signature in Elenkov’s email claims that its “Global Office” […]

    denverjeffreyInstitute of Strategic and International StudiesDetelin Elenkov Institute of Strategic and International Studies 3denverjeffreyInstitute of Strategic and International StudiesDetelin Elenkov Institute of Strategic and International Studies 3

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    Attention humanists! You now have an open-access journal where you can submit your humanities research. Except, wait, maybe not. The journal is the International Journal Online of Humanities (IJOHMN). It originates in Bhopal, India, and it just launched its inaugural issue, volume 1, issue 1. The issue contains five open-access articles. The journal claims “Norweigan […]

    denverjeffreysssWhere are the quotation marks? The citation?International Journal Online of Humanities 3Oops.denverjeffreysssWhere are the quotation marks? The citation?International Journal Online of Humanities 3Oops.

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    A publisher named The Global Journals, based in Gujarat, India, publishes hundreds of articles each month in its four broad-coverage journals. I don’t understand how such a low-quality and dishonest publisher is able to attract and publish so many articles. The Global Journals publishes these four journals: Global Journal for Research Analysis (GJRA) International Journal […]

    denverjeffreyThe Global JournalsTable 1Fake impact factorsIndexingFake Creative Commons licensedenverjeffreyThe Global JournalsTable 1Fake impact factorsIndexingFake Creative Commons license

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    I recently learned about the Canadian Scientific Journal, a scholarly journal that is much more popular in Ukraine than in Canada, for some reason. It appears that the journal has a fast peer review and publishes articles almost immediately. The journal says, The acceptance of articles for the current issue of Canadian Scientific Journal is finished […]

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    The journal Computer Modelling and New Technologies is published by the Latvian Transport and Telecommunication Institute (Transporta un sakaru institūts). It normally publishes quarterly (except five issues were published in 2014). The problem, however, is that there’s a second website for a journal with the exact same title, except pretty much all the papers in […]

    denverjeffreyComputer Modelling and New TechnologiesLatvian Transport and Telecommunication Institute (Transporta un sakaru institūtsYuri ShunindenverjeffreyComputer Modelling and New TechnologiesLatvian Transport and Telecommunication Institute (Transporta un sakaru institūtsYuri Shunin

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    The International Journal of Information Research claims to be published by the Society of Scholarly Publishing and Open Access Resources (SPOARS), but the only information I can find about this “society” is on the journal’s website itself. The journal is low quality, has unoriginal content, and is a good example of how NOT to manage […]

    denverjeffreyInternational Journal of Information ResearchUnoriginal?The original work.Apostrophe fail.denverjeffreyInternational Journal of Information ResearchUnoriginal?The original work.Apostrophe fail.

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    Last December, I wrote a post about a possible paper mill, called Journal Publication. Now it appears the company behind Journal Publication is very nimble and has created several new brands, each represented by a new website offering the same “get published” services. As shown above, this company has difficulty with personal names. It claims […]

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    Knowledge Enterprises Journals is a subscription publisher that acts like a predatory publisher. It charges author fees, yet it’s not open-access. It requires copyright transfer, and it sends lots of annoying, high pressure, spam. The publisher has seven, broad-scope journals in its portfolio. It uses the free Open Journals Systems as its publishing platform, and […]

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    The Indian open-access publisher SCIENCEDOMAIN international invited a professor from Montclair State University to complete a peer review on a manuscript it had received, and he agreed. Less than a week later, the professor got a surprising email from the publisher. SCIENCEDOMAIN international emailed the professor to tell him they no longer needed his peer […]

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    This publisher describes itself like this: Joseph Publishing Group is an international peer-reviewed science and medicine journals. It goes downhill from there. Joseph Publishing Group is a brand-new publisher. It has 17 biomedical sciences journals in its portfolio. Joseph claims that it’s based in the U.S. state of Georgia, but its butchering of its own […]

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    The journal Agrociencia, published by the Colegio de Postgraduados in Mexico, demands that submitting authors subscribe to the journal before their submissions will be considered for peer-review. A subscription costs $160, and there are additional fees once the paper is accepted. These hidden fees, resembling a type of mordida, are not mentioned in the author […]

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    If you are a bogus scientist who wants to publish a fake scientific article, I’d like to recommend SCIRP, Scientific Research Publishing. They’d be happy to have you as a customer. They’ve just published another unscientific epidemiology article. About a year ago I wrote here about a fringe science article on the Fukushima nuclear fallout […]

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    Paper mills are companies that write scholarly articles and then sell the authorship to researchers needing extra publications. They then arrange to have the articles published in prestigious journals. I have evidence that a possible paper mill is looking for journals in North America that will collaborate with it and publish its brokered articles in […]

    denverjeffreyInternational Bauhaus Science PressdenverjeffreyInternational Bauhaus Science Press

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