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Critical analysis of scholarly open-access publishing

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    The open-access publisher Intellectual Consortium of Drug Discovery & Technology Development Incorporation (ICDTD) is based in — you guessed it — Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. ICDTD is a bizarre and low-quality publisher with three broad-focused journals: Journal of Applied Pharmacy Journal of Applied Molecular Cell Biology Canadian Journal of Applied Sciences  These journals represent academic fields already […]

    denverjeffreyIntellectual Consortium of Drug Discovery & Technology Development IncorporationBut they're unreadable.Part-time pharmacy clerks and scholarly journal editors.Maybe Sargodha is in Saskatchewan?denverjeffreyIntellectual Consortium of Drug Discovery & Technology Development IncorporationBut they're unreadable.Part-time pharmacy clerks and scholarly journal editors.Maybe Sargodha is in Saskatchewan?

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    Hyderabad, India-based OMICS Group has found a new and likely lucrative revenue source — charging authors to withdraw their submissions to the publisher’s many journals. OMICS Group regularly sends out millions of spam emails to thousands of researchers. In its spam, it generally only mentions the particular journal title the spam email is soliciting for, […]

    denverjeffreyWithdrawal feedenverjeffreyWithdrawal fee

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    A new open-access scholarly publisher — Sanford Inter Science Press — launched recently with three journals. The journals use an old predatory publisher trick — they lift old articles from the internet and re-publish them using fake author names and affiliations. This publisher launched with these three broad-scoped journals: Journal of Machine Intelligence Journal of […]

    denverjeffreySanford Inter Science PressBogus articleEmpty editorial boarddenverjeffreySanford Inter Science PressBogus articleEmpty editorial board

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    Betty Jones & Sisters Publishing — a scholarly open-access publisher — launched recently with two journals. The unconventional name of this publisher isn’t the only strange thing about it. The publisher does not explain its name, and there’s no description of Betty Jones or her supposed sisters. I think the name was contrived just to […]

    denverjeffreyBetty Jones & Sisters Publishing Betty Jones & Sisters PublishingdenverjeffreyBetty Jones & Sisters Publishing Betty Jones & Sisters Publishing

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    The Journal of Chest is a new medical journal published by the OMICS-Group-owned Insight Medical Publishing (ImedPub). The journal is competing in a sleazy way with the legitimate and respected medical journal CHEST, published since 1935 by the American College of Chest Physicians. Officials from the authentic CHEST Journal are sending out emails warning authors […]

    denverjeffreyJournal of ChestInsight Medical Publishing (ImedPub)denverjeffreyJournal of ChestInsight Medical Publishing (ImedPub)

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    The International Journal of Review in Life Sciences (IJRLS) has been hijacked. The victim journal is published by India-based Pharmascope, a publisher included on my list. So this is a case of a predatory journal being hijacked. Original journal: http://pharmascope.org/ijrls/ Hijacked journal: http://www.ijrls.com/ Why on earth would anyone hijack a predatory or low quality journal? […]

    denverjeffreyInternational Journal of Review in Life SciencesInternational Journal of Review in Life SciencesdenverjeffreyInternational Journal of Review in Life SciencesInternational Journal of Review in Life Sciences

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    Open-access publisher IORE International is offering authors a free Kindle Paperwhite for every paper they submit to one of the publisher’s eleven journals. IORE International claims to be based in an office in London’s Canary Wharf, a claim I doubt. A spam email from the publisher soliciting new editorial board members is signed “Caroline Watson,” […]

    denverjeffreyFree Kindle Paperwhite with every article submission!IORE InternationalJournal of Diabetic ResearchdenverjeffreyFree Kindle Paperwhite with every article submission!IORE InternationalJournal of Diabetic Research

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    An anonymous researcher in Eastern Europe submitted a contrived and completely bogus scholarly manuscript to an open-access publisher based in Asia. The publisher quickly completed a fake peer review, accepted the submission, and invoiced the researcher for the author fees. To start, here’s a little information about the publisher. It is apparently based in South […]

    denverjeffreyThe International Association for Information, Culture, Human and Industry Technology Convergence Information Society logoAdvanced Information Sciences and Service Sciences logoPHY-MAC Detection and Prevention from Distributed Attacks in WiMAX P2P and Infrastructure NetworksFranz KodenverjeffreyThe International Association for Information, Culture, Human and Industry Technology Convergence Information Society logoAdvanced Information Sciences and Service Sciences logoPHY-MAC Detection and Prevention from Distributed Attacks in WiMAX P2P and Infrastructure NetworksFranz Ko

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    Here’s another mysterious, academic conference organizing company that I think everyone should avoid: Global Academic Network. It appears to be a for-profit company that exploits the need of researchers to present their work at conferences and exploits the need to take university-funded vacations. The company lists offices in London and New York, but I doubt […]

    denverjeffreyGlobal Academic NetworkGlobal Academic Network-Future conferencesGlobal Academic Network-Our partnersGlobal Academic Network-Logo farmdenverjeffreyGlobal Academic NetworkGlobal Academic Network-Future conferencesGlobal Academic Network-Our partnersGlobal Academic Network-Logo farm

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    An alumnus of McGill University in Montréal, Québec — Abdel Rahman M. Al-Tawaha — is using his McGill University email account to conduct business as an open-access publisher. He is associated with at least three low-quality or predatory publishers in the Middle East and South Asia and uses his McGill affiliation to make the publishing […]

    denverjeffreyDr. Abdel Rahman M. Al-TawahaAbdel Rahman M. Al-Tawaha IDOSIAbdel Rahman M. Al-Tawaha ISISdenverjeffreyDr. Abdel Rahman M. Al-TawahaAbdel Rahman M. Al-Tawaha IDOSIAbdel Rahman M. Al-Tawaha ISIS

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    The American Journal of Medical Sciences and Medicine currently lists a doctor murdered in 2013 as its Editor-in-Chief. The journal is published by Science and Education Publishing Co. Ltd., more commonly referred to as Science and Education or simply Scipub. Its URL is http://www.sciepub.com/portal/Home. The murdered editor is Dr. Roger Brumback, who was killed in […]

    denverjeffreyRoger BrumbackScience and Education PublishingdenverjeffreyRoger BrumbackScience and Education Publishing

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    SCIgen is a free, web-based computer program that instantly creates a fake scholarly article. An Iran-based journal, Applied Research Journal, recently accepted and published a fake article created by SCIgen. Many scholarly journals — including both open-access and subscription ones — have mistakenly or negligently accepted and published SCIgen articles. But most of them have […]

    denverjeffreyApplied Research JournalA computer-generated scholarly article.denverjeffreyApplied Research JournalA computer-generated scholarly article.

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    There’s a lot of money to be made in the scholarly-conference organizing business in Asia these days. These are not conferences organized by scholarly societies. Instead, they are conferences organized by revenue-seeking companies that want to exploit researchers’ need to build their vitas with conference presentations and papers in the published proceedings or affiliated journals. […]

    denverjeffreyiHOPE ConferenceJournal of Social ScienceInternational Journal of Business and Information (IJBI)denverjeffreyiHOPE ConferenceJournal of Social ScienceInternational Journal of Business and Information (IJBI)

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    First published in 1996, the Electronic Journal of Geotechnical Engineering is one of the oldest open-access journals, but I think it has gone bad. The journal is indexed in Ei Compendex, an Engineering abstracting and indexing service (or database), it has easy acceptance, and the author fee is only $250. Significantly, however, over 95% of […]

    denverjeffreyElectronic Journal of Geotechnical Engineering389 articlesWe happily accept checks ...denverjeffreyElectronic Journal of Geotechnical Engineering389 articlesWe happily accept checks ...

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    There’s a major, China-based scholarly society journal that has hidden author fees, but the fees will be refunded if authors cite their papers six times within the two years after they’re published, according to emails from the publisher. This is an example of coercive citation. The journal is Chinese Chemical Letters, the official organ of […]

    denverjeffreyCoercive Citation Letters.denverjeffreyCoercive Citation Letters.

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    Here’s a publisher that all researchers should avoid: Global Advanced Research Journals. This firm publishes 29 broad journals, requires copyright transfer from authors, and charges around $450-$500 to publish an article. On its ‘contact us‘ page, the publisher does not state any headquarters location (evidence of lack of transparency), but the internet domain name registration […]

    denverjeffreyGlobal Advanced Research JournalsGlobal Advanced Research Journal of MicrobiologyGlobal Advanced Research Journal of Phamacy and PhamacologydenverjeffreyGlobal Advanced Research JournalsGlobal Advanced Research Journal of MicrobiologyGlobal Advanced Research Journal of Phamacy and Phamacology

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    There is someone in West Africa who creates a new scholarly open-access publisher every one or two weeks. Here is the latest one, Unified Journals. Unified Journals launched recently with 24 journals, a fleet startup. I don’t know who is behind the operation. There are many other publishers that have the same look and feel, […]

    denverjeffreyUnified JournalsdenverjeffreyUnified Journals

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    Aspirans.com is an article broker. In other words, it’s a company that will arrange for you to publish articles in scholarly journals. All that’s required is a credit card. The company specializes in arranging the publishing of articles in journals that: Are indexed in Scopus, or, Have legitimate Thomson Reuters impact factors Aspirans.com seeks out […]

    denverjeffreyAspirans.comEuropean Journal of Science and TheologydenverjeffreyAspirans.comEuropean Journal of Science and Theology

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    An open-access publisher from the United Arab Emirates has published an article with a conflict-of-interest statement that itself may have a conflict of interest. Here’s the explanation. The publisher is Bentham Open, one of the open-access publishers on my earliest list of questionable OA publishers created about five years ago. Bentham Open publishes The Open […]

    denverjeffreyThe Open Urology & Nephrology JournalConflict-of-interest statementdenverjeffreyThe Open Urology & Nephrology JournalConflict-of-interest statement

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    West Green Street in Champaign, Illinois seems an unlikely location for the headquarters of a scholarly publisher with 22 open-access journals in its portfolio. However, that’s the listed headquarters location — 674 West Green Street to be exact — of the new scholarly publisher Rutveg Publishing, Inc. The address corresponds to a dwelling in what […]

    denverjeffreyRutveg PublishingPhoto credit: Peter Folk, used under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.denverjeffreyRutveg PublishingPhoto credit: Peter Folk, used under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

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