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Critical analysis of scholarly open-access publishing
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    [Note: This is a guest blog post by Dr. Tansu Küçüköncü]. Thales Academic Publisher publishes 23 open-access journals and organizes scholarly conferences. It also publishes academic books. It is included on the list of questionable publishers. Strangely, two of its journals (the International Journal of Advanced and Multidisciplinary Social Science (JAMSS) and the International Journal […]

    denverjeffreyThales Academic PublisherRetraction noticedenverjeffreyThales Academic PublisherRetraction notice

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    A continuing explosion in the number of low-quality and predatory scholarly conferences in Southeast Asia is confusing and annoying researchers in the region. One example is the so-called International Academy of Computer Technology (IACT) — which is not really an academy at all — whose headquarters address shows up as a dwelling in a U.S. […]

    denverjeffreyInternational Academy of Computer Technology3308 N Mayfield AveSelected submission paperTheir publishing arm, also run from a house in San Bernardino.denverjeffreyInternational Academy of Computer Technology3308 N Mayfield AveSelected submission paperTheir publishing arm, also run from a house in San Bernardino.

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    There’s a new open-access publisher in town, and its name is Ology Science. I fear that the publisher may have a connection with the notorious publisher called OMICS International. Ology Science launched with ten broad, bio-medical sciences journals. Most of the titles are similar to many journals already being published by other publishers, but one […]

    denverjeffreyOlogy ScienceYou can't hide!denverjeffreyOlogy ScienceYou can't hide!

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    Be on the lookout for spam from a man using the fake persona of “Dr. Karl Heinz” and soliciting manuscripts for two open-access journals of abysmal quality. The journals use the initialisms JMESS and JMEST and claim they’re based in Germany, buy I suspect they are really based in eastern Turkey. The two journals, with […]

    denverjeffreyA mess indeed.Blah, blah, blah.Strong evidence of a weak journal.Not Teutonic at all.denverjeffreyA mess indeed.Blah, blah, blah.Strong evidence of a weak journal.Not Teutonic at all.

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    This past week I added a publisher called KnowledgeCuddle Publication to my list. The publisher’s name is silly and unprofessional, more evidence of scholarly open-access publishing’s decline into absurdity. At the same time, two U.S. universities implemented strong open-access policies, policies their faculties will be pressured to follow and submit to. The contrast is stark: […]

    denverjeffreyKnowledgeCuddle .... Really?KnowledgeCuddle 2Where KnowledgeCuddle claims its journals are indexed. http://www.knowledgecuddle.com/index.php/IJCESdenverjeffreyKnowledgeCuddle .... Really?KnowledgeCuddle 2Where KnowledgeCuddle claims its journals are indexed. http://www.knowledgecuddle.com/index.php/IJCES

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    Here I’d like to sound a warning about two low-quality scholarly open-access publishers. I wrote previously about Pyrex Journals and have an update on them. I’ll also write about a new publisher with a dumb name: Scientia Ricerca. I originally wrote a blog post about Pyrex Journals in November, 2014. At that time, I reported […]

    denverjeffreyPyrex JournalsScientia RicercadenverjeffreyPyrex JournalsScientia Ricerca

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    New scholarly open-access publishers continue to appear at a fast pace. Here are three that launched recently — one with a generic name, one with a stolen name, and one with a suspicious name. Here are the three publishers I will describe in this blog post: Open Access Publisher Open Journal Systems MedWin Publishers Open […]

    denverjeffreyOA what?No creativity whatsoever.This is the most dangerous of the three.denverjeffreyOA what?No creativity whatsoever.This is the most dangerous of the three.

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    The Thomson Reuters Master Journal List is not a journal whitelist and should not be used as one. Numerous low-quality and predatory journals are announcing their inclusion in this list as a mark or guarantee of quality, fooling many. The purpose of the list is to serve as a comprehensive list of journals included in […]

    denverjeffreyInvestigaciones Europeas de Dirección y Economía de la Empresa (IEDEETR Master ListTR Master List coveragedenverjeffreyInvestigaciones Europeas de Dirección y Economía de la Empresa (IEDEETR Master ListTR Master List coverage

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    A scholarly journal sponsored by a United Nations organization and published in Chile has been hijacked, with the hijackers creating a counterfeit website and widely soliciting manuscript submissions. However, unlike most journal hijacking cases, in this case, the apparent perpetrator’s name and location are easily found. The journal is CEPAL Review (Revista CEPAL), published in […]

    denverjeffreyA screenshot of part of the hijacked journal's website.cepal reviewPart of the hijacked journal's spam.denverjeffreyA screenshot of part of the hijacked journal's website.cepal reviewPart of the hijacked journal's spam.

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    by Jeffrey Beall, January 3, 2017. Each year at this time I formally announce my updated list of predatory publishers. Because the publisher list is now very large, and because I now publish four, continuously-updated lists, the annual releases do not include the actual lists but instead include statistical and explanatory data about the lists […]

    denverjeffrey2015Number of predatory publishers, 2011-2017.Number of predatory, standalone journals, 2013-2017.Fake impact factor companies, 2015-2017.Number of known hijacked journals, 2015-2017.denverjeffrey2015Number of predatory publishers, 2011-2017.Number of predatory, standalone journals, 2013-2017.Fake impact factor companies, 2015-2017.Number of known hijacked journals, 2015-2017.