“No Author Fee” Open-Access Journal Bills Author for His Accepted Paper

November 26, 2015
Annals of Rehabilitation Medicine

Annals of Misrepresentation

The South Korean journal Annals of Rehabilitation Medicine (ARM) claims on its website that authors are not charged any fees, but one author received a bill after his paper was accepted for publication.

On its website the journal clearly states,

There is no author’s submission fee or other publication related fee since every cost for the publication process is supported by the publisher; therefore it is the [sic] platinum open access journal

Annals of Rehabilitation Medicine 2

They very clearly state there are no fees.

The website even links to this blog and a post here that explains the platinum open-access model, free to authors and free to readers.

However, the evidence shows that the journal billed one author from South Asia after his paper was accepted. A PDF copy of the bill is here, with identifying information redacted at the author’s request.

The author wrote to the journal and asked why he was being invoiced given the journal’s stated policy of no author fees. He received this reply from the journal:

Dear [Redacted],

Thank you for your question.

The publication cost is charged about whole editing process including the manuscript editing and English editing.

Although your article does not contain any color pictures, we do post all the papers and pictures in color on the web. (As you don’t want color pictures, your pictures are printed in black and white on papers.)

Therefore you have to pay the cost for publication of your article in the ARM.

Best Regards,

Se Hee Jung

Associate Editor,

Annals of Rehabilitation Medicine

This nonsense reply is unprofessional and abusive. It directly contradicts what is stated on the journal’s website and leads one to wonder what other abusive practices the journal engages in.

I recommend that researchers avoid submitting manuscripts to the Annals of Rehabilitation Medicine. It is an unprofessional and exploitative publication and it may be beyond rehabilitation.

Predatory Publishers Love Academia.edu

November 24, 2015
Academia 1

Spam benefiting a predatory journal from Academia.edu ?

Some predatory or questionable publishers are using scholarly collaboration networks such as Academia.edu to promote their open-access journals and to make them look more legitimate than they really are. One of these is a publisher called Eclat Research Publication, a firm that publishes a single journal, the International Journal of Engineering Research and Management.

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Is this 17 Year-Old Korean Ph.D. Student a Plagiarist?

November 20, 2015
Yoo-geun Song

Yoo-geun Song turns 18 next week.

South Korean prodigy Yoo-geun Song is 17 years-old and about to complete his Ph.D. in astrophysics. The boy genius, along with his dissertation adviser Seok Jae Park, co-authored an article published last month in The Astrophysical Journal, but regrettably, the article closely matches a book chapter published in 2002. The chapter is not cited in the new article.

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Be Careful Using NCBI Databases as Journal Whitelists

November 19, 2015
The logo for NCBI, the National Center for Biotechnology Information.

The logo for NCBI, the National Center for Biotechnology Information.

In this blog post, I will describe and critically analyze four NCBI (National Center for Biotechnology Information) databases and advise which should and should not be used as journal whitelists. The databases are Medline, PubMed, PubMed Central, and the NLM catalog.

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Two Bizarre New OA Publishers Help Mark the Decline of Scholarly Publishing

November 17, 2015
Everant WAST

The world’s two newest scholarly publishers, both failures.

Two strange, scholarly open-access publishers recently launched and began spamming for article submissions. While early predatory publishers copied the look and feel of legitimate publishers’ websites, recent launches, such as these, are essentially copies of copies, with each new generation of OA publisher wilder than the earlier one. Here I’ll describe new publishers Everant Publisher Pvt Ltd and WAST.

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Ivy Union Publishing: A Publisher to Avoid

November 12, 2015
Ivy Union Publishing

Another low-quality China-based open-access publisher.

The two things that stand out about open-access publisher Ivy Union Publishing are the large number of journals it publishes and its deceptive use of geographic terms in its journal titles.

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Bentham Open: Evidence of Article Brokers?

November 10, 2015
Bentham Open

Pay-to-Publish with a Middleman?

I have observed what may be evidence of article brokers at work in a number of Bentham Open journals.

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