OMICS Group Now Charging for Article Withdrawals

May 28, 2015
Withdrawal fee

Legitimate scholarly publishers do not charge withdrawal fees.

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.

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Watch Out for Publishers with “Nova” in Their Name

May 26, 2015
Nova Explore Publications

Corny name, corny publisher

Two unrelated publishers with the word “Nova” in their name have been bothering researchers with spam emails recently. One is an open-access publisher based in a dwelling in Ontario called Nova Explore Publications. The other one is an old book publisher called Nova Science Publishers, based in New York State. Researchers should avoid them both.

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Counterfeit Australian Society Recycles and Renames Researchers’ Images

May 21, 2015
A royal mess.

A royal mess.

A completely bogus scholarly society, the Australian Society for Commerce Industry & Engineering, uses numerous tricks to make itself look legitimate. This publisher lifts pictures of professors from the internet, gives them new names, and advertises them as editors-in-chief of its mediocre journals.

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OA Publisher with a Long, Strange Name is Based in a Place with a Long, Strange Name

May 19, 2015
Intellectual Consortium of Drug Discovery & Technology Development Incorporation

Strange name for a publisher.

The open-access publisher Intellectual Consortium of Drug Discovery & Technology Development Incorporation (ICDTD) is based in — you guessed it — Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

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More Junk Science Proudly Published by Chinese Publisher SCIRP

May 14, 2015
More junk science from SCIRP, Scientific Research Publishing.

More junk science from SCIRP, Scientific Research Publishing.

I recently learned of another junk-science article published by China-based Scientific Research Publishing (SCIRP). The article, “Three Principles of Akkie Management,” was published in SCIRP’s American Journal of Industrial and Business Management in 2013. The article makes outlandish statements such as “The human population lived in MARS planet in prehistoric time shall be called as SUPER MANAGERS with super wisdom” (p. 453). Read the rest of this entry »


Low Quality, “No Author-Fee” OA Journal Has Hidden Charges

May 12, 2015
International Journal of Computer Science and Mobile Computing

Danger with a capital DOAJ.

The International Journal of Computer Science and Mobile Computing is another broad-scope open-access journal from India, one that claims it charges no author fees, a claim confirmed in the Directory of Open Access Journals. But the journal does have a sneaky, hidden “maintenance fee.”

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Editor-in-Chief of Clute “Institute” Journal Badmouths the DOI

May 7, 2015

 

Journal of Astronomy & Earth Sciences

Head in the clouds, head in the sand.

Most all high-quality scholarly publishers assign DOIs (digital object identifiers) to the articles and other digital objects they publish. These unique identifiers benefit scholarly authors by making their work more discoverable, accessible, and citable.

One Luddite publisher that refuses to use DOIs is the Clute Institute. In fact, one of the “Institute’s” editors-in-chief has even badmouthed the international standard. Read the rest of this entry »


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