Obituary for an Open Access Journal

February 26, 2015
International Journal of Structural Changes in Solids

We hardly knew you.

In the wake of the open-access movement, many new open-access journals have been launched. Often these journals have been started by universities, academic libraries, and even individual departments at universities. However, often relying on voluntarism to operate, many of these journals have floundered and died. Here is one example. Read the rest of this entry »

So-Called “Special” Issues of Journals: Big Money for Gold OA Publishers

February 24, 2015
journal special issues

Vicious cycle

Special issues of journals mean big money for gold (author-pays) OA publishers. It’s a type of affinity marketing. The special issue guest editor typically invites his contacts and colleagues to contribute papers for a special issue on a topic, and they all have to pay author fees to the publisher.  Read the rest of this entry »

OMICS Group Aims to Trick Researchers with Copycat Journal Titles

February 19, 2015
Aiming to trick honest researchers.

Aiming to trick honest researchers.

OMICS Group continues to launch and publish scholarly journals whose titles closely match those of established and respected journals, including journals published by scholarly societies. OMICS Group’s goal is to trick researchers into thinking the OMICS journals are actually the legitimate journals, so they can get the author fees from the authors.

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Young Assistant Professor Helps Promote Questionable Conferences, Journals

February 17, 2015

A Taiwan-based conference organizer employs an American assistant professor as the “honorable chair” for many of its conferences. I think the conferences are really vacations disguised as academic meetings, and the submitted papers are funneled for publication to questionable, low-quality, and predatory journals, including many from South Asia and West Africa.

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OMICS Group Continues to Purchase Journals Indexed in PubMed

February 12, 2015
Quality in Primary Care

Quality in publishing ?

OMICS Group is stealthily continuing to purchase journals indexed in PubMed. One recent purchase is the journal Quality in Primary Care, formerly published by Radcliffe Publishing and distributed on the IngentaConnect platform.

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Publisher Uses Fake LinkedIn Identities to Attract Submissions

February 10, 2015
Fake identity

Fake identity

“Hi, Ali, I’d like to connect with you on LinkedIn,” the invitation reads, accompanied by a picture of a young and pretty female named “Margaret Harold.” The picture and the identity are fake, however, and they function as bait for potential paying authors for a predatory publisher.

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New Open-Access Humanities Journal Launches

February 5, 2015

What ?

Attention humanists! You now have an open-access journal where you can submit your humanities research.

Except, wait, maybe not.

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