More Pseudo-Science from Swiss / Chinese Publisher MDPI

August 25, 2015
Evidence of Coal-Fly-Ash Toxic Chemical Geoengineering in the Troposphere: Consequences for Public Health

Conspiracy theory

I’ve written several blog posts documenting the Swiss / Chinese publisher MDPI’s practice of publishing junk science, articles that few, if any, legitimate publishers would accept and publish. Now the publisher has outdone itself and published a paper that is a monumental example of pseudo-science. The article’s author is J. Marvin Herndon.

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Some Strange Goings On at Cureus

August 20, 2015
Cureus masthead

Would you want your doctor to read this journal?

Cureus is an open-access medical journal based in Palo Alto, California. It charges no author fees. I recently became aware of some possibly serious problems with an article the journal published in July, 2015.

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Champaign, Illinois-Based Open-Access Publisher Launches with 22 Journals

August 18, 2015
Rutveg Publishing

Open-access publishing finally comes to Champaign.

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 appears to be a quiet, residential neighborhood. Read the rest of this entry »


Open-Access Journal Publishes Review Article with Questionable CoI Statement

August 13, 2015
The Open Urology & Nephrology Journal

Open to anything?

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.

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Another Open-Access Innovation: Article Brokers

August 6, 2015
Aspirans.com

Brokerage house.

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.

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