How Does This Fake OA Publisher Manage to Publish Over 500 articles Monthly?

March 5, 2015

The Global Journals

A publisher named The Global Journals, based in Gujarat, India, publishes hundreds of articles each month in its four broad-coverage journals. I don’t understand how such a low-quality and dishonest publisher is able to attract and publish so many articles.

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Shortest-Ever Review Article Published

March 3, 2015
Annals of Biomedicines and Natural Products

Too brief?

What is possibly the shortest review article ever published has appeared in a highly questionable journal based in Nellore City, Andhra Pradesh, India. The  review article has only three paragraphs.

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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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