Berkeley, California-Based Journal is Hijacked

March 31, 2015
Hijacked Veliger masthead

A screenshot of part of the hijacked journal’s website.

The Veliger, a print journal published by the California Malacozoological Society, has been hijacked. The hijacked journal is here: http://theveliger.net/

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OMICS Group Charges Authors for Publishing in Its Subscription Journals

March 26, 2015
International Journal of Cardiovascular Research

Pay to publish, pay to read.

The International Journal of Cardiovascular Research is a subscription journal published by the OMICS Group imprint called SciTechnol. This is a hybrid journal, meaning it’s a subscription journal with an option for authors to pay a fee and have the article made open access.

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Library Science Journal Is a Poor Example of Open Access

March 24, 2015
International Journal of Information Research

Lots of problems here.

The International Journal of Information Research claims to be published by the Society of Scholarly Publishing and Open Access Resources (SPOARS), but the only information I can find about this “society” is on the journal’s website itself. The journal is low quality, has unoriginal content, and is a good example of how NOT to manage a scholarly journal.

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Latvian Journal Has Almost All Chinese Authors — Something’s Wrong

March 19, 2015
Computer Modelling and New Technologies

Very popular in China.

The journal Computer Modelling and New Technologies is published by the Latvian Transport and Telecommunication Institute (Transporta un sakaru institūts). It normally publishes quarterly (except five issues were published in 2014).

The problem, however, is that there’s a second website for a journal with the exact same title, except pretty much all the papers in that version of the journal are written by authors from China.

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“Canadian” Open-Access Journal Doesn’t Look Very Canadian

March 17, 2015
Canadian Scientific Journall

Looks very scientific.

I recently learned about the Canadian Scientific Journal, a scholarly journal that is much more popular in Ukraine than in Canada, for some reason.

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Higher Education Forum: 95% Vacation, 5% Scholarly Conference

March 12, 2015
Higher Education Forum

No research here.

In a recent blog post, I wrote about the Taiwan-based Higher Education Forum — essentially a travel agency that organizes vacation-like conferences marketed to academics in Asia. In this post, I would like to expand on why I think attending Higher Education Forum (HEF) conferences is a poor choice for honest researchers. Read the rest of this entry »


Subscription Publisher Awkwardly Experiments with Open-Access

March 10, 2015
IGI Global Open access OA

Experimental.

IGI Global, a publisher of books and subscription journals, is experimenting with open-access. The experiment is not going very well.

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