Recently, the Chronicle of Higher Education published an article about predatory open-access publishers in general and specifically about India-based OMICS Publishing Group. This article has generated leads into potential new questionable publishers. Thanks to everyone who has emailed me with these suggestions.
The list below includes publishers that people have asked me to investigate. Disclaimer: Inclusion on the list below does not necessarily mean that a publisher engages in unethical or unprofessional practices.
1. Journal of Global Health Perspectives. This single journal has not started publishing yet. It will be published by a vague organization called First Aid WorldWide, a group that does not list its headquarters location on its website, an omission that always makes me suspicious.
2. WIT Press Journals. I have received several inquiries about this publisher in the past. However, it looks like this is not an open-access publisher, so it’s out of scope for my research. Still, there may be some significance to my having received so many inquiries about this outfit.
3. Science Publishing Corporation. The domain-name registration for this publisher has a United Arab Emirates address. None of its five journal titles has any content yet, so I’ll continue to monitor this publisher. Good luck.
4. [Redacted]. This publisher does not appear to make content from its five journals available open access. Instead, it appears to charge five dollars to access each article. Also, it appears to charge authors three hundred dollars to publish a paper. I’ve found that new publishers like this one can rapidly change their finance model when they realize that one is failing, so I’ll check back to see how this publisher progresses.
5. North American Business Press. This publisher’s content is behind a pay wall; it is not open access as far as I can see.
6. Research Publisher. This firm markets twelve journals, all with a very broad coverage. I will be looking into possibly adding this one to my list.
7. International Journal of Engineering Science & Advanced Technology. This stand-alone journal appears to be run by the same outfit as IJERA, the International Journal of Engineering Research and Applications. They both recently started publishing and are based out of India.
8. The Journal on Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics, also called, the Journal of Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics is also one I’ll be looking into.
Reading: Tonight I’ll be reading an article entitled “Cheating at the highest level” / By Aoun Sahi. This article originally appeared in The News on Sunday in Pakistan and describes some bogus publishers. Here are two links to the short article: one, two.