The scholarly open-access publisher Springer Open has partnered with Iran’s Islamic Azad University (IAU) to publish at least ten platinum, open-access journals (listed below). Read the rest of this entry »
Mehta Press, based in Rajkot, Gujarat, India, is a brand-new publisher of online scholarly journals. The publisher currently lists 262 journals (see titles below), but only one, Current Chemical Research, has any content. However, it only has abstracts; I cannot access the actual articles. Read the rest of this entry »
The term “institute” is used a lot these days in the open-access scholarly publishing industry. It’s used to add credibility to an operation that is essentially a scholarly vanity press.
Why just be a mere publisher when you can be an institute? As an added bonus, institutes can also sponsor conferences, providing an additional revenue stream for their owners.
I recently added the following two publishers to my list of questionable open-access publishers:
One of the tactics that predatory open-access publishers use is to solicit and accept manuscripts from authors, publish the manuscripts, and then invoice the authors for the author fee.
The solicitation is done without informing the authors that an author fee will be charged. This information is generally stated in the publishers’ websites, but it is buried and most prospective authors don’t know about it.
Below are four cases of this bait-and-switch practice that I am aware from. The first is taken from an article in the Chronicle of Higher Education. The second, third, and fourth are taken from unsolicited emails I received through my website. Read the rest of this entry »
The Statistical Abstract of the United States is a yearly publication that summarizes (abstracts) statistical information about the United States.
Published yearly since 1878, the Abstract was slated to cease publication, as the government announced that it would no longer publish the work. The 2012 issue is the last the federal government says it will publish.
The work aggregates data that is already available open-access on the Internet.
Recently, ProQuest announced that it would continue to publish the work, gathering the data eclectically.
Librarians hailed ProQuest’s announcement. One writer called ProQuest’s plan “admirable.”
An article at libraryjournal.com noted the reactions of some librarians. One wrote, “This is great news, especially the monthly updates. Way to go, Proquest!”
Bloggers echoed these positive reactions. Blogger Sue Polanka wrote, “I’m thrilled that ProQuest will continue aggregating this important content.”
Librarian Daniel Peterson exclaimed,” Happy news indeed! My beloved Statistical Abstract is being saved. Thank you, ProQuest!”
So, here we have librarians delighted at the prospect of paying for content that is available for free. With a couple tiny exceptions, all the statistical data that ProQuest will include in its version of the Statistical Abstract is available open-access.
ProQuest (and its partner Bernan Press) will add value to the data by aggregating it, keeping it updated, and publishing it.
Why are librarians praising a traditional publisher for coming out with a toll-access product whose content is already available for free?
Recently there has been an explosion in the number of scholarly open-access publishers appearing in India. The word is out: there’s an easy way to make money, and all you need is a web site and the ability to create unique journal titles.
Thanks to a tip, I learned about Discovery Publishing Group, (DPG) which appears to operate out of Tamil Nadu, India. The publisher’s journal portfolio consists of seven titles: discovery, drug discovery, discovery pharmacy, discovery science, discovery life, discovery universe, and species (I follow the publisher’s convention of not capitalizing the titles). Read the rest of this entry »