1. New Facebook page: We’ve created a presence on Facebook for Beall’s List of Predatory Open-Access Publishers. The page is here: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bealls-List-of-Predatory-Open-Access-Publishers/329861460417572 Please “like” the page if you are so inclined.
2. I am adding two more publishers and one new journal to my lists of predatory publishers/journals. They are:
Currently carrying out a massive spam campaign to recruit editorial board members and manuscript submissions, this India-based journal uses the author-pays model but doesn’t disclose the fee on its site (at least I could not find it). I wrote to the journal and received a reply from a Stephanie Patin who informed me that the fee is USD $150.
This publisher with 17 new journals is based in India. It requires authors to sign over copyright to the publisher, a non-standard practice in the open-access publishing industry. The publisher also organizes conferences, adding an additional source of revenue.
This new publisher of ten journals doesn’t reveal where it’s located, leaving me to wonder what else it is not revealing about itself. Each journal title cleverly (or cutely) uses the word “segment’ in its title, e.g., Toxicological Segment, Vaccine Segment. The publisher promises “fast processing,” an indication that it is a scholarly vanity press. The journals don’t appear to have editors but do have editorial boards. Some journals lack content, and the few that do have articles have very short ones. The articles are in HTML only and bear a copyright statement.
3. I want to recommend the following journal article for anyone studying open access publishing:
Contreras, Jorge. (2012). “Open access scientific publishing and the developing world.” St. Anthony’s International Review 8.1:43-69. Available: http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/stair/stair/2012/00000008/00000001/art00005
Brief review: This insightful article from a respected scholar offers great new insights on scholarly open access publishing in the Third World. Specifically, the author describes how open access is helping the developing world with access to scholarly literature as consumers but not as creators of research. I highly recommend that anybody who is conducting research on open access publishing read this article.