The Dirty Western is a blog that is exposing faculty members who have published in — and are taking academic credit for — crummy papers published in predatory journals.
We learned recently about a scholarly publisher that appears to be operating like a pyramid scheme.
Cosmic Journals appeared out of nowhere recently. It started with a bang. A big bang.
This is the story of a brand-new scholarly open-access journal from India. The journal is titled International Journal of Engineering Sciences & Research Technology and abbreviated as IJERSRT.
If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then the people at Reed Elsevier ought to be very flattered by this imitation of their work.
There is a predatory publisher based in India called Discovery Publication (they left off the “s”). This publisher has 26 journals. Many of the journal titles begin with the word “discovery,” as in Discovery Universe, and there are several that have only single word titles. Waste, which hasn’t published any issues yet, is among these.
Science Alert is a predatory, scholarly open-access publisher based in Pakistan (despite the publisher’s false claim on its website that it is based in New York and Singapore). Its tag line is “Where the innovation begins.”
Unfortunately, Science Alert’s latest innovation is unethical.
“The research communications system is in a period of transition towards open access.” 
“Gold OA could account for 50 percent of the scholarly journal articles sometime between 2017 and 2021, and 90 percent of articles as soon as 2020 and more conservatively by 2025.” 
These two statements have major implications for the future of acquisitions departments in academic libraries. These departments are responsible for purchasing and licensing proprietary scholarly content and making it available to their libraries’ patrons.
For various reasons, Canada is currently a hot location for setting up predatory publishers.