Exposing Sketchy Faculty Publications: The Dirty Western

October 31, 2012
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What’s going on in Macomb, Illinois ?

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.

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Cosmic Journals

October 24, 2012
Cosmic Journals

Totally cosmic.

Cosmic Journals appeared out of nowhere recently. It started with a bang. A big bang.

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Science Target: Targeting Your Author Fees

October 22, 2012
Science Target

Targeting you, and your colleagues.

Introducing one of the newest open-access publishers: Science Target. Read the rest of this entry »

New Journal Publishes Seven Issues of Bogus Articles to Appear Successful

October 18, 2012

— Must be seen to be believed. –

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.

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Copying Elsevier

October 16, 2012
International Journal of Pharma and Bio Sciences

Quick, who’s the publisher?

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.

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A Journal Called Waste

October 11, 2012

A trashy publication.

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.

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OA Publisher Offers Author Fee Waivers in Exchange for Citing Its Journals

October 9, 2012
Science Alert

Be on the Alert for Science Alert.

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.

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Scholarly Open-Access Publishing and the Future of Academic Library Acquisition Departments

October 4, 2012
Public domain photo from the Library of Congress.

Open Access will save on more than just journal subscription costs.

“The research communications system is in a period of transition towards open access.” [1]

“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.” [2]

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.

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Growing Science — The Pride of Ontario?

October 2, 2012

Really from Canada?

For various reasons, Canada is currently a hot location for setting up predatory publishers.

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