Open Access Alcohol

Predatory publisher

Why the quotes around “peer reviewed”?  Also note the typo: “Disease and addition.” Doesn’t add up.

OA Alcohol is the title of one of 140 new medical-science journals launched recently by the brand-new predatory publisher called OA Publishing London. While we love the idea of free drinks, we are frightened by the appearance of this sloppy new publisher.

If this new enterprise is being run by surgeons, we would not let them cut on us. The website is filled with careless mistakes including spelling errors, word choice errors, grammatical errors, dead links, broken image links, and more. The fleet of journals includes two that the publisher claims were transferred from BioMed Central: Head & Neck Oncology and Hard Tissue. BMC states regarding Head & Neck Oncology that,

Whilst conducting an internal audit, BioMed Central has discovered a number of apparent major irregularities in the journal Head & Neck Oncology. In order to maintain the integrity of the BioMed Central portfolio of journals, we have taken the decision to close the journal with immediate effect and are currently conducting a detailed investigation.

It appears that something dramatic has taken place, but we are unable to determine what it was. Did the editors defect from BMC and bring their journal with them? What did they do to spur BMC’s investigation? We also observe that several of the journal’s editors have had an unusually high number of articles published in it. One, Mr. Tahwinder Upile, has had over fifty articles published in the journal in the past four years.

We can find no evidence that BMC ever had a journal entitled Hard Tissue, so it’s possible that this new publisher is not being completely honest. The publisher has a range of article processing charges (APCs) for its journals. The website states the range is from “£100/€125/$162 to £750/€925/$1200.” Only a very few of the journals currently contain any content.

We are suspicious of any new OA startup that begins with 140 new journals and are concerned about the murky circumstances surrounding the transfer of the BMC journals to this new publisher. The sloppy condition of the site supports our suspicion that those behind this venture lack the ability to move it forward successfully and ethically.

We think this new publisher is really just out to separate authors from their money, and we recommend against submitting manuscripts to the publisher or serving on any of its editorial boards.

Appendix: List of OA Publishing London Journals as of 2012-11-12

  1. Hard Tissue
  2. Head and Neck Oncology
  3. OA Alcohol
  4. OA Alternative Medicine
  5. OA Anaesthetics
  6. OA Anatomy
  7. OA Applied Physiology
  8. OA Arthritis
  9. OA Autism
  10. OA Autoimmune
  11. OA Behavioural Medicine
  12. OA Biochemistry
  13. OA Bioinformatics
  14. OA Biology
  15. OA Biotechnology
  16. OA Blood Transfusion
  17. OA Bone Marrow
  18. OA Breast Disease
  19. OA Cancer
  20. OA Cardiology
  21. OA Case Reports
  22. OA Cell and Tissue
  23. OA Clinical Pathology
  24. OA Clinical Pharmacology
  25. OA Clinical Trials
  26. OA Conservative Dentistry
  27. OA Critical Care
  28. OA Dental Implantology
  29. OA Dentistry
  30. OA Dermatology
  31. OA Diabetes
  32. OA Drug Design and Delivery
  33. OA Elderly Medicine
  34. OA Embryology
  35. OA Emergency Medicine
  36. OA Endocrinology
  37. OA Endodontology
  38. OA Endoscopic Surgery
  39. OA Epidemiology
  40. OA Evidence-Based Medicine
  41. OA Experimental Medicine
  42. OA Family Medicine
  43. OA Forensic Medicine
  44. OA Gastroenterology
  45. OA Genetics
  46. OA Gynaecology
  47. OA Haematology
  48. OA Hand
  49. OA Hepatology
  50. OA Immunodeficiency
  51. OA Immunology
  52. OA Infectious Diseases
  53. OA Inflammation
  54. OA Integrative Medicine
  55. OA Interventional Radiology
  56. OA Lasers
  57. OA Leukaemia
  58. OA Lymphoma
  59. OA Medical Education
  60. OA Medical Ethics and Law
  61. OA Medical Hypothesis
  62. OA Medical Leadership
  63. OA Medical Physics
  64. OA Medical Simulation
  65. OA Medical Statistics
  66. OA Medicine
  67. OA Metabolic Disease
  68. OA Microbiology
  69. OA Minimally Invasive Surgery
  70. OA Molecular and Cell Biology
  71. OA Molecular Oncology
  72. OA Musculoskeletal Medicine
  73. OA Nano-Bio-Technology
  74. OA Nephrology
  75. OA Neuro-Oncology
  76. OA Neuroradiology
  77. OA Neurosciences
  78. OA Neurosurgery
  79. OA Nuclear Medicine
  80. OA Nutrition & Dietetics
  81. OA Obesity & Bariatric Medicine
  82. OA Obstetrics
  83. OA Ophthalmology
  84. OA Optical Diagnostics
  85. OA Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
  86. OA Oral Medicine
  87. OA Orthodontics
  88. OA Orthopaedics
  89. OA Osteoporosis
  90. OA Otolaryngology
  91. OA Paediatric Dentistry
  92. OA Paediatric Medicine
  93. OA Paediatric Surgery
  94. OA Pain Medicine
  95. OA Palliative Care
  96. OA Parasitology
  97. OA Pathology
  98. OA Periodontology
  99. OA Perioperative Medicine
  100. OA Pharmacology
  101. OA Photodynamic Applications
  102. OA Plastic Surgery
  103. OA Prosthetic Dentistry
  104. OA Proteomics
  105. OA Psychiatry
  106. OA Psychology
  107. OA Public Health
  108. OA Quality of Life
  109. OA Radiological Imaging
  110. OA Rehabilitation Medicine
  111. OA Reproductive Medicine
  112. OA Respiratory Medicine
  113. OA Rheumatology
  114. OA Robotic Surgery
  115. OA Sarcoma
  116. OA Sexually Transmitted Infections
  117. OA Spine
  118. OA Sports Medicine
  119. OA Stem Cells
  120. OA Stroke
  121. OA Substance Abuse
  122. OA Surgery
  123. OA Surgical Oncology
  124. OA Surgical Techniques
  125. OA Systematic Reviews
  126. OA Thoracic Surgery
  127. OA Thyroid
  128. OA Tissue Engineering
  129. OA Tobacco
  130. OA Toxicology
  131. OA Translational Research
  132. OA Transplant Surgery
  133. OA Trauma
  134. OA Tuberculosis
  135. OA Undergraduate Medicine
  136. OA Uro-Oncology
  137. OA Urology
  138. OA Vascular Surgery
  139. OA Veterinary Medicine
  140. OA Virology

6 Responses to Open Access Alcohol

  1. R.V. Krishnakumar says:

    The above link to what ‘BMC states’ led me to COPE (http://publicationethics.org/), I found lot of useful stuff including its dealing with cases of unethical practices. I was unaware of COPE until this post. Curiosity led me to its members where I saw many distinguished journals enrolled. I chose country-wise listing and the link to ‘India’ led me to a small list where I could pick “Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences (JPBMS), which is listed here. JPBMS finding a place alongside good ones and at the same time in company with predators! Is the ‘physics’ behind this simple? May I request your comments on this.

    I think I would be able to see better after OA alcohol !!!

  2. Nils says:

    The European Mathematical Society Ethics Committee has published a Code of Practice for authors, editors, publishers and referees, which may be of interest:

    http://www.euro-math-soc.eu/system/files/COP-approved.pdf

  3. [...] keeps an online list of these dodgy outfits. (The latest publisher added to his list just launched 141 new medical journals.) “Anybody can set up a publishing company in a matter of hours,” Beall says. Many of the shady [...]

  4. APF Turner says:

    You might like to check “OMICS Group” which has also recently launched 200 Open Access Journals and appears to be in a similar category

  5. The Managing Director is Mrs Sahera Jamil Yousif of Ealing. http://www.companieslist.co.uk/08248101-open-access-publishing-london-limited. She also runs Skwwa Estates Co Ltd (a letting agent) and Reed & Caine Publishing Ltd. Walid Khalid Wadie Jerjes is probably involved, he has run companies with her and runs Publication Integrity and Ethics Ltd, which the OA Publishing London journals are ‘members’ of. He also runs Faculty Of Academic Integrity In Research Ltd (http://fair-uk.com/).

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