Did Dr. Krashen Commit Self-Plagiarism?

January 31, 2013

The other day I was analyzing the brand-new journal Iranian Journal of Language Teaching Research and observed that the journal had attracted submissions from several well-respected Western linguists.

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It’s Time to Reexamine the Tradition of the “Call for Papers”

January 29, 2013
We need some paper.

Bring me some paper.

Back in the good old days before the internet, scholarly journal publishers would mail printed calls for papers to university departments around the world, and these departments in turn would post them on bulletin boards in or near the department offices.

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OMICS Goes from “Predatory Publishing” to “Predatory Meetings”

January 25, 2013
Stay Away From OMICS' Conferences

Stay Away From OMICS’ Conferences

In earlier blog posts I’ve described and documented examples of OMICS Group’s unethical practices, including sending personal invitations to potential authors to submit manuscripts without informing them of the author fees, only to invoice them after their papers get quickly accepted. This was also reported in an article published by the Chronicle of Higher Education called “‘Predatory’ Online Journals Lure Scholars Who Are Eager to Publish.”

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Fraud Alert: Bogus Article Acceptance Letters

January 24, 2013

Retirement Home for Predatory Publishers. [Photo by Adam Jones, CC:BY]

Retirement Home for Predatory Publishers.
[Photo by Adam Jones, CC:BY]

We’ve heard a few reports of researchers being scammed by criminals with inside information on article submissions at predatory publishers. Read the rest of this entry »

Predatory Publisher Steals Code, University’s Name

January 22, 2013

The publisher’s “contact us” page falsely links it to the University

The International Network for Scientific & Industrial Information is a new publisher with two journals that purports to be based at the University of Alberta in Edmonton. It also has stolen some website code from another open-access publisher.

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Documenting Plagiarism in Ashdin Publications’ Journals

January 20, 2013
A publisher to avoid.

A publisher to avoid.

In late 2012, I was the victim of criminal impersonation. Someone sent out emails that looked like they were from me, asking for money to remove a publisher from my list. The technique they used is called email spoofing.

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Scholarly Indexes are Unwittingly “Legitimizing” Corrupt Publishers

January 17, 2013

The EBSCO Headquarters.

The EBSCO Headquarters in Ipswich, Massachusetts.
[Photo by John Phelan.]

I have attended many sessions at library conferences sponsored by companies that license scholarly journal indexes to academic libraries. These products used to be called abstracting and indexing services. Now they’re most commonly called journal indexes or scholarly indexes. Their journal coverage is increasing at a suspiciously-fast rate.

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Open-Access Publisher Launches with 355 New Journals

January 15, 2013
Academic and Scientific Publishing

Template city

We recently learned of the launch of one of the largest scholarly open-access publishers. It’s called Academic and Scientific Publishing, and it launched with an amazing 355 journal titles.

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Bogus New OA Publisher Association Attempts to Compete with OASPA

January 9, 2013
Open Access Journal Publishers Association

A bogus industry association.

Many have heard of OASPA (pronounced oh-ASS-puh), the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association. It’s an industry association that brings together some of the better OA publishers. Now it has some competition. Read the rest of this entry »

Should Journalists Cite Material from Predatory Journals?

January 8, 2013
David Publishing

Worthy of citation?

by Robert Calin-Jageman and Jeffrey Beall

Society benefits from the results of scientific research in many ways. Scholarly research supports expert testimony in courts of law, medical research is translated into improvements in clinical care, and the media report on new and interesting research and how it may impact our lives.

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