When I analyze and investigate possible predatory publishers, there is one name that I frequently see: George Perry.
Professor Perry is the Dean of the College of Sciences at the University of Texas at San Antonio. He’s a biologist and specializes in the cytopathology of Alzheimer’s disease. Dr. Perry’s vita is extremely extensive and impressive, except for one thing.
He is the editor-in-chief of numerous questionable journals and serves as a member of the editorial board of many other questionable journals. More worrisome, he’s the editor-in-chief of no less than seven OMICS Publishing Group’s journals, a publisher I have identified as among the worst of the predatory publishers.
The table below shows predatory journals for which he’s the editor-in-chief or associate editor-in-chief:
|Journal of Analytical and Bioanalytical Techniques||OMICS||EIC|
|Journal of Biotechnology & Biomaterials||OMICS||EIC|
|Journal of Bioequivalence & Bioavailability||OMICS||EIC|
|Journal of Cytology & Histology||OMICS||EIC|
|Journal of Cell Science & Therapy||OMICS||EIC|
|Journal of Marine Science: Research & Development||OMICS||EIC|
|Pharmaceutical Regulatory Affairs: Open Access||OMICS||EIC|
|The Open Pathology Journal||Bentham Open||Co-EIC|
|Atlas Journal of Medical and Biological Sciences||Atlas Publishing||EIC|
|International Journal of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences||IDOSI||Assoc. EIC|
|Annual Review & Research in Biology||ScienceDomain||EIC|
|Note: EIC means editor-in-chief|
Also, according to his vita, he’s serving as the associate editor of the following BioInfo Publications journals:
- 2010-16 Associate Editor, International Journal of Drug Discovery
- 2010-16 Associate Editor, International Journal of Biotechnology Applications
- 2010-15 Associate Editor, Neuroscience Research
- 2010-15 Associate Editor, Advances in Medical Information
- 2010-15 Associate Editor, International Journal of Parisitology Research
- 2010-16 Associate Editor, The Advances in Computational Research
BioInfo Publications is another publisher I’ve identified as predatory; it is a mega-publisher with over 300 journal titles. Perry also holds an honorary position, the President Editor for Global Journals, another one of the publishers on my list.
I see two problems here. First, Dr. Perry doesn’t seem to discriminate when he receives the same invitations to serve on editorial boards that we all receive. Why would such a renowned scholar allow himself to be associated with such low-quality, dubious, and sketchy journals?
Second, I don’t understand how it is physically possible for one human being to serve in so many positions and also serve as the dean of a college. I think this would require more than 24 hours work per day. Dr. Perry also serves on editorial and editorial board positions on numerous (more than 100) legitimate journals.
I sent Dr. Perry an email asking him about this and received the following response on February 27, 2013:
Excommunicating Scientific Discourse from the Imprimatur of Authority
College of Sciences, University of Texas at San Antonio,
San Antonio, Texas 78249
Major human advances have closely followed those of communication technology; language, writing, printing and electronics have each changed the economy of information dissemination. Electronic publication has swept over our world to put information at the fingertips of most at an affordable cost, while only beginning to address the social context of scientific publication and its reliance on social and scientific norms through the peer review structure. We have to look back over five centuries to the invention of printing and its use, first as a means to continue the old order of the Catholic Church through printing Bibles and indulgences, and later as Luther’s tool in the Reformation. Academic order and scientific publication emanated from authority, whether from learned societies or the pope. Imprimatur was critical in a world of limited information availability and low educational attainment, and where searching for absolutes was viewed as essential. Reliance on journal reputation and rigorous review does add value, as did the imprimatur, but at what cost? In the Renaissance it restricted Galileo, Copernicus, and countless others now unknown because their ideas were repressed. In a time when information can be rapidly compared, cross-checked and corrected, does retarding information from hypotheses, ‘failed’ experiments or novel but developing supporting ideas advance knowledge? WebmedCentral has addressed this issue head-on by developing two parallel journals, one with post-publication review and the other with pre-publication review. Both are based on peer review that embraces and looks to leadership from the scientific community for validity rather than narrow authority. These are exciting times for publishing and even more so for the truth.