Is the Editor of the Springer Journal Scientometrics indifferent to plagiarism?

March 6, 2014

Does it measure up?

Summary: A reader of my blog alerted me to significant word-for-word plagiarism in an article published in Springer’s journal Scientometrics. I analyzed the article and confirmed plagiarism. I reported the plagiarism to the journal’s editor, András Schubert, but he responded with a condescending email dismissing the plagiarism as unimportant.

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Under Pressure, MDPI Tries to Clean House, Retracts Paper

February 24, 2014

Why publish with MDPI when there are many better venues ?

I recently added publisher MDPI to my list of questionable publishers, an addition that has caused the publisher to go on the offensive against me and, on the positive side, to address some of its problems.

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Predatory Publishing News

November 14, 2013

Here are three news items that relate to predatory open-access scholarly publishers.

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Allegations of Plagiarism in a BioMed Central Journal Remain Unresolved after Three Years

November 12, 2013

A paper published in the BioMed Central Journal Nutrition & Metabolism is a near exact match of a paper published earlier in the Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics. Read the rest of this entry »

Publisher Requires only 20% Original Content in Article Submissions

October 10, 2013
Global Science and Technology Forum

Cease and desist.

The publisher Global Science and Technology Forum (GSTF) has been sending out some very revealing spam recently. The spam emails solicit new articles and state that only 20% of the content has to be original.

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2006 Article Plagiarized Three Times in Predatory Journals

September 10, 2013

A 2006 article published in the Elsevier journal Geoderma has been plagiarized at least three times, a co-author reports. Read the rest of this entry »

New Open-Access Publisher Launches with 199 Journals

August 20, 2013

TS Publications

I’m sure this means something.

Australia-based TS Publications recently appeared with a fleet of 199 new open-access journals. The publisher has used a clever method of adding articles to many of the journals, content that he hopes will attract additional articles, and their accompanying article processing charges.

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Plagiarized Pectin Article Doesn’t Jell Well with Original Author

August 8, 2013

The plagiarized version.

Here’s a story of a very serious case of academic plagiarism. An article on pectin published in a Thai academic journal in 2003 has been almost completely lifted and published in an OMICS journal, with new authors.

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New Apparent Case of Serial Plagiarism Uncovered

July 23, 2013

Yasar Albushra Abdul Rahiem Ahmed is a medical doctor at the National Guard Hospital at the King Abdul Aziz Medical City, in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. It appears Dr. Ahmed, originally from the Sudan, has found a solution to the problem of being a busy doctor with time-consuming scholarly publishing requirements: he copies others’ articles and publishes them as his own. This strategy saves so much time.

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Recognizing a Pattern of Problems in “Pattern Recognition in Physics”

July 16, 2013
Pattern Recognition in Physics-2

Getting sloppy?

Copernicus Publications is an open-access publisher based in Göttingen, Germany. It is not on my list of predatory publishers. However, I do have some serious concerns with Copernicus Publications.

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