Meta-analyses and the Problems of Duplicate Publication and Plagiarism

July 29, 2014
A chart showing happiness levels by country, generated from a meta-analysis (public domain).

A chart showing happiness levels by country, generated from a meta-analysis (public domain).

“Meta-analysis refers to the application of quantitative methods to the problem of combining results from different analytic studies” [1].

But what happens when some misconduct occurs, and the same study is published twice?

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European Journals Added to List

May 29, 2014
European Science Journals

We accept just about everything!

I have added European Scientific Journal to my list, as well as a bunch of brand-new journals just launched by the journal’s publisher, the European Scientific InstituteRead the rest of this entry »

New Questionable Publisher — New Conference List — New Plagiarism Book

May 6, 2014
Webcrawler Journals

Journal of salad.

New Questionable Publisher

I recently added the new publisher called Webcrawler Journals to my list of questionable publishers. Like many questionable publishers, this one is not transparent about where it is based. My guess is Nigeria, because many of the publishers from there have strange names and hide their locations.

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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 »


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