Predatory Publishers Love

November 24, 2015
Academia 1

Spam benefiting a predatory journal from ?

Some predatory or questionable publishers are using scholarly collaboration networks such as to promote their open-access journals and to make them look more legitimate than they really are. One of these is a publisher called Eclat Research Publication, a firm that publishes a single journal, the International Journal of Engineering Research and Management.

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Be Careful Using NCBI Databases as Journal Whitelists

November 19, 2015
The logo for NCBI, the National Center for Biotechnology Information.

The logo for NCBI, the National Center for Biotechnology Information.

In this blog post, I will describe and critically analyze four NCBI (National Center for Biotechnology Information) databases and advise which should and should not be used as journal whitelists. The databases are Medline, PubMed, PubMed Central, and the NLM catalog.

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Two Bizarre New OA Publishers Help Mark the Decline of Scholarly Publishing

November 17, 2015
Everant WAST

The world’s two newest scholarly publishers, both failures.

Two strange, scholarly open-access publishers recently launched and began spamming for article submissions. While early predatory publishers copied the look and feel of legitimate publishers’ websites, recent launches, such as these, are essentially copies of copies, with each new generation of OA publisher wilder than the earlier one. Here I’ll describe new publishers Everant Publisher Pvt Ltd and WAST.

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Ivy Union Publishing: A Publisher to Avoid

November 12, 2015
Ivy Union Publishing

Another low-quality China-based open-access publisher.

The two things that stand out about open-access publisher Ivy Union Publishing are the large number of journals it publishes and its deceptive use of geographic terms in its journal titles.

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Bentham Open: Evidence of Article Brokers?

November 10, 2015
Bentham Open

Pay-to-Publish with a Middleman?

I have observed what may be evidence of article brokers at work in a number of Bentham Open journals.

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More Apparent Template-Plagiarism from BioMed Central

November 3, 2015
microRNA Dong

The original article, published in April, 2015.

microRNA Ali

This later article, published in September, 2015, apparently uses the earlier article as a template.

Another apparent case of “template-plagiarism” in a BioMed Central (BMC) journal has come to light following my blog post on a similar case recently. It appears that the later article was created using the earlier one as a template, as in the earlier case. Both papers appear in the same journal, Diagnostic Pathology.

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