Is Scientific Research Publishing (SCIRP) Publishing Pseudo-Science?

July 31, 2014
Scientific Research Publishing (SCIRP)

This publisher will publish almost anything.

Scientific Research Publishing has published many articles by controversial researcher Mohamed El Naschie and his band of followers. Read the rest of this entry »


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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Would You Take a Cancer Cure Proven Effective in a Predatory Journal?

July 24, 2014
GcMAF

Magic potion?

I am writing this blog post in hopes of starting a conversation in the scientific community about the medicine called GcMAF and one of the companies that is currently distributing it, a company called GcMAF.eu

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Life Science Journal Delisted from Scopus

July 22, 2014
Life Science Journal masthead

Scopus says good-bye.

Life Science Journal has been prospectively delisted from Scopus.

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Peer Review Reports from Questionable Publishers: Three Examples

July 17, 2014
peer review

A fake peer review in these three cases, I think.

When the first round of the peer review process is complete, authors generally receive a peer review report from the publisher of the journal they submitted the paper to. In this blog post I present three different peer review reports from three publishers on my list. Two of them are reports of authentic papers, and the third is a report returned after a bogus paper (sting) was submitted. (The sting was not done by me but by someone else.)

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Canadian Sustainable Development Journal Doesn’t Appear Very Developed, or Sustainable

July 15, 2014
OIDA International Journal of Sustainable Development

Proceed with caution.

I have added the OIDA International Journal of Sustainable Development to my list. Although sustainable development is noble and trendy, there’s nothing noble about this low-quality and highly-questionable journal. OIDA means Ontario International Development Agency. Read the rest of this entry »


Is OMICS Publishing Group Sneakily Trying to Buy Its Way into PubMed?

July 10, 2014
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The NIH, PubMed, and OMICS Group logos.

OMICS Publishing Group’s journals are not included in NIH (National Institutes of Health) databases such as PubMed and PubMed Central, but OMICS may be working on a way to sneak into these prestigious databases.

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LifeSciFeed Ventures: Where Authors are Fodder

July 3, 2014
LifeSciFeed Ventures logo

Don’t venture to this publisher.

Here’s a new scholarly open-access publisher of three journals: LifeSciFeed Ventures. It follows the established formula for setting up a new scholarly publishing operation, yet it fails miserably.

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Need Help Finding a Good Journal for Your Next Paper? Try These Resources

July 1, 2014

One of the most frequently-asked questions I receive is for information on how to find good journals to publish in. Here are three useful, online resources that provide journal suggestions or recommendations to researchers. Read the rest of this entry »


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