Global Advanced Research Journals? None of the Above

July 23, 2015
Global Advanced Research Journals

Their journals are stranger than their carrot and beet cultivation methods.

Here’s a publisher that all researchers should avoid: Global Advanced Research Journals. This firm publishes 29 broad journals, requires copyright transfer from authors, and charges around $450-$500 to publish an article.

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When a Journal Goes Bad: the Electronic Journal of Geotechnical Engineering

July 16, 2015
Electronic Journal of Geotechnical Engineering

Journal of easy acceptance.

First published in 1996, the Electronic Journal of Geotechnical Engineering is one of the oldest open-access journals, but I think it has gone bad. The journal is indexed in Ei Compendex, an Engineering abstracting and indexing service (or database), it has easy acceptance, and the author fee is only $250. Significantly, however, over 95% of the published papers come from one country. Read the rest of this entry »


Another Taiwan-Based Mega-Scholarly Conference Organizer Emerges

July 14, 2015
iHOPE Conference

Another conference from a Taiwanese organizer, one of many.

There’s a lot of money to be made in the scholarly-conference organizing business in Asia these days. These are not conferences organized by scholarly societies. Instead, they are conferences organized by revenue-seeking companies that want to exploit researchers’ need to build their vitas with conference presentations and papers in the published proceedings or affiliated journals. Another one of these conference organizers is the generically-named International Academy Institute (IAI).

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Iranian OA Journal Accepts and Publishes a SCIgen Paper

July 9, 2015
Applied Research Journal

Junk journal

SCIgen is a free, web-based computer program that instantly creates a fake scholarly article. An Iran-based journal, Applied Research Journal, recently accepted and published a fake article created by SCIgen. Read the rest of this entry »


Predatory Journal Lists Murdered Doctor as Its Editor-in-Chief

July 7, 2015
Roger Brumback

The researcher listed as the editor has been dead for two years.

The American Journal of Medical Sciences and Medicine currently lists a doctor murdered in 2013 as its Editor-in-Chief. Read the rest of this entry »


Publisher Uses His McGill University Email Address and Affiliation to Conduct Business

July 2, 2015
Dr. Abdel Rahman M. Al-Tawaha

No longer at McGill.

An alumnus of McGill University in Montréal, Québec — Abdel Rahman M. Al-Tawaha — is using his McGill University email account to conduct business as an open-access publisher. He is associated with at least three low-quality or predatory publishers in the Middle East and South Asia and uses his McGill affiliation to make the publishing operations appear connected to or affiliated with the university and therefore more legitimate than they really are. Read the rest of this entry »


Sting Operation Nails Korean OA Publisher

June 25, 2015
The International Association for Information, Culture, Human and Industry Technology

The International Association for Information, Culture, Human and Industry Technology — please avoid

An anonymous researcher in Eastern Europe submitted a contrived and completely bogus scholarly manuscript to an open-access publisher based in Asia. The publisher quickly completed a fake peer review, accepted the submission, and invoiced the researcher for the author fees.

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