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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Predatory Journal is Hijacked

June 18, 2015
International Journal of Review in Life Sciences

And it really does have a connection to Thomson Reuters.

The International Journal of Review in Life Sciences (IJRLS) has been hijacked. The victim journal is published by India-based Pharmascope, a publisher included on my list. So this is a case of a predatory journal being hijacked.

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New “Journal of Chest” Hopes to Steal Authors from the Real CHEST Journal

June 16, 2015
Journal of Chest

Journal of Rubbish

The Journal of Chest is a new medical journal published by the OMICS-Group-owned Insight Medical Publishing (ImedPub). The journal is competing in a sleazy way with the legitimate and respected medical journal CHEST, published since 1935 by the American College of Chest Physicians.

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Guest Editing a Special Issue with MDPI: Evidences of Questionable Actions by the Publisher

June 11, 2015
MDPI

The publisher.

Note: I received the message below from a scientist who served as a guest editor for a so-called special issue of one of the many MDPI journals. The message comments on and describes the scientist’s experience working with MDPI, a publisher included on my list. The statement was endorsed by  interviews with other guest editors involved in recent special issues. The scientist has asked to remain anonymous.

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Global Science Research Journals: A Dangerous Publisher, Keep Clear

June 9, 2015
Global Science Research Journals

A dangerous and bottom tier publisher.

Here’s an exploitative publisher that I think everyone should avoid: Global Science Research Journals. It publishes 100 broad-scoped journals with titles such as Global Journal of Medicine and Surgery, and it is abusive to researchers.

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