Iran-Based Paper Mill Seeks Collaborations with Scholarly Journals

January 22, 2015
Aria Farnoos Isatis

Also called “ART Group.”

Iran-based Aria Farnoos Isatis Co., Ltd publicly presents itself as an author services company, providing translation and copy editing services to scholarly authors, but a close analysis of the spam email it is sending to journal editors and publishers reveals a questionable motive. The spam email bears this title: “Collaboration proposal in journal publishing/ impact factor increasing.”

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Did A Romanian Researcher Successfully Game Google Scholar to Raise his Citation Count?

January 20, 2015
International Letters of Social and Humanistic Sciences

Mostly rubbish.

The Google Scholar profile for Ştefan Vlăduţescu at Romania’s University of Craiova indicates that his publications have been cited 1,709 times. However, most of the citations to his works appear in dozens of articles published in three predatory, open-access, European journals.

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Strange New OA Publisher Launches with 42 Journals

January 15, 2015
Public Science Framework

Strange name for a scholarly publisher.

A new open-access publisher with the strange name of Public Science Framework has launched with 42 new journals, most of which are broad and cover fields already saturated with open-access journals.

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Another Predatory Publisher Accepts a Computer-Generated Paper

January 12, 2015
American Research Institute for Policy Development

Interesting author names.

The predatory journal named Journal of Computer Science and Information Technology has accepted a bogus, computer-generated paper entitled “Robots No Longer Considered Harmful.” The paper’s “authors” are listed as I.P. Freely, Oliver Clothesoff, Jacques Strap, Hugh Jazz and Amanda Huginkiss.

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Anti-Roundup (Glyphosate) Researchers Use Easy OA Journals to Spread their Views

January 8, 2015
Interdisciplinary Toxicology

Toxic journal.

I’ve added the journal Interdisciplinary Toxicology (interTOX) to my list. The journal is associated with the Slovak Toxicology Society (SETOX).

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I’m Following a Fringe Science Paper on F1000Research

January 6, 2015

The article I’m following.

I am following the progress of the article “Culture and identification of Borrelia spirochetes in human vaginal and seminal secretions” in the journal F1000Research, which is published by Faculty of 1000 and is not on my list. This open-access journal uses the post-publication peer review model, publishing papers upon submission, and then subsequently accepting peer reviews and comments.

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Beall’s List of Predatory Publishers 2015

January 2, 2015


Beall’s List of Predatory Publishers 2015

   by Jeffrey Beall, January 2, 2015 Each year at this time I formally release my updated list of predatory publishers. Because the list is now very large, and because I now publish four, continuously-updated lists, this year’s release does not include the actual lists but instead includes statistical and explanatory data about the lists and links to them. Read the rest of this entry »


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