These two companies are owned by the same individual and are all about profit and not about scholarship, in my opinion. WSEAS is the original company, NAUN appeared more recently. Both organizations gratuitously use the terms “academy,” “society,” and “union.” They are really just for-profit companies seeking easy income.
The Photon Foundation is a predatory publisher of fifty bogus journals. This publisher, which uses Google Sites as its publishing platform, has been on my list for some time. I recently learned that the publisher is trying to use deception to get manuscript submissions from legitimate journals with titles similar to its journals.
A company that sells research promotion services is using email addresses left on PLOS Medicine’s comments section to spam researchers. Read the rest of this entry »
We recently learned that an open-access publisher will publish submitted papers in one of its journals and include a “Best Paper Award” to authors for an additional fee.
One of the tricks that predatory publishers use to increase their business is sending personalized spam emails to researchers, praising an earlier publication and inviting another. This strategy is very successful, and many questionable publishers employ it. However, it can go wrong sometimes. Read the rest of this entry »
Today’s post consists of two emails. One is from OMICS Publishing Group to a scientist who attended an OMICS conference, and the second is the scientist’s reply to OMICS.
Predatory publishers often use fake names. For example, I documented that Ashry Aly, the sole-proprietor of Ashdin Publishing, used the name “John Costa” in his spam advertising. I think he used the fake name because he knew a Western name would more likely attract article submissions — and therefore more article processing fees — than his Egyptian name would. He claims he no longer uses the false name. However, some predatory publishers are using a new twist on the fake name strategy.
Avestia, a publisher that sounds like an allergy medicine, recently launched with 23 new open-access journals. Beware of the side effects of this new scholarly publisher.