A Curious Case of a Hijacked Journal, or Just a Title Change?

August 21, 2014
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International Journal of Junk.

I am trying to understand what’s going on with the International Journal of Scientific Research (IJScR). It claims to be published by the United Arab Emirates University (UAEU) in Al-Ain, Abu Dhabi. Read the rest of this entry »


Indian Open-Access Publisher Assigns Metrics to Its Own Journals

August 19, 2014
Researchjournali logo

Crazy name, crazy publisher.

We recently learned about the scholarly open-access publisher called Researchjournali. It launched with 24 broad journals and is based in Odisha, India. It promises an “editorial decision” in seven days, and authors get to suggest their own peer reviewers.

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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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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 »


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