Introduction to “Super Closed Access Journals”

April 15, 2014
Turan Senguder

Best at fooling people.

There is a new class of scholarly journal. These journals are not open-access. You can’t purchase their articles individually. Individuals cannot subscribe to them. The only way to access their content is through a very small number of academic libraries.

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New OA Publisher: the Council for Innovative Research

March 27, 2014
Council for Innovative Research

Innovative deception

Yesterday I added one of the worst scholarly publishers ever to my list, the Council for Innovative Research.

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Did FWS Officials Use a Predatory Journal to Publish Questionable Science?

March 25, 2014
Buried ethics?

Buried ethics?

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Misleading Metrics: A New List on This Blog

March 20, 2014
Misleading Metrics

Another list of questionable companies.

I have added a third list to this blog, and it is called Misleading Metrics.

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Greedy Indian Publisher Charges Authors and Readers, Requires Copyright Transfer

March 18, 2014
Research India Publications


Research India Publications (also misspelled as Research India Publication) is a massive subscription publisher based in Delhi, India. It publishes over 180 journals, and you have to pay if you want to read them — or publish in them.

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Scholarly Article Submitted and Accepted before Research is Completed

March 11, 2014

It appears that a scholarly paper was submitted and accepted before the research it reports on was actually completed. The article, published in December, 2013, is this:

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Is the Editor of the Springer Journal Scientometrics indifferent to plagiarism?

March 6, 2014

Does it measure up?

Summary: A reader of my blog alerted me to significant word-for-word plagiarism in an article published in Springer’s journal Scientometrics. I analyzed the article and confirmed plagiarism. I reported the plagiarism to the journal’s editor, András Schubert, but he responded with a condescending email dismissing the plagiarism as unimportant.

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New Madras-Based Publisher is a Laugh a Minute

March 4, 2014
Dumb publisher

Taken from the Lands’ End  catalog?

International Science & Research Journals (also called ISR Journals & Publications) is a new publisher from India that is so fake and amateurish that its website is actually hilarious.

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