Champaign, Illinois-Based Open-Access Publisher Launches with 22 Journals

August 18, 2015
Rutveg Publishing

Open-access publishing finally comes to Champaign.

West Green Street in Champaign, Illinois seems an unlikely location for the headquarters of a scholarly publisher with 22 open-access journals in its portfolio. However, that’s the listed headquarters location — 674 West Green Street to be exact — of the new scholarly publisher Rutveg Publishing, Inc. The address corresponds to a dwelling in what appears to be a quiet, residential neighborhood. Read the rest of this entry »

Open-Access Journal Publishes Review Article with Questionable CoI Statement

August 13, 2015
The Open Urology & Nephrology Journal

Open to anything?

An open-access publisher from the United Arab Emirates has published an article with a conflict-of-interest statement that itself may have a conflict of interest. Here’s the explanation.

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Another Open-Access Innovation: Article Brokers

August 6, 2015

Brokerage house. is an article broker. In other words, it’s a company that will arrange for you to publish articles in scholarly journals. All that’s required is a credit card.

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Another Questionable Publisher from West Africa: Unified Journals

August 4, 2015
Unified Journals

Unified with low quality.

There is someone in West Africa who creates a new scholarly open-access publisher every one or two weeks. Here is the latest one, Unified Journals.

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Global Advanced Research Journals? None of the Above

July 23, 2015
Global Advanced Research Journals

Their journals are stranger than their carrot and beet cultivation methods.

Here’s a publisher that all researchers should avoid: Global Advanced Research Journals. This firm publishes 29 broad journals, requires copyright transfer from authors, and charges around $450-$500 to publish an article.

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Chinese Journal Has Surprise Author Fee But Gives Refund if You Cite Your Article Six Times

July 21, 2015
Coercive Citation Letters.

Coercive Citation Letters.

UPDATE, JULY 31, 2015: A response from the journal’s editors is appended at the end of this blog post.

There’s a major, China-based scholarly society journal that has hidden author fees, but the fees will be refunded if authors cite their papers six times within the two years after they’re published, according to emails from the publisher. This is an example of coercive citation.

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