The American Based Research Journal, which claims to be based in the UK, is providing researchers with some much needed comic relief by sending out a ridiculous spam email soliciting article manuscripts. Read the rest of this entry »
As the surge of open-access journals continues, we are seeing more cases of journal title duplication. Here’s a case in which a one-man, Toronto-based OA outfit essentially copied the title of an established scholarly journal from a respected British publisher. Read the rest of this entry »
The International Journal of Medical Science Research and Practice (IJMSRP) is a new medical mega-journal that is probably published out of India, though the “contact us” page for the journal neglects to list a location. This journal is notable for publishing a one-page article that is a horrible poem about colitis. Read the rest of this entry »
You spend a couple years carrying out some research, another year writing it up, and then you submit your research manuscript to an open-access publisher. It’s accepted, you pay the article processing charges, and then it is published online. A year later, the publisher goes out of business and all its published articles disappear forever. Read the rest of this entry »
Article Processing Charges (APCs) are the fees charged to authors upon acceptance of their papers in gold (author pays) open-access journals, and authors are getting tired of paying these increasingly higher fees. This is called APC fatigue.