Scholarly Authors are Increasingly Experiencing APC Fatigue

September 25, 2014

APCs create a digital divide.

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.

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Sudanese Researcher Falls Victim to Questionable Publisher

September 23, 2014
Sci-Afric Research House

Another journal to avoid.

Our friend Ravi Murugesan, a Mumbai-based teacher of scientific writing, shared a story about a Sudanese researcher who contacted him asking for help.

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Bogus “Center” Provides Quick, Easy, and Cheap Publishing

September 16, 2014

Quick, easy, and cheap scholarly publishing.

The Mediterranean Center of Social and Educational Research is a very popular open-access publisher of three broad-scoped and popular journals:

  • Mediterranean Journal of Social Sciences
  • Journal of Educational and Social Research
  • Academic Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies

They’ll publish just about anything.

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New Predatory Publisher Copies Look and Feel of BioMed Central

September 11, 2014

The impostor (top) and the victim (bottom).

BioMed Research is a brand-new open-access publisher based in India that recently launched with 21 open-access journals. The publisher copies the look, feel — and even the tagline — of the established OA publisher BioMed Central. Read the rest of this entry »


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