If you haven’t already, you may soon receive an annoying spam email from an Indian publisher called Global Journals Inc. (US). This publisher misrepresents its real headquarters location in its name and web address. It also provides much additional false and misleading information, all with the aim of getting you to submit your paper and pay the hefty author fee.
Another apparent case of “template-plagiarism” in a BioMed Central (BMC) journal has come to light following my blog post on a similar case recently. It appears that the later article was created using the earlier one as a template, as in the earlier case. Both papers appear in the same journal, Diagnostic Pathology.
ORCID identifiers are supposed to be for individual researchers, but there is concern that predatory publishers and journals are successfully registering for ORCID numbers, and using the numbers as a badge of legitimacy, a use that goes against ORCID’s mission and policies. Read the rest of this entry »
The system of payments from authors is spurring the creation of many new companies seeking researchers’ money, especially grant-funded researchers. Many of these new companies are pay-to-publish scholarly publishers, including these two, SciRes Literature and Gavin Publishers.
David Publishing Company is among the most annoying scholarly open-access publishers. It incessantly spams pretty much everyone in higher education, medicine, and research.
It specializes in spamming people making presentations at conferences, timing the spam to arrive right after the presentation is completed and inviting the victim of the spam email to convert the presentation into a scholarly article for one of its many journals.