I’m Following a Fringe Science Paper on F1000Research

January 6, 2015

The article I’m following.

I am following the progress of the article “Culture and identification of Borrelia spirochetes in human vaginal and seminal secretions” in the journal F1000Research, which is published by Faculty of 1000 and is not on my list. This open-access journal uses the post-publication peer review model, publishing papers upon submission, and then subsequently accepting peer reviews and comments.

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Beall’s List of Predatory Publishers 2015

January 2, 2015


Beall’s List of Predatory Publishers 2015

   by Jeffrey Beall, January 2, 2015 Each year at this time I formally release my updated list of predatory publishers. Because the list is now very large, and because I now publish four, continuously-updated lists, this year’s release does not include the actual lists but instead includes statistical and explanatory data about the lists and links to them. Read the rest of this entry »

Is This a Paper Mill?

December 30, 2014
Journal Publication

Is this a paper mill?

A recent article entitled “For Sale: ‘Your Name Here’ in a Prestigious Science Journal” published in Scientific American described paper mills, companies that — for a fee — arrange to write a paper for a customer and then get it published in a reputable journal. The customer is listed as one of the paper’s authors and gets academic credit for the publication, even though all he did was pay a fee to the company

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The Decline of a Library Journal — The Decline of ITAL

December 26, 2014
Information Technology and Libraries (ITAL)

Going. Downhill. Fast.

Information Technology and Libraries (ITAL) is the official organ of the Library Information Technology Association (LITA), a division of the American Library Association. The journal switched from a subscription model (it iwas included with LITA membership) to open access in 2012 and has decreased in quality, impact, prestige, and metrics ever since. Read the rest of this entry »

Christmas-Themed Call for Papers Promises Publication in Four Days

December 23, 2014
International Journal of English Language, Literature & Humanities

Naughty journal.

The International Journal of English Language, Literature & Humanities (IJELLH) is using a (likely pirated) Christmas-themed call for papers. It promises to publish research papers in four days.

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The OMICS Publishing Group’s Empire is Expanding

December 18, 2014

Accelerating profits

OMICS Group, the Hyderabad, India-based group of scholarly publishing-related companies, is expanding and now operates at least twelve publishing imprints (brands), as well as a scholarly conferences division.

It is headed by a dubious character who seems intent on conquering all of scholarly publishing and who may be a megalomaniac. Here I present an update on OMICS Group’s highly questionable business practices and describe the man behind them, Srinubabu Gedela.

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The Chinese Publisher SCIRP (Scientific Research Publishing): A Publishing Empire Built on Junk Science

December 16, 2014
AIDS Denialism

AIDS Denialism

Another day, another report of a junk science article published by China-based publisher Scientific Research Publishing, or SCIRP. This publisher specializes in publishing junk cosmology and junk physics, but with this article, the publisher is branching out into junk medical science, specifically AIDS denialism.

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