Editorial Manager Licensed to OMICS Group

February 3, 2015
Aries Systems logo

Bad judgment?

Massachusetts-based Aries Systems licenses a product called Editorial Manager to scholarly publishers. This is an online product that helps manage article submission and peer review for journals. Regrettably, one of Aries Systems’ clients is a notorious publisher that victimizes scholarly authors.

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Scholarly Conferences and Palm Trees: Get Academic Credit for Taking a Vacation

January 29, 2015
Institute of Strategic and International Studies

The academic life.

There are several organizations around the world called Institute of Strategic and International Studies. The one I want to review here is the one run by Dr. Detelin Elenkov of Angelo State University in Texas. Read the rest of this entry »


Open-Access Publisher McMed International Helps Authors Needing a Fast Publication

January 27, 2015
McMed International

Fast publication

I recently learned of the new open-access publisher McMed International. Everything about this publisher is amateurish and even childish. Its website feels like it was designed for children, and no serious researcher should publish here.

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Iran-Based Paper Mill Seeks Collaborations with Scholarly Journals

January 22, 2015
Aria Farnoos Isatis

Also called “ART Group.”

Iran-based Aria Farnoos Isatis Co., Ltd publicly presents itself as an author services company, providing translation and copy editing services to scholarly authors, but a close analysis of the spam email it is sending to journal editors and publishers reveals a questionable motive. The spam email bears this title: “Collaboration proposal in journal publishing/ impact factor increasing.”

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Did A Romanian Researcher Successfully Game Google Scholar to Raise his Citation Count?

January 20, 2015
International Letters of Social and Humanistic Sciences

Mostly rubbish.

The Google Scholar profile for Ştefan Vlăduţescu at Romania’s University of Craiova indicates that his publications have been cited 1,709 times. However, most of the citations to his works appear in dozens of articles published in three predatory, open-access, European journals.

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Strange New OA Publisher Launches with 42 Journals

January 15, 2015
Public Science Framework

Strange name for a scholarly publisher.

A new open-access publisher with the strange name of Public Science Framework has launched with 42 new journals, most of which are broad and cover fields already saturated with open-access journals.

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Another Predatory Publisher Accepts a Computer-Generated Paper

January 12, 2015
American Research Institute for Policy Development

Interesting author names.

The predatory journal named Journal of Computer Science and Information Technology has accepted a bogus, computer-generated paper entitled “Robots No Longer Considered Harmful.” The paper’s “authors” are listed as I.P. Freely, Oliver Clothesoff, Jacques Strap, Hugh Jazz and Amanda Huginkiss.

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