Is SciELO a Publication Favela?

July 30, 2015
Open access neighborhood.

Open access.

Scholarly open-access publishing has little value when it’s effectively hidden and almost no one reads the published research. It’s possible for a scholarly article to be open-access but largely hidden from the world. Here’s how.

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Two OA Journals Share the Same Title and Each Claims the Other is Not Legitimate

May 5, 2015

Two open-access journals — each titled Amphibian & Reptile Conservation — both claim to be the official organ of an organization also called Amphibian & Reptile Conservation. The split is the apparent result of a bitter academic “divorce.” Both journals use strong language to warn readers about the other one.

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Low-Quality Scholarly Publishers Don’t Understand Copyright

October 23, 2014

See the contradiction ?  Click image to enlarge.

I am increasingly seeing contradictory licensing statements on the websites of low-quality, questionable, and predatory publishers.

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OA Publisher Disappears from Internet, Goes Out of Business

September 30, 2014
VictorQuest Publications

Long gone …

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 »

Introducing World Science Research Journals

February 14, 2013
Don't even think about publishing here.

Don’t even think about publishing here.

The gold rush continues — gold open-access, that is. This blog post briefly describes a brand-new publisher we recently discovered. It has serious problems. Let me explain.

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