Mikhail Blagosklonny’s Journal Aging: A Review

December 6, 2016

[This is a guest blog post. The author has asked to remain anonymous.]

Quick and easy publishing.

Quick and easy publishing.

I would like to talk about my experience as a co-author in a paper that was submitted to Aging, a journal listed in Beall’s list as “potential, possible, or probable predatory.” Unlike many other journals in this list, Aging has a high, legitimate impact factor (6.432) and is listed both in Pubmed and MEDLINE.

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Juniper Publishers — Rotten to the Core

December 1, 2016
This publisher stinks.

This publisher stinks.

This is a renewed warning to all researchers to refrain from submitting any work to — or associating with — Juniper Publishers. Juniper is a deceptive publisher, a scam designed only to get money from honest researchers.

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OMICS International Continues Violating Canada

November 29, 2016
Danger: OMICS

Danger: OMICS

It appears that Hyderabad, India-based OMICS International has bought another Canadian scholarly publisher, but in this case, they have bought up a very low-quality, Saskatoon-based, open-access publisher and expanded it from three open-access journals to nine.

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Three Open-Access Publishers from Turkey

November 24, 2016


It’s Thanksgiving Day in the United States, a fitting time to examine a selection of predatory publishers from Turkey. Higher education in Turkey is currently in crisis, with numerous academics fired from their posts and institutions ordered closed. Read the rest of this entry »

Hyderabad, India — City of Corruption

November 22, 2016
Predator central.

Predator central.

Hyderabad, India is one of the most corrupt cities on earth, I think. It is home to countless predatory open-access publishers and conference organizers, and new, open-access publishing companies and brands are being created there every day. All institutions of higher education, all funders, governments, and researchers should be especially wary of any business based in Hyderabad.

The tacit rule of thumb of Hyderabad-based businesses is: Use the internet to generate revenue any way you can.

There are numerous internet-based businesses in this over-crowded city, many located in a special enterprise zone called HITEC City, which some refer to as “Cyberabad.” The city is the home OMICS International, a notorious publisher I have been following since 2010 that has exploited, abused, and victimized countless researchers, as I’ve documented here on my blog.

I have been told that OMICS treats its employees as poorly as it treats researchers. Accordingly, many have left the company to start their own scholarly publishing houses, with most copying the malevolent business practices pioneered by OMICS.

Starting a new online business — such as a publishing operation — costs very little, especially in India.

Typically, the newly-launched predatory publishers use spam email to solicit manuscript submissions to hastily-launched, broad-scope journals. They quickly accept submitted papers, skipping peer review. Then they send an invoice to the surprised authors, who, realizing the journal is fake, request that the article be withdrawn.

Don't go to Hyderabad.

Don’t go to Hyderabad.

At this point, it’s too late, and the publisher refuses to withdraw the paper unless a fee is paid. The authors are then left with the choice to either pay a fee to withdraw the paper or pay a fee to publish it. The publishers know that you cannot submit a paper to a good journal when it’s already been published in a bad one.

Given the city’s poor reputation, many businesses based in Hyderabad lie and claim to be based in Western countries. They use the addresses of virtual office companies or mailbox rental firms. OMICS International does this, deceptively claiming offices in Henderson, Nevada and Foster City, California.

Again — be very careful with any online-based business that originates in Hyderabad, India. Corruption is the rule in Hyderabad, and businesses based there are world leaders in ripping off honest consumers, including researchers. □


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Predatory Publishers Thriving on LinkedIn

November 17, 2016
Toxic journal.

Toxic journal.

Predatory publishers are taking over LinkedIn. They are using it to spam for article submissions to their low-quality journals and to make themselves look like legitimate businesses. They are abusing the social network, but little or nothing is being done to stop them. Read the rest of this entry »

Spammers Invite Researchers to Pay to Advertise Their Research

November 15, 2016
Be very careful.

Be very careful.

There are several research advertising companies that spam scholarly researchers, companies often confused with predatory publishers. The spam emails aim to get researchers to pay to showcase their work on the firms’ websites and in their glossy magazines. Read the rest of this entry »

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