Reviewer to Frontiers: Your Review Process is Merely for Show — I quit

October 27, 2016

Equal opportunity for junk science.

A senior researcher recently forwarded me a copy of an email he sent to the controversial Switzerland-based open-access publisher Frontiers. In the email, the researcher resigns as a Frontiers reviewer, citing fatal flaws in the publisher’s peer review process. Read the rest of this entry »

Journal Offers Authors “Research Paper Royalty Scheme” for Getting Citations

October 25, 2016


A completely bogus, India-based, open-access journal is offering authors money if their papers published in the journal get cited a certain number of times in a fixed period.

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Don’t Use PubMed as a Journal Whitelist

October 20, 2016

Proceed with caution.

PubMed is not MEDLINE. I recommend against using PubMed as a list of quality journals for the purposes of finding a journal to publish in, evaluating academic performance, awarding grants and degrees, and assessing job candidates. In addition, I recommend against relying on PubMed for literature reviews, unless the search results are restricted to MEDLINE journals only.

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Re-Launched Swedish Journal Takes the Prize

October 18, 2016

Amateurish and strange.

The Nobel Prize for Predatory Journals Goes to the Swedish Journal of Scientific Research (SJSR), a low-quality journal that is emblematic of the changes now occurring in Swedish society.

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Bogus British Company “Accredits” OMICS Conferences

October 13, 2016


Accreditation for sale.

Accreditation for sale.

Notorious open-access publisher OMICS International operates a scholarly conference division called Conference Series LLC. I learned recently that a London-based corporation called The CPD Standards Office has “accredited” all of OMICS International’s exploitative conferences.

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Allied Academies: Bad Business Decisions, Misdirected Blame, and a New Name

October 11, 2016

New name, same old poor management.

The owners of Allied Academies have made some truly incompetent business decisions, including associating with the notorious Indian publisher OMICS International — which is freely using Allied Academies’ name in its business dealings. You may have heard that OMICS is currently under investigation by the Federal Trade Commission.

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Four New Sketchy OA Publishers from September, 2016

October 6, 2016

This blog post describes four new open-access publishers I added to my publisher list in September, 2016. Two of them may be ghost brands from OMICS International, continuing in its strategy to dominate and saturate medical publishing with its low-quality, duplicative, and unneeded open-access journals. The four new publishers profiled here are Aster Publications, Science Research Association, Scientific Literature, and United Scholars Publication.

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