The Thomson Reuters Master Journal List is not a journal whitelist and should not be used as one. Numerous low-quality and predatory journals are announcing their inclusion in this list as a mark or guarantee of quality, fooling many.
For several months, I have been receiving emails and blog comments about a highly questionable conference organizer called Academic Fora. I find Academic Fora a bogus conference organizer selling easy academic credit, and racking up a large profit doing it. I recommend all honest researchers avoid the many conferences sponsored by Academic Fora.
New scholarly open-access publishers continue to appear at a fast pace. Here are three that launched recently — one with a generic name, one with a stolen name, and one with a suspicious name.
There are many questionable aspects of the cancer journal Oncotarget, its peer review process chief among them. Somehow the journal has managed to get a high impact factor.
The journal’s publisher is a big name dropper, openly exploiting the reputations of the top cancer researchers and Nobel laureates who have a connection to this questionable journal. I think it’s just a matter of time before the journal is exposed for what it really is.
This past week I added a publisher called KnowledgeCuddle Publication to my list. The publisher’s name is silly and unprofessional, more evidence of scholarly open-access publishing’s decline into absurdity.
At the same time, two U.S. universities implemented strong open-access policies, policies their faculties will be pressured to follow and submit to.
Be on the lookout for spam from a man using the fake persona of “Dr. Karl Heinz” and soliciting manuscripts for two open-access journals of abysmal quality. The journals use the initialisms JMESS and JMEST and claim they’re based in Germany, buy I suspect they are really based in eastern Turkey.