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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Everything’s Bogus at The Journal of Nature and Science

October 4, 2016
Bogus peer review.

Bogus peer review.

If you haven’t already, you may soon receive a spam email from the predatory Journal of Nature and Science (JNSCI) — I just got one myself. The spam email will praise one of your recent articles and ask you to re-work it into a short, new article for the journal. It will be signed by “Dr. Frank, Ph.D., Editor/Reviewer,” a contrived name. Read the rest of this entry »

Scam Publisher OMICS International Buying Legitimate Journals

September 29, 2016
To the Dark Side.

To the Dark Side.

Hyderabad, India-based open-access publisher OMICS International is on a buying spree, snatching up legitimate scholarly journals and publishers, incorporating them into its mega-fleet of bogus, exploitative, and low-quality publications.

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