Amateurish New OA Publisher Claims Association with Elsevier

September 27, 2016
Not likely.

Not likely.

There’s a new open-access publisher that claims it is cooperating with Elsevier, but I think the claim is highly unlikely. The publisher — Qingres — claims it’s based in the UK, another claim I find doubtful.

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Does This Michigan Tech Prof Use Wikipedia to Attack Others and Self-Promote?

September 22, 2016
Wikipedia as a weapon

Wikipedia as a weapon, and a tool.

Here’s the story of a professor at Michigan Technological University who appears to be very active on Wikipedia. He apparently tried to get the article about me deleted, and there is some evidence that he (or somebody) uses Wikipedia to promote his published articles.  He is the subject of a Wikipedia investigation.

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OA Megajournals Running Out of Unique Titles, Now Using Dumb Ones

September 20, 2016
Just precious.

Just precious.

There are so many megajournals being published now that they are running out of unique titles. I mean, there is a finite number of ways that you can re-arrange terms such as Science, Engineering, Research, Advanced, and Contemporary to create new and unique journal titles. Now predatory publishers are using really dumb words just to create unique titles.

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Bogus Conferences Warning: Avoid All SGEM Conferences

September 15, 2016
The plague arrives in Vienna.

The plague arrives in Vienna.

Here’s a conference organizer I think everyone should avoid: SGEM. They don’t explain what their acronym means, and they are not transparent about other things as well. SGEM copies logos from legitimate organizations to make their conferences look legitimate and to lure people into registering for them.

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Two More Scholarly “Super Achievers”

September 13, 2016
Shahaboddin Shamshirband (left) and Dalibor Petković.: clever guys with a plan.

Shahaboddin Shamshirband (left) and Dalibor Petković: clever guys with a plan.

Here are two researchers — one from Iran and currently working in Malaysia, and one based at Serbia’s University of Niš — who are either amazingly productive researchers, or some other scenario. Neither researcher appears to be exploiting the easy-acceptance offered by predatory journals. Is the whole scholarly publishing system falling apart? Read the rest of this entry »


Open-Access Journal Charges People to Serve on Its Editorial Board

September 8, 2016
Journal of Scientific Letters

Return to sender.

The Journal of Scientific Letters is another low-quality, India-based open-access journal that is idiosyncratic, non-standard, and appallingly unprofessional. The journal’s website states that it charges researchers to serve on its editorial board.

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More Competition for Crossref?

September 6, 2016
Oh boy, another one.

Oh boy, another one.

Another persistent identifier company has emerged: Unique Object Identifier.

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