Two new fake impact factor companies have appeared: SPARC Indexing and Root Indexing. They are both counterfeit metrics companies, in my opinion, and any journal that displays numbers from either of these two companies should be avoided completely.
Scholarly open-access publishing was designed to be both gratis (free to access online) and libre (free to re-use with proper attribution). However, in my experience, many — if not most — of the publishers and journals on my lists require copyright transfer and include copyright statements on the articles they publish, copyrighted by the publisher or journal. Given the vast number of journals and publishers now on my lists, it may be that a majority of open-access journals require copyright transfer and are not “libre” at all.
An article just published in the University of Toronto Press’s Journal of Scholarly Publishing details a test of several scholarly publishers that sent spam emails to the author. She submitted secondary school essays to determine whether they’d be accepted for publication by the journals.
The International Organization of Scientific Research and Development (IOSRD) launched recently with 3.94 x 102 journals. It’s a bogus organization that only wants to make easy money from scholarly authors. Read the rest of this entry »
Peertechz is another Hyderabad, India-based open-access publisher that is completely counterfeit. It’s a massive spammer, and although it has journals in various fields, it chiefly targets researchers in the bio-medical sciences. Like most publishers based in Hyderabad, this one seeks only to make quick and easy profit and could care less about science or research integrity.