Springer Open Teams Up with Iranian University

April 26, 2012
Springer Open

The logo for Springer Open

Islamic Azad University

The logo for Islamic Azad University

The scholarly open-access publisher Springer Open has partnered with Iran’s Islamic Azad University (IAU) to publish at least ten platinum, open-access journals (listed below).  Read the rest of this entry »

Start-up Publisher Lists 262 New Journals

April 18, 2012
Journal of Menstrual Cycle

The homepage of the Journal of Menstrual Cycle, one of 262 journals published by Mehta Press.

Mehta Press, based in Rajkot, Gujarat, India, is a brand-new publisher of online scholarly journals. The publisher currently lists 262 journals (see titles below), but only one, Current Chemical Research, has any content. However, it only has abstracts; I cannot access the actual articles. Read the rest of this entry »

Two “Institutes” That Want Your Money

April 17, 2012
Macrothink Institute logo

The Macrothink Institute logo.

The term “institute” is used a lot these days in the open-access scholarly publishing industry. It’s used to add credibility to an operation that is essentially a scholarly vanity press.

Why just be a mere publisher when you can be an institute? As an added bonus, institutes can also sponsor conferences, providing an additional revenue stream for their owners.

I recently added the following two publishers to my list of questionable open-access publishers:

When Toll Access is Better than Open Access

April 5, 2012
Statistical Abstract of the United States (Print edition)

The last volume of the Statistical Abstract of the United States to be published by the federal government (my library's copy).

The Statistical Abstract of the United States is a yearly publication that summarizes (abstracts) statistical information about the United States.

Published yearly since 1878, the Abstract was slated to cease publication, as the government announced that it would no longer publish the work. The 2012 issue is the last the federal government says it will publish.

The work aggregates data that is already available open-access on the Internet.

Recently, ProQuest announced that it would continue to publish the work, gathering the data eclectically.

Librarians hailed ProQuest’s announcement. One writer called ProQuest’s plan “admirable.”

An article at libraryjournal.com noted the reactions of some librarians. One wrote, “This is great news, especially the monthly updates. Way to go, Proquest!”

Bloggers echoed these positive reactions. Blogger Sue Polanka wrote, “I’m thrilled that ProQuest will continue aggregating this important content.”

Librarian Daniel Peterson exclaimed,” Happy news indeed! My beloved Statistical Abstract is being saved. Thank you, ProQuest!”

So, here we have librarians delighted at the prospect of paying for content that is available for free. With a couple tiny exceptions, all the statistical data that ProQuest will include in its version of the Statistical Abstract is available open-access.

ProQuest (and its partner Bernan Press) will add value to the data by aggregating it, keeping it updated, and publishing it.

Why are librarians praising a traditional publisher for coming out with a toll-access product whose content is already available for free?

The Explosion of Indian Open-Access Publishers Continues

April 2, 2012
Discovery Publishing Group

A section of the main page of Discovery Publishing Group.

Recently there has been an explosion in the number of scholarly open-access publishers appearing in India. The word is out: there’s an easy way to make money, and all you need is a web site and the ability to create unique journal titles.

Thanks to a tip, I learned about Discovery Publishing Group, (DPG) which appears to operate out of Tamil Nadu, India.  The publisher’s journal portfolio consists of seven titles: discovery, drug discovery, discovery pharmacy, discovery science, discovery life, discovery universe, and species (I follow the publisher’s convention of not capitalizing the titles). Read the rest of this entry »

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