A Scholarly Content Farm

July 31, 2012
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According to Wikipedia, a content farm is “… a company that employs large numbers of often freelance writers to generate large amounts of textual content which is specifically designed to satisfy algorithms for maximal retrieval by automated search engines. Their main goal is to generate advertising revenue through attracting reader page views as first exposed in the context of social spam.”

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And Now, a Proofreading Scam

July 27, 2012
Manuscript Proofreading

Proofreading FAIL

A bogus proofreading service is spamming scholars with illiterate solicitations for its business.

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Why Earn an Impact Factor When You Can Buy One?

July 24, 2012
Impact Factor

Impact factors for sale

A bogus organization called the Global Institute for Scientific Information has a new website that allows journal publishers to “apply” for a ranking they call the “Journal Impact Factor.”

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Journals from Antarctica

July 23, 2012
Antarctic Journals

Freezing cold journals.

The explosion of author-pays open-access journals has created a severe shortage of unused journal names. This shortage is causing new publishers to be creative in coming up with titles.

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A Vanity Scholarly Press from Québec

July 21, 2012

The logo tells a story.

Laval, Québec is the location of CSCanada, the latest addition to my list of predatory open-access publishers. This publisher gives its headquarters address as: 758, 77e AV, Laval, Quebec, H7V 4A8, Canada, but when I look at that address using Google Maps, I see what appears to be a low-rent apartment complex.

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Cloudy Ethics with Cloud Journals

July 17, 2012
Cloud Journals

In the Cloud.

Another mega-publisher from India has appeared. This one is called Cloud Journals, which itself is a division of an organization called Intellectual Society, a group that falsely claims to be the “world’s first online and most active organization devoted to online education and open access publications.”

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New Journal Claims to be “The Ultimate Online Journal Publishing House”

July 12, 2012

Get ready for the Computer Science Chronicle, one of the worst new open-access journals we’ve seen in a while.

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