OA Journal Pays Authors for Their Work — $2,500

December 28, 2012

A selection from the journal’s website.

This is the story of the Journal of CENTRUM Cathedra (JCC): The Business and Economics Research Journal (a journal with a subtitle). This is a relatively new business and economics journal published out of a ritzy suburb of Lima, Peru. The publisher is CENTRUM Católica, otherwise known as the Centro de Negocios de la Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú.

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Publisher Charges Authors for Retractions

December 19, 2012

I am involved in a case of duplicate publishing — as the person who discovered and reported it to Springer, who published it the second time. I have been copied on many emails being sent among the authors, the editors, and Springer.

In a case of duplicate publishing (the same or nearly the same paper published in two different journals), one of the articles must be retracted. In this case, the author is initiating the retraction, and he is wisely selecting the journal with the least impact.

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Publishing Pseudo-Science

December 13, 2012
International Journal of Science and Technology

A threat to honest science.

When I write about predatory publishers, I often mention that their lax or non-existent peer review allows pseudo-science to be published as if it were authentic science. Read the rest of this entry »

Respected Swiss Journal Hijacked by Unknown Criminals

December 11, 2012
Archives des Sciences

The impostor.

Archives des sciences is a reputable journal that has been hijacked online. There are two websites for the journal, a real one and an impostor one that is run by criminals.

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Beall’s List of Predatory Publishers 2013

December 6, 2012

By Jeffrey Beall

Released December 4, 2012

The gold open-access model has given rise to a great many new online publishers. Many of these publishers are corrupt and exist only to make money off the author processing charges that are billed to authors upon acceptance of their scientific manuscripts.

There are two lists below. The first includes questionable, scholarly open-access publishers. Each of these publishers has a portfolio that ranges from just a few to hundreds of individual journal titles.

The second list includes individual journals that do not publish under the platform of any publisher — they are essentially independent, questionable journals.

In both cases, we recommend that researchers, scientists, and academics avoid doing business with these publishers and journals. Scholars should avoid sending article submissions to them, serving on their editorial boards or reviewing papers for them, or advertising in them. Also, tenure and promotion committees should give extra scrutiny to articles published in these journals, for many of them include instances of author misconduct.

There are still many high-quality journals available for scholars to publish in, including many that do not charge author processing fees. An additional option is author self-archiving of articles in discipline-specific and institutional repositories.

The author is grateful to the many colleagues who have shared information about potential predatory publishers. Last year’s list included 23 publishers, and this year’s has over 225, evidence of the rapid growth in the number of predatory journals and publishers. This list will be updated throughout the year at the blog Scholarly Open Access, http://scholarlyoa.com.

The criteria for inclusion in the lists can be found here. The author’s email address is: jeffrey.beall@ucdenver.edu.

A PDF version of this document is available here.

List 1: Predatory Publishers

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