Here are three news items that relate to predatory open-access scholarly publishers.
1. Physicist Lorenzo Iorio served as an editorial board member for Science Publications’ journal Physics International. His specialties are general relativity and gravitation, and he was the only one of the journal’s editorial board members with these specialties.
He noticed that the journal published a semi-amateur level article entitled, The Theory of Metarelativity: Beyond Albert Einstein’s Relativity. He realized that the journal’s editors did not refer this article to him for peer review, for he surely would have recommended against its publication. During his tenure as member of the editorial board, in fact, he only received one manuscript from his field for review.
So it appears that the journal’s editors sent the article to reviewers without sufficient knowledge of the topic, and the paper got accepted. But because he’s the only editorial board member whose specialties match the paper’s topic, it looked like Dr. Iorio must have been the one to approve the paper.
He resigned his position on the editorial board.
2. I recently added the International Journal of Latest Research in Engineering and Computing (IJLREC) to my list of predatory, standalone journals. The “Publishing Head” (that’s what the journal calls him) is Prof. H. K. L Gill, and the journal is published in India’s Haryana state.
The journal has published a single issue so far, volume 1, number 1. Unfortunately, some of the articles here were previously published in other journals, but the authors’ names and the article titles have been changed. One example is the article “An Analysis of Fuzzy Approach for Detecting Anomalous Behaviour with E-mail Traffic.”
This article was previously published with a slightly different title in the Proceedings of the 4th Australian Digital Forensics Conference, Edith Cowan University, Perth, Western Australia. A copy is deposited in the Edith Cowan University’s institutional repository called Research Online.
This appears to be a brazen theft of intellectual property!
3. Finally, speaking of intellectual property, it looks like Reed Elsevier is the victim here:
I contacted a friend at Elsevier, and she confirmed that the Journal of Coastal Life Medicine has no right to display the Elsevier logo. Of course the irony here is that adding the Elsevier logo will make many in the west NOT submit to the journal, though it’s likely the journal’s publisher is expecting the opposite.
The journal’s articles mimic the formatting of articles in Reed Elsevier journals as well.
What is coastal life medicine anyway?
UPDATE: 2014-08-23: The publisher has removed the Elsevier logo from itssite. According to the publisher, the placement of the logo there was a misunderstanding that is now resolved. The publisher reported to me in an email:
Journal of Coastal Life Medicine (JCLM) founded in 2013, bimonthly, and signed the Journal Publishing Agreement with Elsevier (Singapore) Pre Ltd. on October 31, 2013 (see the attachment); thereafter, JCLM began to use the Elsevier logo.
After reading the page on your website said that JCLM has no right to display the Elsevier logo, we paid high attention to this view and contacted with Elsevier (Singapore) Pre Ltd (Beijing) regarding this issue timely. Elsevier (Singapore) Pre Ltd (Beijing) permitted JCLM to use the Elsevier logo, but it hadn’t got the permission of the headquarters of Elsevier. After knowing this, JCLM stopped using the Elsevier logo right away and deleted the Elsevier logo which displayed on JCLM website previously.