25 Responses to An Open-Access Publisher You Can See Through: Pyrex Journals

  1. Peter Buzzacott says:

    “A Pyrex beaker” – ha ha ha. This is a very serious problem but I do enjoy reading these posts.

  2. Bill Williams says:

    “donnish”: resembling a college don, particularly because of having a pedantic, scholarly manner (UK English)

  3. Tom Spears says:

    Pyrex??!! You’d think they could go a little more up-market: Waterford? Lalique?

  4. Pyrex Journals - not! says:

    First, Pyrex Journals. The style of the journals covers are identical to Academic Journals, also based in Nigeria: one large prominent photo, with the same font even used in the titles. So, it is either a brilliant copy-cat of another “predator”, or the same one, with a different coat. Notice for PJAR how a full January to December archive is provided in 2014, even though not a single paper is provided [1]. Also, the 2014-2017 menus have already been set up, indicating that they mean business for the next 4 years, at least. Pyrex Journals claims to adhere to COPE ethical standards [2]. What is not clear is if COPE agrees with Pyrex using its institutional name in this way. Notice the blatant lack of publication charges as they test the waters to see how much they are able to extract from the scientific community: “Authors are required to make payment of article publication handling fee only after their articles have been accepted. Authors are also required to apply for partial waiver if they could not meet up to the processing fee, especially in developing countries such as Asia, Africa and South America nations. ” [3]. On the same page (Instructions for Authors), also notice the blatant error, indicating clearly how Pyrex Journals and Donnish Journals are twin enterprises run by the same group: “The Team of Donnish Journals is strongly against Plagiarism” [3]. Also on the same page, lack the clear lack of a retraction policy “Authors should note that manuscript cannot be withdrawn under any condition once it is accepted.” What this suggests is that even if misconduct is detected, that a paper will not be retracted, which seems to contradict the whole purpose of complying with COPE’s ethics. This wash-my-hands free of responsibility attitude is also of concern: “Responsibility for accuracy in the final copy lies with the author.” There are blatant contradictions: “Every manuscript with the exception of short technical notes and letters to the editor”, which contradicts the fact that only three manuscript types exist (regular articles, short communications, reviews). If no papers have yet been published, then where do all of the current journal cover mages come from? Certainly not from the authorship… Finally, in the past 7 days, I have received 5 spam e-mails, emanating from Pyrex Journals, hut stating, within the e-mail: “Dear Colleague, Pyrex Journals is currently accepting manuscripts/articles for publication… All articles published in Donnish Journals will be peer-reviewed.” In the same e-mail, its states “Donnish Journals is seeking energetic, qualified and high profile researchers to join its editorial team as editors, subeditors or reviewers.” In other words, free labor to generate profits. Finally, the invitation e-mail is signed by Prof. George MacGregor, Media Publicity, an euphemism for spammer, perhaps? If he were a true professor, he would appear on data-bases, but his name does not. So, this is clearly a false name meant to give a “Western” feel to management run from the Delta State. This is, pure and simple, dishonest. Interestingly, the spam e-mail emanates not from a Pyrex journal, but from a Yahoo e-mail, dranujaa@**hoo.com, suggesting that the true operative behind the operation may be of Indian descent (Dr. A. Anuja?). In some cases, it appears as if their trawling spamming campaign has already started to pull in some fish, with two innocent victims, or willingly victimized scientists, already on the editor board of PMJPR, for example [4]. One if from India, the other from Iran, so no surprises there. In some cases, the same editors on multiple boards (cloned editors), e.g. Dr. Azam on PMJPR [4] and JBR [5]. Noticeably, there are no editors-in-chief for all 10 Pyrex Journals, i.e., a typical lack of leadership in these suspect start-up operations. The most common country for currently listed editors is Iran. The editor board of PJRES states “A detailed list of Editors, Associate Editors and Editorial team will be available shortly” [6], or translated: we are still trying to catch some suckers. Notice incidentally, how the word “Pyrex” is missing from the title of the journal in PJRES, and how the title is idiotically abbreviated to “Journal of Research in Environmental Std.”: not enough space on the web-page? Same applies to PJBFMR [7]. So, all in all, a highly suspect start, but over time, I have no doubt that they will iron out these suspect issues as they adapt.

    [1] http://www.pyrexjournals.org/pjar/content/2014/2014-content.php#
    [2] http://www.pyrexjournals.org/publication-ethics.php
    [3] http://www.pyrexjournals.org/authors-guide.php
    [4] http://www.pyrexjournals.org/pjmpr/editorial-board.php
    [5] http://www.pyrexjournals.org/pjbr/editorial-board.php
    [6] http://www.pyrexjournals.org/pjres/editorial-board.php
    [7] http://www.pyrexjournals.org/pjbfmr/editorial-board.php

    • herr doktor bimler says:

      Also on the same page, lack the clear lack of a retraction policy “Authors should note that manuscript cannot be withdrawn under any condition once it is accepted.”

      I imagine that is laying the groundwork for later extortion attempts. “Oh, you didn’t know about the publication charges for your paper (because we didn’t mention them)? Too bad, the paper CANNOT BE WITHDRAWN so PAY US $$!!”

  5. Colin Barron says:

    “Don” is the term for a university lecturer in the UK, especially one at Oxford or Cambridge; donnish means “like a don”

  6. Marco says:

    The hilarity doubles when you go through the website. Pyrex’ current mission statement says “Our journals are fully open access where researchers and readers have free and limited access to the full text of our quality articles.”

    Limited access?! Well, that’s a good reason to ignore that Publisher right there!

    Oh, and to provide evidence Pyrex and Donnish have a connection:
    http://www.pyrexjournals.org/authors-guide.php
    “Because Donnish Journals will be published freely online” and “The Team of Donnish Journals is strongly against Plagiarism”

    Regarding “donnish”: it may come from “university don”, a position in some traditional English universities (fellow or tutor) and (therefore?) also in Nigerian universities.

  7. Okuntade Tope says:

    From what i deduced from your points, those two journals are own by the same publisher and therefore suspicious. Thanks for your continous insight but you havent responded to my questions on why JMEST is in your list and also i would like you to investigate the following IJRSM, IJESMR, GJESR, IJAERS, IJISET, RADIX, IJECCE, IAEME and IJSBAR

  8. fedelelizzi says:

    don·nish (dnsh)
    adj.
    Of, relating to, or held to be characteristic of a university don; bookish or pedantic. See Synonyms at pedantic.

    Pyrex was the serious one!

  9. fedelelizzi says:

    Actually The thesaurus definition is even better:

    Adj. 1. donnish – marked by a narrow focus on or display of learning especially its trivial aspects

  10. I think I have worked out what “Donnish” means.

    “Don” is related to the word “scholar” as in “an Oxford don” being a professor at Oxford. Hence “Donnish” means – technically – “scholarly”.

    However this is not a word that anyone would use in real life. It probably comes from someone looking up “scholarly” in a thesaurus.

    • John Mashey says:

      Actually, I’ve heard the word used in real life, the latest within the last week … but then, my wife attended Cambridge and we have a friend visiting from Oxford.

      Since Nigeria was run by the UK for many decades, “donnish” may well have propagated into the local vernacular.

  11. J.J. says:

    Lots of kitchenware are made in Pyrex. Is the name chosen to indicate prospective authors are encourage to cook data?

  12. Ian Seppelt says:

    ‘Donnish’ Journals may possibly relate to the British term ‘don’ referring to an academic (as in ‘Oxford dons’).

    Just a thought.

    Ian Seppelt, Sydney

    Sent from my iPad

  13. moominoid says:

    A don is an academic at an Oxbridge university. So “donnish” means “professorish”. I have seen it used as an adjective before.

  14. Dave Langers says:

    Donnish means “cool” or “sound”.
    http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Donnish
    Or perhaps this is a typo:
    http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=donish :)

  15. Donnish Journals? says:

    Now for Donnish Journals. The issues are almost identical to Pyrex Journals because the pages are cloned copies of each other with identical text, but with some noticeable differences. First notice how Donnish Journals has already suckered 8 scientists [1]. 8 papers in 6 days of spamming is not a bad turnover. It is not the turnover that is being questioned, it is how could peer review have been completed in 6 days? The story indicates that Donnish Journals evolved from November 6, 2014. But a clue from an already published paper suggests otherwise, possibly August or September [2]. Notice in the paper in [2] how the submission, revision and published dates are all conveniently omitted, precisely to avoid examination of the time period in which “peer review” took place. This is basic dishonesty. The issue of copyright is fuzzy: “Copyright is a major issue for DJMBR. Manuscript submission and their accessibility is not an infringement of copyright. All articles in DJMBR remain the property of their authors.” [3]. So, what license is this exactly? What is the minimal requirement for being on an editor board? Apparently a PhD is not required (e.g., Mr. Thiago Alberto Ortiz, Londrina State University/Wageningen University) [4]. The fact that the header of all journals’ top pages clearly omits the words “Pyrex” and “Donnish” from the title suggests that these pages will be cloned for future “publishers”, i.e., a catchy word, followed by the standardized titles. Finally, do some editors even exist? For example, an editor of DJERR, Dr. Jennifer S. Florida [5] cannot be found on the major publishers’ data-bases associated with education-related issues, so does this individual actually exist?

    [1] http://donnishjournals.org/articles.php#
    [2] http://donnishjournals.org/djmbr/pdf/2014/september/Taylor_et_al.pdf
    [3] http://donnishjournals.org/djmbr/index.php
    [4] http://donnishjournals.org/djar/editorial-board.php
    [5] http://donnishjournals.org/djerr/editorial-board.php

    • Marvin the Martian says:

      To be fair, my partner started a serious journal while still a grad student, and hence was founding editor. So no PhD needed is OK in some contexts (the journal was and is specifically aimed as publishing outlet for postgraduate researchers in social sciences).

  16. Armando Amador says:

    The web sites for both publishers contain malware. So please be careful!

  17. J.J. says:

    Dear Jeffrey,
    what do think about this recent post on RW about the Hindawi Journal of Lipids?

    http://retractionwatch.com/2014/11/12/know-how-to-recognize-pseudoscience-whistleblower-fills-in-the-blanks-on-fish-oil-retraction/#more-23785

    The conclusions seem to be relevant to your (very useful) work.

  18. lisaamartin says:

    Just to say “Prof MacGregor” of Pyrex Beakers Journals is still at it and now apparently has 34 journals…I received one of his junk mails today.

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