A new open-access publisher with the strange name of Public Science Framework has launched with 42 new journals, most of which are broad and cover fields already saturated with open-access journals.
I think the name Public Science Framework is a poorly-chosen name for a scholarly publisher. It tries to sound lofty and important but actually seems contrived and meaningless. All the good names are taken.
The firm purports to be owned by the “American Institute of Science,”
but there’s no website for this so-called institute and I think this name is also contrived. [Update: The website for the so-called American Institute of Science is here.]
I cannot figure out who owns this publisher or where they are really based. The site is completely non-transparent about ownership and location. Some of the journals use the term “American” in their titles, but there’s no real evidence that the “Framework” is based in America. The domain name registration data is blinded, of course.
They are accepting papers in all their journals despite not having any editorial board members yet, at least none that I saw.
The publisher also runs a related gimmick called Public Projects that appears to be a social media platform of some type, for researchers. Like the journals, it’s empty.
Some of the journals have duplicative or otherwise unimaginative titles:
All of the journal home pages are alike, so it’s clear they were created quickly using a template.
The site is generally well edited, but there are a few mistakes where they give themselves away.
This new open-access publisher does not fill any need or gap and probably exists only as an easy way to make money for the owners, whoever they are.
Hat tip: Paul Hockett
Appendix: List of Public Science Framework journals as of 2015-01-08
- Advances in Applied Psychology
- Agricultural and Biological Sciences Journal
- American Journal of Astrophysics and Space Science
- American Journal of Circuits, Systems and Signal Processing
- American Journal of Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery
- American Journal of Economics, Finance and Management
- American Journal of Educational Research
- American Journal of Geophysics, Geochemistry and Geosystems
- American Journal of Information Science and Computer Engineering
- American Journal of Marketing Research
- American Journal of Mobile Systems, Applications and Services
- American Journal of Nutrition and Food Science
- American Journal of Psychology and Cognitive Science
- American Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy
- American Journal of Social Science Research
- Bioscience and Bioengineering
- Chemistry Journal
- Clinical Medicine Journal
- International Journal of Advanced Materials Research
- International Journal of Animal Biology
- International Journal of Automation, Control and Intelligent Systems
- International Journal of Bioinformatics and Biomedical Engineering
- International Journal of Chemical and Biomolecular Science
- International Journal of Economics and Business Administration
- International Journal of Education and Information Technology
- International Journal of Energy Science and Engineering
- International Journal of Environmental Planning and Management
- International Journal of Life Science and Engineering
- International Journal of Materials Chemistry and Physics
- International Journal of Mathematics and Computational Science
- International Journal of Modern Physics and Applications
- International Journal of Plant Research
- International Journal of Preventive Medicine Research
- Journal of Agricultural Science and Engineering
- Journal of Environment Protection and Sustainable Development
- Journal of Language, Linguistics and Literature
- Journal of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering
- Journal of Physical Education
- Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities
- Physics Journal
- Public Health Journal
- Sports Science Research