Predatory Publishers Love Academia.edu

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Spam benefiting a predatory journal from Academia.edu ?

Some predatory or questionable publishers are using scholarly collaboration networks such as Academia.edu to promote their open-access journals and to make them look more legitimate than they really are. One of these is a publisher called Eclat Research Publication, a firm that publishes a single journal, the International Journal of Engineering Research and Management.

The screenshot above shows part of an email sent out by the “Academia.edu Team.” Sent on behalf of Eclat Research Publication, the email invites the recipient to sign up for Academia.edu.

It appears that the publisher has created an Academia.edu account for the company, even though the accounts appear to be designed for individual people, not publishers.

Predatory journal profile page in Academia.edu.

Predatory journal profile page in Academia.edu.

 

The publisher has posted around twenty of its published articles on the Academia.edu site, essentially using them as advertising for its pay-to-publish services. Predatory publishers have penetrated and saturated numerous social media websites, sites not designed to accommodate business accounts. They sign up as if they were an individual.

 

Uploaded by E. Publication.

“Uploaded by E. Publication.”

By using the “invite” feature, the publisher makes itself look legitimate and approved by Academia.edu, and the firm then essentially spams on behalf of the predatory publisher.

 

 Two of the hallmarks of a predatory journal, a fast publishing process and a false impact factor claim.

The International Journal of Engineering Research and Management shows two of the hallmarks of a predatory journal, a fast publishing process and a false impact factor claim.

Eclat’s lone journal, the International Journal of Engineering Research and Management, bears many of the hallmarks of a predatory journal. The “important dates” notice on its website indicates a one-week period between article submission and publication, and it displays an impact factor it never earned. The journal also falsely claims it’s included in DOAJ (see image below).

The journal also makes laughable acceptance rate claims: “October 2015 Volume 02 Issue 10, Acceptance Percentage is 27.69%.”

Final Thoughts

I recently got an email from a researcher in East Asia who, referring to a journal, said it was “Indexed by Research Gate.” I tried to explain to her that Research Gate was not a scholarly index, but I don’t think I convinced her.

Also, it appears that some scholarly collaboration networks are again beginning to fill up with copyrighted publishers’ PDFs, such as this one and this one.

All social media sites need to purge themselves of predatory journals and publishers, especially those sites not designed to accommodate businesses.

IJERM claims it's indexed in DOAJ, but it's not.

Like many open-access journals, IJERM claims it’s indexed in DOAJ, but it’s not.

Hat tip: Dr. Akhlesh Lakhtakia

18 Responses to Predatory Publishers Love Academia.edu

  1. coppenheim says:

    Maybe those publisher pdfs are legitimate because the author did not assign copyright in that particular article to the publisher? Did you check with the authors before making your statement?

  2. coppenheim says:

    You are saying publishers never make a mistake. I’ve refused to assign © to publishers for more than 15 years, just granting them a licence to reproduce, yet many of my articles incorrectly carry a publisher’s copyright notice. I’m not saying the items you refer to have incorrect publishers’ statements. I am saying you should be sceptical of publisher statements and should double check with authors before making the type of claims you do. I ask again – did you check with the authors?

    • It’s regrettable that you have chosen to publish your work with publishers that don’t respect your copyright. May I refer you to my published lists? They will help you avoid such publishers.

      Advising people to be skeptical of copyright statements is bad advice, especially when the alternative offered is to just ask the author. Both of the publishers involved, Springer and Taylor & Francis, use the CC BY license when the authors have elected to make their works open-access.

  3. coppenheim says:

    The publishers in question that ignored my licence with them are only big mainstream ones. Thank you for your advice not to use them in future.

  4. Henk Braig says:

    The second pdf already disappeared.

    Cheers,

    Henk

  5. Veno says:

    It is a thing of concern the rate at which predatory and questionable journals are increasing their visibility. Many scholars and academics do not even know the difference. We have people who have ascended to the highest academic ladders by publishing in these journals because in many third world countries nobody really cares. Unfortunately scholarly interaction forums like Academia.edu, Researchgate, Epernicus, etc have been infiltrated and they seem helpless to do anything. I get messages from these journals almost everyday and it is difficult to keep track of new entrants into this same field of bogus publishing.

  6. Jaime A. Teixeira da Silva says:

    Of direct relevance to this article, is Academia.edu infringement on copyright and Elsevier seeking to sue it.
    https://torrentfreak.com/sci-hub-tears-down-academias-illegal-copyright-paywalls-150627/

    I am extremely concerned with the number of copyrighted papers on Academia.edu and ResearchGate. In some cases, top leading scientists are posting PDF files of their papers published in Elsevier, Springer and Taylor and Francis journals (i.e., papers without a CC BY license) in open access on these two web-sites in particular. One of the problems is that any co-author can upload the files, thus making all co-authors infractors of copyright.

    I have alerted Elsevier and Springer to this situation on several occasions, but I have not seen, in at least 1 year, any action being taken.

    Should one assume that these publishers are actively turning a blind eye, or is it possible that they simply cannot do anything.

    The bottom line is this: if some have this apparent right, and they are not rebuked by the copyright owners, then surely, ALL scientists must be given the exact same right to “contravene copyright contracts”? It’s all, or none, as I see it, but we cannot have some gaining unfair advantage through additional exposure while others respect the rules.

    It is precisely for this reason that Global Science Books (GSB; http://www.globalsciencebooks.info) allowed all authors to post their papers freely on any website, including Academia.edu and ResearchGate, simply because there is no viable way of reigning in infractors. So, even though GSB still holds copyright, it has given into the notion that all scientific information should be free to access and read. Maybe the big commercial publishers should begin to consider this option.

    Some examples of big names in plant science with non-CC BY license papers freely available on ResearchGate (even after alerting these individuals about copyright infringement, they don’t seem to care).

    Johannes Van Staden:
    http://www.researchgate.net/profile/Johannes_Van_Staden
    e.g.:
    http://www.researchgate.net/publication/281612835_Industrial_Crops_and_Products

    Even if one looks at ResearchGate web-pages, where several copyrighted papers are listed, many are open access:
    http://www.researchgate.net/journal/1573-5044_Plant_Cell_Tissue_and_Organ_Culture

    Is this a case of institutional copyright infringement?
    The Polytechnic Institute of Bragança (IPB)
    https://bibliotecadigital.ipb.pt/
    “The Digital Library of IPB (Biblioteca Digital do IPB), promotes and provides open access to scientific literature produced by the IPB academic community, promoting integration, visibility and sharing of scientific information granting the preservation of intellectual memory of the Polytechnic Institute of Bragança.”
    http://esa.ipb.pt/

    The problem is serious, and if not resolved quickly, there will be a flood of copyrighted papers on these sites and the publishers will have to give in (IMHO, they should give in to make all information freely available).

  7. Academia.edu is listed as a Scientific Spammer since Nov 11, 2015.

  8. coppenheim says:

    If co-author A carries out an act that infringes copyright, then co-author B (assuming they have not done anything to encourage A’s actions) is not guilty of © infringement. I don’t approve of © infringement, whether done by academia.edu, or by Elsevier/one of the other mainstream publishers. I also object to people who focus on the former and not the latter.

  9. Greeting Dr Jeffrey Beall, Congratulations for the good job that you are doing. I received an email from this Journal known as MERIT RESEARCH JOURNAL OF AGRICULTURAL SCIENCE AND SOIL SCIENCES (MR JASSS) to submitt a manuscript. To me it seems a new Journal with an Impact Factor of 0.613.Is this journal not in your List? I tried to check and didn’t see it.
    They also indicated processing fee without giving the actula amount to pay. Please help

    • I have the publisher Merit Research Journals included on my list here. I recommend that you not submit articles to any of its journals. Their journals do not have authentic impact factors, and if they claim impact factors, they are not telling the truth.

      I always try to list the publishers (not the individual journals) whenever possible because there are too many journals to track.

  10. […] aparecen como “indexadas en DOAJ” a pesar de que no es cierto. Os animamos a leer la información completa en Scholarly Open […]

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