Some corporations that support scholarly publishing may be getting rich providing services to predatory publishers. Predatory publishers use the services of such companies to make themselves look legitimate.
Aries has licensed Editorial Manager to OMICS International, one of the most abusive publishers on my list. I am now seeing the service being used by other low-quality and questionable publishers.
In addition, the publisher Allied Academies is using Editorial Manager. I added Allied Academies to my list in December, 2015, following its apparent acquisition of several extremely questionable medical journals, and years of ‘nominations’ from readers of my blog.
Allied Academies purports to be based in North Carolina — indeed for many years it was based there — but the style of its spam email now matches the spam that comes out of low-quality India-based publishers. Here’s one:
From: Journal of Neurology and Neurorehabilitation Research [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Tuesday, June 7, 2016 8:08 AM
Warm greetings from “Journal of Neurology and Neurorehabilitation Research”
We have chosen selective scientist who have made excellent contributions to the scientific community. We have come across your research profile and would be glad to publish any of your on-going work. Your support and collaboration helps the journal in reaching heights.
It is my great honour & privilege to invite you to contribute a Short Commentary of 1or 2 pages or a Letter to Editor or Editorial (Research, Review or a Case Report, Mini Review or an image article are also invited) for the upcoming issue of the journal by June 15th, 2016.
Else let us know your feasible time for submission.
Submit manuscript at: http://www.editorialmanager.com/alliedacademies/Default.aspx (or) firstname.lastname@example.org
Kindly, respond the mail within 48 hours.
Hope for a long lasting scientific relationship.
With Kind Regards,
Journal of Neurology and Neurorehabilitation Research
154 Chestnut Creek Road
Candler, NC 28715, USA
Another predatory publisher that licenses Editorial Manager is the stupidly-named ClinMed International Library. Here’s a recent spam email they sent out.
(Note that the spam email uses the “editorial manager.com” email address).
———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Clin Med Journals <email@example.com>
Date: 6 June 2016
Subject: Welcome to Editorial Manager for Clin Med Journals
The Clin Med Journals has moved to Editorial Manager (EM), an online manuscript managing system developed by Aries Systems and used by over 3000 journals.
You may access the new site at http://cell-mol-biol.edmgr.com/
Please click “Login” and enter the following information:
[The rest of the email is not shown here].
If you click on the link in the email, it takes you to the Editorial Manager instance for OMICS International, so apparently ClinMed is — or always has been — an imprint of OMICS. Has Allied Academies also been bought by OMICS International?
Others That Profit from Junk Journals
At least one other firm generates untold revenue from predatory journals: Crossref. This is the corporation that supplies DOIs, digital object identifiers.
Judging from its membership list, it does not discriminate and allows any journal or publisher to be a member. Predatory journals and publishers then use the Crossref logo as a mark of legitimacy.
Because predatory publishers are victimizing researchers and poisoning science, legitimate organizations and corporations should refuse to do business with them. What we’re seeing is the exact opposite — the scholarly publishing industry is embracing predatory publishers.