Watch Out for Publishers with “Nova” in Their Name

Two unrelated publishers with the word “Nova” in their name have been bothering researchers with spam emails recently. One is...

More Controversy Over Open-Access Publisher MDPI

Entropy is an open-access journal published by MDPI, the Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute, based in Basel, Switzerland. The journals were formerly published by...

The Chinese Publisher SCIRP (Scientific Research Publishing): A Publishing Empire Built on Junk Science

Another day, another report of a junk science article published by China-based publisher Scientific Research Publishing, or SCIRP. This publisher specializes...

Index Copernicus Has No Value

Index Copernicus is a Poland-based company that offers several services related to scholarly publishing. One of their products is a journal...

Recognizing a Pattern of Problems in “Pattern Recognition in Physics”

Copernicus Publications is an open-access publisher based in Göttingen, Germany. It is not on my list of predatory publishers. However, I do have...

Anti-Roundup (Glyphosate) Researchers Use Easy OA Journals to Spread their Views

I’ve added the journal Interdisciplinary Toxicology (interTOX) to my list. The journal is associated with the Slovak Toxicology Society (SETOX). In my opinion the journal...

Hindawi’s Profit Margin is Higher than Elsevier’s

Hindawi Publishing Corporation is one of the world’s largest scholarly publishers — and one of the most profitable. Interviewed in September, 2012, Ahmed...

Science Magazine Conducts Sting Operation on OA Publishers

In its issue being released tomorrow (October 4, 2013, volume 342, p. 60-65), Science magazine is publishing a six-page article detailing a sting...

New Fake Metric Company Sells Nine Bogus Metrics to Publishers

Let me introduce Impact Factor Services for International Journals(I.F.S.I.J), the newest addition to my list of misleading metrics companies. The firm’s mission is...

Bogus New Impact Factor Appears

The latest bogus scholarly metric to appear is International Impact Factor Services (IIFS). If you need a laugh, I recommend that you...

8 Fun Facts About Vincent Van Gogh

If anyone asks you to name a few famous artists of the past, the names that might come to your mind include Leonardo Da...