August’s Harvest: Three Wretched Open-Access Publishers

August 25, 2016
The rubbish publishers keep on appearing.

The rubbish publishers keep on appearing.

This blog post profiles three new scholarly open-access publishers added to my list in August, 2016. The names cover the alphabet from A to Z: American Journal, Scholars Middle East Publishers, and Zygoscient. Additionally, I append a short description of a standalone predatory journal that took liberties with a United States Government logo.

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Predatory Publisher Exploits Einstein, Debases Science

August 18, 2016
Relatively awful

Relatively awful

A new, India-based predatory publisher has emerged — Einstein International Journal Organization. The publisher gratuitously uses the name of one of one of history’s greatest scientists to attract manuscripts and author fees from unwary researchers for its nine anti-journals.

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Open Access is Giving Taxonomy a Bad Name

August 16, 2016
Do-it-yourself taxonomy.

Do-it-yourself taxonomy.

A Peru-based open-access journal devoted to plant taxonomy is bulldozing its way into the field. The “Scientific Editor” and co-author of most of its published articles are one and the same. Taxonomy, a precise science, is being damaged by unvetted, unselective, and activist open-access journals.

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New “Swedish” OA Publisher Launches with 23 Journals

August 11, 2016
Fake meatballs

Fake meatballs

Here’s a new scholarly open-access publisher that exploits the name of Sweden: Swedish Scientific Publications. Predatory publishers often commandeer the names of countries to make their illicit schemes appear legitimate, and I think that’s the case here.

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Does Everyone in India Want to be a Scholarly Publisher?

August 9, 2016
Bad management.

Bad management.

The number of scholarly open-access publishers and standalone journals based in India is skyrocketing. Everyone there — it seems — wants to get in on the open-access gold rush. Here I describe a typical Indian open-access publisher, the so-called Jabalpur Management Association.

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About Those Manipulative Spam Emails from Internal Medicine Review

August 4, 2016
Internal Medicine Review

Complete rubbish.

You have probably received a clever, personalized, and manipulative spam email from a journal called Internal Medicine Review. The email includes a purported email exchange between two people at the journal, with one asking the other to invite you to submit follow-up article to your earlier article. Here’s the backstory. Read the rest of this entry »


OA Journal Disappears Then Reappears as an OMICS Journal

August 2, 2016
Management Journals

Bad management.

I learned recently that the domain name for one of the publishers on my list had expired. In investigating this, I learned that the publisher’s lone journal has been sold, apparently, to OMICS International, the most notorious and predatory scholarly publisher ever to exist.

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