The TR Master Journal List is not a Journal Whitelist

April 28, 2016
Investigaciones Europeas de Dirección y Economía de la Empresa (IEDEE


The Thomson Reuters Master Journal List is not a journal whitelist and should not be used as one. Numerous low-quality and predatory journals are announcing their inclusion in this list as a mark or guarantee of quality, fooling many.

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Three New Open-Access Publishers — All with Dumb Names

April 21, 2016

New scholarly open-access publishers continue to appear at a fast pace. Here are three that launched recently — one with a generic name, one with a stolen name, and one with a suspicious name.

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Two New Absurd OA Journals, Two New OA Mandates

April 12, 2016
KnowledgeCuddle .... Really?

KnowledgeCuddle …. Really?

This past week I added a publisher called KnowledgeCuddle Publication to my list. The publisher’s name is silly and unprofessional, more evidence of scholarly open-access publishing’s decline into absurdity.

At the same time, two U.S. universities implemented strong open-access policies, policies their faculties will be pressured to follow and submit to.

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Researchers in Southeast Asia Are Bombarded with Conference Spam

March 17, 2016
International Academy of Computer Technology

Conferences, journals, spam.

A continuing explosion in the number of low-quality and predatory scholarly conferences in Southeast Asia is confusing and annoying researchers in the region. One example is the so-called International Academy of Computer Technology (IACT) — which is not really an academy at all — whose headquarters address shows up as a dwelling in a U.S. state.

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