More Competition for Crossref?

September 6, 2016
Oh boy, another one.

Oh boy, another one.

Another persistent identifier company has emerged: Unique Object Identifier.

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USF Associate Dean is Tied to Dozens of Predatory Journals

September 1, 2016
Can't say no.

Can’t say no.

An associate dean from the University of South Florida (USF) is the editor-in-chief of six questionable, open-access journals and serves on the editorial boards of dozens more. He lists them in his CV.

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Article on Fallacious and Pseudoscientific Thought Worth a Read

August 30, 2016
Definitely worth a read.

Definitely worth a read.

I subscribe to several saved-search, citation, and table-of-contents alerts, and through these, I learn of 10-20 newly-published scholarly articles each week that match my research interests. Of these, I generally select four or five to print out and read. Every few months or so, one of the articles I read stands out as exemplary and memorable. Here is one such article. Read the rest of this entry »


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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