A new open-access publisher with the strange name The Scientific Pages launched recently with 65 worthless scholarly journals. All the journals duplicate the coverage of existing subscription and open-access journals.
David Publishing Company is among the most annoying scholarly open-access publishers. It incessantly spams pretty much everyone in higher education, medicine, and research.
It specializes in spamming people making presentations at conferences, timing the spam to arrive right after the presentation is completed and inviting the victim of the spam email to convert the presentation into a scholarly article for one of its many journals.
Two open-access journals — each titled Amphibian & Reptile Conservation — both claim to be the official organ of an organization also called Amphibian & Reptile Conservation. The split is the apparent result of a bitter academic “divorce.” Both journals use strong language to warn readers about the other one.
I am increasingly seeing contradictory licensing statements on the websites of low-quality, questionable, and predatory publishers.
You spend a couple years carrying out some research, another year writing it up, and then you submit your research manuscript to an open-access publisher. It’s accepted, you pay the article processing charges, and then it is published online. A year later, the publisher goes out of business and all its published articles disappear forever. Read the rest of this entry »