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Critical analysis of scholarly open-access publishing

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    Dear Sir, Thank you very much for your advice. I feel so relieved by your words. Losing the article is something that I can live with, rather than being scammed of my hard earned money. Since it's just a review article and written for the sake of completion for graduation, I definitely can do better. So more power to you sir! I hope you will be blessed with more success in all your endeavors. Sincerely, Dr. Moreno

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    This publisher — Academic Journals — is on my list. I would recommend that you find a stronger publisher for your work.

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    The paper itself specifies issue 61(4) for its publication. I know, the Omics website stops at 61(2) as its most recent issue, and shows no papers 'in press'. Perhaps they have quietly cancelled the journal; perhaps they are in no hurry to update the website, knowing that no-one is waiting impatiently to <b>read</b> the rag. They're OMICS, they've taken the authors' $$$, that's all that matters.

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    I'll give them credit for being transparent. Most journals that charge withdrawal fees do so without prior notice. Withdrawal fees are relatively new, I think. The ethical aspects are still being decided. By the way, regarding the <em>Journal of Low Power Electronics</em>, they state, "LATEST IMPACT FACTOR: 0.526 Journal Citation Reports published by Scopus® in 2015 (Elsevier B.V.)." Something is very wrong here. First, the source for impact factors, Journal Citation Reports, is published by Thomson Reuters, not Elsevier. Also, looking at Journal Citation Reports, I do not see any impact factor for this journal.

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    This journal is not on my list. I have some concerns about it though. It appears no copyediting is done, and they say authors retain copyright, but the articles bear copyright statements, saying they are copyrighted by the publisher. You might want to find a better journal, if you are thinking about submitting there.

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    The domain registry email for SPJTS is phani.r.s.ch@gmail.com. This email is used by a researcher at K.L. University, Vijayawada: http://www.ijpbs.net/vol-4/issue-1/pharma/46.pdf His businesses are spread across, at the very least, 34-45 other sites: http://domainbigdata.com/email/phani.r.s.ch@gmail.com (This site only lists 34) Several of these are expired. He only ran imissubaby.com for one year: http://www.domainhistory.net/imissubaby.com He apparently likes the tropics. One of his journals has a Jamaican address with a Caribbean theme: Caribjbiomsci.com (though no longer in use) When I searched for any other potentially related sites on the server/IP, I came across the domain info for Heteropubs.com (no longer in use as well). This is probably the source for the hetero Publications reference (they list the same phone number as SPJTS.) Other info: several of his other journal sites are for Spanish speakers (e.g., actapharmica.com)

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    Global Journal of Animal Scientific Research

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    I think that there is a lot of difference in the problem of predatory journals than of predatory meetings. For journals, we are talking about many who are truly unambiguous predators, where they will publish more-or-less anything for cash, capitalizing on many academic researchers' desire to inflate their CVs, and often aid that duplicity by having names that mimic real, peer-reviewed journals. The consequences can be extreme, not only by the loss of research funds to this, but because of the unfair assessment made of some researchers' productivity as compared with others for the rewards of career success. Identifying predatory conferences, on the other hand, is more ambiguous and of less consequence, in my view. First, there is a gradual blend, I think, of legitimacy (whatever that means) for conferences, and very few of these criteria signal anything sinister in isolation. Secondly, a lot of it is a matter of preference for what the attendee wants to get out of a conference - Is it the chance to hear groundbreaking research, or to meet and interact with leaders in the field, or to socialize and network with colleagues and potential collaborators, or something else? Thirdly, the consequences of attending a less "legitimate" conference are minor, at least in my field. When evaluating someone's CV, there is not more than trivial credit a person gets for showing up at a meeting and not even much more if they gave a poster presentation or a short talk. It just "checks the square" that they are participating in professional life, but isn't really worth any big points. So what is the real consequence? I suppose disappointment by the attendee that s/he paid money for a disappointing experience where the presentations weren't so good or the meeting not so well attended, but that can happen at the most legitimate of conferences as well.

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    Thank you Well appreciated

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    <i>He apparently likes the tropics.</i> The <a href="http://caribjscitech.com/" rel="nofollow">"Caribbean Journal of Science and Technology"</a> is somehow up to its 4th annual issue ("Our team is based in the Jamaica"). The Board of Editors includes Phani Raja Sekhar. CH, but clearly he is aware of the traditions and conventions of the genre, for behold, <b>Prof. George Perry</b> is there as well. http://caribjscitech.com/editors/

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    ... included on my list <a href="https://scholarlyoa.com/individual-journals/" target="_blank">here</a>.

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    <i>Jhon Mathews‚</i> FWIW, one "Dr Jhon Mathew" of Australia features in the Editorial Boards of <a href="http://firepubs.com/editor.php" rel="nofollow">"FIRE" (Focus in Research and Education}</a> and <a href="http://researchdesk.net/editors.php" rel="nofollow">"Research Desk" (an International Journal of Science and Technology)</a>. As part of two similar lists of made-up names. Oddly enough, those two domains are <b>not</b> registered to Phani Raja Sekhar. CH. Instead they are in the name of reddy.vuhr@gmail.com -- along with two similarly-themed journals, <a href="http://www.experimentjournal.com/editor.php" rel="nofollow">The Experiment Journal"</a> and <a href="http://ijapsbs.com/" rel="nofollow">International Journal of Applied pharmaceutical sciences and Biological Sciences</a>. Nevertheless they are <b>linked</b> to Phani.r.s.ch in some way, for he turns up on the editorial board of The Experiment (along with Prof. George Perry, I am glad to say). The IJAPSBS has only 5 editors, including a "Dr Mice Snyder". In addition, phani.r.s.ch@gmail.com is sometimes <a href="http://domainbigdata.com/name/fire%20group%20of%20publications" rel="nofollow">"the FIRE group of publications"</a> -- purportedly based in Brazil, and perhaps intended for Latin-American-themed grifts -- and <a href="http://domainbigdata.com/name/fire%20group%20of%20journals" rel="nofollow">"FIRE group of publications"> -- purportedly based in Poland, possibly with Eastern European aspirations. Back at the IJAPSBS, the archives don't exist, only a link to the current issue. But a search for the putative ISBN leads to </a><a href="https://www.researchgate.net/publication/262817517_ANTI-DANDRUFF_ACTIVITY_OF_ETHANOLIC_EXTRACT_OF_SAPINDUS_MUKOROSSI_SEED_COAT_AND_FICUS_RACEMOSA_FRUIT_PEEL_AND_IN_SILICO_PROTEIN_INTERACTION_STUDIES" rel="nofollow">a few old papers</a> that the proud authors have <a href="http://www.academia.edu/16654720/VA_ijapsbs_Agbogidi_8_29_15" rel="nofollow">uploaded to academic archives</a>... and behold, those old editions are branded as <code> www.ijapsbs.com <b>Hetero Group of Journal</b></code> So I am going to go out on a limb and speculate that the two grifters are associated. <blockquote>I don’t understand the strange name of the “Registrant organization” (publisher) in the domain name data.</blockquote> Hetero Drugs is a large Indian pharmaceutical company specialising in mass-production of generics. Any scammer would like to piggy-back on its fame.

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    In my experience (US) undergraduate sessions are becoming more common, but of course more seasoned guys like myself are understanding of the noble aims behind this, even if it can be testing at times. These sessions are usually clearly signposted however. As for the tenured professors, a lot too much is made of hierarchy in the academy. I may be a tenured professor now, but I often enjoy interacting with the post-grad/PhD students at conferences. Just because you don't have your PhD yet, it doesn't mean you shouldn't be heard. As for "bringing down" the level of presentations or discussion, I know a fair few tenured professors who could learn a few things from their students!

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    CN, the comments here prompt to assume that "predatory" publishers and "predatory" academics are two sides of the same coin, when there is a demand for low-hanging fruits, there is a supply. I entirely agree with all your points but one. To be fair, I sincerely doubt that ex-USSR authors have routinely contributed to the rise of these subpar nevertheless costly open access publishers targeting "publisheable manuscripts" written in English. Ex-USSR countries' junk publications are more likely to be found in local languages, in a numbered list of dusty local journals. The Soviet mindset's derivatives aren't likely to accept this Western idea of scholarly publishing as an openly commercial enterprise (let alone successfully monetized), instead of a network of university or research institution-affiliated publishers, covertly commercialized through facilitation payments.

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    Dear Beall,Do you have an information regarding Research Journal of Pharmaceutical, Biological and Chemical Sciences. thanks

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    Well, I agree that most of these predatory journals look so crappy that one indeed wonders who would be stupid enough to submit anything to them. But some are smooth enough to mislead even seasoned scientists. I'm not going to mention names, but some time ago, a good friend of mine (and an excellent scientist with articles in Science and all) published a paper in a SCIRP journal... He's not one to follow any blogs or related stuff, so I am sure that he doesn't even know that predatory publishers exist...

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    Predatory journals are as a cancer - the consequences are devastating. I cross fingers to JB's effort!!!

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    Yes. It's a low-quality and deceptive journal, and it's included on my list <a href="https://scholarlyoa.com/individual-journals/" target="_blank">here</a>. I recommend that you not send any papers to this journal.

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