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Critical analysis of scholarly open-access publishing

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    The status quo want to discredit any journal that gives access to the majority of scientists to publish their works. First it was PlosOne. Now it is oncotarget. But the so-called prestigious journals with so-called rigorous peer review publish more papers with a few zip codes or post codes. Count the number of universities that publish in the so-called top ten scientific journals and you will realize that those so-called top journals are also an old boy’s club! Open access publishing is the future of science. Why are people so afraid of information being published? If the science is bad and published anyway, it does not matter because science is self-correcting and soon we will know that it is bad science. What what good is it to society to block publication of works that could be good science but prevented from being published because it does not come from a prestigious university or the authors are not connected?
    The world does not need a few opinionated people to tell the millions of scientists what is good science and what is not. So stop your crusade of trying to suppress the free publication of information and scientific censorship!

    But you can’t convince me that all the other papers in other journals that are citing papers published in oncotarget are doing so because of some grand conspiracy. concentrate on your own research and advance science, rather than waste time criticizing people who want to give scientists the platform to publish their works.

    I can give you several examples of papers published in Science and Nature that were retracted because it was junk science. Do you remember the paper about Arsenate in DNA. Of course editors and peer reviewers make mistakes so lets not waste our time always criticizing every mistake journals or editors make.

    Why don’t we all publish our works without any “gatekeepers” and then let the public decide what is good science and what is not via citations and paper downloads and reproducibility?

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    Each scientist could record his/her methods in real conditions and publish them as real video rather than to use illustrations and make them animated!

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    could any body tell me about ICEES2017(http://icees.org/)—2017 International Conference on Energy and Environmental Science will be held in Thammasat University, Rangsit Campus, Thailand during January 22-24, 2017. Is it fake one or not

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    […] out for predatory journals and publishers. Avoid these like the plague, since they will publish anything that gets sent to them. (What is a […]

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    The purpose of this post and the list of criteria was to help scholars determine for themselves which conferences to attend.

    Looking at the name of the organization is the first clue. The Interdisciplinary Circle of Science, Arts and Innovation (ICSAI) strikes me as a little strange. According to the ICSAI webpage it is “a platform for academicians and researchers to share their findings in the field of science, arts and innovation.” The website fails to make clear if this is a for-profit or non-profit “platform”.

    Looking up website registration details reveals that the registrant organization is Infobase Creation Sdn Bhd located at Lot 6.1, PNB Darby Park, Kuala Lumpur. This company is a “training provider offering a wide range of training courses and education-related services for the institutional segment as well as general public”. The website refers to an affiliate named Stratford International Language Centre located at Lot 6.2, PNB Darby Park. According to their website they are also an authorized distributor for DynEd English Language Learning Solution.

    Going back to ICSAI’s website we can see that the first three official event sponsors are: DynEd, Infobase Creation Sdn Bhd, and Stratford International Language Centre.

    I would classify the conference as predatory due to a failure to be clear on the for-profit companies behind the conferences.

    Furthermore, the scope of ICSAI conferences is too broad and they are held too frequently. ICSAI will hold at least 10 events in 2016; all overly broad in scope and even overlapping with each other. For example:
    3rd International Conference on Language, Education, Humanities & Innovation
    5th International Conference on Language, Education & Innovation
    4th International Conference on Language, Innovation, Culture & Education

    A quick look at conference websites show the deadlines conference Call for Papers being extended and the sale of dinner and tour packages.

    ICSAI’s contact page also fails to give an address or the names of anyone behind the organization.

    I would consider their conferences predatory.

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    By polished I meant the key note speakers show up, speeches start and stop on time, and the conference is not an organizational disaster. That doesn’t mean it is worthwhile in terms of the quality of the presentations.

    There are now several large for-profit companies organizing conferences around the world. In some cases their events run well. But the pressure to maximize revenues mean they will accept pretty much any and all abstracts, including SCIgen papers.

    In several Asian countries governments are pressuring academics to present at “international” conferences. These international presentations and conference proceeding publications are being used in hiring and promotion decisions.

    These for-profit companies are filling a demand. They are essentially selling the required international conference presentation to anyone with $500.

    A conference that never happens is a scam and I would place it in an entirely different category.

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    I think you’ll find that many predatory conferences are similar to predatory journals in that they will accept anything for cash. I’ve now had over a dozen SCIgen papers accepted to conferences around the world.

    Depending on your field and country, predatory conferences do have large consequences. Scholars in several Asian countries are pressured to make presentations at international conferences for hiring and promotion. Predatory conference organizers are essentially selling the necessary presentations and conference proceeding publications for between $300-500.

    They are abusing the system in much the same way as predatory journals. I’ve regularly come across academics involved in editing predatory journals and presenting and organizing predatory conferences. There is a lot of overlap.

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    please I will like to know if European scientific journal is a predatory journal?

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    Yes, it is. Please find a better journal for your work.

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    It’s not on my list at this time.
    It’s not a super high quality journal. There are several high quality journals in this field. You might want to seek out a better journal for your work, instead of sending it to a mediocre one.

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    Most conferences, predatory or not, are useless in most cases. They are organized for filling spare time and have holidays.

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    I suppose that varies from one field to another and, perhaps, from one person to another, but I have found conferences to be an essential part of my professional growth. I could not disagree more strongly with this dismissive view that conferences are useless.

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    This certainly must vary among fields. In mine, it is almost always true that ANY person can present at ANY conference for nothing more than paying the registration fee, almost none have publications of the results (other than maybe putting the abstracts online for the participants to see) and no one gets much credit for going to a meeting and putting up a poster or giving a short talk (often one of hundreds or even thousands of such posters and talks) other than to just note that they are participating in professional life as expected.

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    Jeffrey Boore wrote: “In mine, it is almost always true that ANY person can present at ANY conference for nothing more than paying the registration fee, almost none have publications of the results (other than maybe putting the abstracts online for the participants to see) and no one gets much credit for going to a meeting”

    The discussion of the differences between disciplines that the original post generated has been very helpful. One idea it’s given me is to try and compare the prevalence of predatory conferences in fields with conference peer review and/or place a higher value on presentations with fields that accept all presentations and/or don’t place much value on presentations in terms of hiring and promotion.

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    I wanted to add a thank-you comment. I really appreciate Jeffrey Beall agreeing to post the criteria. Though I hope this post doesn’t end up adding to his workload by becoming a magnet for “What do you think about this conference?” comments.

    I also want to thank all the readers for their thoughtful comments. The responses have been extremely helpful and exceeded my expectations.

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    They certainly are spammers (if the definition includes relentless phone calls to librarians attempting to sell subscriptions).

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    Dr., can you kindly give us a list of authentic journals to publish in? My areas are psychology, and education. Thanks.

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    any body to tell me about “Journal of Scientific Research in Pharmacy”. is it predator? please share me ur ideas

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    Sorry, I limit my work to identifying low-quality and predatory journals. I don’t prepare any lists of authentic journals.

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