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Critical analysis of scholarly open-access publishing

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    What is the difference between this journal (http://ejournal.ukm.my/gema) that charges USD500 and is published by a university and other journals in your list. As far as we know, any journal charges author fee is potentially predatory. Please confirm.

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    The theory — and dogma — state that charging to publish is not a criterion for determining a predatory publisher. That's the theory, at least.

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    I had not heard of this journal before. Therefore, I had a close look and analyzed it. I found that it meets the criteria for inclusion on my list, so I have added it to the list. Accordingly, I recommend that you not submit any papers to it. It is a very low quality journal. Thank you for alerting me to it.

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    Good work Jeff, All the employees of Indian predatory publishers love your posts, I am the one among them. I follow your blog almost daily for updates. . Good one, keep going. . .

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    Wow, that's a lot of people.

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    Nova is a prestigious and solid publisher, I do not why this librarian says the contrary, I found very important scholars publishing with Nova, likely the person who wrote this article works for Routledge or another publisher, this is a biased argument

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    550 ms/month. HUGE.

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    feeling very bad after Mr. Anil Mehra destroy the image of Indian journals in global platform. Every comment made Mr. Beall is read by over many lakhs of academicians over the world.

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    MR. BEALL YOU CAN TARGET OR CRITICIZE ANY JOURNAL OR ASSOCIATION BUT YOU DO NOT HAVE ANY RIGHTS TO CRITICIZE ALL INDIANS. AS EVERYONE, I TOO ADMIRE YOU FOR YOUR WORK WHICH IS URGENTLY NEED FOR THE BETTERMENT QUALITY RESEARCH BUT IF YOU STARTS GENERALIZING ALL YOU MAY LOOSE RESPECT AND DO YOU THINK ALL AMERICANS GENIUS?

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    American-Eurasian J. Agric. & Environ. Sci. kindly send me some proofs

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    Dear Jeff, Yes, there are thousands of such journals appearing everyday in India. This is happening mainly because recently the Indian regulatory body that looks after Higher education made it mandateory for PhD students to publish one journal article to be eligible for the award of the degree. Without seeing the preprint of the article, universities hence do not allow doctoral students to submit the thesis. So, most of the students are forced to pay money and get their essays printed in these bogus journals. Nobody cares about the quality of the publication. Therefore, this trend is going to stay! Thanks for keeping me updated! You are doing a great job. with best wishes, shyam

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    Wow, I got the same mail couple of days ago. Thanks for clearing it out for me.

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    Dear Jeff, Like many other Indians I too follow, appreciate and admire your effort to keep these predatory journals away from the mainstream genuine science. In our University (I work as a professor at Manipal University, India) we often mention your blog as a Gold Standard for predatory journals. We also educate many when ever possible about your service to the science. I felt bad reading this title and I didn't expect this. Pl. desist from generalizing 1.2 billion for the fraud of may be less than 1% of the population.

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    I must say that as a regular reader of your blog, I too am somewhat uncomfortable with some of the statements you make in this post, Jeff. Well done for calling out Jabalpur Management Association and the Global Journals series - and yes, there does seem to be a particular problem with predatory publishers in India. However, it's not just an Indian problem, and it's a bit harsh to suggest that every person in India wants to get in on this scam.

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    Dear Mr Beall I see many people oppose your recent comment on Indian predatory publishers. The real problem is that it is possible to launch hundreds of journals and try to get money and publish something but is it possible to receive a valuable index out of poor articles they publish? How many Indian ranked one journals do you know? According to this link the number of Q1 journals are fewer than our fingers http://www.scimagojr.com/journalrank.php?country=IN&order=sjr&ord=desc This means the entire nation has not been able to build a very high quality journal. While there are journals with high SJR in other countries we see very limited number of journals with SJR more than 1. Why is that? Indian nation are the best to publish high quality articles in well-established journals. However, when it comes to OA publishers headquartered in India, things are different! Many Indian authors try to publish their works in OA journals publishers headquartered in other countries just to make sure their work would be appreciated more. The government of many countries try to guild their students to only publish their papers in indexed and reputable journals. In many cases, they publish Black or White lists and try to prevent junk publications. What has Indian government done? For instance, the government of Iran gives a privilege to journals published by Iranian societies and universities after a comprehensive review is accomplished on the content of the journal and allow graduate students to publish on such journals and use it as partial requirement for PhD graduation. Although it has some disadvantages but it is partially good. On the other hand, publishing at least one ISI indexed paper in Expanded Science Citation list is another requirement of Iranian Universities. As long as we have cases like OMICS group which is originated in India, there are some discussions here about journals published in Heydarabad, India :-)

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    Just wanted to say "thanks" for running this website. I just got an email from Internal Medicine Review asking about an old (> 5yr) paper that I wrote. It appears as if it is forwarded from another colleague (neither of whom I recognized). I sent it to the SPAM folder as soon as I saw this thread on your website.

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    Same here and same form letter from Kateryna and Reni. Though it is interesting that they are contacting me, an astronomer to publish in "Medical Research Archives" as if those two topics are remotely related. Also they clearly trolled my website as they refer to Dr. Pomodoros though pomodoro is my time management technique. Poorly done but I laughed!

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    Looking back in the archives, it looks as if the format of these current spam-mails is a development of a style that Dylan Fazel <a href="https://list.uvm.edu/cgi-bin/wa?A2=ind1411C&L=MEDLIB-L&D=1&P=82802" rel="nofollow">was using back in 2014</a>: <blockquote>XXXX, I am not sure if you received my previous email. We have room for a few more manuscripts in our next issue and I would like to inquire if you or one of your students might be able to submit a short review or research article on your recent research. I have looked at some of your publications but if you could also tell me more about your current projects that would be helpful. Please let me know whether or not this is a possibility for you and if there are any questions I can answer. May I send you a copy of our author guidelines? Thank you, Dylan Fazel<blockquote> (or Editorial Assistant Krystyna Vinokurova was blasting the spams out under Dylan's name). The basic message was the same, "The guilt you feel for ignoring my [non-existent] earlier request can only be assuaged by submitting an article." Ms Vinokurova, of Ukraine, is <a href="https://www.upwork.com/o/profiles/users/_~013be4413fd8307d3a/" rel="nofollow">another UpWork recruit</a>.</blockquote></blockquote>

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    Thomson Reuters is trying to compete with Scopus and bring the number of indexed journals included in ISI up to the number included in Scopus. In doing this, they are abandoning selectivity and adding just about anything to their database.

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    I find that this journal meets the criteria for inclusion on my list. I have just added it to the list. I recommend that you not submit any papers to it. Please find a better journal. Thanks for bringing it to my attention.

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