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Critical analysis of scholarly open-access publishing

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    Alex, por favor es una irresponsabilidad. Los medios no justifican los fines en este caso. Donde quedó el Herbario San Marcos del Museo de Historia Natural Javier Prado (UNMSM), Herbario "Augusto Weberbauer" de la UNALM, Herbario de la Universidad San Agustín de Arequipa, Universidades de la Selva... entre muchos otros especialistas e instituciones que pueden colaborar en la revisión de pares. Un abrazo.

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    This seems to be a common practice in some Peruvian journals. For example, in this journal http://sisbib.unmsm.edu.pe/bvrevistas/biologist/v13_n2/contenido.htm number in Spanish, the editor-in-chief http://sisbib.unmsm.edu.pe/bvrevistas/biologist/Editorial.htm appear as a coauthor five times. I believe that the Peruvian government (Concytec) should take action and improve the quality control of journals funded by public universities.

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    Thanks Jeff, keep up the good work and keep catching Cockroaches.

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    From the journal's Instructions for the authors it doesn't seem like this publisher is after profit at the moment: "The publication fee is currently of S/35 (thirty-five soles, about 10 USD) for UNALM-based researcher-students, and S/ 50 for other Peruvian scholars, to be paid after acceptance". Meanwhile, "[f]oreign scholars are, for the time being, exempt of fees." Also, they clearly state where they are from and declare their main interest in South American botany - this is quite different from the commercial publishers, say, from the British Commonwealth countries who tend to pretend to be North American or European ones, with broad areas of interest. Such a light-hearted self-description as an irregular journal of botanical curiosities doesn't seem to falsely pretend to be an established prestigious journal so as to trap inattentive authors who tend to send their thousands of US dollars in author's fee to the journals they haven't read before. I do not know a thing about taxonomy in general and in Latin America in particular and the academic scene in Peru, so cannot make an informed opinion, however from the journal's introduction and instruction for the authors I would have thought they deserve the benefit of doubt.

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    Innovative research seems to be a constant theme in their journals...LOL

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    Is there any legal implication for misusing the name of Einstein in this very shameful practice?!

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    That's an interesting point. What would Einstein think about it? It is not completely sure that he would be sickened from these journals abusing his name more than he would have been from the peer-review system of the "real" journals. Einstein was never a great fan of the peer-review system, and in one famous case was even upset with the editor for sending his manuscript to a reviewer. His most important and influential work was not peer-reviewed. With the peer-review system that we have today, Einstein was probably unable to publish his work.

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    hi, I made a mistake of submitting to one of these journals. After a lot of back and fourth and after they demanded that I pay them 1500 for submission of my article, they seemed to finally stop emailing me and I Thought it meant that they were letting me withdraw my article. I went to their open access website and when I typed in my name, the article still shows up!!! What should I do to get them to withdraw it from the website?

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    Just got the same e-mail from K. Bielka. Didn't sit well with me too. Thanks too this website it's in my trash mail now.

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    Maybe this explains why the publisher uses Einstein's name. The publisher claims implicitly it has no peer review and follows Einstein's will :-)

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    I received one of these messages this week, verbatim except for a different journal, Medical Research Archives, and also referring me to a different purported member of the editorial board. When I contacted the named academic, he wrote back, "Thank you. How do I remove this?" ...although I'm not sure what he meant. Today, Bielka wrote again, "My last email must have reached you at a bad time so I am following up. If you are not the right person to talk to about this please let me know or feel free to forward this email."

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    I wish there was some (serious) journal like that. I'd read it. The publisher mentioned in this post, however, gives us every reason to believe that it is nothing but a scam.

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  • 08/19/16--11:23: Comment on Appeals by Oh
  • Dear Beall, I would like to know about "Journal of Economic Perspective" (JEP). Is it respected ? Thanks.

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    Thank you. I had not heard of this publisher before. It is now on my list, and I strongly recommend that you do not send any papers to its journals. This is a very low-quality publisher.

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    The <em>Journal of Economic Perspectives</em> (JEP), published by the American Economic Association, is a respected journal, yes.

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    I've received these messages beginning on 8/12, "bad time" follow up on 8/16, and now today with login credentials to view their journal:We still haven't been able to connect so I though I would go ahead and send you a free subscription to the journal so you can take a look at some of our recently published papers. It may be accessed with the below login credentials. Could you please get back to me at your earliest convenience regarding the followup or review article? The message was sent to my University e-mail, but addressed to a former graduate student in my laboratory. I'll definitely delete these e-mails.

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    […] например, недавно International Journal of Advanced Computer Technology одобрил публикацию статьи под заголовком «Уберите меня нахрен из вашего листа […]

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    Dear Jeffrey, Thanks for maintaining the list. Its really helping us to identify bogus journal. What's your opinion about European Journal of Education Studies (http://oapub.org/edu/index.php/ejes/index). Regards

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    That famous case (Phys Rev Lett) is also an illustrative that peer review can work as intended, as Einstein apparently radically changed the conclusion when he published it elsewhere. That his work would not be published with the current peer-review system is pure speculation.

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    A friend of mine has submitted a research work in a journal entitled "Research and reports in urology" published by Dove press. My concern is about the authenticity of the journal, since I am a co-author of the submitted paper. Furtermore, my friend didn't consult me prior to the submission. Now I am not sure whether to proceed with submission procedure and wait for the decision or retract the paper and decline the submission. Please suggest me the best option. Thanks in advance.

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