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Critical analysis of scholarly open-access publishing

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    An interesting post, Jeff, Thanks. All these stuffs called 'DOI, UOI, etc.' are useless and money-oriented projects. Their 'unique' goal is to collect money on the back of naive researchers and publishers. Among the conditions of attribution of DOI is that the publisher should keep his journal online otherwise the DOI won't work! Just ridiculous and senseless. If publishers should keep their journals forever, then what does DOI serve for, supposedly to be a persistent and permanent identifier if one should keep his journal alive? This condition clearly illustrates the hidden aim of DOI for money only, nothing else. Otherwise, what is the usefulness of using DOI that redirect you to the journal itself when searching an article by its DOI? What is the added value of DOI in published articles? Nothing, absolutely nothing. Publishers pay for DOIs hundreds of dollars per year plus 1-2 dollars per article and then they claim not to be for profit! Millions dollars per year and they say not-for-profit! Fantastic! How much should they win if they were for profit, then? DOI are useless but only for enriching their founder partners. DOI is less than 20 years old and journals and publishers have been working very well for centuries without DOI or any other so-called identifier. The best identifier ever for publications or any other object or material is the author's name, his article's title (or object) and the date of publication (or manufacturing), nothing else. This information is the most persistent and memorable information ever than a complex and long series of letters and numbers, so-called DOI!

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    I filed a FTC (Federal Trade Commission) complaint today against these creeps.

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    His work is dishonest he is destroying science where is ministry of higher education in Jordan to deal with this .Actually many Doctors in universities depend in their promotion on Al-Tawahie published articles, even his university did not deal with this phenomenon. An urgent action is required and all promotions must be revised .

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    The DOI is widely recognised and adopted. The UOI is basically non-existent. If I go the DOI website and type in the DOI of an article, I will be reliably directed to the journal article. The UOI appears to lack this function, but at this stage it is questionable that this would be of any use, as while CrossRef lists 5322 publishers participating in the use of DOI, including the largest and most reputable, UOI currently lists only 29 obscure journals.

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    Dear Beall, I got to know about this conference http://www.wasrti.org/10th-international-conference-on-envirotech-cleantech-and-greentech-ecg-21-22-feb-2017-dubai-about-43 by WASRTI. Please what do you think about it?

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    I think it's completely bogus, and I strongly discourage you from registering or attending.

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    "Scientific Letters": I...O...U!

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    People from IIT's and NIT's and other reputed colleges of India are well aware of these bogus, fake and low standard journals and publishers. So they are not a threat to Indian intellectuality. Good researchers in India prefers journals from Springer, Elsevier, T&F Willey etc. All the reputed colleges have their own list of acceptable journals. For example, I am putting a list from my department (Geotechnical Engineering): S. No. Society/Publisher Name of Journal 1. ICE publishing, Thomas Telford Ltd., London: Geotechniques, Environmental Geotechnics, International Journal of Physical Modeling in Geotechnics, Ground Improvement, Geosynthetics International 2. Japanese Geotechnical Society, Tokyo: Soils & Foundations 3. ASTM: Journal of ASTM International, Journal of Testing and Evaluation (JTE)Geotechnical Testing Journal (GTJ) 4. Science Direct/Elsevier: Soil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering, International Journal of Rock Mechanics and Mining Sciences, Geotextiles and Geomembranes, Computers and Geotechnics 5. Springer: Soil Mechanics and Foundation Engineering, Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering, Granular Matter, Geotechnical & Geological Engineering, Geotectonics, Acta Geotechnica, Earthquake Engineering and Engineering Vibrations, Bulletin of Engg. Geology and the Environment, Sadhna, Indian Academy of Sciences, Bulletin of Earthquake Engineering, Journal of Seismology, KSCE Journal of Civil Engineering, Natural Hazards, Indian Geotechnical Journal, Journal of Geological Society of India, Journal of Earth System Science, International Journal of Geo-Engineering 6. ASCE: Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering, International Journal of Geomechanics, Natural Hazards Review 7. NRC Research Press, Canadian Science Publishing, Proquest Canadian Geotechnical Journal 8. Indian Society for Rock Mechanics and Tunelling Technology: Journal of Rock Mechanics and Tunelling Technology 9. Indian Society of Earthquake Technology, Roorkee Journal of Earthquake Technology 10. Taylor & Francis Geomechanics and Geoengineering: Journal of Earthquake Engineering, Cogent Engineering, Georisk Journal, Geomatics, Natural Hazards and Risk, International Journal of Geotechnical EngineeringIn association with J. Ross Publishing 11. Wiley Inter-Science International Journal for Numerical and Analytical Methods in Geomechanics 12. International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering The International Journal of Geoengineering Case Histories 13. Indian Academy of Sciences: Current Science 14. Southeast Asian Geotechnical Society: Journal of Southeast Asian Geotechnical Society 15. Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) Earthquake Spectra 16. Seismological Society of America: Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America 17. The European Geosciences Union: Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences If you want to analyse the quality of Indian Publishing then please check these societies and their journals. You won't be disappointed i bet. 1. Indian Geotechnical Society and its Journal. 2. Indian Society for Earthquake technology and its Journal. 3. Indian Society for Rock Mechanics and Tunelling Technology and its journal. 4. Geological Society of India and its Journal. 5. Indian Academy of Science and its Journals. 6. The Institution of Engineers and its journal. and many more. The above publishers belongs to one my field only and there are many more quality publishers in other fields as well in India. But yes but people who lack experience can fall into the trap of fake/bogus publishers and journals. Low standard predatory publishers are basically thieves and thieves don't have any religion or country.

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    I received the same mail message today, referencing a paper on organic chemistry. Complete rubbish.

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    Wow. Pay to be on the editorial board... Does anyone know if this is a first?

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    Jeff... as an open access best practices consultant, I grieve right along with you. Thanks again for what you provide. Peaches Udoma

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    Jeffrey Beall. Who are you? What is your authority to asses journal?

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    Are you sure it's an invitation to publish? This is one of those "researcher promotion services" companies. You pay them to write a glowing article about your research, and they publish it on their website and in their glossy magazine.

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    […] Open-Access Journal Charges People to Serve on Its Editorial Board Jeffrey Beall […]

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    I am not so sure all these people on the Editorial Board have been "duped". Do not underestimate the lure of being on the Editorial Board of a journal, even if you have to pay for it and know the journal isn't much good. You can put it on your CV, and when you're up for your next evaluation, you just expect (hope, really), that no one on that evaluation committee checks up on the quality of the journal. It's the same as believing that all those who submit to predatory publishers are being "duped": many simply are not. They know their paper will be handled favorably by such journals.

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    This journal is really good & maintain all standards. Maximum journal charges publication fees & some journals also charges editorial board membership fees. Nothing wrong, no guidelines are there that the if the journal charges fees then it's wrong & it's only after acceptance. The journal maintains all parameter & presently it's office is Calcutta. The address also mentioned "Contact Us" pages.

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    Just received the same series of three e mails from Lisseth Tovar from Internal Medicine Review. The personalised first mail, third mail ending with the journal sign in details. Haven't tried them!

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    Is Platinum OA different from Diamond OA? or the same thing?

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    […] “Lambert Academic Publishing: A Must to Avoid” […]

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