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Critical analysis of scholarly open-access publishing

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    What would be interesting to know is which are the bona-fide Indian (or Nigerian) journals that exist, so that we can make a white list for them.

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    […] Scam journals are harvesting junk research. Compulsions are never the way to set things straight. If the quality of medical research has to improve, the research must have passion in it.  […]

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    I recommend you submit your future papers to journals from a better publisher.

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    […] Scam Publisher OMICS International Buying Legitimate Journals Jeffrey Beall […]

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    Happily, this bad news has received media coverage in Canada: http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/offshore-firm-accused-of-publishing-junk-science-takes-over-canadian-journals-1.3093472

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    The Toronto Star, source of the story linked by Steven Hwang above, is a quite prominent newspaper in Canada. Happily, this bad news has also been covered on the website of one of the major TV networks: http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/offshore-firm-accused-of-publishing-junk-science-takes-over-canadian-journals-1.3093472

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    If you look at the information at http://eitkadium.blogspot.my/2016/09/what-editors-say.html,they submit similar papers to different journals at the same time. That is why the editors couldn't detect the self-plagiarism.

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    Dear Dr. Beall, I want to know why this journal in your list? "Journal of Theoretical and Applied Information Technology (JATIT)"

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    When I analyzed it, I found instances of plagiarism among the published articles. It appears this is a one-man operation, and the journal is run out of an apartment. If one seeks fast and easy acceptance of papers and has the funds to pay for that, this journal is fine.

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    Hi Jeff Your readers should stay tuned to the FTC today and Monday, as I've been told they will be responding to a 228 page document from OMICS which sets out its defence.

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    My experience with frontiers was that I was a review editor and I started to receive quite a number of review requests outside of my field of experience. I complained to the editor in chief about that no response. Then I tried to delete my account, however, I did not find the right button. As a last resort I changed my name to No Reviews Accepted. The next I had a request to referee an article it started with "Dear Dr. No Reviews".

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    Thanks for the alert!

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    Hi Fiona I'm not an expert but I think there is a difference between sending a reply (such as would be the case with an out of office autoreply) and a server-level rejection. I think (but I stand to be corrected) that the former alerts the sender that the account is active, whereas the latter is an automatic process with the opposite effect (server-level rejection would also occur if the mailbox doesn't exist or if an account is closed, for example). I haven't noticed any increase in spam since starting this practice, and with the exception of peertechz no-one has deliberately worked around it, although a couple of others seem to have an autorejection autoreply strategy where the next email comes from bounce@omicsgroup.com or whoever. When I try to add 'bounce' to my list of rejection strings it doesn't work. Maybe this one is built in as a function of my email server software so cannot be blocked, I don't know. I fully agree never to click the unsubscribe link though - I think they use them to harvest addresses for their friends to send more junk! I used to get 10 or more of these messages a day, now it's down to one or two a week and apart from the peertechz exception noted above they are all newbies and just get added to the list!

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    I just received an e-mail yesterday from Infonex asking to present at "our upcoming annual information & records management conference for the public sector," without actually giving the name of the conference. The topic they want me to present is only tangentially related to my area of expertise - plus I don't know why they'd want an academic librarian to talk about government records management. It seems to me that if you're able to get only quasi-relevant speakers, chances are it's not worth the price of entry. It is my opinion that this is a predatory conference.

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    For anyone who hasn't seen it, here is OMICS' response to the FTC lawsuit: https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/3115807-OMICS-response-to-FTA-lawsuit.html What I find both ridiculous and disturbing is that parts of the response document is written in exactly the same kind of incorrect English ("the possibility of launching the defamation proceedings against FTC in a surficial capacity", "Our client's modus operandi and intend to start the open access publications") seen on predatory journals' websites and in the papers they publish, and with exactly the kind of wounded "waaaah, you're all meanies! We are awesome! Look at how awesome we are! Haters gonna hate!" tone one would expect from a less-than-stellar rebuttal on an Internet message board.

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    Dear, Is the following journal is good to publish a paper? Journal : http://ijns.femto.com.tw/

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    Dear Prof Beall, I would like to know if "Pharmacognosy Magazine" published by phcog.net is a predatory journal. Thank you

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    Hi, Please could you let me know about International Journal of Computer Science and Network Security, www.ijcsns.org , It is included in Thomson Reuter master list. I need information about this journal.

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    I recommend against sending papers to this journal. It is included on my list <a href="https://scholarlyoa.com/individual-journals/" target="_blank">here</a>. I do see this journal included in TR's <em>Emerging Sources Citation Index</em>, but I think they are making a big mistake.

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    […] publications aimed at artificially inflating their CV and heighten their reputation via the use of predatory journals, double publication, parroting, unnecessary self-citation, complacent cross-citation and […]

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