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Critical analysis of scholarly open-access publishing

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    I have been sent several more each one escalating the and trying to be more legitimate: Dear Dr. Cox, 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. I am also pasting links to a couple of our recently published articles so you may have a sense of the style and formatting. Current Technological State of Radiation Therapy for the Treatment of Lung Cancer Longitudinal Follow-up Study of Bone Mineral Density in Adult Survivors of Solid Pediatric Cancers Sincerely, Dr. Lisseth Tovar And most recently: Dear Dr. Cox, 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? Login page: http://internalmedicinereview.org/index.php/imr/login Username: IMR2 Password: j12345 Sincerely, Lisseth

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    Looking at the names of the "people" there, they look very generic, all quite short an very basic: Linda Morris, Helen White and some more (Daria Miller). I believe it is all fake, either a computer spits out these letters or???? Essentially everyone in science should avoid these "journals" and tell young people to avoid them, I do so.

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    Just checked "conferences" starting in 3 days have no program up, no speakers, quite late. Many photos of speakers are presented in an offending way, either stretched or squeezed, same people show up again and again. Some "conference" are run in parallel, great if organizers can do this :-). Universities should be warned not to allow spending money for these bogus events.

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    Jeff, what about CME and CE accredits for OMICS events??? PS: http://diabeticmedications.conferenceseries.com/ http://www.dentalcongress.com/europe/ Thanks Lalitha

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    Given the huge list of fake journals I wish to know the list of authentic journals for statistical related work. Thanks

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    Unitedscholars.net. There’s an interesting site. The info is nicely hidden. Someone put some money into that one. & that copyright transfer policy---very handy for subsequently selling books on Amazon (probably why the submission fee is so low). While they seem new on the open access scene, I have my doubts as to whether a newbie could have this operation running so smoothly from the start. So, in order to dig a little deeper, I downloaded their ‘Instructions for Book Chapter Authors’ (http://www.unitedscholars.net/books.html) document and decided to try my hand at googling a phrase that seemed generic enough to belong to a sister operation, but hopefully less likely to be from an unrelated (or 'non-predatory') publisher. Here’s what I googled: "If there are any figures or other material which the publisher is unable to utilize, the submission is also considered to be incomplete” This search turned out almost a page worth of results dedicated to Nova Science Publishers (novapublishers.com) or... these guys: https://scholarlyoa.com/2015/05/26/watch-out-for-publishers-with-nova-in-their-name/ I clicked on the following result, which features a ‘Note for Contributors:’ https://www.novapublishers.com/catalog/contrib.php?products_id=8943 Here’s Nova's text: "If there are any figures that the Publisher is unable to utilize, the submission is also considered incomplete.” Here’s some more overlap: United Scholars- "All diagrams, photographs, illustrations and charts (not tables) are to be referred to in the text as Figures and should be numbered consecutively. These figures must be supplied as separate electronic files named in the format in which they were created and must be in one of the following formats: tiff, bitmap, jpeg, gif, ppt, psd, png or eps. The required resolution of these figures must be 350-750 dpi. The higher the resolution, the clearer the printed image.” Nova- "All diagrams, photographs, illustrations, and charts (not tables) should be referred to in the text as Figures, and they should be numbered consecutively with Arabic numerals. These figures must be supplied as separate electronic files named in the format in which they were created, and they must be one of the following types: tiff, bitmap, jpeg, gif, ppt, psd, png, or eps. The resolution of these figures must be 350-750 dpi. The higher the resolution, the clearer the printed image." Then, upon inspecting Nova’s copyright transfer form (manuscript submission), I found that it is unquestionably identical to United Publisher’s (complete with the big red text at the top): Nova- https://www.novapublishers.com/web/web_files/ForAuthorDocuments/Copyright%20Transfer%20Form%20with%20Manuscript%20Submission.pdf United (form download links are on the far right, upper middle)- http://www.unitedscholars.net/books.html Nova Science also happens to have a handy Amazon account where they profit from your work. Same old song and dance.

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    Good question.

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    Today, I got this mail from Austin Journal of Nutrition and Food sciences Hope you have a great day and special greetings from Austin Group! As one of the leading journals on open access and invites Guest Editors to propose a Special Issue We are pleased to announce a special issue on “Antioxidants in Foods”. The following topic you may wish to consider is: “Antioxidants in Foods.” The proposal deadline would be “25-35 Days” from now. Therefore, if the following Topic is not related to you, kindly let us know the related topic under the journal. Our Journal Welcomes Guest Editors for Special Issue roles involved: 1. Proposed titles of the special issue 2. The size of the special issue is 5 - 7 manuscripts 3. Editing, Reviewing, Proofing for the all articles will be undertaken by the Austin Publishing Group team. 4. Submit your brief CV 5. Confirm the participation and let me know the deadline (Note: If you could submit one manuscript the deadline would be 25-35 days, if you could handle a guest editor role with 5-7 special articles the deadline would be 3-4 Months) Once your manuscript is received, it will be peer reviewed and once accepted, you will receive an acceptance letter. We hope we will receive a positive response. Please respond to this invitation within 48 hrs. Sincerely, Helen Ruth Editorial, Office- Austin Journal of Nutrition and Food sciences #46, Casselberry Way, Monroe Township, NEW JERSEY 08831, USA Tel: +1-201-655-7075 Email: nutrition-food@austinpublishinggroup.com http://austinpublishinggroup.com/nutrition-food-sciences/archive.php

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    Dear Beall - "INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ADVANCED RESEARCH IN BASIC ENGINEERING SCIENCES AND TECHNOLOGY" www.ijarbest.com - SCI indexed ?

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    Yes, it's included on my list <a href="https://scholarlyoa.com/individual-journals/" target="_blank">here </a>and should be avoided by all researchers.

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    <em>GMS German Medical Science </em>is not on my list at this time.

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    You yourself can check <a href="http://ip-science.thomsonreuters.com/mjl/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">here</a>. I do not see it appearing in SCI.

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    Thank you very much for such important highlighting. I received a similar e-mail.

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    Let's first define what "quality" means and how do we determine it? "Quality" is a very subjective term that does not mean much in the scientific arena. The same applies for "superior editor" that you used here. What a "superior editor" or "superior reviewer" would mean? The indicators you mention are often false or biased indicators. Editors and reviewers are humans whatever the journals or fields. They could have plus or minus experiences and could be right or wrong, and this is not specific to a given journal, either. Of course, when money is the sole goal, there would be many issues whatever the journal. Note, however, the goal of all journals is primarily money, particularly for Nature and Science.... Take a look at their subscription fees or their open access fees and will you see! These journals abuse of the naivety of many scientists and administrators who believe that these journals are "top" journals while in reality, they are not. Do you find it normal that a library should pay hundreds of thousands of dollars per year as a subscription fee for Nature or Science while the money could be used to develop or modernize the library itself or improve the conditions of its employees? Neither the content, nor the real costs of any journals, as highly ranked as it could be, justify such exorbitant fees. The standards are also an elastic term that varies from field to another and from one person to another. However, the scientific methodology is often the same; observation, test and discussion and conclusion. The discussions and conclusions are often personal views that could be true or false, whatever the journal, author, editor or reviewer...

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    Here is another one, http://www.journalijar.com/ calls itself:::::::::: International Journal of Advanced Research (IJAR) ISSN 2320-5407 ty.

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    Greetings Prof. Beall, what do you think of the journals listed in this site? http://www.siats.co.uk/journals-article/ Regards

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    "Quality" and assessments of manuscripts are subjective opinions of people who might be "right" or "wrong", depending on what and how we consider something as "right" or "wrong". Editors and reviewers who are in charge of a manuscript in a given journal do not exceed ~ 3-4 people in most cases, so they do not necessarily represent the whole community and their opinions might be less or more critical than they should be. I strongly agree with you, many editors and reviewers could be politicians, or politicized, or thieves of ideas, and this happens in all journals including Science and Nature. Actually, considering the many biased advantages to publish in these journals, the theft of ideas might be much more frequent than in other journals as reviewers or editors always try to draw benefit for their own agenda. In addition to steal authors' ideas, Science and Nature steal ideas from each other. In many cases, they cover similar topics or special issues either at the same time or successively. Besides, they accept papers more easily when authors publish in either one! I do not say that all people who submit to these journals they do it to game the system because the system is already gamed, so they continue to gaming it further! Now, with the Internet, the broadcast of interesting ideas is no more limited to journal X or Y. A simple post on a website could help popularize or broadcast ideas. Gone the day of the monopoly of scientific advancements by some journals, but the naivety of many so-called scientists does not help mitigating this harm. I saw many examples of "scientists" bragging their published paper in Science and Nature even when they publish in one of the mushrooming or countless journals of the NPG group: one author has tagged his paper published in Scientific Reports as "Nature Scientific Reports"! You can imagine the goal behind such a show-off! Many Chinese journals are now published in association with NPG in a paid model (as was the case for Frontiers) and I suppose that Chinese authors would also brag all their publications as Nature Journal X, Y, Z....! In other words, many Chinese societies now delegate the publications of their own journals to NPG to appear "prestigious" in the eye of other competitors or countries against an important amount of money paid to Nature for this purpose! You should know the ridiculous example that a Chinese author will get recompenses of $30,000 when they publish in Science or Nature, as if the letters or pages of Nature or Science were made from diamond and other journals from dust! You can imagine the pressure and frauds that such a policy could generate particularly in the absence of ethical rules.

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    Hello there, I was just about to delete yet another message (below) from the persistent Dr. Lisseth Tovar when I decided to Google her while having a coffee and found your great site and all this info! Dear Dr. Leathem, 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. I am also pasting links to a couple of our recently published articles so you may have a sense of the style and formatting. Current Technological State of Radiation Therapy for the Treatment of Lung Cancer Longitudinal Follow-up Study of Bone Mineral Density in Adult Survivors of Solid Pediatric Cancers Sincerely, Dr. Lisseth Tovar These emails are so annoying, I was just saying to my friends daughter who has been forwarding text scams from her new phone - ALWAYS Google first to check. So we really do appreciate the time and effort you take to help us beat the scammers. Very best wishes

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    Not received the reply yet !! Even I have the same question.

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