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Can you help me, I have an article I published in the journal of biology or environment, but must have an impact factor, please who has experience advise me the names of these journals,
Nope. I called them to get more information and asked if I would get paid – they said no, the “payment” comes in the form of networking opportunities / the prestige of presenting.
I also asked who asked them to organize that conference, or if they were organizing it on behalf of a government department. They said no. I asked who benefits financially from the fees, they said their company does.
Sorry, your question is a little unclear. Are you saying that you have an article you want to publish in a biological or environmental sciences journal, and want to know which ones have legitimate impact factors? Or are you saying that you have already published an article in a particular journal (it’s unclear which one, since “the journal of biology or environment” doesn’t appear to be an exact title) and want to know if this journal has a legitimate impact factor?
Do you know of any? You can share with us. Predatory is predatory irrespective of where it is coming from.
Predatory journals keep spring up like mushrooms from every continent- no exceptions! It used to be from Africa, India, Pakistan and the Middle East. Now these journals are popping up from the US, Canada, and Switzerland.
I guess this is what you are looking for?
I contacted a Russian academic I am acquainted with, Daria Khaltourina about these journals. She says the are good journals. You can look up Daria on wikipedia.
“She is the head of the Group of the Monitoring of Global and Regional Risks of the Russian Academy of Sciences, co-chairperson of the Russian Coalition for Alcohol Control, as well as the Russian Coalition for Tobacco Control. She is a laureate of the Russian Science Support Foundation Award in “The Best Economists of the Russian Academy of Sciences” nomination (2006).”
Note that this conference was not in Amsterdam, but in an IBIS hotel in Badhoevedorp, a very boring village/suburb in the neighbourhood of Amsterdam. It has no relations with the Amsterdam universities.
Dear jeffrey Beall
How can i add my article on ur journal
[…] sensitive, possibly over-inclusive, list of predatory publishers and predatory journals known as Beall’s list. A complementary way to check journals is the Directory of Open Access Journals. You can also […]
I applaud the president and other University of Colorado officials for their support of academic freedom. I bet others would have caved under such pressure. Keep up the good work, Jeffrey.
As rightly pointed out by a commenter on Leonid Schneider’s blog, in their letter to University of Colorado officials Frontiers try to give the impression they are associated with the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL), although they are a commercial company that just happens to be located in the Innovation Park on the same campus as EPFL.
I believe the Clute Institute would qualify.
Oh dear – I replied to the spam email sent to me….
I have no experience personally with Frontiers, but I know someone who submitted a manuscript there because (living outside the US) I sometime help non-native speakers with their manuscripts. The subject area of the student was not my primary area of research, but I know enough to help with writing a good paper in general.
The student came back to me several times during the reviewing process and asked me how to address the reviewer’s comments on the science and how to improve specific sentences. In that case, I think the reviewer’s requests were quite sensible and I helped the student address the concerns properly and it was eventually published.
I didn’t know that Frontiers was actually on this list, but anyway, I was not involved in any aspect of that decision process.
As a counter example, I can also vividly recall another instance where I was asked to review for a fairly high impact factor journal (subscription based) where the authors said they did things and corrected things after the first round, and quite in fact they didn’t do more than a cosmetic correction of my “minor comments”. The editor there took the side of the authors and ignored my objections.
I always seem to come back to pointing out that the publication process relies very heavily on the good faith of all parties involved. The editor in Frontiers should have checked, but if an author says he/she fixed something, you usually assume that they did what was claimed. Applying the same measuring stick, perhaps I should have excoriated the high impact (subscription) journal. Lack of good faith is affecting both OA and subscription based journals.
That said, I am sorry to read that Frontiers is attacking you. It would be better that they focus their energies on correcting any detected problems with their journal.
Frontiers is one of the first Scientific Spammers that we listed when we fired up the list. The listing for
inetnum: 18.104.22.168 – 22.214.171.124
descr: Frontiers Media SA IP Space
dates from 6 March 2014.
This case indicates that not all predatory journals/publishers (or, perhaps more pertinently, predatory publishers identified on this blog) are based in non-First World countries.
Once again I’m baffled by the ridiculous, grammatically unsound and/or emotive language used by predatory publishers when defending themselves from allegations. The reference to “beauty” in this article made me roll my eyes, so I went looking for the original quote from the defending letter at ( https://drive.google.com/file/d/0By2HqPi4t2RbWFh4cnNQU3VnWTg/view ):
“I would like to conclude by saying that for me and for many-many [sic] thousands of fellow scientists, Frontiers is [sic] beautiful and pure jewel. I was expecting everyone to share this feeling but I have learned over the years that when one succeeds there are always some that become bitter and envious of this success; some resist progress, others even try to destroy it. I wish that people like Mr. Beall could see the beauty when it is there – when the underlying passion is to improve the world and change it to [sic] the better, as is the case with Frontiers.”
This sounds like a teenager defending their favourite TV show on Tumblr, or a sycophant sucking up to a billionaire on LinkedIn, or an Oscars acceptance speech, or even a toddler throwing a temper tantrum, not a professional letter. “Waaaah! Why can’t you see the beauty?! Why are you so meeeeeean! You’re just jealous! I’m gonna hold my breath until you stop being such a meeeeeeanieeeeee!”
Reblogged this on <a href="https://kenmitton.wordpress.com/2016/10/27/dont-use-pubmed-as-a-journal-whitelist/" rel="nofollow">Ken Mitton, PhD FARVO</a> and commented:
An important post from the Scholarly Open Access blog by Jeffrey Beall, University of Colorado. Why you cannot trust many publications in PubMed searches these days, but how to confirm trusted journal list by searching just Medline. Know the difference.
AASoci means <em>Advances in Applied Sociology</em>, a journal published by SCIRP, or Scientific Research Publishing. I have this publisher included on my <a href="https://scholarlyoa.com/publishers/" target="_blank">list</a>, and I recommend you avoid it.
OALib is also from SCIRP, so do avoid it also.
No, it’s from SCIRP, and I have this publisher on my list. Don’t waste your time reviewing papers from this publisher.