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Critical analysis of scholarly open-access publishing

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    The Indexing claims at "True Scholar" are eyebrow-raising. <i>First on the list</i> is "Advanced Sciences Index" -- which is already on your list of predatory pay-to-play indices. They were also trying to climb aboard the Article Identifier scamwagon, and were selling a "Unique Article Identifier Code (UAIC)". But alas for any customers, the ASI grifters neglected the formality of paying the website hosting fees, and their webpages are now replaced with a "Website Suspended" sign (inviting the owner to contact the service provider). There is a logo for SCIRUS, which Elsevier closed a while ago. There are <b>two</b> logos for Ulrich's Publication Directory, an old one and a new one. I am beginning to suspect that when these mooks go into the mockademic journal scam, they don't waste time researching scholarly indexing services, they just grab the logos that previous predators have used. An image search to see who else is using the old logo leads us to such luminaries as "SAMANM Group of Research Publications", "European Journal of Chemistry", "Global Society of Scientific Research and Researchers", etc. Cabell's Directories (an out-of-date logo)... But what stands out is that the link to the (moribund) ASI site is the only real link; for all the other indexing claims, there is only an image file. And all the stolen logos are hosted at "http://sric.scholarlinkresearch.com" -- which is a branch of <a href="http://scholarlinkresearch.com/contacts.php" rel="nofollow">Scholarlink Resource Centre</a>, a guy in Lagos,* already on your list. The "sric" in the extended site name is for <a href="http://sric.scholarlinkresearch.com/about-sric/" rel="nofollow">"Scholarlink Research Institute Conference"</a>... our man in Lagos (Block 227, Flat 4, Abesan Housing Estate) has ascended to the giddy empyrean of Conference Organiser, and aspires to batten on to the scamference money-teat! Though his site is still accepting payments to attend or to present at his <a href="http://sric.scholarlinkresearch.com/call-for-paper/" rel="nofollow"><b>July 2016</b> meeting in Leicester</a>, and there is no indication of 2017 meetings, so he may be resting on his laurels. So we go back to the "True Scholar" site, and click on the "Past Events" menu, and it offers glowing reports of meetings at "SRIC Ghana 2014", "SRIC Dubai 2015", "SRIC UK 2016". "True Scholar", in other words, is the successor to "Scholarlink Research Institute Conference". Is it the same people? A Ghana affiliate? Is it some wannabee who copied the entire SRIC website and filed off the serial number? Your guess is as good as mine. * A.k.a. Samson Ogbeide, a.k.a. <a href="http://domainbigdata.com/emergingresource.org" rel="nofollow">"Emerging Scientific Resource"</a>.

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    I don't think I've ever seen that weird hacek-like diacritical sign used instead of an ampersand.

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    Hi. I have recently come across virtus interpress and found them to be very suspicious as well. I see that you said you have removed it from your list, even though it satisfies the criterias you have listed here: https://scholarlyoa.files.wordpress.com/2015/01/criteria-2015.pdf. Could you shed some light on this please?

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    Google Image Search leads to an <a href="http://images.akamai.steamusercontent.com/ugc/434944433390406471/DF3D190BCDDE7A7ECB47C11FE08226EFB3DBE041/" rel="nofollow">earlier chromatic version</a>.

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    11th November, been going on for awhile and this is the second round of emails I've had from them, just this year. Dear Dr. G----, We still haven't been able to connect, could you please get back to me at your earliest convenience? The deadline for submitting a paper is flexible and I am happy to help in any way I can. Sincerely, Dr. Lisseth Tovar internalmedicinereview.org

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    Science Domain is a publisher included on my list <a href="https://scholarlyoa.com/publishers/" target="_blank">here</a>, so I recommend against submitting work to any of its journals. The European Journal of Business and Management is from a publisher called IISTE, and I have this publisher on my list also, so do avoid this journal and the others from IISTE. Inderscience is not on my list at this time. However, overall, few academic libraries subscribe to its journals (it is not an open-access publisher), so work published there may be hidden. Does your library subscribe to any of its journals?

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    There's a journal with that title published by a firm called Serials Publications. I have this publisher on my list <a href="https://scholarlyoa.com/publishers/" target="_blank">here </a>and recommend against submitting papers to any of its journals.

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    I get these as well even though my research is not anywhere near the medical field. Most recent chain started in Nov. with follow-up emails being sent through today. Annoying spam!

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    Mine was about reef fish, albeit population genetics so maybe it sounded vaguely medical.

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    greetings Mr. Jeffrey Beall I need a journal indexed within following publisher ( Elsevier,Springer, Springhouse,Scopus) that gives acceptance letter within one month approximately regarding research article in field of Nursing . Regards

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    Never fails, whenever I remove a publisher from my list, I get lots of communication asking why the publisher is not on my list and telling me it should be. The borderline cases are the toughest, and I do do back and forth on them sometimes, I admit. This one was never an open-access publisher, but I added it to the list as an exception because I found it especially exploitative. Now they informed me that they have cleaned up their act, so I decided to err on the side of caution and remove them. Immediately afterwards, I learned that this Ukraine-base publisher has mostly South African authors, essentially an (easy) vanity press authors from a single country.

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    Arne, thanks very much for alerting me to this journal. I have analyzed it and added it to my list. Thanks very much.

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    So far there are two contributions to the Ideal Journal of Psychology and Theology: <i>004 Distortion of Oil and Gas Infrastructure from Geomatics Support View by R. Ehigiator-Irughe, J.O. Ehiorobo, M. O. Ehigiator 001 Adsorption of Copper (II) By a Nigerian Brown Coal by C Ajaero, B.N Okolue and R. N. Oze</i> Did these authors actually submit their manuscripts to the IJOPAT, or to some other journal, only to have them re-allocated? Either way, these are Write-Only journals, not intended to be read (I suspect, from the traffic-monitoring widget on the journals' pages, that the only people visiting the site go there from ScholarlyOA). Not that there is a lot of Writing going on either... the IJOPAT is not keeping up to the bimonthly publication plan, with those two contributions comprising the only issue from January 2016. Other journals in the stable are doing little better. The "Ideal Journal of Pure and Applied Sciences (IJESAM)" (short for "Ideal Journal of Environmental Science and Management" -- they couldn't decide which name to use) has only a Dec. 2015 issue.

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    Craig has repeatedly fraudulently claimed various affiliations. Craig took 8 years to get a basic science degree at Brigham Young University, USA, according to Linked In. He is not and has ever been in the science profession or in science publishing.

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    In reference to the use of the ASG/ASA salutation, in earlier posts, to give Craig credibility on this site the ASG/ASA responded as below, clearly admonishing Craigs fraudulent use of their organisation. Letter date 11/12/2015 Dear Dr. Browne,    In response to your letter dated 27th November 2015, we (Amphibian Specialist Group (ASG) Secretariat)  had a Skype conversation with Mr. Craig Hassapakis on November 30th, 2015 and asked him not to use  his Amphibian Specialist Group (ASG) signature in any communications that are outside of the scope of  his duties for the ASG. As Co‐Chairs of the ASG, we reserve the right to determine the best course of  action, and we are satisfied that Mr. Hassapakis has understood what has been requested of him. We  will take appropriate action should this issue occur again.

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    Thank you for this warning, I just came back from a conference too and got their email .

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    Thanks!

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    Dear Beall, International journal of current research is yet another predatory journal. Please varify. http://www.journalcra.com/publication-ethics Thanks! Vardhan

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    dear sir , i do have some original work and afraid to send any where on the area of business and economies and i need your help to recommend me an open access journal which is out of those list please plus i am form less developing country consider also the cost. and looking positive replay soon !! with regards

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    Yes, I agree. I have The <em>International Journal of Current Research</em> included on my list <a href="https://scholarlyoa.com/individual-journals/" target="_blank">here</a>.

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