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Critical analysis of scholarly open-access publishing

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    […] Spammers Invite Researchers to Pay to Advertise Their Research Jeffrey Beall […]

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    <blockquote>Science Diffusion is the company that publishes Scientia, a glossy magazine / website that many at first think is a predatory journal. It’s not a scholarly, peer-reviewed journal. Instead, it’s an aggregation of paid advertisements for research and researchers — scientific puffery. A related service is Research Media. It used to employ the same aggressive and high-pressure spam and sales tactics as the services described above, but then in 2013 it was sold to Emerald Group Publishing. I have no evidence the firm has used spam email since its sale to Emerald.</blockquote> Do you mean "related" in the sense of the individuals involved? The UK Companies Registry directs my attention to <a href="https://beta.companieshouse.gov.uk/officers/A_2TAMHtMH5OHlKgffYEon3T8QA/appointments" rel="nofollow">Simon Peter Jones</a>, erstwhile director of Research Media, who parted ways with that company in 2014. Early this year he signed up as a director of "Research Publishing International" -- publisher of the magazine <a href="http://researchfeatures.com/" rel="nofollow">Research Features</a> -- and "Sci Ani", which is that magazine's multimedia "scientific animation" wing.* Starting from the other end... the domains for "scientiapublications.com" and "sciencediffusion.com" are held by <a href="http://domainbigdata.com/nj/lplVUNa_hOdP_wn-ZX6R7A" rel="nofollow">Avril Bagnall</a>. Who also registered the domains "scianic.com" and "sci-ani.com". As for the <b>company</b> <a href="https://beta.companieshouse.gov.uk/company/09747965/officers" rel="nofollow">Science Diffusion Ltd</a>, its directors are Avril and Nicholas Bagnall, where Nicholas was also a founding director -- along with Simon Jones -- of <a href="https://beta.companieshouse.gov.uk/company/10122338/officers" rel="nofollow">Sci Ani Ltd</a>. All these companies also use the same accountant in Bristol as their contact address. I have had no personal dealings with any of these magazines, and must leave it to others to decide whether they engage in spamming, cold-calling or sharp practices. But there does seem to be a lot of them, all targetting the same niche market of researchers who want to promote their work (so as to secure lucrative govt. / EU contracts, or to maintain existing contracts). It seems over-crowded. And they all seem to be set up by the same people. Any ideas why this particular niche in the science-publishing ecosystem seems to be centred in the UK? (with the exception of Atlas of Science). * In his role as "saintlysimon@gmail.com", Mr Jones holds a domain for <a href="http://domainbigdata.com/impactfactormagazine.com" rel="nofollow">Impact Factor Magazine</a>, which does not exist yet, and should not be confused with Science Impact. ** Avril Bagnall also founded the company "Knowledge Translation Media", with the same general business model, but that is in the process of winding up, and <a href="https://web.archive.org/web/20160419152204/http://www.knowledgetranslationmedia.com/" rel="nofollow">its website</a> is inn abeyance.

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    Thanks, I meant 'related' in the sense that they both offer a similar 'service.' I told myself I wasn't going to initiate any more lists, however ...

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    It's probably not a good idea; please see <a href="https://scholarlyoa.com/2012/11/05/lambert-academic-publishing-a-must-to-avoid/" target="_blank">here</a>.

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    STM Journals is not an open access publisher, so it's out of scope for my lists. It publishes subscription journals. Does your library subscribe to any of its journals? Mine does not. I think few libraries, especially here in the west, subscribe to them, so work published in them is largely hidden. Do you want to publish your work in a journal that few will ever read? You might want to find a stronger journal for your work.

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    Thanks for prompt reply. Mine does not too.

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    hi i made the same mistake. i published(?) in an OMIC journal. they asked for US 1500 after it got accepted. i have been ignoring them for a year now, but i am getting roughly one email every 2 months asking for the payment.

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    It seems to be more about Vienna and selling vacations in Vienna than about a scholarly conference. Why do so many Bulgarians set up conferences in Vienna? This conference is more about making money than about science.

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  • 11/17/16--05:17: Comment on Appeals by Jacob
  • Dear Beal, is PLOS publication reliable?

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    Sorry, I don't get the joke.

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    This journal is not on my list at this time.

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    I'm not surprised, given the state of scientific communication on LinkedIn - science-related groups are riddled with cranks and/or con artists peddling ridiculous pseudoscience, free-energy type inventions and "miracle cures", often going unchallenged because genuine scientists avoid such groups or have better things to do with their time. I used to use it to try to find interesting science stuff as well as job-related material (about the only thing it's vaguely useful for, as far as I can see), but now hardly ever go there after wasting way too much time arguing with these self-styled scientists and inventors. Among other things, I got into long arguments with a woman who claimed she could cure autism via "Infinite Intent Energy Healing", a guy who claimed he had an artificial intelligence and a scheme for building "stellar cells", various other free-energy and all-of-modern-physics-is-wrong cranks, and a supposed "alternative medicine" institute in India who turned out to be using a picture of a newspaper office in the UK as an image of their headquarters. In fact, I think it was the discovery that some of these people were publishing their "research" in dodgy journals that led me to this blog. (Then there's all the self-styled business gurus posting endless clickbait articles about "3 Ways To Win At Job Interviews" or "Millennials: How To Sell Stuff To These Strange Aliens" or "Believe In Yourself And You Can Be Rich Like Me" and the legions of fawning, incoherent sycophants metaphorically licking the boots of contributors.)

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    LinkedIn is absolutely useless.

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    It seems you haven't yet included www.langlit.org in your list please do check if it's reliable or not.

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    Could you please tell me about the authenticity of these two journals: 1) Journal of Infection and Public Health 2) American Journal of Gastroenterology.

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    I recommend against submitting papers to all journals from International Knowledge Press (IKP) including this journal.

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    LangLit is included on my list <a href="https://scholarlyoa.com/individual-journals/" target="_blank">here</a>. Thanks.

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    Neither journal is considered a predatory journal at this time.

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    This article is talking about journals using LinkedIn for advertising, though, not them publishing there.

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    Thanks, I agree, and I have added this journal to my list.

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