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Critical analysis of scholarly open-access publishing

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    When trying to access the Ayan Creatives website from the link you posted, it appears the account has been suspended. Such a short amount of time after this discussion...suspicious.

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    "That the reviewer didn’t find any complain with a manuscript does not imply the service provided is poor." It does when the papers are of such poor quality as those seen in many predatory journals.

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    Regarding whether my experiences.. "out weigh the hundreds of examples of predatory behaviour that have been documented by Jeffrey Beall..." Please, I refer you to COPE (http://publicationethics.org/) to find out the enormity of misbehaviour of these other journals.

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    It is quite an overstatement to label an entire city to be corrupt due to a few bad names. I have been a consistent observer of this page and I have had my share of conflicts with Jeffrey. While I do not endorse his blanket classification of OA journals, I do appreciate his hard work in the subject. This article is plagued by his non-scientific predisposition of gross generalization. And please do correct the map of India. The main reason behind this explosion of journals from India is the pressure of publishing. Both PI and students are constantly monitored solely on their publication numbers. As a result quantity becomes supreme over quality.

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    I have gone through this so called criteria list. I have mixed reaction towards them. But the fact is that if we strictly abide by those criteria, then many journals published by the likes of NPG, Elsevier and Springer will fall in the gambit of being predatory. I have seen a scientifically good paper with awful English in one of the frontline Springer journals. I even had a lengthy conversation with people at SCIRP. Although I do not endorse their line of thought on questionable articles, I do not accept the kind of generalization Jeffrey does. I have previously, on this blog-page, given my own example where I had published one paper in a SCIRP journal. It had gone through peer review and I had to revise my manuscript once. And I have also published in journals under Elsevier and Springer. I did not see much difference in the quality of Peer review.

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    Starting a sentence with "Attempt is made" is, as far as I'm aware (as a native English speaker) never grammatically correct - conceivably a bullet point or other phrase that isn't a complete sentence with "Attempt is made" might be OK. However, as the beginning of a properly formulated sentence it doesn't work - the correct phrasing would be "An attempt is made" or "Attempts are made". Starting with "Attempt is made" is a typical and entirely understandable error to make when translating from another language where grammar is different.

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    Again typical Beall. While this journal is indeed a bad place to publish, sweeping Ayurveda as pseudoscience actually indicates his unstable minds. There are countless scientists who actually understand science, working on the medicinal effects of several plants that are central to Ayurveda. There are prestigious journals that publish such articles. So according to him, all those are just pseudoscience. I would like to know what part of science does he understand? Is he a missing link of humanity who knows all science subjects to the level that he can comment on everything ranging from mathematics to biology!!!!

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    Dear Sir/madam This article is eye opening for most of the authors who have opt the shortcut method of publishing the work and claiming the advancement in their career. UGC / AICT must direct all their affiliated Institute to curb this minnace

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    […] revealed in AFP. Sadly, I discovered that many journal editors (particularly these operated by predatory publishers) weren’t almost as enthusiastic as Dr. Laine about getting authors to confess any wrongdoing. […]

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    Dear Jeffrey sir, Pl suggest me some chemistry journals which is not questionable. Why some CSIR journals have less impact factor? Now I confused Who is responsible for such questionable journals

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    thanks

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    Sorry, I limit my work to identifying low-quality and predatory journals and cannot recommend good ones. I do not know enough about the Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR) to be able to answer your question, so let me refer you directly to that organization for an answer.

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    I haven't fully analyzed it. I generally limit my analyses to open-access journals and publishers. If you find it fishy (and at first look it looks highly questionable to me), I would suggest you find a conference from a non-profit scholarly society in your field.

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    1 = World Scientific is not on my list at this time. 2 = SciTechnol is on my list, so I recommend you avoid all its journals.

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    The <em>Indian Journal of Public Health</em> is not on my list at this time. The <em>International Journal of Community Medicine and Public Health</em> is from a publisher called Medip Academy, another fake academy, and this publisher is on my list. Therefore, I recommend you not send any papers to this journal.

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    In my opinion, both of these conference companies are extremely low quality and or predatory. I recommend you find authentic conferences from a non-profit scholarly society in your discipline. These two companies exist only to make easy profit from researchers.

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    Is there some sort of petition we can sign to prevent such journals being indexed? Dear XXX I hope this email finds you well. I wanted to get in touch with you about a paper you authored entitled "XXXXXX.". Firstly, thank you for taking the time to publish this, it was an interesting read. Have you continued working in this area? If you have any other articles or ongoing research I would love to know more. I am hoping to discuss with you having a short follow-up article or perhaps a review article published in one of the next issues of the journal I serve as an editor for, the Medical Research Archives. I think our readers would be interested in a paper with information from any continued research or new data since this was published. It would be especially helpful if the article could be written for more of a general medicine audience so that many sub specialties could gain from it. The article would not have to be long, and any of your co-authors or colleagues would be welcome to contribute to it. I am happy to assist in any way I can, and there is no hard deadline. Could you please let me know your thoughts on this? Sincerely, Dr. Kateryna Bielka, M. D. Senior Editor Medical Research Archives

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    Mike, I can basically agree with you. However, I think corruption in commercial publishers is a more insidious one in the sense that the pressures of rankings and keeping up with the Jones drives them to ever more increasingly hyped up articles. It ultimately tends to reward spiv science over hard, dedicated, dutiful digging on a topic that is not sexy but is vitally important to genuine scientific progress. This, in turn, gradually discourages researchers from pounding the beat on the very difficult research topics, and digging very deep. I see this in biology where people rarely seems to pick at the fundamentals because such work gets little more than a yawn from the top-tier publishers (OA and commercial) -- for an enormous input of work. So, in a way, whereas fraud is really shocking with commercial publishers, it is the things that are not mentioned that are even more troubling in my mind.

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    I received a similar letter last night.

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    This <a href="http://jppres.com/jppres/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">journal </a>is not on my list at this time.

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