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Critical analysis of scholarly open-access publishing

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    The websites for Academic Fora and the ICSSH conference both fly waving red flags that are large enough to make it unnecessary to ask for a second opinion. Any organizer that 1) holds such overly broad conferences; 2) holds the same conference in multiple cities around the world; 3) holds multiple conferences at the same time; 4) promises double peer review will take place in under 2 weeks should be treated with suspicion. I've observed the set up at 2 Academic Fora conferences in Tokyo. My suggestion is don't waste your time or money.

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    http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2016/12/predatory-publishers-gain-foothold-indian-academia-s-upper-echelon

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    Is that your bias or based on facts? Unless you can point it out with relevant statistics it's just your bias!

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  • 12/19/16--03:00: Comment on Appeals by Romain
  • Hello, you've stated in 2015 that IJETI (International Journal of Engineering and Technology Innovation) is not predatory. Is it still true? They've contact me by mail asking to review a paper out of my scope (according to the abstract), calling me doctor (i'm still PhD student) and the review is due to 2017-01-09 (I suppose Taiwan date format so yyyy-mm-dd) ! Thanks

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    This journal is not on my list at this time.

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    Yeah, Curtis & Wyss Group are definitely scams. I registered for one event, then it was postponed and in a result never happened. No communication from their side, no replies to my emails. I asked the hotel in Berlin, they claimed as the venue, they also never heard of the event. So, be careful.

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    Dear Dr. Goeller, I hope this email finds you well. My colleague asked if I could get in touch with you about a paper you authored entitled "Epidural pressure changes following caudal blockade: a prospective, observational study.". Firstly, thank you for taking the time to publish this, it was an interesting read. 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 Internal Medicine Review. 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 not have to be a long article, but if you don't have time for this perhaps you could ask one of your co-authors or students to collaborate or contribute instead. If you have moved on from your previous research interests I am certainly interested in knowing more about your current projects; perhaps there is the potential for an article that would be published in our journal. If you have any questions about whether or not a certain subject fits our scope I can put you in contact with Dr. Chadwick Prodromos from our editorial board. Could you please let me know your thoughts on this? Sincerely, Dr. Lisseth Tovar, M. D. Senior Editor Internal Medicine Review www.internalmedicinereview.org This email and any attachments sent with it are confidential and intended only for the use of the individual or entity to whom they are addressed. If you have received this email in error please notify the system manager. This message contains confidential information and is intended only for the individual named. If you are not the named addressee you should not read, distribute or copy this e-mail. Please notify the sender immediately by e-mail or at 712 H Street #1018 Washington DC 20002 USA. If you have received this e-mail by mistake and delete this e-mail from your system. If you are not the intended recipient you are notified that disclosing, copying, distributing or taking any action in reliance on the contents of this information is strictly prohibited. JUST RECEIVED TODAY

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    I agree. Although some papers should never see the light of day, there are many papers published in the so called “predatory” journals that deserve to be published.

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    Yes, sounds like their version of Christmas presents is a nice active round of spam email. I also have a Sunday invite from Dr. Lisseth, asking for a follow-up for Internal Medicine. On an ethnography article I was one of several co-authors on. Go figure. Every month I figure I must surely have managed to block out all the spam publisher & conference domains, but one never quite gets there. Though I confess, it was -30 to -40 here for the last 10 days, and the conference speaker invites to warmer locations were tempting! ;-)

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    I have an interesting question for you Prof. Beall. To publish or not to publish in journals with a IF below 1 (open access or not)?

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    Thank you for this blog with all of the comments! It spared me wasted time. I got the identical kind of mail today (Dec. 20.2016)

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    Dear Sir, Thank you for your assistance in helping researchers. I would like to know about these http://www.scientiaricerca.com/submit-manuscript.php http://www.foodscience1.org/index.php

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    It depends on the field. Publish your work in a respected journal that will be read by researchers in your field.

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    Okay, the first one is a journal from a bogus publisher called Scientia Ricerca, which is on my list, and which I blogged about <a href="https://scholarlyoa.com/2016/04/14/two-predatory-publishers-one-old-one-new/" target="_blank">here</a>. I recommend against submitting any work to this journal or the others from this publisher. Regarding the second one, this appears to be a book publisher, and I haven't analyzed it. I generally limit my analyses to scholarly open-access journals.

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    Thanks to the author of this review for giving knowledge about Aging journal. I was supposed to submit an article on it but now it is going to be right.

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    Thank you very much Dr Beall

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    Jeffrey, Great comments. Some additional info about the 'front'. 160 Greentree Rd, Suite 101, Dover DE is not a real address for SMGroup. It is the address for "National Registered Agents, Inc" which is a legal services firm that gives foreign or out of state entities an address that can be used for legal purposes (e.g., summons). I believe that other predatory publishers use this same corporate shell game to fool academicians into thinking that it is a domestic entity. A note of irony - National Registered Agents Inc is owned by Wolters-Kluwer. It is disgraceful that a company that owns legitimate scientific publishing entities would support the deceptive practices of predatory publishers. Les

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    Perhaps the name "OAText" is becoming too toxic, too associated with mendacity and slime, for they seem to be down-playing the OAT connection in their spam. It is only the links to "researchwallet.com" that let you know that the invitation is for one of their journal-shaped dumpsters. Although the mis-match between the "editor"'s nominal affiliation and the name of the journal is enough of a warning sign. ------------------------------------------------------ From: Rosie Andrews [mailto:editor@cognitiveneurosciencejournal.com] Sent: Wednesday, December 21, 2016 2:18 AM To: XXXXXXXXX Subject: Share Your Research-Alzheimer's, Dementia & Cognitive Neurology Dear Researcher, Greetings from Alzheimer's, Dementia & Cognitive Neurology (ADCN) Journal!! We are expecting your participation for our upcoming issue. You may submit your paper directly through this email. We would be happy to receive your contribution before 30th December, 2016 Else you may submit as per your convenience. Anticipating hearing a positive response from you. Editorial Board Invitation: We would be glad to receive your acceptance to serve as Editorial board member of the journal. If you are willing to serve as EB member of the journal, kindly send us your updated biography so that we can update your profile in the journal homepage. Have a good day! Regards, Rosie Managing Editor To unsubscribe click here

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    I have this publisher, with its several names, International Institute for Science, Technology and Education (IISTE) (International Knowledge Sharing Platform) included on my list of questionable publishers. I would recommend you find a stronger publisher for your work.

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    Wessex is, as a publisher, on my list of questionable publishers, so I would recommend you avoid their conferences also. I haven't had time to look at the others, but let me recommend that you find conferences organized by respected non-profit scholarly societies in your field.

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