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Critical analysis of scholarly open-access publishing

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    If you transferred copyright, you would formally need to get the copyright transferred back to you.

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    Thank you so much for the work you do, Jeffrey. Best wishes, Sue Norton On 3 January 2017 at 16:01, Scholarly Open Access wrote: > Jeffrey Beall posted: " by Jeffrey Beall, January 3, 2017. Each year at > this time I formally announce my updated list of predatory publishers. > Because the publisher list is now very large, and because I now publish > four, continuously-updated lists, the annual releases do not" >

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    Dear Dr. Jeffrey Beall and colleagues every where in the world. Happy new year to you all. It is pleasure to see the excellent work of Beall's List of Predatory Publishers 2017. However, it is sad to see the expansion of this unethical practice. It is our sole responsibility to stand against it at all fronts. Best wishes and regards, Ramze A. Elzahrany Professor of Human Geography Umm Al-Qura University Makkah, Saudi Arabia

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    Scopus only includes items that are indexed in Scopus (in other words journal articles). Thus, if you have authored book chapters in addition to journal articles, the only thing you will see in Scopus is the journal articles, not the book chapters. Also, you can only see citation information if your institution subscribes. When I compare the citation counts for one article that I have written in Scopus, Web of Science & Google Scholar, I find that Google Scholar says that article has been cited more times than Scopus or Web of Science.

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    I am a vanity author/publisher and I am proud of it. HOWEVER, my only living author is myself and whenever I have told other people how to publish their works, I have done it without charging them. Most of what you say about vanity press is correct, except for one major error: CreateSpace is not a vanity publisher. Rather, like KDP, Amazon's e-publishing arm, they are both platforms that can be exploited by unscrupulous vanity press operators. The true test of vanity press lays in two questions: (a) does the publisher require money from authors or other publishers? And (b) is the publisher catering to a niche market? "Yes" answers to either or to both questions point to a vanity press publisher. CreateSpace does not fulfill that requirement and having worked with them, I say that with 1000% certainty. CreateSpace is a platform open to any person who wishes to publish a paper book. You do not need an intermediary to publish works on CreateSpace. HOWEVER, when it comes to ebooks, Amazon uses its own proprietary software and devices under the "KINDLE" umbrella. People who have downloaded the software and have bought Kindle products are a NICE audience without a doubt! For that reason, KDP may be considered a vanity publisher and a platform simultaneously. Unfortunately, vanity press operators use both these platforms to scheme others. Still, vanity authors may publish work through CreateSpace and KDP free of charge.

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    Actually, Scopus <a href="https://www.elsevier.com/solutions/scopus/content" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">indexes </a>many book chapters as well as journal articles.

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    Frightening numbers. I fear the day where my name appears without my knowledge one one of these sites/pdfs either as author, editor, reviewer or whatever... Thanks Jeff for your service. It is definitely needed to keep an eye on these guys. You are doing a great job! Mr Hobbs

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    I just received an email from Cureus regarding SIQ for an article I'd published in a different journal. The following seemed like a huge red flag: "Help ensure that your work is easily discoverable among the best in the field - score and share your article now. As a minimum number of scores are required to calculate your article's SIQ, please encourage your colleagues to review and score the article as well." Sounds like they are encouraging authors to pump the tires on their own articles, unless I am missing something?

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    […] of Colorado librarian Jeffrey Beall maintains a list of “predatory publishers”, which includes vanity academic publishers that […]

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    […] of Colorado librarian Jeffrey Beall maintains a list of “predatory publishers”, which includes vanity academic publishers that […]

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    Hi Myocarditis. Your question is a good one but I'd like to reassure you that your concerns are misplaced. Cureus' SIQ quality scoring system does NOT permit authors to score their own articles. So neither you nor your co-authors can "pump the tires" of your article. However, Cureus as a journal does encourage authors to "share" their articles via social media and email, so instead colleagues can score them. Yes it is true that most authors may be unlikely to share an article with their intellectual rivals, and may be more inclined to seek out friendly audiences, but there is no guarantee what exactly any group of invited anonymous "scorers" may ultimately decide. Nevertheless, experience has shown that with a statistically large enough number of scores, Cureus' post publication SIQ process can provide some rough measure of article quality and thereby be a useful tool for readers. Thanks for your interest and I hope you take Cureus up on our invitation. John Adler, Editor-in-Chief, Cureus

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    correction--typo "NICE" instead of "NICHE" audience. sorry for the typo.

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    Actually Myocarditis......after deeper inquiry on my part, I determined that the above post by me is wrong. As a general and deliberate rule Cureus prevents all registered users from scoring their own articles. But in the situation you describe, it would be possible for an unregistered author to score their own article. Moreover I agree 100% with your conclusion; Cureus does not want to encourage authors to inflate the SIQ quality scores of their own articles. Cureus editorial team will seek to remedy this oversight pronto. I want to thank you for bringing this issue to our attention, even if it came through this blog. John Adler, Editor-in-Chief, Cureus

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    If Jeffrey Beall did not exist, it would be necessary to invent him. Don Gregory Distinguished Professor Physics Department The University of Alabama in Huntsville Huntsville, Alabama

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    In my opinion, no.

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    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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    Jeffrey Beall is like Michael Jordan. Slam dunk---ing on predatory publishers. You are nailing this, sir! keep up and God bless! Little bit on my favorite publisher, OATEXT, they are planning to expand in Hyderabad itself.

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    […] Beall’s List of Predatory Publishers 2017, just released. […]

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    Hello Professor, I need to know about "Economics Research International" Hindawi Publishing Corporation. Do you recommend to publish in this journal?. Thanks, Imran

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    Many thanks for this. Much appreciated! Jim Hartley

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