If I find a text in ABC language, and google translate it to XYZ language, ( citing the scientific sources etc) do i get caught? I have work, kids and all that can’t afford the time for my master thesis! But I do speak 4 languages ;) Let me know please!!!
[…] LIST OF INDIVIDUAL JOURNALS […]
Strange request, indeed. Perhaps the aim is to force googlebot to improve the page ranking of their journals. That would be however a very short-term strategy, since final impact will be necesarilly negative.
[…] or Jeffry Beale’s list of questionable publishers and organizations http://scholarlyoa.com/2012/12/06/bealls-list-of-predatory-publishers-2013/ so that you could consider whether you want to attend events sponsored by these organizations.) All […]
Sylvain is likely correct. Them more URL’s point to a site the higher the ranking. The best method would be to add them to the list but omit any kind of usable URL pointing to the actual site. If Google/Bing/Yahoo/etc can not index it, but you still convey your message then that would be the best tactic.
The editors seem to be from reputable universities, though. Are they really the editors?
I noticed that in the paper cited above, they also replaced the names of the original authors by “Lims Jasica Tery”, presumably a bogus name. The author names on other papers also look fake to me, so probably they did it there too… In the first paper of the first issue, they even replaced the first reference with a bogus reference to a (non-existing) previous issue of the journal (although they seem to have left the original reference in the bibliography). What a bunch of crooks.
Those are good ideas for showing inactive links, but the simplest approach (I suppose) would be to replace the period with something like a double asterisk ** (the doublet being more visible than a single asterisk, easy to type, distinct from any URL content, and easy to target for replacement by visitors who want to check the original site). e.g. researchcooperative**org
On the other hand, having URLs visible at all is kind of ugly, and for aesthetic and readability reasons, there is value in showing a journal title and embedding the link in the title. I doubt that a single blog will add greatly to the SEO of a particular journal.
For visitors here, it is convenient to be able to click through to the journals under discussion.
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Is this a predatory Congress?
Very strange. They might be do not know the meaning to be in your list. May be they think that it is prestigious to be in your list.
If there were a Nobel Prize for PATIENCE (NPP) and for answering queries from around the world succinctly—no matter how strangely some of those requests are phrased and how menacing some of those legal threats can be—that award would have to go to Dr. Jeffrey Beall of the University of Colorado Denver.
Jeff, I salute you and only wish we had more researchers and librarians around the globe with your highly developed sense of ethics and your willingness to check and measure regularly each star to see whether it still orbits genuinely around the scholarly universe of open-access publishing or whether it is nothing but an artificial satellite that flashes by in the night and charges princely sums for the privilege of shining with vanity before it disappears into some black hole.
I am sure that you, while looking up the heavens of research possibilities, are aware of each step up that steep hill of academic expectations, each entry carrying a heavy weight of responsibility on your shoulders. I have a sense that your middle name most likely will remain Atlas, the Titan who carries and endures the sky upon his shoulders: genuine, gigantic, but also vulnerable.
Don’t give up your good work, no matter how many lawyers from overseas come knocking at your door.
Jeff, I salute you, half a continent away from Colorado.
The logical explanation for the request is that the journal want to make known to public that submitted paper can be published easily. Free advertisement. It is known that some “scholars” in certain countries intentionally publish in the dubious journals to achieve the publication rate determined by University.
It may be that 65% of ‘predatory’ publishers are based in the United States and are not, as you often imply, an export from the developing world.
I saw that and am suspicious of the data and the methodology. He didn’t even spell my surname correctly.
It may be. I don’t specialize in evaluating scam conferences. However, if they are spamming for attendees, and if you’ve never heard of it before, then I would be careful. Also, just the fact that you find it suspicious if a fair indication that you probably find a better conference to attend.
MDPI may also be proved as the initials of ‘Malpractice and Dubious in Publishing International’.
I hope they will not be proved as such bad entity.
The real scientists are working sincerely for contributing for the betterment of humanity.
Let the predators check their greed and allow the real scientists
work with dedication.