897 predatory journals identified in UGC’s white list

Only 112 of the 1,009 randomly chosen university-recommended journals included in the UGC white list were found to be standard.  The remaining 897 journals were found to dubious or predatory. About 350 (34.5%) journals examined either did not provide verifiable postal address or email address of the chief editor and editors, the basic criterion to be included in … Continue reading 897 predatory journals identified in UGC’s white list

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Hyderabad-based OMICS group to translate their journal papers to Indian languages

Predatory journal publishing in India is gaining more ground, legitimacy, and credibility. The CEO of OMICS Group, a “potential, possible, or probable” predatory journal publisher, has signed an MoU with the Uttar Pradesh government to establish a centre to translate papers published in their journals to Indian languages. Brace, brace, brace. Predatory journal publishing in India … Continue reading Hyderabad-based OMICS group to translate their journal papers to Indian languages

Injunction against Hyderabad’s OMICS group to stop ‘deceptive practices’

In a preliminary injunction, a U.S. federal court has ordered Hyderabad-based OMICS to remove all misleading claims from its websites. This includes removing the names of eminent scientists who never consented to join the editorial boards of its journals, stating the research is peer reviewed when it is not and claiming its journals are included … Continue reading Injunction against Hyderabad’s OMICS group to stop ‘deceptive practices’

UGC’s revised white list has 111 more predatory journals

The increasing number of predatory journals spotted in the UGC list of approved journals is a clear indication that UGC is not equipped to produce and sustain a journal white list. And allowing universities to recommend journals to be added to the list has only made things worse. It's time it scraps the list and … Continue reading UGC’s revised white list has 111 more predatory journals

Researchers at Harvard, Mayo Clinic too publish in predatory journals

Twenty-seven per cent of over 1,900 papers published in predatory journals came from researchers based in India. But a large number of scientists in the developed countries too are willing to pay to have their work published in predatory journals. Contrary to popular belief, 57% of primary biomedical research papers published in predatory journals were … Continue reading Researchers at Harvard, Mayo Clinic too publish in predatory journals

UGC’s revised white list has 71 active predatory journals

The inclusion of predatory journals in the approved list makes a mockery of the entire exercise and gives the predatory journals the UGC stamp of authenticity, which they proudly flaunt on their websites. For the University Grants Commission (UGC) in India, the problem of predatory journals is proving to be a tough one to crack. In … Continue reading UGC’s revised white list has 71 active predatory journals

Now, more predatory journals get indexed in PubMed

The PubMed database managers have irresponsibly allowed it to become a repository of citations to predatory journal articles. Among other things, the next time you see a questionable journal proudly announcing that it is indexed in Pubmed, chances are that the journal is predatory. Contrary to the popular notion that only genuine and distinguished journals … Continue reading Now, more predatory journals get indexed in PubMed

Cabell’s: “Our predatory journal Blacklist differs from Jeffrey Beall’s”

  Five months after Jeffrey Beall, librarian at the University of Colorado, Denver, shut down his widely consulted blog (Scholarly Open Access) that listed predatory journals and publishers, Cabell’s International based in Beaumont, Texas launched the Cabell’s Blacklist of predatory journals on June 15. Predatory journals cheat researchers by charging fees to publish papers but without carrying … Continue reading Cabell’s: “Our predatory journal Blacklist differs from Jeffrey Beall’s”

At last, Jeffrey Beall reveals the reasons for shutting down his blog on predatory journals

  Unlike what most people had guessed, it was not a lawsuit from any of the predatory journal publishers that forced Jeffrey Beall, Librarian at the University of Colorado Denver and publisher of the famous Scholarly Open Access blog, to shut down the blog one fine day in January 2017, five years after he started it … Continue reading At last, Jeffrey Beall reveals the reasons for shutting down his blog on predatory journals

I am still trying to figure out what my new research agenda will be: Jeffrey Beall

Contrary to what Cabell's International, a publishing services company, had said in a tweet on January 17 that Jeffrey Beall has been working with them as a consultant since 2015 to develop a B-list of predatory journals and publishers, Prof. Beall denies any connection with Cabell's in a Facebook chat with me today at around … Continue reading I am still trying to figure out what my new research agenda will be: Jeffrey Beall