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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Indian scientific community should act now to stop the journal paper translation centres

Starting centres employing thousands to translate into Indian languages the papers published in "predatory" journals is singularly aimed at gaining legitimacy for a fraudulent practice. Keeping the predatory journal industry in India under check will be impossible unless the scientific community acts swiftly and in full force to stop the first translation centre from becoming operational. Predatory … Continue reading Indian scientific community should act now to stop the journal paper translation centres

Predatory journal clones of India’s Current Science spring up

An online predatory journal "Current Science", which is a clone of the Current Science journal published by the Current Science Association, Bengaluru in collaboration with the Indian Academy of Sciences, has sprung up and is soliciting manuscripts from gullible researchers. "This journal has not published any issues" is what one gets to read on clicking … Continue reading Predatory journal clones of India’s Current Science spring up

Mumbai: Chicken, ready-to-eat moong beans laden with drug-resistant bacteria

There is greater risk when antibiotic-resistant bacteria are found in mung sprouts, as they are consumed raw, says Onkar Naik (left) and Archana Rath. A study of chicken meat and ready-to-eat sprouted moong bean sold by poultry shops and local street vendors in Mumbai has revealed the presence of large number of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. The research was small-scale … Continue reading Mumbai: Chicken, ready-to-eat moong beans laden with drug-resistant bacteria

Waking up to MCPG toxin’s role in causing litchi mystery disease

There is evidence that as late as March 2014, Delhi’s National Centre for Disease Control, India (NCDC) and Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta (CDC) researchers were in the dark about the possible role of methylenecyclopropylglycine (MCPG) toxin present in litchi in causing illness in children aged 15 years or younger in Muzaffarpur, Bihar … Continue reading Waking up to MCPG toxin’s role in causing litchi mystery disease

Lancet gets in touch with Current Science authors on litchi disease ethics issue

In response to an article I wrote on February 3 about Dr. Jacob John raising ethics issues about the way the authors of the Lancet Global Health paper had failed to properly acknowledge his team’s work on Muzaffarpur mystery disease, the journal has got in touch with Dr. Mukul Das, one of the authors of the Current Science … Continue reading Lancet gets in touch with Current Science authors on litchi disease ethics issue

Litchi: Controversy erupts over Muzaffarpur mystery disease study

The scientist who investigated the mystery disease that proved fatal for many 15-year old children in Muzaffarpur, Bihar at the instance of the State government has raised ethics issues about the way the research has been published by the journal Lancet Global Health on January 30. “Not giving due credit for work done by others … Continue reading Litchi: Controversy erupts over Muzaffarpur mystery disease study