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

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

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

Predatory journals in India make desperate bid to gain authenticity

  One more evidence that India has a huge and growing number of predatory journal publishers comes from the India office of the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ). Since March 2014, when the new criteria for DOAJ listing were put out, there have been about 1,600 applications from Open Access journal publishers based in … Continue reading Predatory journals in India make desperate bid to gain authenticity

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

Open Access: The sorry state of Indian repositories

India may not have a national Open Access policy in place, but the Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR), The Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), The Department of Science & Technology (DST), the Department of Biotechnology (DBT), The University Grants Commission (UGC) have Open Access policies that clearly mandate researchers to deposit their papers in … Continue reading Open Access: The sorry state of Indian repositories

Will we see Jeffrey Beall’s predatory journal list in a new avatar?

Though the actual reason why Prof. Jeffrey Beall, who maintained a list of “potential, possible, or probable" publishers that produced predatory journals and another list of standalone predatory journals, took down his website scholarlyoa.com is not known, RetractionWatch posted saying that it was Prof. Beall's decision to take down his website. RetractionWatch has posted the … Continue reading Will we see Jeffrey Beall’s predatory journal list in a new avatar?

India’s white list to curb researchers from publishing in predatory journals

In a bid to tackle the growing menace of researchers publishing in predatory journals, the University Grants Commission notified on January 10 a list of journals in different disciplines where researcher scholars and teachers can publish their papers. Only papers published in the approved journals will be recognised at the time of recruitment and for granting … Continue reading India’s white list to curb researchers from publishing in predatory journals

OMICS in the dock for duping researchers

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has charged OMICS Group Inc, a Nevada corporation with Hyderabad, India, as its principal place of business, the publisher of “hundreds of purported online academic journals with deceiving researchers about the nature of its publications and hiding publication fees ranging from hundred to thousands of dollars”. The complaint is also … Continue reading OMICS in the dock for duping researchers