How to spot predatory journals

Spotting predatory journals is quite easy in most cases. By default, most predatory journals have at least a few red flags (as listed here) that should warn researchers of the true nature of the journals. In those cases where it is very difficult to tell them apart, researchers should consult their librarians or fellow-researchers to … Continue reading How to spot predatory journals

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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

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

Researchers from Indian national institutes publish in predatory journals

India not only publishes the most number of predatory journals in the world but researchers based in India are one of the biggest contributors to such bogus journals; an earlier study found that researchers in India accounted for 35 per cent of publication in bogus journals. Predatory journals very often trick authors into submitting papers, … Continue reading Researchers from Indian national institutes publish in predatory journals

CSIR scientist publishes nine papers in bogus journals

A scientist at the Delhi-based Central Road Research Institute (CRRI), a CSIR laboratory, has published nine “papers” in nine different predatory open access journals. The “papers” were published between 2013 and 2015. Predatory journals use deception to trick authors into submitting papers, do not peer-review manuscripts thus allowing even sub-standard papers and those that contain plagiarized … Continue reading CSIR scientist publishes nine papers in bogus 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

Editorial: Merck publishes a fake journal

The spectre of Vioxx, the blockbuster non-steroidal anti inflammatory drug (NSAID), continues to haunt pharmaceutical giant Merck even five years after the drug was withdrawn from the market due to its cardiovascular risk. The latest scandal relates to the manner in which the company published several volumes of a faked ‘journal’ that closely resembled a … Continue reading Editorial: Merck publishes a fake journal