Researchers and publishers have long voiced fears that these practices could be harming research by flooding the literature with poor-quality studies. The researchers picked predatory journals from the more than 10, titles included on a list of such publications curated by Cabells, a publishing analytics company in Beaumont, Texas.
They then selected one paper published in from each of the journals. Using the Google Scholar search engine, they manually checked how many times each paper had been cited in the five years since its publication.
The authors also analysed a random sample of 1, articles published in in reputable journals indexed in the Scopus database. But he cautions that the study is small.
Hundreds of thousands of papers are now published in predatory journals every year. Hodgkinson stresses that, despite the findings, predatory journals still pose a threat to science and to scholarly publishing in several ways. They trick researchers and institutions out of payments, refuse to reject flawed papers and tarnish the reputation of legitimate open-access journals, he says. Shen, C. BMC Med. Download references. An essential round-up of science news, opinion and analysis, delivered to your inbox every weekday.
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Case Reports in Infectious Diseases maintains an Editorial Board of practicing researchers from around the world, to ensure manuscripts are handled by editors who are experts in the field of study. Candida empyema is a rare entity with an extremely high mortality rate.
We present a case of multi species Candida empyema in an immunocompetent female patient with Boerhaave syndrome secondary to retching and vomiting after heroin withdrawal.
This case highlights an unusual presentation of a common infection but stresses on the fact that a high index of suspicion is necessary for early identification, prompt initiation of antifungal therapy, and drainage with surgical repair to improve overall survival and outcomes.
Nocardiosis is a rare bacterial infection that may lead to a severe disease. These infections are rare among normal population and are showing an increasing trend worldwide attributable to the increase in the immunosuppressed population.
Most of these patients present with nonspecific clinical features such as fever, productive cough, and exertional dyspnoea as seen in our series of patients which makes it difficult to be diagnosed. Pulmonary nocardiosis is rarely clinically suspected and often diagnosed very late in the course of disease resulting in high mortality.
A similar observation was made in one of our cases where the patient was being treated on the lines of pneumonia, and in the end she was diagnosed with pulmonary nocardiosis. In view of the limited literature available, we report here a case series of pulmonary nocardiosis in immunosuppressed patients diagnosed incidentally by fungal KOH mount.
However, it is more common in persons who inject drugs or in presence of cardiac implantable electronic device CIED. Our case represents a patient with large pulmonic valve vegetation with no known common risk factors for right-sided IE. Rhodococcus equi -related pulmonary malakoplakia is a rare condition with few reported cases; hereby, we present a case associated with advanced human immunodeficiency virus HIV infection, and thus far to our knowledge, the first report in Mexico.
Histologically, malakoplakia is characterized by the buildup of infiltrated inflammatory tissue as a consequence of the gathering of histiocytes embedded with concentric inclusions. The diagnosis relies on the cultures and the susceptibility testing as well as the pathologic findings compatible with the disease.
Case Presentation. We present a year-old male patient with persistent nonproductive cough for over a year and with weight loss, who comes to the emergency department with recent fever, swollen and tender lymph nodes, and hemoptysis. The patient gets diagnosed and treated for Rhodococcus equi -related pulmonary malakoplakia.
Knowing the involvement of Rhodococcus in HIV is fundamental for the diagnosis and optimal treatment, which although unknown, a combination of antibiotics with intracellular penetration, on-time resection, and a proper immune reconstitution represents the best approach. Pantoea agglomeransan anaerobic Gram-negative bacillus, is a rare cause of opportunistic infections affecting premature infants to seniors.
We present a year-old man who was presented for the management of diabetic ketoacidosis and developed Pantoea agglomerans bacteremia after one week of hospitalization. A year-old African-American male with uncontrolled diabetes mellitus type I and recurrent skin infections was admitted with diabetic ketoacidosis.
He had left upper extremity abscess, preliminary wound cultures were positive for Gram-positive cocci, and an initial set of blood cultures were negative. He was started empirically on vancomycin. One week after admission, he started having chills followed by a recurrent increase in body temperature to degrees Fahrenheit.As scholarly publishing moves quickly, this static list will lose relevancy over time.
Check out this check-list to help make future decision making easier. This is a list of questionable, scholarly open-access publishers. We recommend that scholars read the available reviews, assessments and descriptions provided here, and then decide for themselves whether they want to submit articles, serve as editors or on editorial boards.
In a few cases, non-open access publishers whose practices match those of predatory publishers have been added to the list as well. The criteria for determining predatory publishers are here. We emphasize that journal publishers and journals change in their business and editorial practices over time. This list is kept up-to-date to the best extent possible but may not reflect sudden, unreported, or unknown enhancements.
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My papers are not getting accepted in famous journals like IEEE, Elsevier but are accepted for free for these journals and published as open source.Hot on the heels of the hapless Science Publishing GroupI have received solicitation spam from another dodgy OA publisher, Hindawi Publishing in Cairo, with another odd on-line archaeology journal. The Journal of Archaeology has 71 academics on its editorial board. And a strangely generic name. What it doesn't have is any published papers yet, after months on-line, or an editor-in-chief.
So I wrote to some board members at European universities, and they replied that they thought the journal was probably legit, though they weren't exactly sure. They are very well respected and knowledgeable so I would be surprised if we have all fallen for a scam, but I will look into it further", says another.
Anyway, Dear Reader, if out of the blue you get an offer to do something with an on-line scientific journal you aren't absolutely sure about, here's some advice.
If they immediately offer you to not only contribute papers, but to also become a member of the editorial board and a peer reviewer, then it's a scam. Look the publishers up on the Scholarly Open Access web site. Does the journal have a named editor-in-chief? If not, then it's a scam. If there is a named editor, google that person. If the person seems legit, email them at their departmental address and ask them to confirm that they stand by the journal.
Note that when I say "scam" here, I mean that the journals in question have no academic standing, no impact factor and no readership.
They will almost certainly publish any piece you give them once you've paid their fee. But equally certainly, nobody will ever read or cite that piece. I have seen your blog post regarding our recently launched "Journal of Archaeology" and I wanted to reply to some of the concerns that you expressed.
It is true that this journal has not yet published any content, since it only began to accept submissions about six months ago.What are the predatory journals and Jeffrey Beall's List
However, a number of submitted manuscripts have already been reviewed by the journal's editors, and one manuscript has recently been accepted for publication and will be published in the next couple of weeks. In regard to the journal's title, we intend for this journal to cover all aspects of archaeology and therefore decided that Journal of Archaeology would be a very appropriate title.
Given this broad scope, we needed to form a reasonably large Editorial Board in order to make sure that each submitted manuscript could be handled by an Editor with expertise in the given area of research. While it is true that the Journal of Archaeology is still at the very early stages of development and does not yet have an established reputation or Impact Factor, as is the case with any new journal, over the coming year we expect that the journal will begin to build momentum once the first couple of dozen articles have been published.
If you have any further questions about this journal, or about Hindawi more generally, you should feel free to get in touch with me at paul. By aardvarchaeology on January 9, More like this. Best regards, Paul.Hindawi Publishing Corporation is a commercial publisher of scientific, technical, and medical STM literature. Founded inHindawi currently publishes more than peer-reviewed scientific journals as well as a number of scholarly monographswith an annual output of roughly 20, articles each year.
By Hindawi Publishing owned 48 journals and had about employees, and published journals in the physical and life sciences and medical research. The original publishing company, Hindawi Publishing Corporation, was founded in Cairo in by Ahmed Hindawi and Nagwa Abdelmottaleb  and now acts merely as a publishing services provider to Hindawi Ltd.
Between andthe number of Hindawi journals nearly doubled, and Hindawi's output increased from 2, to 13, articles per year. Ina subset of Hindawi journals were included in a list of suspected predatory open access publishers by Jeffrey Beall ; however Beall later removed Hindawi from his list after re-evaluating the company, calling it a "borderline case". It was submitted to Hindawi's journal Advances in Medicinethe journal rejected the paper.
Inthree Hindawi journals faced delisting from Journal Citation Reports for anomalous citation patterns, particularly self-citations and citation stacking. Inafter an internal investigation, Hindawi flagged 32 published papers for re-review due to three editors subverting the peer review process with fake email accounts.
OA publishers Hindawi vs. Frontiers: similar, yet different
In a Hindawi journal, Journal of Environmental and Public Healthpublished an epidemiological paper on glioblastomanone of the authors of which had academic appointments. Hindawi charges authors an article processing charge. Most Hindawi journals do not-have editors-in-chiefbut rather have editorial boards consisting of staff and a volunteer board composed of 30 to scholars.
However, journalist Poynder states: "there is no evidence that Hindawi's editorial approach, or the way in which it recruits authors, has had any serious consequences so far as the quality of its papers is concerned," although he notes that some articles contain poor copy-editing. Hindawi has been criticized for its use of unsolicited e-mail, with some claiming it is the chief method of attracting manuscripts and editorial board members.
That may not be an admirable standard but it's a realistic one.
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In this context, Hindawi's promotional messages don't deserve to be singled out for stigmatization. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Retrieved Retrieved 3 April Open and Shut? Information Today. Archived PDF from the original on Research information. Archived from the original on Saur Verlag. Learned Publishing. The Cambridge Entomological Club. Retrieved 17 October Hindawi Publishing Corporation. Retrieved 2 April Bibcode : Natur. Scholarly Open Access. Research Information.Advertising Information.
Monica Berger; Jill Cirasella. These are OA journals that exist for the sole purpose of profit, not the dissemination of high-quality research findings and furtherance of knowledge.
These predators generate profits by charging author fees, also known as article processing charges APCsthat far exceed the cost of running their low-quality, fly-by-night operations. Charging a fee is not itself a marker of a predatory publisher: many reputable OA journals use APCs to cover costs, especially in fields where research is often funded by grants.
Many subscription-based journals also charge authors fees, sometimes per page or illustration. However, predatory journals are primarily fee-collecting operations—they exist for that purpose and only incidentally publish articles, generally without rigorous peer review, despite claims to the contrary.
Of course, low-quality publishing is not new. There have long been opportunistic publishers e. It is also not unique to OA journals. There are many mediocre subscription-based journals, and even respected subscription-based journals have accepted deeply problematic submissions e.
Although predatory publishers predate OA, their recent explosion was expedited by the emergence and success of fee-charging OA journals. Without a doubt, Beall has amassed considerable knowledge and greatly increased awareness of predatory publishing. He is recognized as a leading expert and has gone largely unchallenged, probably both because nonexperts are eager for blacklists that seemingly obviate the need for individual analysis of publishers and journals, and because little empirical research has been done on the phenomenon of predatory publishing.
Crawford criticizes Beall for not contextualizing predatory or low-quality publishing as a phenomenon that predates OA and is not exclusive to OA journals. An interesting example is Hindawi, an Egyptian publisher once considered predatory that improved its practices and standards over time. Beall also lists common practices indicative of low-quality but not necessarily predatory journals. He is rightfully wary of journals that solicit manuscripts by spamming researchers, as established publishers generally do not approach scholars, as well as publishers or editors with email addresses from Gmail, Yahoo, etc.
Also, he wisely warns researchers away from journals with bizarrely broad or disjointed scopes and journals that boast extremely rapid publication, which usually suggests no or only cursory peer review. Given the fuzziness between low-quality and predatory publishers, whitelisting, or listing publishers and journals that have been vetted and verified as satisfying certain standards, may be a better solution than blacklisting. In response to the Bohannon sting, DOAJ removed journals and revamped its criteria for inclusion.
At the basic level, a journal must be chiefly scholarly; make the content immediately available i. Journals that meet additional requirements, such as providing external archiving and creating persistent links, are recognized with the DOAJ Seal. Members must apply and pledge to adhere to a code of conduct that disallows any form of predatory be-havior.
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