23 December 2009

Journal scam

The OA movement has unleashed some... curiosities is perhaps the safest word :-) upon the scholarly publishing scene. But the oddest must be the publisher discovered by Improbable Research, which found that a journal called Psychology had a first issue which consisted of four papers that had already been published elsewhere - without noting the fact.

The same publisher has a journal called Journal of Cancer Therapy, which publishes an
article called “Conformal Microwave Imaging for Breast Cancer Detection”, published in the September 2009 issue with no author listed, is virtually identical to an article published in the April 2003 issue of IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques with authorship credited to Li Dun Li, P.M. Meaney, and K.D. Paulsen.

The name of the publisher is Scientific Research Publishing - which appears to be based in China. So, in addition to scuppering the climate change conference, China seems to be doing something strange to scientific publishing!


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