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The Federal Trade Commission strikes at “predatory journals”

by Greg Mayer Jerry has written several times about “predatory journals“, and in the New York Times today comes news that the Federal Trade Commission has won a $50 million judgement against Omics International, an Indian company which is a major purveyor of said journals. These allegedly scientific journals have little or no review process, […]

More requests from predatory journals (run from apartments)

I’ve told these people to take me off their mailing list three times; they haven’t complied. Therefore I feel no compunction about posting an email I got from the Journal of Reproductive Medicine. Remember, my scientific work never had anything to do with reproductive medicine.  These people (maybe it’s one person) are desperate since they […]

Predatory journals want my papers on reproduction and aquaculture

If you’re a published scientist, you will be getting this kind of come-on from predatory journals who want your papers (and your money for publishing them). I get at least one of these a day, all from journals in areas that are far removed from evolutionary biology.  Here are two I got just this morning, […]

Hoax paper published in predatory journal purports to show that butt-wiping hand is correlated with one’s politics

A reader who shall remain unnamed sent me a link to a paper (below, link here or at screenshots) that is a hoax sent by the reader’s friend who also wishes to remain anonymous (I don’t know the author’s name). The journal is a predatory one, Psychology and Psychotherapy: Research Study, produced by Crimson Publishers. […]

In which a predatory journal wants my paper

Every week or so I get an invitation to republish one of my papers about evolution and genetics in some wildly inappropriate journal. These are, of course, the predatory journals that glom onto nearly any scientist, however relevant their research, to get money (you have to pay to publish in them). Here’s an email that […]

The publisher Springer tries to stiff me

There’s not much news today except for what you already know: Trump is imposing ridiculous tariffs on China, which will, contrary to his stupid claim, cost U.S. citizens more. Tariffs are never a good idea. And Doris Day died.  The big news from Chicago is that all ten of my ducklings are still alive and […]

The further adventures of Anna O. Szust

by Greg Mayer In yesterday’s New York Times article about the large judgment against a predatory journal publisher, there was a link to an earlier story about a “Scholarly Sting Operation”, in which an entirely fake academic, named “Anna O. Szust”, was created, and shopped around to various journals as an aspiring member of the […]

Scientists: buy some publicity!

I got this unsolicited email with the provocative header “You are featured in Yahoo News.” Well, it wasn’t about that, it was an inducement to write an article for some company about my research, with said company implying that they could place the article in Yahoo News. And the soliciting agency, “The Scientific News, Ltd.” […]

Three nefarious predators before breakfast

The predatory journals seem quite desperate this holiday season: this morning I got requests from no fewer than three of them importuning me for a scientific paper. The first involves thyroid research, a field in which I was deeply involved (NOT!): Dear Jerry A Coyne, Christmas Greetings from – Annals of Thyroid Research and Endocrinology!!  On the behalf […]

Should I submit a gynecology paper?

Every scientist, I suspect, gets these invitations from predatory journals looking to solicit papers. And 98 times out of 100, the journal is completely unrelated to my work, showing that they’re just trolling scientists to get papers. Here’s one I got today. Needless to say, I gave them a sharp answer and told them to […]