Category Archives: science publishing

Retraction Watch highlights the paper I got retracted

Yesterday we were headliners at the watchdog site Retraction Watch (RW). This time it was about the creationist paper by Sarah Umer that was published in The International Journal of Ethnology and Anthropology, a Springer journal.  I complained bitterly about it on a post on this site, and then kvetched to the journal itself. They […]

Springer “apparently” retracts a creationist paper, but it’s still on the website

On December 18 of last year, I wrote to Springer’s International Journal of Anthropology and Ethnology, which had published a loony creationist paper by one Sarah Umer, whose affiliation was listed as the “Department of Visual Arts & Graphic Designs at the Institute of Visual Arts & Designs at the Lahore College for Women University […]

Creationist paper gets into a Springer journal

Googling the title of the paper below so I could find it on the Internet, I see that at least one evolutionary-biology website has posted about it. I’m not going to read what it said until after I post this, as I don’t want to repeat its ideas. But if you have the stomach, have […]

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 […]

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 […]

The face in the feces: Nature paper hides Trump’s visage in a monkey turd

This paper, online this week in Nature Scientific Reports, got a lot of attention because of a certain image it contained. First, the title (click on screenshot to access the paper): The paper describe a new way to get host DNA (from monkeys, in this case) by isolating it from feces, a method that enables […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]