Thursday, July 7, 2011

Adventures in fake academic publishing: SCIRP edition

Here's a new 'journal' in philosophy published by the disreputable SCIRP. The business model of this outfit is to charge authors for 'publication' in their online 'journals' (rather than charging readers for access to the articles), charging charge $300 for the first ten pages, $50 for each page thereafter, as stated in 'author's guidelines':

Your paper should not have been previously published or be currently under consideration for publication anywhere else. Papers should be submitted electronically through the Open Journal of Philosophy (OJPP) Submission System. All papers are subject to peer review. After a paper is accepted, its author must sign a copyright transfer agreement with OJPP. Papers accepted for publication will be made available free online. The modest open access publication costs are usually covered by the author's institution or research funds ($300 for each paper within ten printed pages, and $50 for each additional page). Scientific Research Publishing may grant discounts on paper-processing fees for papers from lower income countries, or by students, or authors in financial difficulty. The amount of discount will depend on a variety of factors such as country of origin, quality of the work, originality of the article, and whether this particular article was submitted at the invitation of the editor-in-chief. Since only about 20% of papers published in each issue will receive the discounts, there is no guarantee that a discount will be granted to every author who meets the requirements.


SCIRP created a stir last year when at least two of its journals were caught republishing papers without permission.

Two new journals copy the old At least two journals recently launched by the same publisher have duplicated papers online that had been published elsewhere. Late last year, an organization called Scientific Research Publishing reproduced the papers in what its website (www.scirp.org) billed as the first issues of the new journals Journal of Modern Physics and Psychology. Huai-Bei Zhou, a physicist from Wuhan University in China who says he helps to run Scientific Research’s journals in a volunteer capacity, says that the reproductions were a mistake…

  What is the quality of their publications? Here's one from Advances in Bioscience and Biotechnology, another of their journals:

Molecular genetic program (genome) contrasted against non-molecular invisible biosoftware in the light of the Quran and the Bible,” Pallacken Abdul Wahid, Advances in Bioscience and Biotechnology, vol. 1, no. 4, 2010, pp. 338-47.
“[The] most striking one is that a living cell and its dead counterpart are materially identical, i.e., in both of them all the structures including genome are intact. But yet the dead cell does not show any sign of bioactivity. This clearly shows that the genome does not constitute the biological program of an organism (a biocomputer or a biorobot) and is hence not the cause of “life”. The molecular gene and genome concepts are therefore wrong and scientifically untenable. On the other hand, the Scriptural revelation of the non-molecular biosoftware (the soul) explains the phenomenon of life in its entirety.”

Update: check out how SCIRP fares these days.