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December 3, 2013

What You Can Publish After a Shamectomy

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The sleazy scientific publishing racket continues to plumb new depths in its well-provisioned submarine. Now comes word of "Stringer Open" - nope, not Springer Open, that one's a real publisher of real journals. This outfit is Stringer, which is a bit like finding a list of journals published by the American Comical Society. The ScholarlyOA blog noticed that the same person appears on multiple editorial boards across their various journals. When contacted, she turned out to be a secretary who's never heard of "Stringer". Class all the way. The journals themselves will be populated by the work of dupes and/or con artists - maybe some of those Chinese papers-for-rent can be stuffed in there to make a real lasagna of larceny out of the whole effort.

Comments (12) + TrackBacks (0) | Category: The Dark Side | The Scientific Literature


1. Brent Michael Krupp on December 3, 2013 12:29 PM writes...

I was reading that title as "sham-ectomy" and thinking it would be a good thing -- cut out the shams!

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2. luigi on December 3, 2013 12:33 PM writes...

Stringer Bell?

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3. Sili on December 3, 2013 1:19 PM writes...

Journal of the American Comical/Clown Society would actually be useful.

But I suspect clowns will be rather insulted by the association.

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4. Bobby Shaftoe on December 3, 2013 5:15 PM writes...

Brilliant -- reminds me of the movie Boiler Room where the shady purveyor of financial instruments was called JT Marlin, trying to cash in on the name recognition of JP Morgan....

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5. RM on December 3, 2013 5:51 PM writes...

a list of journals published by the American Comical Society

Home of such classic papers as:

"Tetrakis(triphenylphosphine)palladium(0) catalyzed Sonogashira couplings in per-deuterated banana cream pie."


"Femtosecond spectroscopy of anti-Markovnikov reactions between selzer water and trousers."

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6. Pedantic Speaker on December 3, 2013 6:40 PM writes...

"American Comical Society"
I thought they were the ones who published Asimov's papers on Thiotimoline

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7. dearieme on December 4, 2013 6:03 AM writes...

While Presidents of the Royal Society back the global warmmongering scam, who are we to complain of lower grade crooks being crooked?

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8. Sili on December 4, 2013 2:11 PM writes...

Ah. A pun.

I have much to disagree with Martin Rees about, but I'd never heard that he should be endorsing the military-industrial complex (Unlike Elsevier.)

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9. MIMD on December 4, 2013 7:14 PM writes...

"The sleazy scientific publishing racket continues to plumb new depths in its well-provisioned submarine."

Love this phraseology. Derek, did you come up with it?

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10. Secondaire on December 4, 2013 9:38 PM writes...

"Lasagna of Larceny" will be the name of my new punk band. We'll only cover Monteverdi madrigals, or something.

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11. Piero on December 6, 2013 7:38 AM writes...

Come on, the free market of fake journals will make them better in the end...

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12. Thoryke on December 9, 2013 9:20 AM writes...

Not long ago I read a truly dreadful article (and written in a weak approximation of English) in a journal called "Science of the Total Environment". It was hard to tell what focus a journal that title could have, other that generating a lot of publication fees ....

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