U.S. government agency sues publisher, charging it with deceiving researchers – Retraction Watch at Retraction Watch

“The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has charged a publisher of hundreds of academic journals with deceiving readers about reviewing practices, publication fees, and the nature of its editorial boards….If successful, the FTC suit could result in the court asking OMICS to return money to some researchers, among other penalties….We have attempted to contact OMICS for comment, and will update with anything we learn.”

FTC Charges Academic Journal Publisher OMICS Group Deceived Researchers | Federal Trade Commission

“The Federal Trade Commission has charged the publisher of hundreds of purported online academic journals with deceiving academics and researchers about the nature of its publications and hiding publication fees ranging from hundreds to thousands of dollars.

The FTC’s complaint alleges that OMICS Group, Inc., along with two affiliated companies and their president and director, Srinubabu Gedela, claim that their journals follow rigorous peer-review practices and have editorial boards made up of prominent academics. In reality, many articles are published with little to no peer review and numerous individuals represented to be editors have not agreed to be affiliated with the journals….”

Quantum – the open journal for quantum science

“We propose the launch of an arXiv overlay journal for quant-ph. Quantum is a free and open access peer-reviewed journal that provides high visibility for quality research on quantum science and related fields. It is an effort by researchers and for researchers to make science more open and publishing more transparent and efficient….”

Épijournal de Géométrie Algébrique – Homepage

“Épijournal de Géométrie Algébrique is a peer-reviewed mathematical journal founded in 2015. The selection of articles follows a usual editorial process: the submissions are evaluated by the editorial board after reception of the referee reports. Articles are published in english or in french (with an abstract in english)….Épijournal de Géométrie Algébrique also aims at promoting the Épisciences platform among the mathematical community. This platform (a new tool devoted to scientific edition) enables to publish peer-reviewed research articles submitted from an open repository. Developed by the CCSD (a common service of CNRS, INRIA and University of Lyon), it consists of a high-quality technical interface and it benefits from a long-term institutional support. Its evolution (development of the interface and creation of new tools) is carried out in close colaboration with the scientific community….”

Leaked Impact Assessment on the copyright reform recommends an ancillary copyright on steroids! | IGEL –

“Yesterday, Statewatch leaked a draft version of the Impact Assessment (IA) report for the upcoming copyright reform. Concerning the area of publisher’s rights it leaves a devastating impression. The authors of the IA suggest introducing a new ancillary/neighbouring right for news publishers with a broad scope. And they make it sound like this would be an obvious and particularly good choice….

Informed readers will notice very quickly that the IA sounds in most parts like it was copied from lobbying papers of the publisher’s associations. The broad and highly elaborated expert’s criticism in the German and Spanish debate is totally ignored. Same is obviously true for potentially thousands of critical statements that were filed at the Commission’s own “public consultation”. …

That the new right “would not change the legal status of hyperlinks in EU law” (see p. 147) is nothing but a lip service. Even if turned out that setting a mere hyperlink without description is not covered, any kind of described link (i.e. useful link) that includes a small excerpt of the linked source would be made subject to a license. This would mean the end of the Internet, as we know it….”


Dataverse 4.5 is here! | The Dataverse Project – Dataverse.org

“Harvesting allows the dataset metadata from another site to be imported so that these files appear to be local, though data files remain on the remote site. This allows Dataverse installations and other repositories to share metadata with each other to create a data sharing community and to provide more access to the datasets stored in each repository. Harvesting is implemented using the standard OAI-PMH protocol – any Dataverse installation can be configured as an OAI client and server….”

Latest Article Alert from Malaria Journal

The following new articles have just been published in Malaria Journal

Low prevalence of dihydro folate reductase (dhfr) and dihydropteroate synthase (dhps) quadruple and quintuple mutant alleles associated with SP resistance in Plasmodium vivax isolates of West Bengal, India
Das S, Banik A, Hati A, Roy S
Malaria Journal 2016, 15:395 (2 August 2016)