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  • Progress Soars on Official Translations of 4.0 and CC0!

    european-commission Creative Commons welcomes progress on official language translations of both 4.0 and CC0 due to our dedicated network of volunteers and a commitment by the European Commission (EC) to ensure the legal code for each …
    Source: Creative CommonsPublished on 2019-06-11By Diane Peters
  • Welcome the Official Spanish Language Translation of CC0! (¡Les damos la bienvenida a la traducción oficial de CC al idioma castellano!)

    cc0-screenshot The official Spanish language translation of the Creative Commons Public Domain Dedication (CC0) is now available. This means almost 500 million users of CC0 will be able to read and understand the terms of CC0 …
    Source: Creative CommonsPublished on 2019-06-10By Diane Peters
  • New additions to the Dryad community

    The Dryad community is expanding and diversifying! We’re excited to announce both the addition of a new institutional member and the results of our recent Board of Directors election. New international institutional member KAUST (The King Abdullah University of Science and Technology) has officially joined Dryad, thus furthering their aspirations …
    Source: Dryad news and viewsPublished on 2019-06-07By Elizabeth Hull
  • Mysterious Publisher Launches with 44 Journals
    I received several tips recently about a large, new open-access publisher called Open Science. I have added this publisher to my list and recommend that researchers ignore the spam they are likely to receive – sooner or later – from this publisher. The two main problems with this publisher that I …
    Source: Scholarly Open AccessPublished on 2019-06-07By Stef Brezgov
  • Instead of a Peer Review, Reviewer Sends Warning to Authors
    A peer reviewer for the MDPI journal Atmosphere sent a warning — in place of a peer review — to authors who had submitted a paper to the journal. The story is a long one, and it’s a bit complicated. The peer reviewer, based at the Max-Planck-Institute for Chemistry, had served as …
    Source: Scholarly Open AccessPublished on 2019-06-07By Stef Brezgov
  • More Pseudo-Science from Swiss / Chinese Publisher MDPI
    I’ve written several blog posts documenting the Swiss / Chinese publisher MDPI’s practice of publishing junk science, articles that few, if any, legitimate publishers would accept and publish. Now the publisher has outdone itself and published a paper that is a monumental example of pseudo-science. The article’s author is J. Marvin Herndon. …
    Source: Scholarly Open AccessPublished on 2019-06-07By Stef Brezgov
  • An Editorial Board Mass-Resignation — from an Open-Access Journal
    I learned recently of a mass-resignation from the editorial board of an open-access journal. The journal, Advances in Anthropology, is published by the troubled publisher Scientific Research Publishing (SCIRP). Here’s a screenshot (above) of the current editorial board. It has nine members plus the Editor-in-Chief Anatole Klyosov. I wrote to the …
    Source: Scholarly Open AccessPublished on 2019-06-07By Stef Brezgov
  • Questionable OA Publisher Launches with a Clever Website and 52 New Journals
    A recent addition to my list is the American Research Institute for Policy Development (ARIPD), which, unlike most new OA publishers, has a clever and professional-appearing website, until you look a little closer, that is. One of the first strange things I noticed was the contact information: First, a Google search on …
    Source: Scholarly Open AccessPublished on 2019-06-07By Stef Brezgov
  • Look out for Bogus Impact Factor Companies
    The proliferation of predatory open-access publishers has created several new and expanding markets. One of these is the market for journal rankings. Because few predatory publishers are able to earn legitimate journal rankings, companies have emerged that — for a fee — award bogus impact factors to low-quality journals. Predatory …
    Source: Scholarly Open AccessPublished on 2019-06-07By Stef Brezgov
  • Proposed Criteria for Identifying Predatory Conferences
    Here’s a draft of a criteria for identifying predatory conferences. The draft was written by James McCrostie, a full-time Associate Professor and part-time journalist in Japan who has written about such conferences. The draft is pasted in below and also available here as a PDF file. If you have any comments or …
    Source: Scholarly Open AccessPublished on 2019-06-07By Stef Brezgov

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