Scientific Research Publishing
|Country of origin||China|
|Key people||Huaibei Zhou|
|Publication types||Academic journals and books|
|Nonfiction topics||Life sciences, economics, chemistry, computer science, environmental sciences, engineering, medicine, physics, mathematics, social sciences|
|Number of employees||About 160|
Scientific Research Publishing is an academic publisher of peer-reviewed open-access electronic journals, conference proceedings, and scientific anthologies. As of 2013[update], it offers more than 200 English language open access journals in the areas of science, technology, business, economy, and medicine. Its headquarters is in Wuhan, China. Its website states it was founded in 2007 and has other offices in California, Shanghai, and Hong Kong. The company has been accused of being a predatory open access publisher, and of abusing bulk email.
Open access type
According to Scientific Research Publishing's website it publishes fee-based open-access journals (gold OA). In addition, authors are permitted to archive their work (green OA). Pre-print, post-print and the publisher's version (PDF) may be used. According to Scientific Research Publishing's website it is fully open on reader rights (open access), reuse rights (based on CC-BY or CC BY-NC) as well as author rights (authors hold copyright with no restrictions).
Scientific Research Publishing has been included in a list of 243 "predatory" open access publishers, according to criteria that may also be used to evaluate journals for themselves. Jeffrey Beall states that "This publisher exists for two reasons. First, it exists to exploit the author-pays Open Access model to generate revenue, and second, it serves as an easy place for foreign (chiefly Chinese) authors to publish overseas and increase their academic status." He acknowledges that its fees are relatively low, describing this as "a strategy that increases article submissions," and that "it has attracted some quality article submissions. Nevertheless, it is really a vanity press."
The company generated controversy in 2010 when it was found that its journals duplicated papers which had already been published elsewhere, without notification of or permission from the original author. Several of these publications have subsequently been retracted. Some of the journals had listed academics on their editorial boards without their permission or even knowledge, sometimes in fields very different from their own. In 2012, one of its journals, Advances in Pure Mathematics, accepted a paper written by a random text generator. However, the paper was not published, due to its author's unwillingness to pay the publication fee. The company has also been noted for the many unsolicited bulk emails it sends to academics about its journals.
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