International Archives of Medicine

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The study by John Bohannon.

The International Archives of Medicine is an open access medical journal covering all aspects of medicine. It was established in 2008 and published by BioMed Central until the end of 2014. Starting in 2015, the journal is being published by, the official publisher of the Internet Medical Society, and restructured as a megajournal on all areas of medicine. The journal is abstracted and indexed in Embase[1] and Scopus.[2] The editor-in-chief is Ricardo Correa [es].

In 2015, as part of a sting operation, science journalist John Bohannon submitted an intentionally flawed study that claimed that eating chocolate aided weight-loss to the International Archives of Medicine. The article was accepted without peer review by the journal's CEO, Carlos Vasquez, who called the manuscript "outstanding" and published it without any change for a fee of 600.[3] The journal editors later said that the article hadn't been accepted and was posted on the journal website only "for some hours", while Bohannon produced previous correspondence from the editors that said otherwise.[4][5]

The journal's publishers, Internet Medical Publishing (and now, are both listed as potentially predatory publishers on "Beall's list" compiled by librarian Jeffrey Beall.[6][7][8]


  1. ^ "Journal titles covered in Embase". Embase. Elsevier. Retrieved 2015-05-28.
  2. ^ "Content overview". Scopus. Elsevier. Retrieved 2015-05-28.
  3. ^ Bohannon, John (27 May 2015). "I Fooled Millions Into Thinking Chocolate Helps Weight Loss. Here's How". io9. Retrieved 27 May 2015.
  4. ^ "Disclaimer on "Chocolate with High Cocoa Content as a Weight-Loss Accelerator"". Retrieved 29 May 2015.
  5. ^ "Chocolate-diet study publisher claims paper was actually rejected, only live "for some hours." Email, however, says…". Retraction Watch. 28 May 2015. Retrieved 29 May 2015.
  6. ^ Kaplan, Sarah (28 May 2015). "How, and why, a journalist tricked news outlets into thinking chocolate makes you thin". Washington Post. Retrieved 28 May 2015.
  7. ^ "LIST OF PUBLISHERS". Scholarly Open Access. Archived from the original on 2016-09-17.
  8. ^ "List of Predatory Publishers 2014". Scholarly Open Access. Archived from the original on 2014-04-22.

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