Science Publishing Group

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Science Publishing Group is a publisher of academic journals and books. It has an address in New York, USA,[1] but is based in Pakistan.[2]

Activities[edit]

Science Publishing Group started business in 2012.[3] In January 2018, it published 476 academic journals[3] in the fields of Biology and Life Sciences, Chemistry & Chemical Engineering, Medicine, Health & Food, Physics, Materials Science, Mathematics & Statistics, Electrical & Computer Science, Earth, Energy & Environment, Architecture & Civil Engineering, Transportation & Logistics, Engineering & Technology, Economics & Management, Education, Social Sciences & Psychology, Arts, Literature & Linguistics.[4]

Science Publishing Group uses an Open Access model of publishing, which charges the authors. Articles are distributed online and free of cost or other barriers. The company claims that articles are peer reviewed by scientific experts before publication.[5]

Criticism of publishing practices[edit]

The company has been criticized for predatory open-access publishing.[6][7][8] In an experiment, university professor Fiona McQuarrie submitted an article to International Journal of Astrophysics and Space Science from Science Publishing Group, using pseudonyms Maggie Simpson and Edna Krabappel (characters from the cartoon series The Simpsons). Although the article had been generated by the SCIgen computer program and was nonsense, it was accepted for publication.[9] Librarian Jeffrey Beall, creator of a list of predatory open-access publishers, in 2014 pseudonymously published a nonsensical article in American Journal of Applied Mathematics.[10] The article contained an alleged proof of Buddhist Karma.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Science Publishing Group. Retrieved August 31, 2018
  2. ^ Beall J (2018). Kaufman AB & Kaufman JC (ed.). Scientific soundness and the problem of predatory journals. Pseudoscience: The Conspiracy Against Science. pp. 183–300. ISBN 9780262037426.
  3. ^ a b c Predatory journals exploit structural weaknesses in scholarly publishing. 4open. June 1, 2018. Retrieved August 31, 2018
  4. ^ List of Journals. Science Publishing Group. Retrieved August 31, 2018
  5. ^ Science Publishing Group: Open Access is the Future of Academic Publishing. Press release, March 30, 2017. Retrieved August 31, 2018
  6. ^ Science Publishing Group (SciencePG). Flaky Academic Journals (weblog), January 28, 2017. Retrieved August 31, 2018
  7. ^ Science Publishing Group: A Complete Scam. Emerald City Journal, May 24, 2016
  8. ^ American Journal of Modern Physics. Not Even Wrong (weblog), March 7, 2013. Accessed August 31, 2018
  9. ^ Predatory Journals: An Experiment. All About Work (weblog), january 26, 2015. Retrieved August 31, 2018
  10. ^ Dorj, Jargal (2014). "Mathematical Proof of the Law of Karma". American Journal of Applied Mathematics. 2 (4): 111. doi:10.11648/j.ajam.20140204.12.