Science Publishing Group

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Science Publishing Group (SPG) is an open-access publisher of academic journals and books established in 2012.[1] It has an address in New York City[2] but is actually based in Pakistan.[3] The company has been criticized for predatory publishing practices.[4][5][6] As of 2019, it publishes 430 journals in various fields.[7]

SPG uses an Gold open-access model of publishing which charges the authors. The company claims that articles are peer reviewed by scientific experts before publication.[8]

Criticism of publishing practices[edit]

The company has been criticized for predatory open-access publishing.[4][5][6] 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, cites a nonsensical article in American Journal of Applied Mathematics, containing an alleged proof of Buddhist karma.[1]


  1. ^ a b Beall, Jeffrey (June 1, 2018). "Predatory journals exploit structural weaknesses in scholarly publishing". 4Open. 1 (1). "Life Sciences – Medicine" section, article 1. doi:10.1051/fopen/2018001. Retrieved November 6, 2019.
  2. ^ "Contact Us". 2019. Retrieved October 6, 2019.
  3. ^ Beall, Jeffrey (2018). "Scientific soundness and the problem of predatory journals". In Kaufman, A. B.; Kaufman, J. C. (eds.). Pseudoscience: The Conspiracy Against Science. pp. 183–300. ISBN 9780262037426.
  4. ^ a b "Science Publishing Group (SciencePG)". Flaky Academic Journals. January 28, 2017. Retrieved August 31, 2018 – via BlogSpot.
  5. ^ a b "Science Publishing Group: A Complete Scam". Emerald City Journal. May 24, 2016.
  6. ^ a b Woit, Peter (March 7, 2013). "American Journal of Modern Physics". Not Even Wrong. Department of Mathematics, Columbia University. Retrieved August 31, 2018.
  7. ^ "List of Journals". 2019. Retrieved November 6, 2019.
  8. ^ "Open Access is the Future of Academic Publishing". Science Publishing Group. March 30, 2017. Retrieved August 31, 2018 – via Press release.
  9. ^ "Predatory Journals: An Experiment". All About Work. January 26, 2015. Retrieved August 31, 2018.