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They describe themselves as world-leading, but no one seems to be quoting them. Are they perhaps write-only publishers? --WiseWoman (talk) 08:33, 3 May 2010 (UTC)

I'm not sure what you mean, some of their books are certainly cited. FuFoFuEd (talk) 02:39, 26 May 2011 (UTC)
This publisher seems to be regarded as fake in some circles, see http://fakeconferences.blogspot.no/2014/03/spam-from-bogus-fake-junk-world.html. --Frodet (talk) 19:07, 31 May 2014 (UTC)
Your list includes Springer as a "fake publisher". That is ridiculous. If Springer Verlag and World Scientific are fake, then what on Earth *is* a real publisher? Regardless, plenty of high quality books from serious authors are published by both of these publishers, and they are obviously not write-only, since it is easy to spot-check using Google Scholar how often particular books are cited. There are plenty of bad publishers out there, but overcompensating by shouting "fake!" at everything one sees, even well established publishers, is silly and unproductive.
That's a weird link and I'd certainly not take it as a Reliable Source. A much better one is Jeffrey Beall's list of predatory open access publishers and World Scientific is not on that one. It's perhaps not a top notch publisher, but certainly not a "fake" or predatory one either. --Randykitty (talk) 22:11, 22 October 2014 (UTC)

Maybe not so fake?[edit]

I've been working on the electromagnetic spectrum for a while now, and for the last month have been zoomed in on gamma rays. We have a number of articles on the subject that need a lot of work (Very-high-energy gamma ray for example. In researching this topic, the names of a small number of researchers keep coming up as apparently the top experts in the field. On is named Felix Aharonian, so I'm now writing a short article about him. Looking at his CV here at the bottom of page 1 I find "Editor of the International Journal of Modern Physics D" published by World Scientific, which led me here.

Aharonian is from former Soviet Armenia, got his degree in Moscow, and works in a field where much of the work is done in less-developed countries, which is where many of the researchers are from as well. The major gamma-ray astronomy projects are usually collaborations that also involve a good number of first-world institutions and researchers.

A decade or two ago Scientific American ran an article about citation indices, and how the world is divided into mutually exclusive scientific/academic establishments, one for the first world, another for communist countries, yet another for the third world. Since then there has a lot more integration.

I don't known anything about World Scientific, but Aharonian is totally legit and a heavyweight in his field. If you don't believe me, Goodle him. A search on "aharonian site:nasa.gov" gets 526 hits. A search on "aharonian site:cern.ch" gets 6750 hits, or about 750 if you change it to "F.A. Aharonian" Zyxwv99 (talk) 03:28, 24 August 2014 (UTC)