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Abacus - le 11 December 2013

Hi Irna,

I thought your readers might be interested to learn that the SBRG have revealed details of a new paper, Archaeoacoustics analysis and ceremonial customs in an ancient hypogeum, by Paolo Debertolis and Niccolò Bisconti.

The SBRG state that:

This scientific paper will be publish on the issue of October 2013 (Volume 3, Number 10) of the scientific journal Sociology Study, ISSN 2159-5526, USA.

I looked at the Sociology Study page (publisher: David Publishing Company), but thought that the subscription costs seemed rather high.

I also found this warningfrom the ISA, or International Sociological Association, concerning pay-to-publish invitations issued by the journal Sociology Study, (David Publishing Company). The ISA advises that:

Please be aware that this journal charges authors who submit papers large amounts of money.

The ISA warning page also includes links to another article, Bait-and-switch publishing: New face of academic fraud,by by Farooq Kperogi. Amongst other things, Kperogi states that:

In the proper protocols of academic journal publishing in Europe and North America, academics don’t pay a dime to have their articles published.

Regards,

Abacus

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Irna - le 11 December 2013

Hi Abacus, thanks for your interesting comments. It seems that this "David Publishing Company" has a very bad reputation, either of a scammer or of a "vanity publisher"; I found a number of links with a quick research:
- http://thetrialwarrior.com/2010/09/12/good-grief-bait-switch-law-publishing-version/
- http://knowledge-is-porridge.blogspot.fr/2012/08/young-researchers-beware-potential.html
- http://scholarlyoa.com/2012/02/29/david-publishing-flipping-its-model/
- http://leiterreports.typepad.com/blog/2013/06/on-david-publishing-once-again.html
- http://academics-anon.livejournal.com/1846247.html#
- http://collegemisery.blogspot.fr/2012/02/scam-warning-from-chrryblstr.html
- http://h-net.msu.edu/cgi-bin/logbrowse.pl?trx=vx&list=H-ANZAU&month=1208&week=c&msg=kR7oz0eCB1dIXMo2hCt8Yg

and so on...

It seems that Prof. Debertolis has actually fallen victim to a scam - or that he was so eager to publish in an "academic" journal that he was ready to pay for it...