Friday, May 15, 2009

"Nova Publishers" - legitimate or bogus?

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A month ago I got a solicitation to contribute a chapter to an edited volume on the built environment. The message came from Frank Columbus, President and Editor-in-Chief, Nova Science Publishers, Inc. I did some looking on the Nova Publishers web site, and also on some discussion sites such as the Chronicle of Higher Education Forum and others. It seems they they are sending out mass email solicitations to contribute to edited collections, mostly edited by Frank Columbus, on a variety of topics. I concluded that this was some kind of pseudo-scholarly vanity press and forgot about it.

Yesterday I got another of these emails from Mr. Columbus. This is how it starts:

Dear Dr. Smith,

We have learned of your published research on sports. We would like to invite your participation in our publishing program. In particular, I have in mind a new research or review article for an edited collection (invitation only) being assembled under my direction tentatively entitled "Women in Sports." The contributions for this edited book are intended to range from 4,000-35,000 words. If you are interested in participating, please consult the Notes for Contributors at the bottom of this letter.

Wow, I must have forgotten about my publications on sports! Actually, this is probably another example of the "Mike Smith" confusion; see the list of "Books by Michael Smith that I did NOT write." No, I am not the decorator of the Obama White House, and I was not the winning jockey at the Kentucky Derby a couple of years ago. And I have not published on women in sports.

My advice to graduate students, if you get one of these solicitations: HIT THE DELETE BUTTON! I have already expressed my low opinion or many or most edited volumes in archaeology (see my archive entries under "Edited Volumes"); these Nova Science books are sure to occupy an even lower rung on the ladder of quality.

59 comments:

Jason Ur said...

If you are keeping a list, it should also be noted that you are not the Dean of Harvard's Faculty of Arts & Sciences.

ArchAsa said...

Don't know whether to laugh or cry...well, actually this is so funny I can't help but laugh. :D

Only proves the ancient proverb still holds true: Google it before accepting it
;-)

Not that Scandinavia compares to the anglo-saxon world, but my name is actually quite common back home in Sweden so I might have to start a list of things I'm not and books I haven't written. Most notably a certain crime writer who shares my name and now totally owns the first five pages on Google before I show up...grrrr

Mexique ancien said...

With my name and my last name, I'm sure I won't have any problem like you, Dr Smith ! ;)
I won't have either for the good reason that publishers don't know my works ! :D

Anonymous said...

I would like to share some bad experience with Nova Publisher. I feel it is only a one-man band. I regret very much to have my paper published by Nova Publisher. I do not feel they did any review because they accepted my paper
very quickly, and they did not do any editing. They almost print what you write.

The biggest problem is that they do so-called cross publication. They published my paper in a book and then printed it again in another book. Later, they simply published my chapter again as a separate book! I found it out only incidentally when I searched through the Internet.

When I had the paper published in their first book, they asked me to pay some money if I wanted to receive some offprint. I paid the money but they never sent me any offprint even after I chased them once.

Michael E. Smith said...

That comment confirms some of my fears about this press. Authors, beware! Find a better place for your work.

Anonymous said...

I agree...I also got an invitation to submit a chapter to his book.
My deadline to submit an abstrsact is June 12, 2009. At first, I was very excited and searched for Nova publisher on the net and I came across several unfavorable comments. I agreed to submit, but I'll withdraw. Thank y'all!
S

Anonymous said...

Well, I might have been had. I sent two chapter contributions to one of the books that is supposed to have been published in September 2009. I am still awaiting that publication. A friend has confirmed to me the existence of the publishers at the address indicated.No financial demands yet. Am I still to expect this?
SP

Cynthia said...

I am a biologist and upon finishing my undergraduate work-during which time I conducted a 2 year ecology study- my advisor was invited to submit something to Nova. She suggested that we publish the study I had just finished writing up. They accepted it, did no edits, and it has just come out in print. This was my first publication and now I wonder if I should bothering listing it on my CV. I have not yet received my free copy of the book.

Lucian Smith said...

Thanks for this post! I suspected as much when I got an email with almost the exact same wording as yours, so it was nice to have it confirmed.

Anonymous said...

Recently, I have one chapter accepted for publication by Nova Publisher. I am not sure whether I should withdraw it. Please advise.

joe_keenan said...

I just received an invite to NOVA today. I knew it was too good to be true! Thanks all.

Tejinder said...

Today, I received exactly the same invitation as you did, from Frank Columbus, to submit an article for a Nova Book on Quantum Mechanics.

Paulo said...

I also receive the invitation to write a chapter to NOVA. I sent an e-mail to question how they found me... and their answer was not clear. I will decline the invitation right now!

Regards from Brazil!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for this sobering post! It just saved me from sending them something to publish.

MK

Anonymous said...

I got one of these too. The topic was a little bit off from the areas I've worked in...but close enought that I wanted to consider sending an abstract. I just kept having an uneasy feeling though. I'm glad I found this and other info on the web that confirmed those doubts and saved me time that would have been wasted pursuing less a than worthwhile publication venue. Scientific research and writing is time consuming enough, the last thing we need to do is invest our time in subpar pursuits.

Anonymous said...

I got the same letter, and with the topic just slightly out of my area. My advice to all, don't publish with them, there are enough reputable publishers to go with. Why waste your time?

Anders B said...

It seems that Mr Columbus is sending the same letter to anybody for whom he can find an email address. My suspicion about Nova arose when I found Mr Columbus listed as editor of a wide range of journals, in science as well as humanities. He could not possibly be an expert in all these areas. Moreover, none of the journals he edit which I checked were available at my university library, which has on of the largest holdings in North America. Reading the posted comments confirms my suspicion that you should stay away from Nova.

darrenp said...

Many thanks for this excellent post. I was asked by NOVA to contribute to a book on Problem Solving, an area I had worked in in the past. My suspicions were aroused when I asked which piece of research they were interested in specifically. The reply didn't answer the question. So I asked the same question again. The reply was exactly the same! I wondered if it was some publication robot or something. Seems that this might be the case. I did submit an abstract but I will not submit the chapter now. Good that it's got me to get back into that old work though. ;-)

Many thanks for the advice all. :-)

Johan said...

I got an e-mail 25 Jan from Frank Columbus with an invitation to publish a book chapter with Novapublishers. The wordings were exactly the same as above, except that the book would be called "Mussels: anatomy, habitat and environmental impact". It almost fooled me as I have and am working on mussel ecology. A friend warned me just now though, and then I found this and other info about Novapublishers and Frank Columbus on the internet. Thank you for the info! I will delete the e-mail from Mr. Columbus. Is there anything more one can do to make them close down their business?

darrenp said...

@Johan I already have on my 'todo' list to write an email explaining the 'scam' that NOVA continues to perpetrate. I intend to send this email to all my academic colleagues and indeed friends who have academic contacts, student friends, etc. The idea of course is for this to spread very quickly and very efficiently so that no-one submits to NOVA, hopefully driving them out of business or at least severely limiting their income.

I'm happy to send you a copy once I write it or we can collaborate on a version or indeed write separate ones and send them around. This latter possibility might be best since the more times people are 'hit' with the take-home message of 'Don't publish with NOVA', the more chance there is they will remember never to work with them.

QZ said...

I received a same invitation yesterday, except the book title: Amnesia: Causes, Diagnosis and Treatments, to the area I recently published a paper in a regular journal.
Normally, when I receive an invitation for a book chapter, the editor is a professor or editor of a journal, and the invitation comes with book contents, a list of chapters, and format requirement. Nova’s invitation has none of these. It made me suspicious. I looked wiki for Nova, which pointed me to your blog. So it is confirmed that submission to Nova is a doing of nonprofessional.

Anonymous said...

Just minutes ago a colleague of mine forwarded to me a NOVA invitation to publish a chapter in their “Computational Fluid Dynamics: Theory, Analysis and Applications” volume. My colleague asked if we could be interested ... well, after browsing through their invitation, something made me to Google it first. And yes, you are right :)!

Peter said...

Well, there may be some issues - and as somebody who published with Nova and various other publishers I can confirm that there are occasional problems; AND I HAVE TO UNDERLINE THAT I NEVER EVER CAME ACROSS ANY PUBLISHERS WHERE THERE HADN'T BEEN ANY PROBLEM.
One more serious problem - and this is something I am missing - is that many publishers charge authors for publishing and others (or the same on top of it) introduce certain ways of censorship. This is more worrying than anything that had been written about in the above comments ..

Anonymous said...

I have couple of book chapters published with Nova. One of the books is now on Google Books search which I believe is a good promotion.

Anatoliy said...

Thanks for very useful information! I will certainly delete the letter from Mr. Columbus.

Unblog said...

Good God! I too have received a CFP by Nova for a edited collection on "Encryption: Methods, Software and Security". I am yet to send an abstract, but thanks to you, I will not do so.

Anonymous said...

I got the same email. He is targeting academics so he can benefits fromo others people´s hard work.
I couldnt get access to any of the papers listed in the journals. So those journals do not exist.

Anonymous said...

Thanks a lot. Your posts are really revealing. I have also received the same email from Frank Colum Bogus, the only difference was, he invited me to contribute for a book titled " Advances in Energy research". The deadline for abstract submission was May 31, 2010. I've mailed the abstract promptly, but will not send the full paper. I think he got the email from Elsevier journals where I published this year. How can Frank be the editor for books in "Quantum Mechanics" and "Energy issues in buildings"? He is Frank(ly) (Colo)Bogus!!! Banish NOVA.

Anonymous said...

Just received a similar solicitation. Based on comments from various sites I found by googling the publishers name, does not sound promising for serious academic work.

Anonymous said...

Although many of the comments posted are concerning (such as cross-publication, unable to find journal articles listed), I have seen many of their titles and found them interesting to me as a scientist.
Also, Wiki does say that many scholars have published work with them.
Seems to me that if one decides to publish with them, then one ought to carefully choose who edits (yes, that is an available option) and not publish anything that one does not feel completely confident has been thoroughly peer-reviewed.
As with everything - forewarned is forearmed!

darrenp said...

I do wonder who wrote the Wikipedia article...

As for choice of reviewer, judging by the responses of others here, no feedback is given; the original is just published as is. This leads me to suspect that no reviewing is taking place. As for choice of editor, even it is provided as an option, I am very sceptical that it actually happens in Nova reality.

Anonymous said...

Just got this scamming thing here today. Interesting to say the least. By the way mine includes the line that 'Proposals to serve as Editor of the volume up to the abstract deadline.'

So it turns out Columbus doesn't necessarily edit all of these things?

Thoughts anyone?

darrenp said...

Regarding choice of editor, I doubt that it is a genuine option... All part of the ruse to make it a look like a bona fide peer-reviewed publication outlet.

Anderson said...

Just received the very same email. It looks as if it were written by a robot or something. It appears they got my email in a paper I recently published and asked to write a "new research or review paper" (?) on the area. I found suspicious, did some search on Wikipedia and found the link to your blog. Thanks for clarifying. I'm not going to fall in this trap!

Urban Development Librarian said...

As a Librarian I usually steer clear of buying Nova for my Uni. Mostly vanity. Generally the books consist of quite unrelated items that would be better as journal articles. Grouping is often under a very general subject associated with a bunch of modish keywords. Students will rarely find a 'chapter', even if it deserves reading on its own merits. Lots of authors from minor institutions or out of the way countries. Having said all that, presses like these can eventually make the grade by becoming more visible, and this one seems to be breaking through by becoming accepted by more reputable major retailers for display. Still rarely buy, though.

Anonymous said...

As a non-mainstream scholar, I have a different take on Nova, one based on the old adage.....speak about me in the positive, speak about me in the negative, but speak about me! Frequency is the name of the game in self-promotion....so, why not!!!
I must admit that I am disappointed with a number of the comments that I read here. So, as scholars, we are only to "publicize" our ideas in reputed journals. Sounds pretty elitist to me. Perhaps I should refrain from sharing my work with the average Joe, and agree to only speak with my colleagues!!! No wonder academics have such a bad name!!!
One could argue that if Nova Publishers exists and continues to exist, it fills a need (niche) in the market. And we all know that the market is a democratic institution!!!!

darrenp said...

In response to the anonymous comment regarding 'any publicity is good publicity', I agree --- in principle --- that this is a good idea. However, surely if 'frequency is the name of the game', you want to make each 'hit' count. Putting any eggs in the NOVA basket is, as far as I can see, completely flawed. If one has good research and they are conned into publishing with NOVA, they then have a minimal audience and no rights over what NOVA does with it. Moreover, since peer review is a myth with NOVA it seems, even if the research is great, it may not get the serious interest it deserves given NOVA's approach to publishing.

There is nothing elitist in the slightest about avoiding using an 'academic publisher' like NOVA. In academia, people generally try to get their articles into high profile/high impact journals to maximise the exposure of their research. This isn't elitist either; it's just plain good sense! NOVA seems to be only interested in making money, not gathering high calibre research and making it available to a wide audience.

The only reason (in my opinion) that NOVA continues to exist is because there are enough people being conned into sending them their work.

Your argument could equally be applied to spam/phishing: it continues to happen because enough people respond to it to make the endeavour worthwhile.

I think the location of NOVA in the same class of 'irritants' as spam and phishing is wholly appropriate!

Anonymous said...

It would appear that the original blog post and most of its comments to date were not inspired by much if any review of the publications at https://www.novapublishers.com/ but are based on having been invited to contribute to them, as if that is somehow a bad thing. Sorry some of you felt so insulted by being considered an expert in your field, somebody made a mistake in thinking so didn't they?

On the Nova Publishers website there are many fascinating and deep volumes like The Mathematics of the Periodic Table or Complementarity of Mind and Body: Realizing the Dream of Descartes, Einstein and Eccles. Nobel laureate Karl Pribram wrote the first chapter of the latter for just one example, yet this blog's unknown and anonymous contributors make snide insinuations about 'subpar' and less than reputable authors. Say what? You pipsqueak nobodies have the chutzpah to try to put down your intellectual betters? It doesn't work. Most of you have only echoed the nothingness of the original Negative Nancy post anyway without adding any substance of your own, there being little substance to any of the smug accusations to start with.

Michael E. Smith said...

Very interesting comment! Let's count the number of unprofessional, or at least non-professional, items in the previous comment:

(1) It is posted anonymously, which runs counter to professional scholarly practice.

(2) The adjectives "fascinating and deep" for Nova books are not typical terms of scholarly evaluation; they are more common in reviews of non-scholarly works, or works for a non-scholarly audience.

(3) The insults ("pipsqueak nobodies") are inconsistent with scholarly discourse.

Now this is fine, I have allowed the comment because, to me, its tone reflects on the nature of Nova publications. Perhaps it was sent by an employee of Nova Publishers, or perhaps it was sent by a partisan of the press. In either case, it certainly does not reflect well on the professional and scholarly quality of the press.

darrenp said...

Dear 'Anonymous' or should I call you Frank Columbus?

You are one of very few who have posted anonymously about this issue. Saying that you are sorry that some of us felt insulted by being invited sounds to me like you have something to do with the whole NOVA scam and are hiding behind your anonymity to try to limit the damages. Admirable but ultimately fundamentally flawed.

Despite describing yourself as a "scholar", you seem to lack basic courtesy and respect for other scholars here. We all have freedom of speech and yet you are the only one who has chosen to use that freedom to be abusive.

Very telling as far as I am concerned. I'm sure others feel the same way.

You use the argument of elitism as a distraction away from the fact that NOVA exploits researchers at various stages in their careers, including early career academics. Appalling.

By way of feedback -- what's academia without peer review, eh? -- I doubt I am alone in considering the use of terms such as "pipsqueak nobodies", "chutzpah", "Negative Nancy" and "smug" as very poor academic argumentation.

Your words speak (volumes) for themselves.

DrLuz said...

I have had requests from Nova to publish in 2 very different fields (in both of which I have Elsevier articles). Because the mails were practically identical, I am pretty sure that these are auto-generated emails with the topics harvested from Elsevier's subject taxonomy. I'd be inclined to call that spam. As I have the UK equivalent of tenure, my concern is to publish in respected journals, so I tried to find more about the reviewing standards of Nova publishers, with little success. See below:

"Thank you for your mail.
I am interested to have received two different mails from Nova asking for contributions in two different subject areas which were very distinct. I presume that you must have sub-editors who specialise in each of these fields. Could you please let me know the names of your GIS editor (or equivalent), how the submissions are refereed and by whom, and whether NOVA publications are rated in the standard review literature for the GIS field?
I would also like to know more about how you constructed the hierarchy of research categories here as it looks rather familiar,
Thank you,
Dr X"

I did at least receive a personal reply which I'll post here for information - but it didn't answer many of my questions or lead me to believe that I would get any constructive suggestions or perspectives from independent reviewers (which I find to be one of the major benefits of peer review). I won't be publishing with Nova.

"Dear Dr. X,
The topic and approach are at your discretion. Abstract acceptance is
the key decision point for inclusion in the volume. The line-up of chapters and therefore contributors is a constantly changing landscape since discussions, commitments and submissions continue on a daily basis right up to and sometimes beyond the deadline for each volume. The nature of the volume is planned to be an 'advances' type."

Anonymous said...

Frank Columbus published a few books I wrote about ten years ago. They were never edited and had many typographical errors which came from his typists when they re-typed my manuscripts.

He also retained copyright to my works and I never got any royalties. But he managed to get my books into university libraries in many countries.

I don't work with him anymore.

Anonymous said...

Did anybody who contributed a chapter receive the free author's copy of the book? I wrote a chapter (that was accepted without peer review) but never received the book.

Anonymous said...

Does anyone know when Nova Publishers started? Is this a recent thing?

Anonymous said...

I don't know when Nova Science Publishers started. But I know the company was listed in "Writers' Market" in the late 1990s and may be even in the mid-1990s.

I first submitted my works to Frank Columbus in 1998. He published my first book in June 1999 and other works in 2000 and 2001, five altogether. As I said in my previous post, I no longer work with him but my books are found in university libraries around the world.

I got in touch with some authors in Australia and in the United States and I asked them if they had received any royalties from Nova Science Publishers. They did not.

One professor in Australia also said they were extremely rude to him when he asked them about a manuscript he had submitted to them. He now teaches in the United States.

Dr. Wayne E. Wright said...

Thank you for this posting and everyone above for your posts. I got an invitation too to submit a chapter for a book on Educational Measurement. I replied to ask who the editor is, their affiliation, and the scope of the volume (given Ed Measurement is a broad and controversial field). We'll see what the reply is, but I've read enough here to know my time and effort are best spent elsewhere.

bugundatta said...

I had received an email on May 6, 2010 from F. Columbus of Nova Publishers stating that they are going to publish a book titled "Deciduous Forests: Ecology, Management and Conservation" for which they invited me to send an article. As I was working on that area I felt enthusiastic and submitted an abstract first and then a full article on September 3. But, when I did not get any receiving confirmation or something alike from them for 4-5 days I searched through Goggle and saw this forum. It helped me a lot to know how these types of publishers are operating by exploiting young researchers from developing countries like me. I promptly send them a mail stating that I am withdrawing the article from their book and informed them not to proceed further in publishing my article. Still I did not get any reply! Now I want to publish this article in another journal. Is there any problem of copyright (I am not so familiar with US laws) going to occur as they did not send me a reply?
Please suggest. This is urgent.

bugundatta said...

I had received an email on May 6, 2010 from F. Columbus of Nova Publishers stating that they are going to publish a book titled "Deciduous Forests: Ecology, Management and Conservation" for which they invited me to send an article. As I was working on that area I felt enthusiastic and submitted an abstract first and then a full article on September 3. But, when I did not get any receiving confirmation or something alike from them for 4-5 days I searched through Goggle and saw this forum. It helped me a lot to know how these types of publishers are operating by exploiting young researchers from developing countries like me. I promptly send them a mail stating that I am withdrawing the article from their book and informed them not to proceed further in publishing my article. Still I did not get any reply! Now I want to publish this article in another journal. Is there any problem of copyright (I am not so familiar with US laws) going to occur as they did not send me a reply?
Please suggest. This is urgent.

Billy said...

I too received an email from Nova. However, I replied to the email inquiring about being an editor and sent in my CV. Today, I received an email from the department of acquisitions there with a contract attached to be the editor. I read over it, and there is no financial commitment on my part. However, I am worried if this is still a scam due to all the posts here and am concerned about getting into a bind with them. Any thoughts or advice on if I should accept it? (I promise to send off the papers for peer review).

darrenp said...

My guess is that NOVA are as rigorous with acquiring editors as they are with acquiring publications. No reflection on you but I think it is a case of the more the merrier. I would be very surprised given the general 'tone' of NOVA if they were to turn down the opportunity to list a bona fide academic as an editor since it gives them more credibility in luring publications.

Personally, I wouldn't have anything to do with NOVA on either side of the publication boundary. :-)

My 2p. :-)

Billy said...

Well it is just that I would like to be an editor or section editor of a journal one day, and I feel like this might be a good way of gaining experience so that when the day comes I can say I have had editorial experience. But again, I am just nervous about Nova based on the general feeling I get from them.

Julian said...

I got an email yesterday. Should I consider submitting? I read so many negative things here but it seems to publish some real science, though not necessarily first hand research findings. But if it's ending up in some university library and read by people in the field, I don't see anything wrong.

Please advice

Anonymous said...

Forget about this! Better no "editorial experience" at all than with dubious publishers.

Anonymous said...

Hello every one, I worked with Nova on couple occasions; twice I submitted an article to one of the volumes and once I served as an editor of the volume myself. In the first scenarious, I never received my free book copies (3 years passed). However, while contributing as an editor, I received 6 free book copies. I don't know about royalties yet as it is yet to come in srping 2011 (or not). The funny part is that none of the authors of the chapters (inlcuding some of my close colleagues) received any free copies.
I want to stress out, however, that I carefully reviewed each chapter that was submitted to me and after I sent those to Frank Columbus (whoever he is), he also did review those and gave many comments (ok, mostly editorial type). Honestly, however, it was a great experience for me to get everyone together, to stay on top of deadlines etc., I don't regret it even if I don't receive any royalties.

G. L. Cote said...

I have already submitted a review chapter to one of Nova Publisher's books, but decided to Google them after some delays in publication. The book is Oligosaccharides: Sources, Properties and Applications, edited by Nicole S. Gordon. The publication was supposed to be out in the 1st quarter of 2011, but I have seen nothing yet. I have looked at the list of authors for the other chapters, and a couple of them are well-respected scientists in their fields, while several others are relatively unknown newcomers. Young and not-yet established does not mean low quality, but it makes one wonder what the criteria for choosing authors must have been. I suspect it was anyone who would agree to submit something. There was essentially no editing done on my chapter, so it looks like the quality will be very dependent on the quality of the authors themselves. Between the unexplained delay and the fact that they took one of my figures to use as the cover art without informing me, makes me a bit suspicious. Yes, I know I signed away the rights, so I have no real basis to complain, but the only other time my figure was used as cover art, the editors went out of their way to ask me and keep me informed about the status of things. Since this chapter is a review, and I went into this with the understanding that it was not for peer-reviewed original research, I am not very upset about the whole matter. My main purpose was to have a publication I could use to summarize my work, rather than pointing people to several journal articles. However, I don't think I would bother again. I would much prefer to stick with the better-known publishers in the chemical and biological sciences, such as Springer, Wiley, or Elsevier.

Anonymous said...

Semi-related as I am not a contributor as of yet, but I purchased on of these books based on the title "Terrorist Ideology and the Implications of Radicalization." It seemed like it would contain relevant and quality information on the topic. First, it had a list price of 77.50 marked down to 67.50 (average price I pay for a good quality book on this topic). I guess I should have paid more attention to the description- it was nothing more than reprints of Congressional Testimony from various persons on the subject. To charge such prices (and more in some cases) for information that is publicly available for free or nearly so is a scam. This is why they are still around--- suckers like me trying to find good info who fall for what appears to be a chance at further knowledge.

darrenp said...

If anyone is interested, I manage a fledgling Facebook group against NOVA's practices:

http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=156132787738631

as well as a LinkedIn group:

http://www.linkedin.com/groups/No-NOVA-Science-Publishers-3425349

Feel free to join either/both.

Anonymous said...

thanks so much for the 'heads-up'. I was offered a book deal with Nova on the subject of my PhD and was just goggling re their credibility before sending them a reply email. i will just delete their email now. thanks a lot! Beth

Anonymous said...

Annonymous Person writes:

Nova science publishers issues a 100 journals or so with some editors assigned or so. But most of them are like magazines. I know of that it sends papers to reviewers and send back those comments of reviewers to authors but when the authors send back their answers to Reviewer's comments they are never sent back to Reviewers and are published after few days . So the peer-review process is not followed and i know of some biological sccience related journals where same authors publish papers in almost all issues so that means it no longer remains a journal it becomes a departmental magazine. I dont know how most of its journals are in pubmed but these are very low quality papers which are published and none of their papers are online available that mens the Scientific community cannot judge the originality of the work, whether they are at all publishable or not so on and so forth. I wrote several emails to the publishing house to know whether the medical and biological science related journals are at all peer reviewed or not but als no response from them.So i should say please avoid the Scientific Scam related with this Nova Publishing House.