An ambiguous abbreviation of a journal title: “J Anal Methods Chem”

The PubMed database abbreviates the names of many research journals. Sometimes these abbreviations lend themselves to confusion. Sometimes that confusion can, maybe, be willful. Here’s an example, in a citation of a chemistry study: Classification of Coffee Beans by GC-C-IRMS, GC-MS, and (1)H-NMR. J Anal Methods Chem. 2016;2016:8564584 Authors: Arana VA, Medina J, Esseiva P, Pazos D, […]

A peer-reviewed journal of one’s own (Žižek Studies)

“For some, the notion of a journal devoted to the work of a theorist very much alive and intellectually kicking is discombobulating.” – explain the editors of the International Journal of Žižek Studies  “As its title unambiguously proclaims, it is devoted to the work of Slavoj Žižek, a Slovenian philosopher/cultural theorist.” And yes, Improbable is […]

Profile: ‘International Journal of Smart Home’

The ‘International Journal of Smart Home’ (a publication of SERSC: (Science & Engineering Research Support soCiety) “- is intended to foster the dissemination of state-of-the-art research in the area of SHE [Smart Home Environment] including business models, security services, and novel applications associated with its utilization.” For a sample paper, can we recommend : ‘The […]

Fake impact factor factories

We’ve all heard about nefarious corporations employing linkfarms (or cyber-robots) to artificially bump-up their Facebook ‘likes’ – or nogoodnik book publishers who pay fake reviewers to positively puff up their online book reviews – but surely the earnest and scholarly world of academic journal publishing is above that sort of thing? Maybe think again. A […]

Introducing ‘Critical Studies in Men’s Fashion’

“Men’s dress and fashion have been side-lined in scholarship, and this journal provides a dedicated space for the discussion, analysis, and theoretical development of men’s appearance from multiple disciplines. All articles are blind-peer reviewed in order to maintain the highest standards of scholastic integrity.“ The (new) journal is entitled : ‘Critical Studies in Men’s Fashion’ […]