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Here are some journals that very frequently solicit my expert opinions, without really checking whether I have the expertise or not, and without any impact factor.

Resources I use to check the credibility of unknown journals:

Hindawi Publishing Corporation

Founded in 1997 in Cairo
. currently employs more than 300 employees
. Publishes 200+ open access, peer-reviewed journals.
. Open-access is financed by author fees i.e. non-subscription based.. The author fee currently "tops out at $1,500"
. recently partnered with Sage, a well-established e-journal publisher

22 of the 300 journals have an impact factor higher than 0 for the printed (not online) versions, but below

  • 4.774 according to the Hindawai home page and Thomson ISI (2011, from 2012)
    • based on the years that the printed ISSN 1741-427X was run by BMC
    • the online version ISSN 1741-4288 is not registered!
  • 2.964 according to Research Gate and the University Putra Malaysia

Some other researchers impressions: http://list.uvm.edu/cgi-bin/wa?A2=MEDLIB-L;wGArog;20110726180255-0700d

I have been solicited to write an expert article for the following journals the past year. Even though I feel flattered, I would not think too much of researchers that publish in these journals with zero impact factor (and not because they are too new!)

  • Advances in Bioinformatics (Impact factor: 0, Registered in PubMed Central, Spamming a large number of potential authors)
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