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Re: Artificial Immune system - Libtissue

  By: Alan Parker on Aug. 15, 2018, 8:05 a.m.

I suggest that you contact its author, Jamie Twycross, directly to ask if you can use a copy.


  By: Alan Parker on Aug. 15, 2018, 7:55 a.m.


as far as I know, anyone can sign up for Researchgate. You do not need a university email or anything. Try and register from your personal email. I find that the most productive way of getting papers is via Google Scholar. It finds many ...

Re: Is this conference predatory

  By: Alan Parker on June 21, 2018, 2:38 p.m.

It is definitely predatory. Lots of spelling mistakes in the description on the eventbrite page. Also the organiser is given as: "Mr. Metin", not professional. The biggest scam is that it is organized by the fake "Charles institute of European stu...

Re: Identifying a reputable journal

  By: Alan Parker on May 10, 2018, 4:47 p.m.


          I think that this journal is predatory, but as usual, things are not black and white.
- The journal title is a big red light. It is far too general, see Andy and Richard's remarks above...

Re: Data Analysis

  By: Alan Parker on April 19, 2018, 9:23 a.m.


                it is impossible to answer your question with so little information on what data you have. Maybe you have just measured the rainfall. Maybe you have ...

Re: Credibility of a journal

  By: Alan Parker on April 16, 2018, 11:06 a.m.

This journal is not predatory. It's an Elsevier open access journal, so pay-to-publish, presumably.

The Economist on encouraging African science

  By: Alan Parker on April 7, 2018, 10:15 a.m.

There's an interesting article in this week's Economist: African science

It covers the "Next Einstein Initiative" and the AIMS institutes, neither of which I knew about. It also mentions a new Elsevier journal "Scientific African", which is a welc...

Re: How to Identify a conference is authentic or fake??

  By: Alan Parker on April 4, 2018, 9:48 a.m.

Euroscicon is fake.

It's on Beall's list Beall says avoid Scicon

And he's not the only one: Euroscicon is part of the notorious OMICS group

Re: How to define/identify a journal as an "International" journal?

  By: Alan Parker on April 4, 2018, 9:37 a.m.

I'm not sure that there is a "guiding principle". As usual, things are not black and white. However, two things to check are: 1. The places of work of the published authors: Are they all from the same country/region? 2. The origin of the editorial...

Re: Confirmation Tip for Predatory Journals

  By: Alan Parker on March 12, 2018, 9:55 a.m.

Nice work Jude!

I often check if the editors of suspicious journals are real people, but the extra step of emailing them to see if they actually do the job is a worthwhile extra check. In many cases, I imagine the person involved will not be aware...

Re: Could this be a predatory journal?

  By: Alan Parker on March 5, 2018, 3:43 p.m.

It's no surprise that this journal is not on Beall's list. The first issue was in December 2017! It is not predatory, since it is free. The editors seem to be real people. The one American academic is on Researchgate and looks OK. As you say, acce...

Re: Data Science for Social Scientists

  By: Alan Parker on Feb. 16, 2018, 4:36 p.m.


           that's a good find! Most of the course would useful for anyone starting out in R, whether they were a social scientist or not.

It is in modules, so you can pick and choose the bits...

Re: "Is this conference predatory?" ICECCHH Amsterdam 2018

  By: Alan Parker on Feb. 14, 2018, 3:17 p.m.


           I had a quick look at the links you gave. It is really bad. The keynote speakers are just copy-paste from previous WASET conferences. The speakers are already set, but only their c...

Re: Do we need to stop talking about 'predatory' journals?

  By: Alan Parker on Feb. 12, 2018, 2:41 p.m.


               in my opinion, we definitely do not need to stop talking about predatory journals. They do exist and are a real problem for the research community.

My takea...