The Journal of Primatology

Jeffrey Beall, of the site Scholarly Open Access, has critized the journals of the OMICS Publishing Group multiple times, including this great report on their inept use of social media: fake Linkedin profiles with “wonderfully alphabetic hobbies, such as ‘Judo, Jujitsu, Jump Rope.'” In response, he is being sued for $1 billion. An Indian law firm representing OMICS sent Beall a letter containing the following grammatically-challenged sentence:

Our client perceive the blog as mindless rattle of a incoherent person and please be assured that our client has taken a very serious note of the language, tone, and tenure adopted by you as well as the criminal acts of putting the same on the Internet.

OMICS (Wikipedia) was profiled in the New York Times report on the “parallel world of pseudo-academia,” with fancy sounding conferences that anyone can pay to speak at, publications in journals that lack real peer review to pad a CV, exorbitant undisclosed publication and conference fees, and spam. Tons and tons of spam to submit articles, attend conferences, or serve on the editorial boards. Unlike well-regarded, peer-reviewed Open Access journals like PLoS, OMICS journals represent “the dark side of Open Access,” preying on researchers eager to publish and often demanding thousands of dollars after acceptance. Beall deems the OMICS group “predatory,” because it “exploit[s] [the author-pays, Open Access] model by charging the fee without providing all the expected publishing services.”

The list of OMICS journals contains a few that are of note to anthropologists, primatologists, or evolutionary biologists, including the Journal of Primatology. There are over 30 members on its editorial board and in the five issues that have been published so far, 21 out of 28 articles were authored or co-authored by an editor (data). Regardless, the peer review process could be just as stringent as any established primate journal, of course, but one editor may have unwittingly confirmed suspicions about OMICS’ primatology journal. In the last paragraph of “Important Tips for the Author(S),” editor M. Firoj Jaman inadvertently warns anyone who might consider publication in the journal:

Important features of OMICS are that they work as a predatory Open Access publisher.

Jaman MF (2012) Important Tips for the Author(S). J Primatol 1:e104. doi:10.4172/jpmt.1000e104

EDIT: As of March 2014, the link to the article (along with most of the site) is broken and the DOI is unresolvable. Here’s a screen cap for posterity’s sake:

Minimalist Primate Illustrations

I was clearing out my queue of saved tabs and came across this Metafilter post linking to a celebration of Charley Harper’s scientific illustrations. Naturally I went in search of the primates. See the mandrill from here:

Spider monkeys (?) from here:

And a gibbon, chimp, and another mandrill from here:

(Special nod to ChuraChura for putting together the great MetaFilter post.)

Installing Perl Modules in User-Specified Directories

A quick Perl tip (and one of the things I routinely forget how to do): Here’s how to install a Perl module with CPAN into a non-standard directory via Perl Monks. This snippet installs XML::Parser into /home/cmb433/local_perl/.

o conf mbuildpl_arg "--install_base /home/cmb433/local_perl/"
o conf makepl_arg "PREFIX=/home/cmb433/local_perl/"
install XML::Parser