[MARMAM] Warning: predatory publishing scam

Phillip Clapham - NOAA Federal phillip.clapham at noaa.gov
Mon Jul 9 10:44:36 PDT 2018

A colleague alerted me to this today... a predatory publisher has taken
original articles from PLoS One, stripped the citations, and packaged them
in a book entitled "An Integrated Study Of Marine Mammals".  Consequently,
it looks like the citation for these papers is this fraudulent book.  The
authors (at least the ones I know) were not contacted nor did they give
permission.  The book is for sale at $107 a copy on Amazon (who I've
contacted to make them aware of the issue); the publisher itself is
charging $150 a copy.  Here's the publisher link... as you can see, they do
this a lot:


The "editor" of this volume appears to be completely fictitious.

Below is a listing of first authors and subjects from the 20 chapters of
this book... if you've published in PLoS One lately, and you recognize the
first authorship, there's a good chance you're in here.

Benoit-Bird: pelagic ecosystems
Meager: marine mammal mortality
Christensen: Recovery trends
Sterling: fur seal migration
Gowan: right whales
Baker: Predator-prey interactions
Braulik: Indus dolphin
Carroll: right whales and whaling
Double: Pygmy blue whales
Matthews: right whale monitoring
Apprill: humpback whale bacteria
Amaral: Clymene dolphin
McMahon: elephant seals
Schorr: Ziphius diving
Wilson: harbor seal foraging
Silva: Bayesian state-space models
Deng: sonar systems and marine mammals
Aguilar: Nitrogen stable isotopes
Peterson: PCB concentrations
Maniscalco: Steller sea lion natality

On a related and more humorous note, my dog recently succeeded in
publishing a paper in a predatory journal, co-authored with another dog and
a chicken:

A. Wünderlandt, O. Doll and G. Usalida.  2018.  Solicitation of patient
consent for bilateral orchiectomy in male canids: Time to rethink the
obligatory paradigm.  *Examines in Marine Biology and Oceanography* 2(1):
1-2,  doi:10.31031/EIMBO.2018.02.000528.

Reprint available on request...!

Phillip J. Clapham, Ph.D.
Leader, Cetacean Assessment and Ecology Program
Marine Mammal Laboratory
Alaska Fisheries Science Center
7600 Sand Point Way NE
Seattle, WA 98115, USA

tel 206 526 4037
email phillip.clapham at noaa.gov
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