New Open Access Paleontology Journal

Its name is, unfortunately, “Open Paleontology Journal.” Reminds me of the Soviet/Communist Era in Asia, where such a journal might have been named “The People’s Paleontology Journal.”

Details are here.


  1. #1 Richard Parker
    January 4, 2008

    It’s no people’s journal; more a vanity publisher (you pay to publish). The link on their homepage doesn’t work, so it looks as if they have nothing to publish yet. Looks like a hopper onto the PloS bandwagon.

    And they can’t spell palaeontology correctly, either. They probably even pronounce it paley-ontology.

    Still, I’ll try them out with my hypothesis that Jurassic and Cretaceous ammonites are really the remains of small mammmoths with very curly tusks- if I can still find the paper under overlying strata of even more junk.

    They probably have to pay peer-reviewers, handsomely, but I’ll slip mine past by getting a couple of my creationist paley-o mates to review it for free.

  2. #2 Laelaps
    January 4, 2008


  3. #3 Blake Stacey
    January 4, 2008

    Back in 2006, some frustrated Wikipedians and I were going to start “The People’s Encyclopedia of Math and Physics”.

  4. #4 Richard Parker
    January 5, 2008

    Thank God you didn’t do it. You can’t spell maths or encyclopaedia properly!

    And I’m not sure ‘The People’ would take kindly to such an enterprise. If they can’t tell the difference between liberty, freedom, democracy and the lack or losing of them, do you really think they’ve been encouraged or educated to have respect, or the desire to learn much about maths and physics?

    What percentage is it of the American people who think the sun goes round the earth?

  5. #5 Anonymous
    January 5, 2008

    I’d be curious to know what paleontologists think of this journal. I’m familiar with the publisher’s “Open Mathematics Journal” and think it is complete garbage. A vast editorial board, of whom I only recognized one name. Policies that are radically different from any other math journal I’ve ever seen (such as a preference for Word format). “Publication fees” that are totally out of the norm in mathematics. As far as I can tell, no actual published articles although they have been spamming me about the journal for some time. As an extra tacky touch, they proudly mention “Indexed in Google, Google Scholar” as if this were a mark of distinction; it makes me suspect that they are not indexed by the mathematics review journals (Math Reviews or Zentralblatt) although I haven’t worked up the energy to check.

    As far as I can tell, Bentham is mass producing Open X Journals for all fields X. What I’d like to know is whether they are all junk (as I suspect) or if sometimes they actually get a good editor in chief who manages to create a real journal. Perhaps in a field that is used to “publication fees”…

  6. #6 Richard Parker
    January 5, 2008

    Anonymous – You’ve confirmed what I suspected, they’re a fly-by-night attempt at being scientific vanity publishers.

    All these shysters adopt ‘respectable names’ – think Franklin Mint, Linkin Park, Harper Adams University College, Roosevelt Hotel New York, etc.

    If poor old Jeremy Bentham had a grave, he’d be turning in it.