Who’s Afraid of Peer Review? by John Bohannon is about his experiments in sending a fatally-flawed paper to a variety of open-access journals, and the appalling lack of rejections that followed (note that PLOS-ONE correctly rejected it).
To make it not too easy to reject just based on “I can’t find your institute on the internet” (and, I think, to simulate the target group) the paper was supposed to come from non-West non-native-English speakers. And so:
…my native English might raise suspicions. So I translated the paper into French with Google Translate, and then translated the result back into English. After correcting the worst mistranslations, the result was a grammatically correct paper with the idiom of a non-native speaker
Isn’t that lovely?
The serious point, as I take it, is the murky industry of pay-to-publish journals, which threatens to either pollute the science-o-sphere with trash, and/or rip of poor authors. On the second point: well, its always been part of science to know what the credible journals are in your field, based on their reputation, and based on the papers you’ve read that they’ve already published. If you submit to journals that are filled with trash, you’ve shot yourself in the foot.