Commercial Publishers – Word of Warning

We were informed that a number of companies is quite aggressively harassing  researchers involved in EU projects on the phone primarily seeking payment in return for publishing information on the work being done in their projects. Also the European Commission touches upon this in the  “Horizon 2020 Guide for Communicating project results” (p. 7) http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/data/ref/h2020/other/gm/h2020-guide-comm_en.pdf

There you will find a “Word of warning” on commercial publishers that reads as follows:

We are aware that from time to time participants in projects funded under the framework programmes are contacted — often by telephone — by organisations seeking payment in return for publishing information on the work being done in their projects. As with ‘cold calling’ in general, the claims and assertions made should be treated with appropriate caution before deciding on the best course of action. Contrary to some of the ‘sales pitches’ used, these publications and their services have not been endorsed by the Commission. Common tactics to secure business include vague references to high-level contributions from decision-makers, or making project participants believe that their activities have been singled out on account of special merit, which may not be the case.

EU GrantsAccess has collected names of different commercial publishers pursuing the strategy above. These are:

  • euresearcher.com
  • adjacentopenaccess.org
  • paneuropeannetworks.com
  • sci-impact.com
  • international-innovation-healthcare.com
  • researchmedia.eu
  • sciencediffusion.com
  • scientiapublications.com
  • impact.pub
  • adjacentgovernment.co.uk

This list is neither complete nor would we like to discredit any company here:
Hence, if you get contacted by one of these enterprise please check thoroughly if the publication is of use for you (and your project) or contact us.