Ottawa Citizen exposes market for bogus impact factors

June 8, 2015

The Ottawa Citizen publishes important scientific research relevant to a global audience—at least according to one black-market rating agency. As part of its ongoing coverage of predatory academic publishing, the newspaper contacted a rating agency in India called the International Institute of Organized Research. In exchange for $40, the institute promised to add the newspaper to an "official" registry of academic journals, and offered an impact factor of 4.335. The Canadian Medical Association Journal has an impact factor of 5.5; even a 1 is considered respectable. The Citizen joins illustrious publications such as Elixir, which recently published pieces defining "team spirit" in sports and allegedly disproving most of Einstein's research. Ottawa Citizen