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Some alternative medicine journals should be de-listed
For 'my' journal FACT, I review all the new articles that have emerged on the subject of alternative medicine on a monthly basis. Here are a few impressions and concerns that this activity have generated: The number of papers on alternative medicine has increased beyond belief: between the year 2000 and 2010, there was a slow, linear increase from 335 to 610 Medline-listed articles; thereafter, the numbers exploded to 1189 (2011), 1674 (2012) and 2236 (2013). This fast growing and highly lucrative 'market' has been cornered mainly by one journal: 'EVIDENCE BASED COMPLEMENTARY AND ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE' (EBCAM), a journal that I mentioned several times before (see here, for instance). In 2010, EBCAM published 76 papers, while these figures increased to 546, 880 and 1327 during the following three years. Undeniably, this is big business, as authors have to pay tidy sums each time they get published in EBCAM. The peer-review system of EBCAM is farcical: potential authors who send their