Bentham Open Journal

“A major STM journal publisher of 116 online and print journals, 150 plus open access journals, and related print/online book series, Bentham Science answers the information needs of scientists in the fields of pharmaceutical, biomedical, medical, engineering, technology, computer and social sciences.”
Welcome to Bentham Open Access

“BENTHAM OPEN publish over 230 plus peer-reviewed open access journals. These free-to-view online journals cover all major disciplines of science, technology, medicine and social sciences.”
Bentham OPEN – Policies

“4. Bentham OPEN follows the single blind peer-review procedure for submissions of all manuscripts to its journals. Single blind is the most common type of peer-reviewing in which the identity of the reviewers is not disclosed to the authors of the submitted manuscript concerned. The anonymity of reviewers allows for objective assessment of the manuscript by reviewers and also free from any influence by the authors on the reviewers comments.

5. All submitted articles are subject to an extensive peer review in consultation with members of the Journal Editorial Board and independent external referees ; usually three reviewers. All manuscripts are assessed rapidly and the decision based on all the peer reviewers comment, taken by the Journal Editor-in-Chief, is then conveyed to author(s).

20. Article Withdrawal: Articles in Press (articles that have been accepted for publication or published as E-pub Ahead of Schedule but which have not been formally published with volume/issue/page information) that include errors, or are determined to violate the publishing ethics guidelines such as multiple submission, fake claims of authorship, plagiarism, fraudulent use of data or the like, may be “Withdrawn” from the journal. Withdrawal means that the article files are removed and replaced with a PDF stating that the article has been withdrawn from the journal in accordance with BSP Editorial Policies.”



“Bentham Open is a ‘pay-to-publish’ vanity journal with no questions asked”

“The paper is bunk because it was published in a non-peer-reviewed vanity publication.”

Bentham Science Publishers will publish anything


“There is absolutely no evidence that The Open Chemical Physics Journal is a vanity publication. It is an open journal which means anyone can read the papers within it for free. Closed journals require you to purchase an expensive subscription in order to read the papers. Open journals instead charge the authors a fee to submit a paper. Some open journals only charge the fee when the paper is accepted for publication. Open journals are a superior format because they allow scientific data to be freely accessible to everyone instead of being closed off to a small minority. This journal was chosen because it is open. That means everyone on Earth can read the paper for free. Only subscribers can read articles from closed journals. Everyone else can only read abstracts. This paper needs to be read by everyone and that is exactly why it should have been published in an open journal.”
Open Access Quotes

“Open access journals have transformed the way scientific data is published and disseminated: particularly, whilst ensuring a high quality standard and transparency in the editorial process, they have increased the access to the scientific literature by those researchers that have limited library support or that are working on small budgets.”
Richard Reithinger
(Westat, USA)
“open chemical physics journal”


Why did Bentham Journal Chief Editor (Marie-Paule Pileni) resign without approving the paper?

Bentham Editor Resigns over Steven Jones’ Paper
Editor in Chief resigned over the Harrit et al. nanothermite paper (Denis Rancourt)
“In 2007, the Bentham Open Science journal, The Open Chemical Physics Journal, published a study contending dust from the World Trade Center disaster contained “active nanothermite”.[9] Following publication, the journal’s editor-in-chief Marie-Paule Pileni resigned stating, “They have printed the article without my authorization… I have written to Bentham, that I withdraw myself from all activities with them”.[10]”
Professor Marie-Paule PILENI

“University Pierre & Marie Curie
Laboratoire des Matériaux Mésoscopiques et Nanométriques
BP 52, 4 Place Jussieu 75005 Paris- France
mobile 33. 6 83 02 82 06, Ph. 33 1 44 27 25 16. Fax. 33 1 44 27 25 15.


Organization of nanomaterials in mesoscopic scale : collective properties
Nanomaterials : synthesis, characterisation and physical properties
Chemical modification of enzymes
Physical chemistry in condensed matter
Colloids sciences
Solar energy
Photophysic and photobiology
Photochemistry in gas phase”


Debunking The Real 9/11 Myths: Why Popular Mechanics Can’t Face Up To Reality – Part 5: Nanothermite in the Towers

“Second, regarding Marie-Paule Pileni, the editor-in-chief who resigned from her post after the nanothermite paper was published, PM writes:

She immediately resigned her position at the chemical physics publication. “They have printed the article without my permission,” she explained to the news site, according to a translation. “I cannot accept that this topic is published in my journal. The article has nothing to do with physical chemistry or chemical physics, and I could well believe that there is a political viewpoint behind its publication. If anyone had asked me, I would say that the article should never have been published in this journal. Period.” (pg. 59-60)”
Niels Harrit: Professor Pileni’s Resignation as Editor-inChief of the Open Chemical Physics Journal

“Marie-Paule Pileni points out that because the topic lies outside her field of expertise, she cannot judge whether the article in itself is good or bad.”

“However, Professor Pileni did the only thing she could do, if she wanted to save her career. After resigning, she did not criticize our paper. Rather, she said that she could not read and evaluate it, because, she claimed, it lies outside the areas of her expertise.”

NOTES: This point is not mentioned in PM’s book – and likely for good reason. Although Ms. Pileni claims the topic of the paper was outside her field of expertise, a review of her past work shows she in fact has an extensive background in these very fields. As summarized by Dr. Niels Harrit:
After resigning, she did not criticize our paper. Rather, she said that she could not read and evaluate it because, she claimed, it lies outside the areas of her expertise. But that is not true, as shown by information contained on her own website.”

NOTES: Her resignation from the journal because of the publication of our paper implied nothing negative about the paper. Indeed, the very fact that she offered no criticisms of it provided, implicitly, a positive evaluation—an acknowledgment that its methodology and conclusions could not credibly be challenged.”
Editor in chief of Open Chemical Physics Journal resigns after controversial article on 9/11 – See more at:

Editor-in-progress after controversial article on 9/11

“It surprised me, and it’s a shame if it discredits our work. But her departure will not alter our conclusions, because it is a purely human thing she’s upset about. I still believe that we have made chemical physics, and if there is something wrong with our study, she must love to criticize us for it, “said Niels Harrit, Associate Professor of Chemistry at the University of Copenhagen.”
NOTES: Why did Marie-Paule Pileni (Chief Editor) resign and not challenge Benthams editorial board on the paper? She’s more than qualified in this field.


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