A Totally Bogus Stand-Alone Open-Access Journal

International Journal of Engineering Research

The award that IJERA created and awarded to itself.

IJERA stands for International Journal of Engineering Research and Applications. This online, open-access journal claims to be peer-reviewed. Unlike most other questionable open-access journals, this one stands alone. It lists no publisher and is the only journal on its website.

We must congratulate IJERA, for it won the “Outstanding Engineering Journal” award, conferred by JourRank, in December, 2011.

The only problem with this award is that there is no such thing as JourRank; it is an invention of the journal’s proprietor. The bogus award is announced prominently on the journal’s main web page.

Because authors, not libraries and other subscribers, are the “customers” of gold open-access journals, journal publishers must market themselves to potential authors. So they create  bogus awards to attract article submissions, and later author fees.

One of the “advantages” of publishing in IJERA is their quick turnaround time for reviewing article submissions. In fact the journal claims that acceptance decisions are made “within 4-6 days from the date of manuscript submission.”

This journal is atypical of open-access publishers in that it requires authors to sign over copyright prior to publication. The standard model is to assign a Creative Commons license, allowing sharing and reproduction of the scholarly work.

The executive editor of IJERA is Manju Sharma, of India. I imagine that this journal is a one-man operation, and he is that man. The journal publishes quarterly and began in early 2011. Authors of accepted articles are charged a “processing fee” of US $150 per article.

Verdict: This so-called scholarly journal is merely a revenue-generating scheme by its owner.

16 Responses to A Totally Bogus Stand-Alone Open-Access Journal

  1. Please check the International Journal of Engineering Science and Advanced Technology. http://ijesat.org

    It has exactly the same format and possibly even the same person behind it (even if with allegedly a different name).

    Just a few notes:
    – they just published a paper which is just a badly rephrased copy of one of our papers (it was http://ijesat.org/Volumes/2012_Vol_02_Iss_01/IJESAT_2012_02_01_15.pdf, now it has been removed or actually signalled as rejected after our complaint).

    – The editorial board is ridiculous: Dr. Vincent, Canada, Professor Steven, Canada (sic) and Prof. Archimede Apollo, Italy (who obviously does not exist in any Italian University).

    – When they removed the plagiarism, the editor (who signed: “EDITOR”) wrote to me an email saying he was shocked about what had happened and he would remove all papers by the same authors.
    http://ijesat.org/Volumes/2012_Vol_02_Iss_01/IJESAT_2012_02_01_1.pdf is still there at the time of my writing!
    Probably this is because of the “different” affiliation of one of the authors (which appears here as an acronym)…

    – In paper http://ijesat.org/Volumes/2012_Vol_02_Iss_01/IJESAT_2012_02_01_07.pdf the final results (original image and processed image) are actually one original image and the processed version OF ANOTHER IMAGE!

    – All papers are written in broken English and, while they appear to be reasonable, they just report some basic theory, lack most of the actual ‘original’ part, and then report (probably mostly fake) results.

    This is just what I found in the few papers I went through just because they were closer to my research field.

  2. Joy says:

    I am so grateful for your hard work revealing these bogus journals. I am just starting out as a professor and indeed the pressure to publish quickly is tremendous. These fake journals prey on our fears rather than create communities of ideas. They do not care at all about the advancement of ideas and this makes me so angry! Keep up the good work. And thank you.

  3. Esta says:

    In fact this publisher even ripped an image (probably protected by copyright) from this Australian/NZ awards organization: http://www.amberawards.com.au/pages/2010-awards-night

  4. Open access journals are scholarly journals that are available online to the reader “without financial, legal, or technical barriers other than those inseparable from gaining access to the internet itself. Some are subsidized, and some require payment on behalf of the author. Subsidized journals are financed by an academic institution, learned society or a government information center; those requiring payment are typically financed by money made available to researchers for the purpose from a public or private funding agency, as part of a research grant. There have also been several modifications of open access journals that have considerably different natures: hybrid open access journals and delayed open access journals.
    Open access journals (sometimes called the “gold road to open access”) are one of the two general methods for providing open access. The other one (sometimes called the “green road”) is self-archiving in a repository. The publisher of an open access journal is known as an “open access publisher”, and the process, “open access publishing”.

  5. stefano says:

    Dear omics,

    I guess we all know what open access journals are.

    I totally approve on the basic philantropic idea on which open access publishing is based, but I also recognize that open access is obviously more vulnerable to frauds, as is the case of the journal being dealt with by this post.

    Anybody can publish an open access journal, accepting whatever is submitted provided the authors pay.
    Of course these frauds can only have short life, as long as a serious check is made on their content, as this blog is trying to do.

    I recently signalled another bogus journal here, where my work had been copied and most of the papers which had been published either had no serious scientific ground or were copied from other journals (and other authors) as well.

  6. Ajay Kumar says:

    This is totally fake and useless journal. It makes money and only money. Only low quality, low standard, useless, and copied papers are published. Most of the authors are also fraud of this journal. I request to all authors please do real and result oriented research. You do not make number of research papers. Your valuable research work must publish in only SCI Indexed journal or Impact factor journal except IJCA(this is also very low quality journal). Do something for this world!!!!!!!!!

  7. Ravinder kumar says:

    Hey Ajay.. Can you please explain how can u say INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF COMPUTER APPLICATIONS (IJCA) to be low quality journal??

  8. Rahim Khan says:

    I agree. Please have a look at some papers of IJCA. Match the abstracts using Google. In the current issue there are at lease 3 papers that are lifted from IEEE Transactions.
    Dear Jeffrey Beall please review this journal.

  9. Dr. Arvind Singh says:

    Hi friends,

    The given information against International Journal of Engineering Research and Applications (IJERA) is 100 % false.
    1. The award shown on IJERA website is real and links are also given on that award. Anybody can check by clicking that links (shown on the website).

    http://www.sciencecentral.com/view/electronics_engineering

    2. Editorial Board of Journal is written clearly on the website. Anybody can check through following link:

    http://www.ijera.com/pages/editorial_board.html4

    3. Statistics reports are also shown clearly of every issue through following link:

    http://www.ijera.com/pages/statistics.html

    So Journal is correct at every point of statement. The site (which has written against IJERA) is prepare by one person. That site is not comes under any approved organization. So anyone can make a website and write matter against any Journal for his publicity without any point. So it cannot affect the Journal.

  10. rafeeq says:

    http://www.ijsat.com is it a fake journal

  11. Raqem Sindeta says:

    Hi Dr. Beall, how about this journal http://www.ijcait.com/IJCAIT/index.php/www-ijcs
    International Journal in Computer Application and Information Technology. Can you review its authenticity?

  12. RaviMG says:

    Please inform me about IJRET.

  13. ndavid says:

    Please help us to know which are the best journals. Provide a list of best journals.

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