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.