The Open-Access Movement Reaches a New Low: Greener Journals

Greener Journals

Part of publisher Greener Journals main web page.

Greener Journals is a scholarly open-access publisher based in Lagos, Nigeria. The firm publishes twenty open access journals, mostly in the sciences.

The publisher’s website boasts bright colors but uses unidiomatic English filled with grammatical errors. For example, according to its website, the firm’s mission is, “We Provides [sic] the international community free access to research information void of financial, legal or technical constraint.”

Greener Journals uses the gold (author pays) model to support the publication and preservation of its scholarly publications. Authors, upon acceptance of their articles, pay a $300 “handling fee” to help the publisher “handle” the articles.

The publisher doesn’t seem to understand the difference between a publisher and a journal: “Greener Journals (GJ) is an open access journal [sic] that provides rapid publication (monthly) of articles in all areas of the subject [sic].”

A link on the publisher’s main page leads to another page that describes open access publishing. Much of the text on that page is lifted from other websites.

The publisher’s name, Greener Journals, is clearly an attempt to attract authors who respect the green movement. Moreover the graphics on the main page include a stylized drawing of a cow on a green pasture under a blue sky.

Few of the journals have any content, and those that do have only a very few articles. This publisher began operations in 2011. Below is a list of Greener Journals’ journal portfolio.

I cannot understand why any serious researcher would pay to have their scholarly articles published by this ridiculous publisher.

7 Responses to The Open-Access Movement Reaches a New Low: Greener Journals

  1. udo schuklenk says:

    well, to answer your question about who would want to publish with them… folks producing crappy ‘research’. i just got a review request for a breathtakingly idiotic paper… go figure.

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  4. Julian says:

    I found on site of this publisher few journals with Impact Factor UJRI. What is Impact Factor UJRI? Is there any connection between this and the ISI Impact Factor?

  5. Liam Mac Liam says:

    Searching on the Web gives quite a few hits with UJRI impact factor values and almost all seem to come from Greener Journal publications.

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