David Publishing: Flipping Its Model

David Publishers

Part of the David Publishing web page. After clicking on "help," a user is show a box that says "help" and nothing more.

This publisher is an enigma to me.

David Publishing made my 2012 list of predatory open-access publishers. I wrote:

“Although this publisher purports to be headquartered in Libertyville, Illinois, United States, it actually appears to operate out of China. The home page shows a view of the Libertyville Industrial Park, the supposed home of the operation, as if to prove it operates in the U.S.”

Now, the picture of the Libertyville Industrial Park is still there, but it rotates with a stock photo of three diverse, scholarly-looking people. This operation seems to have abandoned Libertyville, as the contact us information now lists an El Monte, California address¹. Also, the site was completely down for a couple months between December 2011 and February 2012.

More importantly, the publisher’s model seems to have changed from open access to toll access. All the content (except for the article abstracts) are behind a pay wall. And strangely, it may be continuing to charge author fees, for I found this (unidiomatic) statement on a submission form: “8. Please confirm to pay for the publication fee for the delivering article.” If this is all true, then it would be the first toll access publisher I’ve heard of that also charges author fees.

It’s also possible that this site is a total fraud. It’s a Chinese operation and every page on the site is slow to load. It could be set up mainly as a place for Chinese authors to get credit for foreign publications. The Chinese government does have incentive programs with monetary rewards for Chinese scholars who publish abroad.

I regularly get emails about this publisher. It is a big spammer that harvests emails from other publishers and from scholarly websites. It panders to graduate students who lack publications, offering to publish their work but failing to inform them about the author fee (that information comes later).

The list below contains David Publishing’s current journal portfolio. I recommend that scholars do not conduct any business with this publisher including submitting articles, submitting on editorial boards or advertising. I would also be very skeptical of any article bearing the David Publishing imprint.

  • China-USA Business Review
  • Chinese Business Review
  • Computer Technology and Application
  • History Research
  • Journal of Agricultural Science and Technology
  • Journal of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering
  • Journal of Civil Engineering and Architecture
  • Journal of Communication and Computer
  • Journal of Earth Science and Engineering
  • Journal of Energy and Power Engineering
  • Journal of Environmental Science and Engineering (A & B)
  • Journal of Food Science and Engineering
  • Journal of Life Sciences
  • Journal of Literature and Art Studies
  • Journal of Materials Science and Engineering (A & B)
  • Journal of Mathematics and System Science
  • Journal of Mechanics Engineering and Automation
  • Journal of Modern Accounting and Auditing
  • Journal of Physical Science and Application
  • Journal of Shipping and Ocean Engineering
  • Journal of US-China Medical Science
  • Journal of US-China Public Administration
  • Journalism and Mass Communication
  • Philosophy study
  • Psychology Research
  • Psychology Research
  • Sino-US English Teaching
  • Sociology Study
  • US-China Education Review A & B
  • US-China Foreign Language

[¹]. David Publishing Company, 9460 Telstar Ave Suite 5, EL Monte, CA91731, USA Tel: 323-984-7526; Fax: 323-984-7374

47 Responses to David Publishing: Flipping Its Model

  1. Town Mouse says:

    Thanks, that’s very helpful to know. I was contacted by this publisher and immediately suspicious, your post confirms it.

    • Franklin says:

      Bradley to blame supply chain is to miss the point. Too many self-published books silpmy aren’t good enough to be published ie they’re not good/interesting enough to be marketed and sold in acceptable quantities to cover costs. Some self-published books are great but those tend to be the ones we hear about they’re successful because they’re good; the rest disappear, unwanted.Anonymous (2) you’re certainly right about non-fiction being more self-publishable than fiction. Way too many mistakes to be made in fiction, unless you’re prepared to pay for fab editing. The novelist’s mind needs an editor!Nothing wrong with the idea of self-publishing just that the end result too often underlines why it wasn’t taken by a publisher. And it’s a shame because it’s a perfectly honourable (though difficult) thing to do.Good post, Jane pithy as always!

  2. Gabriel Cury says:

    Hello, just to reinforce the idea: i just published an article in a congress in Spain, and received two different e-mails from two of these magazines from this site, and I found it very suspicios right away. The guys are offering me to publish an article that they discovered because it was already being published! I mean, who does that? lol
    And also their website is awfully shallow, a lot of sections are empty!
    Nice post!

  3. Thanks, yes I contacted by them twice, once for a new Philosophy journal and one for a new Psychology journal. Hmm, they sure seem to have a lot of new journals.

  4. This post I wrote about David Publishing Company back in 2010 is still generating comments from the academic community: http://thetrialwarrior.com/2010/09/12/good-grief-bait-switch-law-publishing-version/

  5. Richard says:

    I was happy to publish my work with DPub, It was refereed such that I was able to improve it. They were polite and helpful. The accompanying papers in the journal are high quality and I have received the hard copies, from their ‘China office’. Of course a new journal needs support, but there is no evidence that this is a scam just because one pays a small fee. i will disseminate the journal and see what others think of it. If scholars and students quote the papers then that can only assist in establishing its ‘validity’, since the work ought speak for itself. Overtaxed publishers in high end journals often miss good research, just as in the music field.

    • philipmach says:

      If you want to publish in a journal no one reads, where the reviewers can’t detect broken English (I had a look at a few papers that are free to read), and the call for contributions is in poor English, go ahead. What I and others object to are unethical practices like failing to mention a publication charge until after a paper is accepted, and claiming to be US-based when clearly they are not.

      Oh, and the Illinois register of corporations shows David Publishing as “dissolved” as of 12 20 11. If you don’t believe me go here http://www.ilsos.gov/corporatellc/index.jsp and enter David Publishing as a search. Very dodgy.

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  7. Scott Strednak Singer says:

    You can add “Journal of Journalism and Mass Communication” to your list of publications under the David Publishers name.

  8. pierre says:

    Thanks for the post. This mail will go right to my spam box.

  9. Today I got a mail from them…

  10. CP says:

    People might be interested in my experience with David Publishing and Philosophy Study here:

    http://leiterreports.typepad.com/blog/2013/06/on-david-publishing-once-again.html

    I link to this story and scholarlyoa.com in the article.

  11. Tyler Chamberlain says:

    You can also add “International Relations and Diplomacy” to the list of journals published by David Publishing.

  12. A says:

    Another one: Journal of Civil Engineering and Architecture.

    • I recommend against submitting papers to this journal.

      • Nica says:

        Hi Jeffrey,

        I read this comment of you right now and since I have already had a bad experience with LAP – Lambert Academic Publishing (Germany), I thank you for your warning. Just one question: in a few words, what does make this Journal not deserving for papers? I may know the answers, but I would like to know the details.

      • You are indeed missing a lot of details, for this is not a journal at all.

      • Nica says:

        Thanks a lot you for your straight reply. One more suggestion back to LAP. I submitted – unfortunately and naively – a real manuscript of almost 400 pages, and I discovered a few days ago about them. I am keeping writing that I do not want them to keep publishing it, but no answer. What would happen if I submit the same manuscript to a real publisher? It may sound crazy, but this thing is making me mad, and if they do not answer, it seems I have no chance….

      • Did you transfer copyright to them already? This may have been done clearly or in a sneaky way (i.e., via a “click through” license.) If you have already transferred your copyright, you are in a very difficult situation, that is, if you want out of the contract. It may be too late; you may need to consider getting a lawyer.

        If you submit the same manuscript to a real publisher, they will probably ask you if you own the copyright on the work and if you have submitted it elsewhere. You need to provide honest answers to these questions if they are asked or you will be in deeper trouble.

      • Nica says:

        Hi Jeffrey,
        sorry for bothering you again. I´ve just found this online

        http://www.research.swinburne.edu.au/researchers/resources/lap-publishing/#q1

        7. Will I retain the copyright to my work?

        If you publish your work with LAP Lambert, they will retain 20% of the copyright. Hence, if you want to publish your work elsewhere (e.g. in academic journals) you need to be cautious of this in order not to infringe copyright restrictions.

        Thus, if I well understood they will keep 20% & me the rest. But how can I not infringe copyright restrictions with % ?
        I mean what at the end of the day I can publish elsewhere?

        Many thanks

      • I am not familiar with this 20% copyright business. It may be something from German law. We don’t have this in American law.

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  14. Mark says:

    Yesterday I received a request for me to submit a paper to their ‘Journal of Earth Science and Engineering’ for a paper I gave at a conference *this week*. The website for the conference has only had the agenda up for a few weeks at most, so they are clearly scouring conferences of all types to gather potential ‘leads’.

  15. Yoram says:

    So are Science and Nature…

  16. Dr K Bhattacharya says:

    There is new journal published by David Publishing
    “Journal of Torism and Hospitality Management” with ISSN number 2328-2169.

  17. Ed says:

    Journal of Civil Engineering and Architecture, USA
    ISSN 1934-7359

    Information for Authors:
    1.(…)
    6. It is not our policy to pay authors. Instead, the authors should pay $60 per page in JCEA format.

  18. reka says:

    Hi,
    Thank you for the article, it was very useful. I thought I’ll answer their e-mail, to express my thoughts on their hilarious policy. Guees what… I got an answer from some Emma (? no family name…) Here it is, I don’t know, what to believe…

    “Thank you for giving us the detailed thinking of our journal. I’m also very sorry to read the negative text on those websites. This is not the first time we know the links and we have to explain it again and again for our authors. As you can find out that, the texts just doubted why should we charge and whether our papers are peer reviewed. You know, as an academic journal, its readers are very limited. The subscription fee cannot afford its running. At the same time, there is no sponsor or any advertisement income for our journal. So we have to charge some fees to run our journal. Yes, the scientific knowledge is not a commodity, but the premise is that we have to maintain our livelihood. Please understand us and support us.

    You can find the list of our editorial board members and reviewers on our website. All the papers submitted to our journal will undergo peer reviewing process. We have many reviewers and staff around the world, then we can finish the reviewing process more quickly than other journals. In other words, our company has been founded mostly 10 years and has published more than 40 journals, you can find them in some famous databases. If there is any problem, are all the authors cheated by us? Of course not. If you find more information, you can know that many academic journals in USA charge submission fee such as Chicago Journals. Maybe because our company is not so famous that some scholars cannot accept it.

    For another, We have been contacting with ISI and SCOPUS for inclusion and have sent the copies of our journal to them, but there is no reply until now. Even though the Sociology Study has not been collected and indexed by the ISI and SCOPUS right now, but it does not mean it cannot be collected and indexed in the future. Anyway, it is also retrieved by some other famous databases such as EBSCO, CSA, Proquest, Ulrich, Summon and so on. And we will try our best to develop this journal better so as to be accepted by ISI, SCOPUS.

    We will very appreciate if you could understand and support our work.

    Sincerely,
    Emma”

  19. Hi everyone. I was recently contacted by David Publishing, and for the first time I decided to reply to a predatory publisher, just to see how far they can go.

    **First email by DP:**

    Dear Pedro Martins,

    These are US-China Foreign Language and Sino-US English Teaching, the professional journals published across the United States by David Publishing Company, Chicago, IL, USA. We are glad to know you have submitted an abstract named: xxxx at “xxxxxxx”. We are very interested in your research field. If the paper mentioned has not been published in other journals and you have the idea of making our journal as a vehicle for your research interests, please send us the English version of your paper in MS word format. And all your original and unpublished papers are welcome.

    **My reply:**

    To whom it may concern,

    My work has absolutely nothing to do with the scope of your journals, which leads me to believe that you have not read it and have no interest in it;
    I could not find an editorial board in your webpage. If you do have one, judging by this email their members do not appear to have the competence to assess (or indicate someone else who can assess) the quality of my research;
    If there is a fee associated with the publication of my paper in one of your journals, as I have heard from some colleagues, the fact that you omit it from your webpage could constitute a crime under some jurisdictions.
    Since, for the reasons above, any further unsolicited email from you would qualify as spam, I ask you not to contact me ever again.

    Best regards,

    **Their reply:**

    Dear Pedro Martins,

    Thanks for your reply. We think you have some misunderstanding on our journals. We send the invitation letter to you after our colleague read at least the abstract of your paper. Our journals publish papers on linguistic research, language, language teaching, English teaching theory and practice, literature criticism, translation research, culture research, and so on.

    You should find our journals first, then you can find the information about out reviewers and the editorial board members. Our company has so many journals; each has his own team of reviewers and the editorial board members. So you can’t find the information directly on the main webpage.

    As for the fee, we know some authors can’t accept this. As you may know, we haven’t got any sponsors or advertisements for our journals. As academic journals, they can’t survive if they are without any sponsor. We have to bear all the cost by ourselves. It is very common that academic journals especially the open access journals charge some fees to run their journals. Hope you can understand us.
    And the final publication fee of your paper will be decided by the reviewing reports. We will consider publishing your paper with some discounts or free of charge if it can get good comments from our reviewers.
    We know that our webpage may not be so good as other journals, and we are now trying our best to make it better and upgrade it. So hope you can understand us.

    **And my final reply:**

    The abstracts for the papers I have presented in that conference are not publicly available (there simply are no abstracts online or elsewhere), so it is not possible that someone has read them (which means that either you are lying or you were lied to by your trusty colleagues). The same happened to other people who presented at the same conference; they all got the same email, yet no abstracts were available.

    Also, the editorial board of a journal is one of the few things that can give it credibility. That is information that any journal should have easily and unambiguously displayed on their webpage. Besides that, some of your journals have no information at all (some fields even appear as “null”).

    Regarding the fees, I know very well how publishing works, including fee-based open access journals. There is, of course, nothing wrong with that, unless you only reveal it in the end, without ever mentioning it before. In any case, it is ridiculous that a paper is paid for according to the comments it receives. Even if a paper is perfect, there is still editorial work behind it, so the same price should apply, since the only reason that fees exist is to fund the journal, and not to punish bad papers. In any serious open access journal, the fees are stable for any accepted paper regardless of how favorable the reviews are.

    Best regards,

    Pedro Martins

    ***

    Haven’t heard from them since…

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  21. John Allan says:

    I recently received an email from Kunderi Mahaboob, who seems to go under the name of Emily. Publishers rarely trawl for business, and when I replied, pointing out that whilst I had edited non-fiction, I wrote fiction, he/she was quick to point out that they also publish fiction. Hmm. Add to that the dubious grammar and spelling – I think not!

    And the mooted Chinese connection is undoubtedly right, since the reply came back with the email headings now in … you’ve guessed it …

  22. George says:

    David Publishing Company, a USA based Company found in 2001, deals in Publishing Academic Journals and books. There are a lot of allegations accused against our publishing house. Let me point out the main allegations.

    1. Charge $50 per page
    2. Lack of required databases
    3. China based Company
    4. Criticism against our website

    Charge $50 per page

    Indeed, we do charge for the publications, we do not have any sponsors nor do we entertain any advertisements on our Journals. So we are forced to charge for the publications.

    Lack of required databases

    At present our publishing house has the following databases.

    1. ProQuest
    2. EBSCO
    3. Google Scholar
    4. Hein Online Database
    5. Summon
    6. CSA(Cambridge Science Abstracts)
    7. Ulrich
    8. UDLSB(Universe Digital Library S/B, Malaysia)
    9. J-Gate. Etc

    Numbers of databases and Impact factors are under the process of considerations. With the release of our new website we will update our newly secured databases to the general audience.

    China based firm

    David Publishing Company is a multinational firm having regional offices in Hongkong and Wuhan, hubei, People Republic of China. We are not just confined to China and U.S.A. We have been doing paper works to open our offices in other parts of the world as well. We have re-located our printing unit to China considering the cost factor.

    For the convenience of the scholarly society, let me share our contact address.

    U.S.A Address (Current)
    David Publishing Company,
    240 Nagle Avenue # 15C,
    New York,
    NY 10034,
    USA
    Tel – 1-323-984-7526; Fax-1-323-984-7374

    http://www.davidpublishing.com

    Email – connectyourdavidpublishing@davidpublishing.com

    Our registered address
    David Publishing Company,
    9460 Telstar Ave, Suite 5,
    EL Monte,
    CA91731,
    USA
    Tel:1-323-984-7526;
    Fax:1-323-984-7374

    If any complaints or suggestions, please feel free to contact us
    Email – connectyourdavidpublishing@davidpublishing.com

  23. j says:

    same story. attended and presented a paper at a conference which online proceedings and subsequently received solicitations from david publishing for 4 different journals all of which are NOT indexed in any of their advertised databases and they charge per page. this is the current address they give as per their email just received march 11, 201 (notice the .yahoo!!! quite professional indeed)

    Address of Headquarter: David Publishing Company, 240 Nagle Avenue #15C, New York, NY 10034, USA
    Email: philosophy@davidpublishing.com; philosophy@davidpublishing.org;
    Tel: 1-323-410-1082
    Address of China Branch: P. O. Box 71613008, Wuhan, Hubei Province, P. R. China. Postal Code: 430071
    Email: philostudy@yahoo.com; shellyshen_29@yahoo.com

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  25. Nica says:

    Dear Jeffrey,

    thank you for your extensive explanation. Unfortunately, yes (click stuff) and the bad thing is also that I have my memory, but not the contract I signed with them, because was all online and since it was my first time of a book publication, I was naïve about even copy & paste it in word. And, it is true that I signed the “contract” by proving that everything I wrote was original, but me I know myself, and I was not aware they publish Wikipedia stuff…

  26. Nica says:

    Thank you anyway, I will check it out.

  27. Hello all,

    we can add another name to their imprint because I just received an email from them:

    “This is Cultural and Religious Studies (ISSN 2328-2177), an international, professional and peer reviewed journal published across the United States by David Publishing Company, 240 Nagle Avenue #15C, New York, NY 10034, USA.”

  28. c says:

    another one: Journal of Geodesy and Geomatics Engineering (ISSN 2332-8223)

  29. Fernando says:

    Here’s another one, Journal of Statistical Science and Application (ISSN 2328-224X, USA), they also invited me to submit after they saw an abstract from a completely unrelated conference.

  30. Erin says:

    Hi All,

    I was recently solicited by “Cynthia” of the “Journal of Religious and Cultural Studies.” One of my papers was “accepted” then I was skeptical when I was notified of an exorbitant “author’s fee.” I went to the Editorial Board and contacted a member, Dr. Susan Lewis at the University of Victoria. She seemed legitimate but told me that she was thinking of leaving the journal to pursue other interests. She informed me that “open access” fees should pay for the open online access portion of your article. Her experience with open access fees has always been optional. She said that open access journals should typically give you the option of publishing in the printed version free of charge. I emailed “Cynthia” with this request. For some reason, judging from the posts on this blog, I doubt this is going to work. So sad!

  31. right2safety says:

    Publishers such as this create a problem for indexing and abstracting databases. It is common for articles from similar publishers to be the basis for news items. These news reports can stimulate policy-makers and members of the general public to ask questions of scientists or government agency personnel for comments. These experts will not represent themselves well if they haven’t looked at the journal article and only reply, “I’ve never heard of that journal,” or “That isn’t a real journal.” It is necessary to at least have read the abstract before a proper answer to a question can be offered.

    We have an inclusion policy that allows an item to be added to the database if it is the basis of a news article. I sometimes find it uncomfortable to add this kind of material because the inclusion can seem like an endorsement of the journal and publisher. (We state clearly that inclusion of articles does not mean acceptance of the findings’ validity; but that caution isn’t very helpful when the publisher lists our index as though it was an endorsement.) Nonetheless, we include those questionable articles. What makes me even more uncomfortable is finding excellent articles in these kinds of journals.

  32. JJ says:

    They are still at it – I received solicitation from this company for submission to a journal entitled US-China Education Review, based on a presentation I did at a regional psychology conference. The study I presented, by the way, had nothing to do with US-China education and little to do with education overall (besides the study was conducted on college students with varying levels of psychological difficulties). I assume the publishers either obtained a list of presenters’ emails from the conference program, or did a search with key words such as “college students.”

    While it looked very fishy to me, what I worry is that student presenters at such conferences will be confused and flattered enough by such email solicitations to submit papers to these predatory journals. Especially considering such statements in the spam email as “We have read your paper . . . . We are very interested in your research.” I have seen other solicitations go further and say “we are very impressed by your excellent research” or something along those lines. It’s obviously meant to prey on unsuspecting students and/or inexperienced faculty and researchers.

  33. ifrao says:

    Your report is severely mistaken. Instead of the torrent of hysteria above I actually tried to download a few papers. If you select any article published in this journal and click on “Abstract”, you see a button to download the paper So why is there an option to pay hundreds of dollars for a download? Beats me, but I think there are people dumb enough to do that.

    Please correct your error.
    ifrao

  34. Mark Speechley says:

    They’re still at it – Linda Taylor from Journal of Health Science ISSN 2328-7136 emailed me (twice) based on a paper I gave recently.

    I replied to her and copied

    http://scholarlyoa.com/?s=david+publishing

    into my message.

    I’m warning students, post-docs and junior faculty every time I identify another one of these junkyards.

    Thank you Jeffrey Beall!

  35. Mark Speechley says:

    I think I know who gave me the thumb down – in this morning’s email I received this:

    Dear Mark Speechley,
    Thank you for letting us know the link you have sent to us. I’m also very sorry to read the negative text on the website. This is the first time we know this link. As you can find out that, the text just doubted our address and our website. In fact, our company has 3 addresses: one is in USA, one is in Honking and one is in Wuhan, China. In the future, we may have more addresses because our authors are from all over the world. I don’t think this is a problem, do you think so? From the end of 2010, our website is under reconstruction and from June 2011.
    I also want to explain to you why should we charge. As you know, as an academic journal, its readers are very limited. The subscription fee cannot afford its running. At the same time, there is no sponsor or any advertisement income for our journal. So we have to charge some fees to run our journal. Please understand us and support us. You can find the list of our editorial board members and reviewers on our website. All the papers submitted to our journal will undergo peer reviewing process. We have many reviewers and staff around the world, and then we can finish the reviewing process more quickly than other journals. In other words, our company has been founded nearly 10 years and has published more than 50 journals, you can find them in some famous databases such us EBSCO, CSA, ProQuest, Ulrich, Summon and so on. If there is any problem, are all the authors cheated by us? Of course not. If you find more information, you can know that many academic journals in USA charge submission fee such as Chicago Journals. Maybe because our company is not so famous that some scholars cannot accept it. We will try our best to make our journals better and better and let more people know it. Please don’t doubt it any more. You can read all the past issues of our journals on our website. If you have any problem to access it, you can contact me. We will improve it soon.
    Anyway, we hope the warm cooperation between us in future.

    Best regards,
    Managing Editor

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