One of the World’s Most Prolific Scholars: Syed Tauseef Mohyud-Din

March 28, 2012
Syed Tauseef Mohyud-Din

Syed Tauseef Mohyud-Din

One of the world’s most prolific contemporary researchers is Dr. Syed Tauseef Mohyud-Din, a professor of mathematics at HITEC University in Taxila, Pakistan.

His website claims he has more than 350 publications. A Google Scholar search appears to confirm this. Additionally, he is the editor of at least a dozen scholarly journals, though some are only marginally related to his field. Read the rest of this entry »


Two New Questionable Publishers: CDDK and American V-King

March 24, 2012

1. The Center for the Development and Dissemination of Knowledge

2. American V-King Scientific Publishing. This publisher does not have a website; instead, each of its two journals has its own site:

A. Journal of Metallurgical Engineering

B. Mining World Express

                                                                                          

The Center for the Development and Dissemination of Knowledge (CDDK) lists seventeen open-access journals, but none contains any content.  The organization claims it hosts annual conferences in Montego Bay, Kingston, and Ocho Rios, Jamaica. Read the rest of this entry »


About the Asian Research Consortium

March 19, 2012
The cover of the Asian Journal of Banking and Finance.

The cover of the Asian Journal of Banking and Finance showing a woman drinking coffee on a bed and checking her email on a laptop.

The Asian Research Consortium is an open-access publisher that is probably based in Chandigarh, India, but this is only a guess as the publisher does not reveal its location on its website.

The publisher’s current scholarly journal portfolio currently includes five titles:

  • Asian Journal of Research in Social Sciences and Humanities
  • Asian Journal of Research in Business Economics and Management
  • Asian Journal of Research in Banking and Finance
  • Asian Journal of Research in Marketing Read the rest of this entry »

A M Publishers Arrives at the Scholarly Open-Access Boomtown

March 16, 2012
Part of the A M Publishers website.

A screen grab of part of the A M Publishers main web page. The page bears a highly unprofessional look, with typos and grammatical errors apparent, as well as poor design.

A M Publishers is one of the more entertaining bogus publishers I’ve seen in a while. It’s entertaining in a negative way, mostly for its grammatical and typographical errors.

This publisher claims to be based in Canada, but I doubt that’s true. They just want to exploit the country’s good name. A M Publishers does not reveal its physical location, and a domain name search leads to a dead-end, listing only the web hosting service the publisher uses.

I use the “boomtown” metaphor because of the ever-increasing number of new open-access scholarly publishers using the gold OA model. After a Chronicle of Higher Education article highlighting some of my work appeared recently, I have been fortunate to receive many helpful tips from people all around the world, tips leading me to new predatory publishers such as this one. Read the rest of this entry »


Four New, Really Bad Scholarly Open-Access Publishers

March 15, 2012
Part of a web page belonging to Open Research Journals.

Part of a web page belonging to Open Research Journals (see no. 4 below).

This week, thanks to several tips, I have discovered four questionable, scholarly open-access publishers and added them to my list.

1. [deleted].

2. Global Advanced Research Journals This publisher, let’s call them GARJ, is based in a location well-known for its expertise in scholarly publishing, Asaba, Delta State, Nigeria. It publishes 18 titles, and they all begin with the phrase, “Global Advanced Journal of … ” Few have any content or editorial board members; it’s a new operation.

The publisher doesn’t state what the author fee is for accepted papers, so they probably invoice you after your paper is accepted. This is an extremely shabby and unprofessional operation; I am surprised they have any content at all. Needless to say, I recommend that no one have any type of contact or relationship with this joke publisher at all. Read the rest of this entry »


Combining Fake Journals with Fake Conferences: Global Business & International Management Conference

March 10, 2012
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The header on the Global Business & International Management Conference website.

If you have ever wanted an employer-paid vacation and the ability to chalk up a new publication at the same time, the Global Business & International Management Conference (GBIM) gives you a great opportunity to do so.

GBIM hosts bogus conferences at fun destinations (such as Orlando) and then publishes your paper in its conference proceedings – all for a price of course. What is that price?  Here’s what it says on GBIM’s website:

Price schedule

The price schedule for the Global Business & International Management Conference.

For this payment here’s what you get, according to the website:

Registration Fee includes:

  • Opportunity to present your paper at our international conference
  • Get a copy of the conference proceeding [sic]
  • Opportunity to meet and network participants [sic]
  • Conference materials
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Morning & Afternoon tea Break during the conference
  • Local sightseeing will be introduced for interested participants

The organization also publishes three online, open-access journals:

  • Journal of Human Resource [sic] and Adult Learning
  • Journal of International Management Studies
  • The Journal of Global Business Management

These journals use the author-pays model of open access and assess these charges, according to the website (the charges are the same for all three journals; this statement is from one of them):

“The author of accepted paper [sic] must pay the journal publication fee of $500 U.S. dollars [sic] to publish his/her paper in the Journal of Human Resource [sic] and Adult Learning. The journal publication fee for papers with two authors will be $600 U.S. dollars [sic] and the journal publication fee for papers with three authors will be $700 U.S. dollars [sic].”

This is a Taiwan-based organization. It organizes three conferences a year. The site’s main web page includes large pictures of Disney World and Sea World. It boasts that the “GBIM conference journal is listed in ULRICH’S Directory,” but that is meaningless since Ulrich’s strives to be comprehensive.

This is an especially egregious scam, for they get your money coming and going.

Hat tip: Theresa Hammond.


“Research Publisher”: Another Vanity Press

March 9, 2012
The logo for Research Publisher

Research Publisher's logo.

Today, I’ve added Research Publisher to my list of questionable journals.

This publisher is new; all the journals that have content began publishing in 2012 (except for the Computing Science and Technology International Journal, which started in August 2011 and has a website that looks different from all the others). The coverage of its individual journals is broad, enabling the publisher to accept more papers and earn more revenue.

The publisher whose name appears on the “about us” page is Dr. Richard Harter. He lists addresses in Santa Clara and Stanford, California, and in Terre Haute, Indiana. There is no authority record for him in OCLC, and I was unsuccessful at finding information about this person in Google. Read the rest of this entry »


Publishers to Examine

March 7, 2012

Recently, the Chronicle of Higher Education published an article about predatory open-access publishers in general and specifically about India-based OMICS Publishing Group. This article has generated leads into potential new questionable publishers. Thanks to everyone who has emailed me with these suggestions.

The list below includes publishers that people have asked me to investigate. Disclaimer: Inclusion on the list below does not necessarily mean that a publisher engages in unethical or unprofessional practices. Read the rest of this entry »


Introducing: The World Academic Publishing

March 3, 2012
The World Academic Publishing

Part of The World Academic Publishing’s main web page.

The newest addition to my list of questionable open-access publishers is China-based The World Academic Publishing.

Its mission statement is “Devoted to publish [sic] open access journals, academic conferences, and provide the publishing services [sic].”

The publisher currently has a portfolio of seven journals, and they all began publishing in 2011. The domain name is registered to an address in Wuhan, Hubei, China, but the site itself lists a Hong Kong address. [1]

Though the publisher makes its content openly available, it does not follow practices that other open-access publishers do regarding article licensing. Authors are required to sign over copyright to the publisher,[2] and all articles bear a copyright statement.[3]

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