This week, thanks to several tips, I have discovered four questionable, scholarly open-access publishers and added them to my list.
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.
3. EuroJournals This publisher is based in Europe, right? No, it’s actually based in the Seychelles. It publishes 17 titles mostly in the area of finance. Authors pay US $400 upon acceptance of their articles, which are published open-access. This publisher boasts of an extremely-fast review process, a feature that often signals a vanity press. A statement like the following is found on its journals’ web pages,
“[The] Journal of European Union Economics and Finance realizes the meaning of fast publication to researchers, particularly to those working in competitive and dynamic fields. Hence, it offers an exceptionally fast publication schedule including prompt peer-review by the experts in the field and immediate publication upon acceptance. The editorial board aims at reviewing the submitted articles as fast as possible and promptly include [sic] them in the forthcoming issues should they pass the evaluation process.”
Statements like these demonstrate that authors, not readers or subscribers, are the true customers in the open-access publishing industry.
4. Online Research Journals Very little needs to be said about this most-recent Nigerian scam. It lists seven journals, yet none has any content. The website uses many obnoxious, bright colors. Accepted papers will be charged a $400 handling fee. The whole site was probably created in a few hours. Regrettably, the barrier to becoming a scholarly publisher has never been so low.
Hat tips to: Stanislav Ivanov, Sigbjørn Hernes, and John Canning.