International Research Journals is a brand-new open-access publisher based in Accra, Ghana. This publisher has copied the name of an existing publisher also called International Research Journals, based in Lagos, Nigeria. There have been cases of predatory publishers copying the title of other publishers’ journals. For example, OMICS Publishing named one of its publications Journal of Women’s Health, even though that title was already in use in one of the Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. journals. OMICS was later forced to change the journal’s title.
We’ll try to monitor how this duplicate publisher name situation develops. We imagine that lawyers in Nigeria are currently drafting cease-and-desist letters to be posted to Ghana. In the meantime, we are adding International Research Journals (Accra, Ghana) to the list of predatory publishers. The Nigerian publisher with this name has been on the list for a long time.
Hat tip: Olaf Erenstein