Get ready for the Computer Science Chronicle, one of the worst new open-access journals we’ve seen in a while.
This journal stands out for its unique spelling of the word “manuscript,” which it spells “man-script” in its drop-down menu. We don’t know if this misspelling is a joke or the product of really bad copy editing. The word is spelled correctly elsewhere in the journal.
Looking at the domain name registration data for this journal’s website, we learned that it is registered to Pallavali Radha Krishna Reddy in Kadapa, Andhra Pradesh, India. His LinkedIn page says he is a student at Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University Hyderabad and editor of this journal.
Like many journals, this one makes its articles available online before they are formally published. The first issue will be published in August, 2012. Unfortunately, we looked at some of the articles and found serious problems.
Specifically, we found plagiarism. One of the upcoming articles, “Data Collection through Vehicular Sensor Networks,” is mostly taken from the article “A New Framework for Data Collection in Vehicular Networks.” The other pre-print articles also contain plagiarism.
Not only that, but the plagiarized article above is co-authored by the publisher himself, the student.
So, to summarize, we have a new open-access journal that is being run by a student who cannot spell and who uses the journal to publish his own plagiarized articles.
Hat tip: Peter Matthews