Cloudy Ethics with Cloud Journals

Cloud Journals

In the Cloud.

Another mega-publisher from India has appeared. This one is called Cloud Journals, which itself is a division of an organization called Intellectual Society, a group that falsely claims to be the “world’s first online and most active organization devoted to online education and open access publications.”

The publisher currently offers 103 journal titles and uses the Open Journal Systems software, a program that has done more to enable low-quality academic publishing than perhaps any other. I cannot find any articles in the journals, but I didn’t click on all of them — the server is maple-syrup slow.

This publisher requires transfer of copyright for accepted articles and has waived author fees for the time being. Normally it would charge US $150 for each paper and $50 for each additional author on the paper. I don’t see any editorial boards listed, but there is a place to apply to serve on the board.

Most of the journal titles begin with “International Journal of … “, and I found some curious titles among the journals, including the International Journal of Advanced Leather Technology, the International Journal of Financial Crisis and Black Money, and the International Journal of Advanced Plantation Management and Global Warming. The journal covers are illustrated with pictures that appear to have been lifted from the web.

Like other scholarly vanity presses, this one will also publish conference proceedings, theses, monographs, and perhaps uniquely, video journals. I think we can all expect to be receiving spam email solicitations from Cloud Journals soon.

Hat tip: Kishor Patwardhan

List of Cloud Journals journal titles as of July 11, 2012: 

  • International Journal of Advanced Interdisciplinary Sciences
  • International Journal of Advanced Pharmaceutical Science and Technology
  • International Journal of Advanced Alternative Energy, Environment and Ecology
  • International Journal of Advanced Biochemistry
  • International Journal of Advanced Biophysics
  • International Journal of Advanced Anthropology
  • International Journal of Advanced Observational Sciences
  • International Journal of Advanced Food Science and Technology
  • International Journal of Advanced Salt and Marine Chemicals Research
  • International Journal of Advanced Earth Science and Engineering
  • International Journal of Advanced Agricultural and Biological Statistics
  • International Journal of Advanced Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology
  • International Journals [sic] of Advanced Mathematics and Statistics
  • International Journal of Advanced Physics
  • International Journal of Advanced Forest Science and Management
  • International Journal of Advanced Algorithms and Complexity
  • International Journal of Advanced Space Science and Astronomy
  • International Journal of Advanced Chemistry and Chemical Technology
  • International Journal of Advanced Seed and Crop Technology
  • International Journal of Advanced Fisheries and Aquatic Science
  • International Journal of Advanced Veterinary Science and Technology
  • International Journal of Advanced Life Sciences and Applied Research
  • International Journal of Advanced Agricultural Sciences and Technology
  • International Journal of Advanced Library and Information Science
  • International Journal of Advanced Defence Technology and Research
  • International Journal of Advanced Laser and Optical Engineering
  • International Journal of Advanced Computer Science and Information Technology
  • International Journal of Advanced Electrochemical Research
  • International Journal of Advanced Nuclear Engineering and Technology
  • International Journal of Advanced Systems Architecture and Applications
  • International Journal of Advanced Nano Science, Nano Technology and Nano Engineering
  • International Journal of Advanced Glass and Ceramic Research
  • International Journal of Advanced Civil Engineering and Architecture Research
  • International Journal of Advanced Plastics Technology and Engineering
  • International Journal of Advanced Remote Sensing and GIS
  • International Journal of Advanced Leather Technology
  • International Journal of Advanced Petroleum Engineering and Technology
  • International Journal of Advanced Plasma Science and Technology
  • International Journal of Advanced Production Research and Management
  • International Journal of Advanced Aeronautical Engineering and Technology
  • International Journal of Advanced Electronics and Radar Technology
  • International journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology and Engineering
  • International Journal of Advanced Mining, Fuel and Mineral Engineering
  • International Journal of Advanced Packaging Technology
  • International Journal of Advanced Transport ,Vehicle Engineering and Technology
  • International Journal of Advanced Cloud Computing and Applied Research
  • International Journal of Advanced Materials and Metallurgical Engineering
  • International Journal of Advanced Networking, Communication and Systems
  • International Journal of Advanced Electrical Engineering
  • International Journal of Advanced Power Electronics and Power Systems
  • International Journal of Advanced Mechanical Engineering and Applications
  • International Journals of Advanced Electronics and Communication Engineering
  • International Journal of Advanced Clinical and Pharmacological Research
  • International Journal of Advanced Medicine
  • International Journal of Advanced Herbal Science and Technology
  • International Journal of Advanced Nursing Science and Practice
  • International Journal of Advanced Speech and Hearing Research
  • International Journal of Advanced Cellular and Molecular Biology
  • International Journal of Advanced Disease Research, Control and Management
  • International Journal of Advanced Ayurveda, Yoga, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy
  • International Journal of Advanced Biotechnology and Bioengineering
  • International Journal of Advanced Nutritional and Health Science
  • International Journal of Advanced Physiology and Allied Sciences
  • International Journal of Advanced Microbiology
  • International Journal of Advanced Bioinformatics and Computational Biology
  • International Journal of Advanced Medical Science and Technology
  • International Journal of Advanced Ophthalmology
  • International Journal of Advanced Dental Science and Technology
  • International Journal of Advanced Human Resource Management
  • International Journal of Advanced Marketing and Research
  • International Journal of Advanced Sustainable Development
  • International Journal of Advanced Quality Management
  • International Journal of Advanced Finance
  • International Journal of Advanced Entrepreneurship
  • International Journal of Advanced Strategic Management
  • International Journal of Advanced Training and Development
  • International Journal of Advanced International Business
  • International Journal of Advanced Financial and Managerial Control
  • International Journal of Advanced Operations Management and Research
  • International Journal of Advanced Accounting and Economics
  • International Journal of Advanced Consumer Research
  • International Journal of Advanced Financial Economics
  • International Journal of Advanced Business Economics
  • International Journal of Advanced Business and Economics Statistics
  • International Journal of Advanced Development Studies
  • International Journal of Advanced Fire, Explosive, Environment Safety and Disaster Management
  • International Journal of Advanced Rural Management
  • International Journal of Advanced Social Sciences
  • International Journal of Advanced Tourism and Developing World
  • International Journal of Advanced Cultural Studies
  • International Journal of Advanced Hospitality Management and Research
  • International Journal of Advanced Philosophy and Education
  • International Journal of Advanced Humanities
  • International Journal of Advanced Archaeology
  • International Journal of Advanced Media and Film Studies
  • International Journal of Advanced Interdisciplinary Studies
  • International Journal of Advanced Language and Linguistics
  • International Journal of Advanced Law and Practices
  • International Journal of Advanced Museum, Heritage Studies
  • International Journal of Advanced Sports and Leisure
  • International Journal of Advanced Urban Studies and Research
  • International Journal of Financial Crisis and Black Money
  • International Journal of Advanced Plantation Management and Global Warming

8 Responses to Cloudy Ethics with Cloud Journals

  1. Thanks for the valuable information about cloud journals, but why don’t you promote it because if some one getting open access in 150 $ as compared to 1000$ of Hindawi and Wiley Open access US$3000 , i think it is a good initiated by intellectual society, may be it is new but money always matter… in the current situation when all the countries down economically then why a scholar waste money more.. more over i think your blog is supported by those publisher who believes in high processing fee..

    regards

    Asha

  2. After reading you may find that Cloud Journals is a good initiative for scientific community…but it’s true that just good beginning…Cheers…

  3. The problem with these new journals is that they offer too much for too little. They are not believable. In reality they do not have enough qualified, experienced reviewers to handle papers in all the fields being offered. Real journals have a long history of individual development by dedicated individuals, usually on a volunteer basis; they do not appear suddenly en masse. It is always good if a local academic society launches a journal and has members who can support it. One journal with a large support base, published by an organisation with a real address and real academic expertise. It is irresponsible for individuals to create large numbers of journals with no means to support them academically. The responsible approach would be to spend two years building up a team to support a single journal, then introducing the journal in graduated steps.

  4. I agree with you.. new journals means new…every start up needs time , supports and a good team..cloud journals..a new initiative..for scholars..for developing as well as developed countries whose economy going down day by day…CJ will provide international quality with international standards..in very reasonable rate..i do not know why this blog owner deleted those news about open access which were published in the gardian UK..
    again i am giving that link for all scholars who will believe in the vision of CJ.. i request you to please do not delete this comments as well as these links also… must read the full stories…from oxford University,European Commission. these are 6 news.. must read….

    1.http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2012/jul/25/uk-government-open-access-development-research

    2.http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2012/jul/17/european-commission-open-access-scientific-research

    3.http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2012/jul/18/open-access-plan-no-academic-spring

    4. http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/blog/2012/jul/17/open-access-scientific-research

    5. http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2012/jul/15/free-access-british-scientific-research

    6. http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2012/jul/15/free-access-british-scientific-research

    • Dear Mohan,

      Thanks for the links.

      In one of those articles, the writer mentions that Author Processing Charges:

      “British universities now pay around £200m a year in subscription fees to journal publishers, but under the new scheme, authors will pay “article processing charges” (APCs) to have their papers peer reviewed, edited and made freely available online. The typical APC is around £2,000 per article.”

      (cited from: http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2012/jul/15/free-access-british-scientific-research)

      The Britisher planners hope APCs will decline with competition. As an author, I hope so too!

      Individuals and institutions can only justify paying such high charges if they can be sure that the journals do: (i) actually provide services, (ii) have high quality reviewers, (iii) have an established readership (i.e. a good reputation), and (iv) have stability and accountability.

      New journals have a natural barrier that they must cross, from merely offering (i) to actually providing the services (e.g. in-house copyediting, site maintenance, journal promotion, prompt correspondence with all parties involved, etc.), and then building up (ii-iv). The British plan to switch to a full open access but author pay system is possible for Britain because they have a huge number of well established journals with good reputations (not all of course!).

      Just as academics are rebelling against the high subscription fees charged by Springer and the like, academics will rebel against high APCs, if they can discover good journals with lower APCs.

      A new publisher cannot instantly build a reputation for dozens of new journals simultaneously, from zero. By offering too much, a new publisher debases its own effort, and creates doubt about all aspects of the effort, even if the effort is sincere.

      Sincerity is necessary but is not enough to succeed in the world of publishing!

      The present OAS blog is just a vanguard for quality control services that will help researchers find the best value for money publishers. One way or another, authors and readers need to know as much about who publishers are, and how they compare to other publishers. The Scopus citation index and other such measuring services can help, but do not give authors and readers the full story. A new journal with no citation record, but with transparently great support from great researchers and editors, could be the best deal for some people.

      How to effectively and fairly find and compare publishers is the elephant in the room of the open access movement. It is a problem that the present blog is attempting to address, but many people need to think about this problem.

  5. your deletion of my posts seems so much controversial..every time..its clear that your blog is supported by some publishers as well as supported for USA citizen’s only..you are a person who do not want something good for researcher and scholars who really want best support for research publication..and your deletion of my posts are also showing your mentality which is against India and Indian peoples.

    Best of luck

    Regards

    Mohan

  6. Dear Mohan,

    There are many long-established and serious academic journals in India that deserve greater support from inside India, from institutions, contributors, readers, editors, and translators. Rather than creating an infinity of new online-only journals, it might be better to move existing, historically-important print journals online with or without a print component, and to raise the profile of Indian research inside and outside India by building on the efforts that have already been made.

    As a Japan-based researcher, I am not sufficiently familiar with the academic world in India to understand why there is not more support for existing academic publications in your country.

    At risk of stealing attention from the SOA blog, I invite to you to comment further on these issues at the Research Co-op India, here:

    http://researchcooperative.org/group/researchcoopindia

    Best regards, Peter

  7. Badnews says:

    Open Access journals actually REVIEW papers. These journals do not. Hence these are worthless, you might as well post the PDF on your website. It’ll have just as much impact and google scholar will pick it up.

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