A Vanity Scholarly Press from Québec

CSCanada

The logo tells a story.

Laval, Québec is the location of CSCanada, the latest addition to my list of predatory open-access publishers. This publisher gives its headquarters address as: 758, 77e AV, Laval, Quebec, H7V 4A8, Canada, but when I look at that address using Google Maps, I see what appears to be a low-rent apartment complex.

This publisher offers fourteen journal titles. It is not clear what “CSCanada” means; the site fails to provide an explanation. The publisher boasts that it is the publishing arm of the Canadian Academy of Oriental and Occidental Culture and the Canadian Research & Development Center of Sciences and Cultures, but if you Google these organizations, you are just led back to the publisher’s website; they’re obviously bogus.

The site contains many grammatical errors. Most of the articles’ authors are not from North America but Asia, leading me to conclude that the site is really set up for Asians to buy the privilege of publishing in a North American Journal.

One colleague describes the publisher by saying ” but the most entertaining thing about their journal is all the papers about endosymbiotic actinidic archeal bacteria. They’re responsible for climate change, intelligence, the shape of galaxies, Ayurveda and so forth.”

Looking at the journals’ editorial boards, one sees chiefly non-North American names and affiliations, and some editorial boards includes just names without any affiliations. At least one journal, Higher Education of Nature Science, lists no editorial board.

This site may be related to the the Canadian Center of Science and Education (CCSE), a publisher already included on my list. Update: 2013-05-27: There is no relationship between the two publishers. They both use the same e-journal software, the one provided by Open Journal Systems; they are both from Canada, and they both chiefly publish Asian authors.

The site has an unprofessional and corrupt article processing charge structure. It states,

As for the publication fees, 20% of the articles are free, on the basis of assessment results given by our editorial team. Excellent articles will be published with no charge, but others will not.

This is likely a means to entice potential authors into submitting articles; you have a one-in-five chance of getting a free paper submission, but I think this is merely a trick to get submissions.

One of the publisher’s email addresses is caooc@hotmail.com. Using a Hotmail email account is just another example of this publisher’s unprofessional practices.

If you look closely at the publisher’s logo (above), you’ll see that it seems to combine the maple leaf symbol with the Islamic crescent moon symbol. Could this be a clue as to the origin of the publisher’s owners, whoever they are (the site provides no information about who runs this operation other than listing the two bogus cultural organizations)?

CSCanada is a predatory and bogus publisher, operated out of an apartment complex in a Montreal suburb. I recommend against conducting any business with them.

Related blog post: I get more academic publishing spam.

Hat tip: Colin Batchelor

CSCanada Journals as of July 13, 2012

  • Advances in Natural Science
  • Advances in Petroleum Exploration and Development
  • Canadian Social Science
  • Cross-Cultural Communication
  • Energy Science and Technology
  • Gastroenterology and Hepatology
  • Higher Education of Nature Science
  • Higher Education of Social Science
  • International Business and Management
  • Management Science and Engineering
  • Progress in Applied Mathematics
  • Studies in Literature and Language
  • Studies in Mathematical Sciences
  • Studies in Sociology of Science

9 Responses to A Vanity Scholarly Press from Québec

  1. Janos says:

    Dear Mr. Beal,

    I’m a doctoral candidate from Hungary and i’m thinking about publishing my dissertation with Peter Lang International Academic Publishers http://www.peterlang.com/ . I’ve done some research and opinions about this organization are very controversial; some people says that this is an accepted and honered publisher, but others identifies it very much as a vanity press. Please if you or any other academian who read this can give me an opinion or share experience about this group let me know by sending me an email or replying to this post. Thank you.

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  3. Obviously Asian owners, don’t think it’s connected to the cresent symbol though.

    Without pointing directly to any Asian ethnicities, these ‘enterprising’ Asians have set up shop not just in North America but also in Europe…

    …AND as always, “we only publish high quality papers. To cover our publication costs, we only charge USDXXX for the privilege of getting published.”

  4. P.S. You mentioned CCSE, right? I was one of those stupid enough to get duped by them, sorry to say.

    P.P.S. The print journal came all the way… wait for it… wait for it… CHINA. Obviously the owners are all based there.

    Don’t waste your hard-earned $$$ folks and really, DO NOT tarnish your own reputation by publishing in these bogus journals.

    I learned the hard way :-(

  5. Dan says:

    A little search reveals that http://www.cscanada.net domain is registered by XIN NET Technology Corp, url is http://www.xinnet.com, which appears to be a chinese domain name registrar. It was registered by someone named Jenny Ding.
    http://www.networksolutions.com/whois/results.jsp?domain=cscanada.net

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  7. I was just invited to submit articles for publication from the “Edtior” of Canadian Social Science (CSS) (yes, the editor misspells “editor” in her e-mail address!), apparently published by “Canadian Academy of Oriental and Occidental Culture” (yes, “the” is missing from that part of the message).

    The sender claims to have read my article in the magazine of the Society of Professional Journalists about freelancer ethics. I couldn’t tell if she wanted to reprint that article or for me to submit other works, but the quality of the English in the message made me unlikely to do either. The fact that she calls me “Professor” is to laugh – or sigh – as well.

    I considered offering to let her reprint my article for $500, but was afraid it would get used, and I don’t think I want to be associated with this publication even if I did get paid, which I probably wouldn’t have anyhow. It might have made for some good follow-up conversations, though.

  8. neonrabbit says:

    I just got an email asking me to go for a job interview with them. Their office is in North West Beijing and everything is in Chinese. Clearly not a Canadian org.

  9. Jonathan Knowles says:

    I got an email from them asking me to edit a new Law journal. I work in a Dental School!

    Dear Prof. Knowles, JC,

    Thank you very much for paying your attention to this email. CSCanada is currently running 14 academic journals that cover different fields in humanities, social science, and natural science. In order to expand our own perception and support the academic research in other disciplines, we are now starting a new academic journal on law. As an editor of CSCanada academic journals, I sincerely invite you to provide some suggestions for this newly scheduled journal, such as the title of the journal, the focus and scope, and columns. Once you provide a proposal to us, you will be able to choose to join our editorial team, as well as to publish new research articles with us for free. Please find the attached proposal form and send the completed form back to us if you are interested in collaborating with us. We are looking forward to receiving feedbacks from you.

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