A bogus organization called the Global Institute for Scientific Information has a new website that allows journal publishers to “apply” for a ranking they call the “Journal Impact Factor.”
The website is a fraudulent attempt to get money and perhaps content out of scholarly journal publishers.
The site says:
- At least 1 or 2 article [sic] must have been published in the first issue before you submit the journal in online or print
- Please send print issues of journals to us if it is not available in [sic] online
- We don’t include newsletters that mainly inform about an institution.
- We are charging nominal [sic] fee for processing your journal to get Journal [sic] Impact Factor
I can’t tell where this site originates but suspect that it is from South Asia. The site attempts to create a new scholarly citation measure similar to the proprietary one owned by Thomson Reuters.
The website is spare and many of its links don’t work. I study predatory publishers and find it fascinating that someone is now preying on them.
Hat tip: Kishor Patwardhan