The Maryland Institute of Research, From Bangladesh

Maryland Institute of Resarch

Not really from Maryland.

I am currently researching an organization called the Maryland Institute of Research. It publishes two open-access journals, the International Journal of Business and Social Research, which began in 2011, and the Journal of Arts and Humanities (JAH), which just published its first issue in August, 2012.

One confusing thing about this publisher is that it seems to be hiding its true headquarters location. It lists an address in Annapolis, Maryland, USA, as its headquarters, but there’s no local phone number listed. The building at that address is a block of small office suites, and it’s conceivable that this organization may have rented one.

On the other hand, the telephone numbers the Institute gives use the 647 area code, which is from Toronto, Ontario. Furthermore, I found that the domain name, http://miredu.org/, is registered to a Mohammed Shamimul Islam in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Hoping to steal some legitimacy, the main site links out to such respected organizations as the Lawrence Livermore Lab, and the World Public Opinion organization. The two separate websites for each of the two journals do the same, and they link to the Harvard Business Review and to the University of Maryland, Division of Research. The main page also displays two pictures, one that says “Conference” and one that says “Annual Meeting,” with both showing rooms packed with people. I think these are from unrelated meetings.

The main page links to a page called “We the people” that links to a page called “Board of Counselors.” There the president of the board is listed as “Prof. Dr. Muhammad Yunus.” A Google search turns up information identifying him as the Bangladeshi winner of the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize; he won for setting up microcredit loans to microbusinesses in his country. The look and feel of his website is similar to the Maryland Institute of Research’s website. Is he a part of this scam?

Many of the authors published in the two journals lack any institutional affiliation, and I didn’t see any from Maryland. The editor of the business journal is listed as Jonathan Bendor, a business professor from Stanford University. Some of the content on the instructions-to-authors page is lifted from other sites. The publisher charges $200 per paper accepted, but “research students” are granted a discount and charged only $50.

I called the Toronto phone number, but no one answered and there was no voicemail. I sent email inquiries to both journals’ editors and to the main website email, but the only response I received was from Dr. Jonathan Bendor, the person listed as editor of the International Journal of Business and Social Research.

He wrote,

“this is bizarre.  i may be on the editorial board—i vaguely recall agreeing to that—but there’s absolutely no way that i’m editor in chief!! i haven’t done any work for this journal whatsoever.”

I conclude that the good name of Maryland is being exploited in this case, that the publisher is trying to falsely convey that it’s based in Maryland, and that this organization has as its true goal to profit from author fees. I recommend against engaging in any business or contact with this bogus organization.

Appendix: DNIS registration information

Domain ID:D163484085-LROR

Domain Name:MIREDU.ORG

Created On:01-Oct-2011 13:59:22 UTC

Last Updated On:02-Jan-2012 16:44:34 UTC

Expiration Date:01-Oct-2012 13:59:22 UTC

Sponsoring Registrar:PDR Ltd. d/b/a PublicDomainRegistry.com (R27-LROR)

Status:CLIENT TRANSFER PROHIBITED

Registrant ID:DI_18111818

Registrant Name:Md. Shamimul Islam

Registrant Organization:N/A

Registrant Street1:Dhanmondi R/A

Registrant Street2:

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Registrant City:Dhaka

Registrant State/Province:Dhaka

Registrant Postal Code:1207

Registrant Country:BD

Registrant Phone:+880.01913697862

Registrant Phone Ext.:

Registrant FAX:

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Registrant Email:shamim317@gmail.com

Admin ID:DI_18111818

Admin Name:Md. Shamimul Islam

Admin Organization:N/A

Admin Street1:Dhanmondi R/A

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Admin City:Dhaka

Admin State/Province:Dhaka

Admin Postal Code:1207

Admin Country:BD

Admin Phone:+880.01913697862

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Admin Email:shamim317@gmail.com

Tech ID:DI_18111818

Tech Name:Md. Shamimul Islam

Tech Organization:N/A

Tech Street1:Dhanmondi R/A

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Tech City:Dhaka

Tech State/Province:Dhaka

Tech Postal Code:1207

Tech Country:BD

Tech Phone:+880.01913697862

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Tech Email:shamim317@gmail.com

Name Server:NS1.MIREDU.ORG

Name Server:NS2.MIREDU.ORG

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DNSSEC:Unsigned

9 Responses to The Maryland Institute of Research, From Bangladesh

  1. Colin Barron says:

    International Journal of Business and Social Research is the same title as that published by the Centre for Promoting Ideas, USA, another dubious publisher with different ISSNs

  2. Mr. Kohinoor Hossain says:

    I want to be a member with your moving caravan . How much do you need publication charges ? Have you monthly publication ? May ALLAH enlarge your good re-think .

  3. Guido says:

    As can be seen on Google Maps, the organization’s address in Toronto (27 Trent Avenue) is an apartment. Perhaps this is where the “Managing Editor”, one Dr. John Harris, lives.

  4. Shirley says:

    Getting information from this well written blog, I visited the address of this office(?) in Toronto few days ago. I found a library on the first floor and two rooms in the second floor; one looked like a meeting/ discussion room and another room leveled as “only for research work” where one guy was doing some writing in a very quite environment. I couldn’t find any responsible person to know about the organization. But one reader in the first floor told me that the office was going to shift to new address soon for larger space. I don’t know whether they are capable of publishing journal.

  5. M. Alamin says:

    I contacted with Mr. Shamim using admin phone given here. He said “I am working as website maintenance as part of organization’s outsourcing, I do not know about the details of the organization”.

  6. Francis Ford says:

    The site is a scam for sure. Don’t give them any money!

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