OA Publisher Gratuitously Uses Other Groups’ Logos to Feign Legitimacy

IOSR Journals

Harvard approved.

One of the tricks that the International Organization of Scientific Research (IOSR) uses to convince authors that it is legitimate is to flash logos of legitimate organizations on its main page.

There are four pictures that cycle every few seconds. Seen above is the HOLLIS–Harvard Libraries logo, with Harvard’s Veritas symbol. Others include a NASA logo and an OASPA (Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association) logo (even though this publisher is not a member).

The publisher, based in New Delhi, has a lot of false and misleading information on its webpage.

Also, all of the publisher’s 14 journals have the exact same editorial board, even though they cover widely disparate topics.

IOSR Editorial Board

We love recycling … but for editorial boards?

Also, on each journal’s main page an editor in chief is listed, but I think the names, which are listed without any institutional affiliation are made up. Here are some examples:

  • IOSR Journal of Computer Engineering = Dr. Edward Thomas, USA
  • IOSR Journal of Mechanical and Civil Engineering = Dr. Smith Williams, USA
  • IOSR Journal of Pharmacy and Biological Sciences = Dr. Kendrick Russell, USA
  • IOSR Journal of Applied Physics = Dr. Isabella Olivia, New Zealand

In addition, a couple of the journals lack any editor in chief at all, and a Dr. Habibah-Al-Husain of Egypt is the editor of at least three of the publisher’s journals.

The publisher charges $75 per accepted paper, but it also requires that authors sign over copyright.

The publisher claims that all its journals have very low acceptance rages. One example is the IOSR Journal of Humanities and Social Science, which it claims has a 12.58% acceptance rate.

I think this is hogwash. Here is one of the articles from the journal’s most recent issue (vol. 1, issue 2, 2012):

Effect of Functional Training on Physical Fitness Components on College Male Students-A Pilot Study

 Does this article belong in a journal dedicated to humanities and social sciences?

A total ripoff of IEEE Xplore

The publisher also has a separately branded web property called IOSR Xplore.  It is an attempt to copy the marketing behind the well-known IEEE Xplore website. The site contains a couple additional journals

I find that the International Organization of Scientific Research is a highly questionable organization that all scholars should avoid. It uses others’ logos gratuitously, it has bogus editorial boards and editors, and it provides false and misleading information on its website.

Appendix:

List of journals published by the International Organization of Scientific Research:

7 Responses to OA Publisher Gratuitously Uses Other Groups’ Logos to Feign Legitimacy

  1. Yurii says:

    Curiouser and curiouser… In the Associate board list there is a Russian. Being Russian for the past 40 years the name of this person looked rather suspicious. His first name, Rasoul, is legitimate, his last name, Valfitaf, is not. In fact it is linguistically impossible. So, I did a search for this last name and Goolge returned… exactly TWO hits. Both of these hits belong to the site of this “publisher”. Now, ladies and gentlemen, even the most paranoid of us in Academia have a non-zero internet presence, and this presence is MORE than 2 hits. So, my guess is that this Russian is a fake.

    Another “unconventional” name is Alejandra Plamer – a member of the Editorial board from Italy. Indeed, search for this combination produced whole 9 hits. The first four belongs to this “publisher”; two to a polish forum where two users, “Plamer” and “Alejandra”, were engaged in some discussion; two more belonged to the USA Census bureau that confirmed my suspicion that this combination is rather unconventional and the last was a Facebook search engine that actually did not produce any further links beyond just a name. So, my guess is that this Italian is a fake too.

    I suppose that verifying other names would produce similar results but I am satisfied with my random sampling :)

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  3. RAHIM KHAN, INDIA says:

    Another disturbing misinformation that this publisher is giving is “International Organization of Scientific Research (IOSR) is a registered independent Organization, a unit of CSIR delivering supports and services to education professionals and researchers around world, especially those from the developing countries.”

    Now CSIR(Council of Scientific and Industrial Research) is the apex scientific research body of Government of India and I sincerely doubt it has any link to this bogus publisher.

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  5. Mayuresh says:

    Look at the email id of IOSR:
    iosr@gmail.com

  6. An extract from an article in a recent IOSR journal “Using open source journals are very much needed by the all kind users from students, Research scholar, Library professionals and other academicians. Present days it plays crucial role in the libraries to satisfy the users demand in all field of knowledge.” http://iosrjournals.org/iosr-jhss/papers/Vol8-issue3/B0820709.pdf

  7. Jon Doe says:

    IOSR Journals public plagiarised material.

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