We recently added the journal International Journal of Applied Research & Studies to our list of stand-alone predatory journals.
This journal stands out because it uses as many tricks, unethical practices, and lies to attract authors to submit manuscripts.
The website claims it does not charge an author processing fee, but we doubt this claim. It says,
We’re not sure what this means. It makes no sense, like most of the website. We’ve noticed recently that publishers claim to charge no author fee, but then late in the review process will send the author an email stating something like, “This review will take as long as nine months, if you pay a expediting fee, we can reduce it to two weeks.”
Here is a bullet-point list of other fraudulent and unethical aspects of this journal:
- The journal purports to have offices all over the world, including its Head Quarters [sic] office at “21 , Headson Street, NewYork [sic] , U.S.A”, an address that cannot be found in Google maps. It also lists offices in Hong Kong, France, India, and Australia.
- The journal lists two bogus awards that it has won: “Best Scholarly Journal Society of the Year for Societal Contribution in Research & Studies. Melbourne, Australia-2012″ and “Readers Choice Award for Upcoming Scholarly Society in Providing Rapid Publishing.”
- The articles it has published are mostly bogus and include titles such as “Crash analysis of automotive vehicle,” and “Pleasure Needs Safety: Oral Sex–A Missing Link to Oral Cancer.” This second article is only two pages long.
- The journal uses pirated pictures to illustrate the website.
- The website states that the journal is a “Scholarly scientific e-journal that publishes original research papers in the field of Science, Technology and Literature.” (I think they mean scientific literature but didn’t know how to say it.)
- The journal promises, “Papers published in iJARS will receive very high publicity and acquire very high reputation. The journal reviews papers within one week of submission and publishes accepted articles on the internet immediately upon receiving the final versions.”
- The journal claims to be part of a bogus organization called the “Scholarly Journal Society.”
- The journal tries to align itself with the green movement by having logos that say “Save Tree.”
- The journal doesn’t list an editorial board.
- And many more!