This is the story of a brand-new scholarly open-access journal from India. The journal is titled International Journal of Engineering Sciences & Research Technology and abbreviated as IJERSRT.
One of the problems that new journals face is that no one wants to submit an article to a journal that doesn’t have any articles yet. If the journal turns out to be a dud, then you are left looking silly as one of the few authors to submit to a failed journal.
IJERSRT has invented a creative, yet unethical, way of solving this no-articles problem.
It has published its first seven issues simultaneously — all filled with computer-generated, nonsense articles. To unwary prospective authors, it would appear that this is a popular and successful journal.
The publisher of the journal possibly used the website called SCIgen – An Automatic CS Paper Generator to create the bogus articles. “CS” here means computer science. This fun website generates bogus articles on command and is worth a look.
The IJERSRT articles must be seen to be believed. They have titles like:
- Simulation and Theoretical Calculation of Fluid Pass through Straight Circular Pipe And Nozzle
- Deconstructing Byzantine Fault Tolerance with Miasmology
- Soft Skills Development through Humanities and Social Sciences Curriculum Technical Education
- Computer Revelation System Based Classification of Intact Cashew Grading System with Fuzzy Logic
- Psychology Vs Computer Science
Because the site gives no indication of author fees, I decided to call the publisher, who lists his cell phone number on the site. Awaking from his slumber, he told me the author fee is US $100 for Americans (he asked where I was from).
I decided not to ask him about the bogus articles; I probably wouldn’t have gotten an honest answer anyway.
Hat tip: Frank Boscoe