Cosmic Journals

Cosmic Journals

Totally cosmic.

Cosmic Journals appeared out of nowhere recently. It started with a bang. A big bang.

Actually, it started in India, the location of most of the world’s recently-established scholarly open-access publishers.

The publisher has five journals in its portfolio, each with its own unique initialism. The site’s tag line is “Let’s talk innovation,” but there’s nothing innovative to be found.

This publishers charges $150 per accepted paper, for up to ten pages. If your article is more than ten pages, I guess you have to pay more, so use a small font and small margins.

Describing itself, the site declares,

‘Cosmic Journals’ is the leading gateway to a family of journals that offer an international platform to exhibit the skills of researchers, scientists, engineers, doctors, managers, professionals, academicians and professors. Through these peer-reviewed open access online journals worldwide research [sic] community gets the chance to communicate and synchronize their research activities leading to growth and application of research and technology.

It’s not accurate to describe Cosmic Journals as a “leading gateway.” This is phoney marketing fluff. Except for its interesting name, Cosmic Journals is a bottom-tier publisher.

Appendix: Cosmic Journals as of October 2, 2012

7 Responses to Cosmic Journals

  1. A typo in the publisher’s description (written by someone for whom English is probably a second or third language), some over-enthusiastic marketing fluff, and the fact that Cosmic is based in India (which has a rapidly expanding economy and research commmunity) – all true. And it may be starting as a bottom-tier publisher, but every publisher starts at the bottom. This blog seems to be developing an anti-Indian subcontinent bias. It may well be that many predatory publishers are based there, but this is not a reason to dismiss all new publishers from India. Many of your other posts are valuable because they point out true predatory characteristics, or plagiarism, etc. Is there such evidence in the case of Cosmic?

    • Shawn says:

      First, not all publishers start at the bottom. There are plenty of small start ups that produce quality material (Academic societies for example).

      Frankly Indian journals are frequently cited here is because it is currently the epicenter of small scale vanity publishing. There are several factors on why this is occurring in India, but that’s another topic.

      While it seems like the region is being picked on, it is only because they are easier to identity. There are much larger and well financed operations from China (for example). You would never know the country of origin because they buy domains using proxies. They also disguise the journals better and is harder to pin down for an outsider.

  2. R.V.Krishnakumar says:

    As many as 28 titles from http://interesjournals.org/index.htm. It is difficult to establish plagiarism unless otherwise they are “striking” as indicated by Dr.Beall in a concluding paragraph of a paper on cognitive science’. It is not always easy for anyone to establish plagiarism in subjects in which one is not an expert. But, I am sure there is a pattern in the modus operandi of these journals.

  3. Dorey, Gerald says:

    Hi Jeffrey

    These journals are quite sad. Authors with terrible English but often quite good academic credentials writing rubbish because there is no peer review.

    Do you have any stats collected about the country of origin of these troll journals? The majority do seem to be Indian – they always have been great entrepreneurs!

    Best wishes

    Gerry

    Gerald Dorey

    Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group

    Publisher – Area Studies

    Regional Publisher – South Asia

    UK office: 4 Park Square, Milton Park, Abingdon, OX14 4RN, UK

    Tel: +44 (0)20 7017 7902

    Web: http://www.tandfonline.com

    e-mail: gerald.dorey@tandf.co.uk

    Indian office: 912 Tolstoy House, 15-17 Tolstoy Marg, New Delhi 110 001, India

    Tel: +91 (0)11 4315 5178

    Web: http://www.tandfonline.com

    e-mail: gerald.dorey@tandf.co.uk

    Taylor & Francis is a trading name of Informa UK Limited, registered in England under no. 1072954

  4. Hi, Gerald, no, I do not keep track of where the publishers on my lists are based. Many are dishonest and don’t state where they are really from.

  5. R.V.Krishnakumar says:

    It is not correct to say there is bias. If I am a gangster, I am bad. Doesnt matter to which country I belong to. There are many originating from India which should be bothering scholars in India. Scholars on “top” should act.

    • Gerald Dorey says:

      The sites seem to have been taken down now: even worse luck for the poor authors who thought their work was published with perpetual access, but which now find it is stuck in a strange academic limbo land of undead articles that no-one can read.

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