More Duplicate Journal Titles

International Journal of Science and Technology

Journal of Duplication

The shortage of unique journal names is worsening. I have discovered two new pairs of duplicate journal titles.

The International Journal of Science and Technology

The first International Journal of Science and Technology (image, above) purports to be published by a company called IJST Publications UK, but this publisher doesn’t have a website that we can find (other than this one for the journal), so this in essence is a stand-alone journal.

It publishes monthly and released its first issue in January, 2012. Its website is very sloppy and full of grammatical errors. It calls itself “an international premier peer reviewed open access science and technology journal,” but that’s false. This journal is a complete dud

International Journal of Science and Technology

Victim of duplication

This second International Journal of Science and Technology (above) claims to be published by IRPN Press, but there’s no website for a publisher with that name. The journal does link to another journal (International Journal of Information and Communication Technology Research) that is probably part of the same operation. It’s volume 1 number 1 came out in July, 2011.

The Journal of Animal and Plant Sciences

Late arrival.

The Journal of Animal and Plant Sciences

This first Journal of Animal and Plant Sciences  (above) is published by Elewa Biosciences in Nairobi, Kenya. It is monthly and has been published since November, 2008.

The Journal of Animal and Plant Sciences

The original Journal of Animal and Plant Sciences

The second Journal of Animal and Plant Sciences (above) is published by the Pakistan Agricultural Scientists Forum (PAS FORUM). It originally started as a print publication in 1991. The website has online backfiles that go back to the volume 16, no. 3-4 issue in 2006. This journal is the only one of the four discussed here that is not on my list of predatory publishers, and it even has an impact factor.

General Comments

Predatory journals tend to have lots of “ands” in their titles. They want to aggregate vast fields of study in their coverage because this broadens their scope and allows more papers to fall in scope and be acceptable. This means more author fees for the publisher.

One would think that upon starting a new journal the publisher would first check to make sure the proposed name is not already taken. Predatory journal publishers are lazy, though. They just want to relax and watch the author fees roll in.

There are many instances of predatory publishers using titles very similar to those of established journals. They do this in an attempt to seal some of the legitimate journals’ legitimacy.

10 Responses to More Duplicate Journal Titles

  1. Aaron Sigut says:

    Did you notice that both versions of the International Journal of Science and Technology seem to have many members of their editorial boards in common? Suspicious….

  2. R.V.Krishnakumar says:

    The exclusion criteria of ISSN says “personal resources (personal web sites and web pages, online diaries)”. I think if ISSN acts on this that would be a good beginning to check the ‘weed like’ growth of humbug online publishing.

    • Robin Hood says:

      The ISSN is a farse and is in collusion with the predators. How else would you explain their dishing out ISSN numbers faster than water to drought-stricken vitims? Why don’t you test my theory, Mr. Krishnakumar and contact your Indian and international ISSN centers and place a formal complaint. Then, please do come back to us with a response… once again, cheap talk from an Indian, but no pro-active action.

      • R.V.Krishnakumar says:

        Avoid rude references to one’s citizenship. I believe this is a forum for scholars and intellectuals. Need to me to test your theory ?

  3. geoshalmai says:

    Even the copied “International Journal of Science and Technology” doesn`t look very trustworthy… :-/

  4. I am curious if you believe this to be primarily an education problem or simply a failure of law enforcement in international communities?

    How much will predatory OA journals set back the OA paradigm as a whole?

    • The problem is that we have people entering the scholarly publishing industry without sufficient experience and without sufficient attention paid to following industry standards. They either don’t know how to run a publishing operation professionally or they don’t care.

      Predatory journals are eroding the entire scholarly communication system, and as you say, setting back the OA paradigm. The extent is unsure. The worst thing is the damage that is being done to the communucation of science itself.

  5. R.V. Krishnakumar says:

    Dear Dr.Beall – ISSN just gives any serial publication an identification number something similar to a Post Office registering (not empowered to providing!) an address for a newly built home. The job of ISSN ends there, I think. ISSN acts as a Post Office and it can’t act on what is happening inside these ‘homes’, irrespective of whether it is located in a posh area (Nature, Science, etc.) or a slum (predatory OAs). If ISSN where to be a farce as claimed by an unscrupulous blogger named ‘Robin Hood’ (I request that you have a check on this possible imposter who might well be a predatory OA editor himself and yet sheds crocodile tears in this forum), distinguished journals such as Nature and Science would not be carrying it. And, this forum is helpful to the gullible (if they really are!) to ascertain themselves about where they are ending up with their publication. Thanks to your detailed criteria which is handy to distinguish between the good and bad. All my colleagues are now aware of your good work and I believe they would use it to their best. It is here, the parameter called ‘impact factor’ plays a useful role. Impact factor is a parameter and doesn’t require an ISO. Also, I don’t foresee any grave danger out of these fake OA’s since a worthy scholar would not allow himself to be preyed upon by a fraudster OA. To put it in a nutshell – “Nothing is misty in one’s room unless he is too heavily drunk”. Is my understanding right?

  6. [...] work, here’s a couple more examples. There are so many bogus journals out there that coming up with a brand new name is becoming difficult. And, in some cases, some of these journals offer fee waivers to authors if they cite papers from [...]

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