Bogus New OA Publisher Association Attempts to Compete with OASPA

Open Access Journal Publishers Association

A bogus industry association.

Many have heard of OASPA (pronounced oh-ASS-puh), the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association. It’s an industry association that brings together some of the better OA publishers. Now it has some competition. While researching predatory publishers, we stumbled on the website for the Open Access Journal Publishers Association or OAJPA. Unlike OASPA, OAJPA, seems to be organized around journals rather than publishers. The site claims membership is free, and it lists about 28 journal members. It appears to originate from India.

One of the site’s information pages is called “Open Access Model,” but the page is a verbatim copy of a work written by OA activist Peter Suber.  OAJPA does not attribute the work to him, and it even adds a copyright statement and the phrase “all rights reserved” to the page. Peter’s work is released under a CC BY license, but because the page is not attributed to him, this appears to be a flagrant case of plagiarism and a copyright violation.

OAJPA also has a page called “Terms and condition [sic] for publisher [sic]” that lists the requirements for joining. Among the requirements are these:

  • Perfect Editorial Board
  • Serials should not be irregular
  • Journal/serial must have ISSN/ISBN
  • Website should be perfect and no information should be hidden like publication charges

These are all for show, of course. Many of OAJPA’s current member journals are filled with plagiarism. Also, the ISBN reference is wrong; serial publications do not get ISBNs.

Conclusion: To attract author fees, predatory publishers need to appear legitimate. The few publishers behind this bogus effort have created a false, industry self-regulation association. It is a dishonest attempt to add a mark of legitimacy to a bunch of predatory journals.

12 Responses to Bogus New OA Publisher Association Attempts to Compete with OASPA

  1. Sean says:

    Plus, it looks like they might be a franchise of the Football Association of Ireland (going by their logo, at least: see http://www.fai.ie/index.php)

  2. I think that you valuable work merits a big piece like an editorial in some big news paper or even a book. Thanks for all these warnings.

  3. Dr. Arvind Singh says:

    I don’t know whether this organization is from India or out of India. But it is non- profit organization as it has no any fees for publisher as well as researcher.

    It is good work by OAJPA for accelerating the quality of Journals and magazines. The given terms and conditions are also very fine.

    If all publisher will follow such terms and conditions, I am sure that all publisher listed in OAJPA will get high rating and impact factor.

    All of us should do thanks to OAJPA for such good initiative task …………….

    • Robin Hood says:

      Dear Mr. Singh, the academic community struggles to understand how you were awarded a PhD with such views. The list of publishers are full of fraud (please spend some time on the pages of each) and the list of conditions looks like a 5-year old wrote the rules, full of nonsense and totally unquantifiable. I am wondering if you are linked to OAJPA in any way. If OAJPA is so transparent and “good”, then why do they not display the list of editors and selection board that makes decisions regarding which publishers are included on their list? If you are such a strong defendent of such a sloppily organized web-site full of grammatical errors and unquantifiable parameters, then why don’t you approach them to clarify these issues. Please ask the leader to come forth and explain the selection criteria…

  4. Haha, I wonder what a “Perfect Editorial Board” is.

    • hoicsi says:

      If it exists, it can not be perfect. So for a chance to be perfect, it must be non-existent, and i think at least some predatory journals have such an editorial board.

  5. Schmuck says:

    “Serials should not be irregular
    Any previously published matter should be not publish by the serial”

    What is a serial??

    • Hi Schmuck,

      Serials are any kind of publication that is appears in a series, i.e. a sequence over time. Formal academic journals are the most common kind of serial discussed in this blog. They usually appear at regular intervals, but when they struggle to find contributors and funding, they may fall behind and appear irregularly. Less formal publications, such as the newsletter of a small research group, are not really expected to be regular.

      P.

  6. I work for a museum in Japan where we use both ISBN and ISSN numbers for monographs published within a series. This allows librarians to file the monographs all together on one shelf, or seperately according to the Dewey system for subjects and authors.

    For our bulletin, in which the issues are not monographs, we use only an ISSN number

  7. Hi… just to clarify. The comment here is in response to this statement in the original post:

    “Also, the ISBN reference is wrong; serial publications do not get ISBNs.”

    They can and they do.

    Of course, I completely share Jeffrey Bealls’ concern about the OAJPA.

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