The International Network for Scientific & Industrial Information is a new publisher with two journals that purports to be based at the University of Alberta in Edmonton. It also has stolen some website code from another open-access publisher.
This publisher lists its mailing address as
University of Alberta,
P. O. Box 60114, University Postal Services
Edmonton, AB T6G 2S4
However, its domain name is registered to this address:
International Network for Scientific & Industrial Information (INTERNAT3479)
3 Rue des Etoiles
Village Neuf, 68128 FR[ANCE]
I called the University of Alberta and confirmed that this publisher has no connection to the university. Officials there are now actively trying to get the publisher to stop using the university’s name.
If you’re familiar with the publisher MDPI (which is not on my list), you’ll see that the INSII website looks similar to the MDPI website. They apparently have copied the code that underlies the website. The “open access” buttons are the same for both publishers.
There’s even a page where they forgot to change MDPI to INSII (at the bottom).
The publisher’s ”instructions for authors” pages are lifted from other publishers. The individual articles bear a copyright statement, but the website grants authors permission to re-use the content they authored. The concept of using Creative Commons licenses is beyond the knowledge of this publisher. Finally, I observed some plagiarism in the articles.
So in conclusion, here we have a publisher that falsely associates itself with a respected university, copies code and author guidelines from other publishers, and publishes articles that contain plagiarism.
I strongly recommend against submitting any papers to this publisher.