If you want a really good example of a predatory publisher, have a look at KnowledgesPublisher. This brand-new publisher uses lies and deception to make itself look legitimate. The journal has a large logo on the left side of the page that says, “2012 Impact Factor 0.315!” The problem is that the 2012 impact factors have not been published yet and won’t be until summer.
At the bottom of the page, the site has this statement, “Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.” This is deception; the journal is trying to associate itself with Elsevier. In fact there is no connection. Also, if you click on the “Journals” link at the top of the page, you’re brought a list of Elsevier journals on the Elsevier website.
It appears the site really only has a single journal, called Advanced Crop Science. The journal has a contrived editorial board that does not list affiliations, only name and field of expertise. The journal uses Yahoo.com email addresses: KnowledgesPublisher@yahoo.com and Editor@KnowledgesPublisher.com.
When I first began examining the website, it bore this address information: 350 Albert Street 14th Floor Ottawa, ON Phone: 416-934-5714 Fax: 1-800-565-3770. However, this information has since been removed from the website. The site’s “Contact us” page now only has a web form and gives no information.
The “previous issues” page indicates that the journal has published monthly since January, 2011, but there are no links to the content. I think the previous issues page is bogus and that the January, 2013 issue is the first and only issue. Looking at the “current issue,” one finds that you cannot access most of the supposed content. The articles listed in the table of contents are mostly bogus. The little content that is there is mostly plagiarized.
This is a very corrupt publisher. Avoid any contact or association with this publisher at all costs.