New Open-Access Publisher Launches with 199 Journals

TS Publications

I’m sure this means something.

Australia-based TS Publications recently appeared with a fleet of 199 new open-access journals. The publisher has used a clever method of adding articles to many of the journals, content that he hopes will attract additional articles, and their accompanying article processing charges.

Although this publisher just launched in August, 2013, it appears that each of its journals already has one or two articles in it. I don’t understand how a brand-new publisher can populate 199 journals so quickly. Some contain plagiarism. Most of the authors I saw were from Iran and Malaysia.

The entire first issue of each journal is a single PDF. It looks like every journal has published a volume 1, number 1, dated August, 2013. The publisher uses Google Sites as its publishing platform. This address appears on the back cover of each issue:

TS Publications
P.O. N50A
Level 50, 120 Collins Street
Melbourne, 3000
Australia

The publisher’s main page boasts both ProQuest and EBSCO logos, but it’s unclear if the publisher really has any business relationship with either company. The journals all have broad scopes, and their hackneyed titles will likely duplicate existing journal titles. Some of their journal titles have typos in them, such as the International Journal of Poetrics [sic].

TS Publications 2

Their entire submission guidelines.

The entire “authors’ guidelines” consists of six lines. There is no mention of licensing or article processing charges. I did not see editorial boards listed for any of the journals I examined, but each journal does have an editor-in-chief listed. However, they all appear to be made-up names. For example, the EiC of the International Journal of Computational Geometry is Prof. Paul Simon.

I strongly recommend against submitting articles to this publisher. It is an amateurish operation made worse by a shocking lack of transparency.

UPDATE: AUGUST 23, 2013: None of the links above to the publisher and its journals are working at this time. However, it appears that the publisher has launched a brand-new site here: http://tands-journal-publications.com/

Appendix: List of TS Publications journals as of August 15, 2013:

  1. Economics Review
  2. International Journal of Allergy
  3. International Journal of Alternative Propulsion
  4. International Journal of Analytical Chemistry
  5. International Journal of Anesthesiology
  6. International Journal of Anthropology
  7. International Journal of Applied Mathematical Modelling
  8. International Journal of Applied Mathematics
  9. International Journal of Applied Mathematics and Mechanics
  10. International Journal of Applied Nursing
  11. International Journal of Architectural Research
  12. International Journal of Atomic Physics
  13. International Journal of Automotive Composites (NYP)
  14. International Journal of Automotive Technology and Management
  15. International Journal of Autonomic Computing
  16. International Journal of Aviation Technology
  17. International Journal of Behavioral Decision Making
  18. International Journal of Biomedical systems
  19. International Journal of Building Design
  20. International Journal of Cancer
  21. International Journal of Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  22. International Journal of Cement and Concrete Research
  23. International Journal of Chemical Engineering
  24. International Journal of Chemistry
  25. International Journal of Chemotherapy
  26. International Journal of Chinese Business
  27. International Journal of Circuit Theory and Applications
  28. International Journal of Clinical Chemistry
  29. International Journal of Clinical Medicine
  30. International Journal of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics
  31. International Journal of Clinical Trials
  32. International Journal of Coastal Engineering
  33. International Journal of Communication Broadcasting
  34. International Journal of Communication Networks
  35. International Journal of Compiler Design and Architecture
  36. International Journal of Composite Structures
  37. International Journal of Computational Biology
  38. International Journal of Computational Fluid Dynamics
  39. International Journal of Computational Geometry
  40. International Journal of Computational Statistics and Data Analytics
  41. International Journal of Computer Applications
  42. International Journal of Condensed Matter Physics
  43. International Journal of Criminology and Criminal Justice
  44. International Journal of Cryptography
  45. International journal of data communication and networks
  46. International Journal of Data Mining, Modelling and Management
  47. International Journal of Dermatology
  48. International Journal of Design and manufacturing
  49. International Journal of Design Engineering
  50. International Journal of Design, Performance and Analysis of Manufacturing Systems
  51. International Journal of Diet Therapy
  52. International Journal of Differential Geometry
  53. International Journal of Digital Business
  54. International Journal of Digital Signal Processing
  55. International Journal of Discrete Mathematics
  56. International Journal of Diseases
  57. International Journal of Distributed Systems
  58. International Journal of Drug Addiction
  59. International Journal of Drug Adverse Reactions and Interactions
  60. International Journal of Drug Design and Delivery
  61. International Journal of Drug Dispensing
  62. International Journal of Drug Manufacturing and Packaging
  63. International Journal of Drug Metabolism and Disposition
  64. International Journal of Earth Quake Engineering and Solid Dynamics
  65. International Journal of Earth Sciences Engineering
  66. International Journal of Educational Research and Development
  67. International journal of E-governance
  68. International Journal of Electric and Hybrid Vehicles
  69. International Journal of Electrical Power Cable Engineering
  70. International Journal of Electrical Systems
  71. International Journal of Electrochemicals and Applications
  72. International Journal of Electrodynamics
  73. International Journal of Electromagnetics and Applications
  74. International Journal of Electronics
  75. International Journal of Embedded Systems
  76. International Journal of Embryology
  77. International Journal of Emergency Nursing
  78. International Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism
  79. International Journal of Energy Conversion Technologies
  80. International Journal of Energy Distribution
  81. International Journal of Engineering Mechanics
  82. International Journal of Finance and Risk Management
  83. International Journal of Fluid Mechanics and Dynamics
  84. International Journal of Fracture Mechanics
  85. International Journal of Fuzzy Computation and Modelling
  86. International Journal of Gas Turbines and Jet Propulsion
  87. International Journal of General Medicine
  88. International Journal of Global Manufacturing Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  89. International Journal of Grid Computing
  90. International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer
  91. International Journal of Holistic Medicine
  92. International Journal of Human Development
  93. International Journal of Immunology
  94. International Journal of Indian Business
  95. International Journal of Industrial Chemistry
  96. International Journal of Infant and New Born Nursing
  97. International Journal of Information and Coding Theory
  98. International Journal of Information and Computer Security
  99. International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
  100. International Journal of Intelligent transport systems
  101. International Journal of Intensive and Critical care Nursing
  102. International Journal of Interior Design
  103. International Journal of Labour Policy
  104. International Journal of Language Sciences
  105. International Journal of Laser Technology
  106. International Journal of Lightweight Concrete Research
  107. International Journal of Linguistics
  108. International Journal of Manufacturing Systems and Processes
  109. International Journal of Manufacturing Technology
  110. International Journal of Marketing
  111. International Journal of Mathematical Analysis and Applications
  112. International Journal of Mechanical Sciences
  113. International Journal of Mechanism and Machine Theory
  114. International Journal of Microfinance
  115. International Journal of Microprocessors and microcontrollers
  116. International Journal of Mining Technology
  117. International Journal of Modern Architecture
  118. International Journal of Nanomaterials and Nanomanufacturing
  119. International Journal of Network Security
  120. International Journal of Neurology
  121. International Journal of Non linear, Statistical and Applied Physics
  122. International Journal of Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  123. International Journal of Number Theory
  124. International Journal of Oceanography
  125. International Journal of Oncology Nursing
  126. International Journal of Operations and Product Management
  127. International Journal of Opthamology [sic]
  128. International Journal of Optical Fibres
  129. International Journal of Optics and Plasma Physics
  130. International Journal of Optometry
  131. International Journal of Organic Chemistry
  132. International Journal of Organisational Behavior
  133. International Journal of Orthopaedic Nursing
  134. International Journal of Pain Management Nursing Practices
  135. International Journal of Pediatric Nursing
  136. International Journal of Petroleum and Fuel Technology
  137. International Journal of Pharmaceutical Analysis
  138. International Journal of Pharmaceutical Biotechnology
  139. International Journal of Pharmaceutical Quality Control
  140. International Journal of Pharmaceutical Science
  141. International Journal of Pharmaceutical Technology
  142. International Journal of Pharmacotherapy
  143. International Journal of Pharmacy Management
  144. International Journal of Phonetics
  145. International Journal of Photonics
  146. International Journal of Physchology [sic]
  147. International Journal of Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  148. International Journal of Plasma Electronics
  149. International Journal of Plastic Surgery
  150. International Journal of Poetrics [sic]
  151. International Journal of Political Sciences
  152. International Journal of Power Electronics
  153. International Journal of Power plant control
  154. International Journal of Power systems
  155. International Journal of Power systems : stability and control
  156. International Journal of Power Transmission Systems
  157. International Journal of Precision Engineering
  158. International Journal of Process Chemistry and Technology
  159. International Journal of Psychiatric Nursing
  160. International Journal of Psychiatry
  161. International Journal of Public Finance
  162. International Journal of Pure and Applied Algebra
  163. International Journal of Quantum Electronics
  164. International Journal of Radio Electronics
  165. International Journal of Radiology
  166. International Journal of Religious Studies
  167. International Journal of Rhematology [sic]
  168. International Journal of Social Responsibility
  169. International Journal of Society and Culture
  170. International Journal of Sociology
  171. International Journal of Software Engineering
  172. International Journal of Solids and Structures
  173. International Journal of Spatial Statistics
  174. International Journal of Spectroscopy
  175. International Journal of Statistics and Data Analysis
  176. International Journal of Statistics and Probability
  177. International Journal of Steel structures
  178. International Journal of Strategic Management
  179. International Journal of Stress Analysis
  180. International Journal of Structural Engineering
  181. International Journal of Structural Health Monitoring
  182. International Journal of Surfaces and Interfaces
  183. International Journal of Teaching
  184. International Journal of Teaching and Teacher Education
  185. International Journal of Technology Management
  186. International Journal of Theoretical Computer Science
  187. International Journal of Theoretical Physics
  188. International Journal of Urban Planning
  189. International Journal of Urology
  190. International Journal of Vascular Surgery
  191. International Journal of Vehicle Performance (NYP)
  192. International Journal of Vehicle Safety
  193. International Journal of Vehicle Systems Modelling and Testing
  194. International Journal of Sustainable Cities
  195. International Journal of Vibration Engineering
  196. International Journal of VLSI design
  197. International Journal of Web Services
  198. International Journal of Wireless Networks
  199. International Journal of Work Place Design

8 Responses to New Open-Access Publisher Launches with 199 Journals

  1. Bruce W says:

    Funny. There is also an International Journal of Endocrinology & Metabolism at this address: http://endometabol.com/?page=home

  2. John says:

    Sadly OPEN ACCESS journals is a business model to make money. However, many journals from established publishers e.g. Taylor & Francis, Wiley, Elsevier… … also charge submission fee. For example, many Finance journals from aforementioned publishers charge USD 50 – USD 150 for submission. There is one Finance journal from Wiley charge USD 150 for processing fee, and, another USD 150 should your paper need revision. If your paper requires two revisions, you could pay up to USD 450.

    • Be careful not to confuse the submission fee with the article processing charge. There is nothing wrong with being a for-profit organization, and there is nothing wrong with article processing charges. It is the abuse of the gold open-access model that is problematic. I am not aware of any mainstream publishers that charge double fees. Generally they charge a single APC. If you could name the specific journal and provide a URL to their fee information, that would be helpful.

  3. Michael Gordon-Smith says:

    Jeffrey,
    A short note from the Australian Publishers Association. You may be interested to know that one of our members visited this address, and reported that there was apparently no publisher residing within the Regus serviced offices which occupy Level 50 of 120 Collins Street.

    A quick check on the Australian Securities and Investments Commission site showed no business registered as “TS Publications”. There is a “T and S Publications” but it was de-registered in 1999.

  4. Naziaty Yaacob says:

    Pls check coz International Journal of Architectural Research is not in that new tands website and we need to know coz not many journals for architecture. Thank u

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