58 Responses to Questionable OA Publisher Launches with a Clever Website and 52 New Journals

  1. You might recognize the website layout from the IEEE. I thought for a moment this was a post about them, when I saw the image. I took a look at the CSS (cascading stylesheet — the file that defines how the website looks) and tried to put it through a plagiarism scanner, but I didn’t find anything. Maybe they just re-produced the website layout, though.

    • Liam Mac Liam says:

      The website is impressive, as you say Jeffrey. The Ongoing Research on the Global Crisis does indeed plagiarise the earlier article from the Canadian Center of Science and Education journal but this article in turn could well have been plagiarized from somewhere else if the track record of the Canadian Centre of Science and Education is anything to go by.
      Could be interesting to track how many times certain articles have been plagiarised and replagiarised. In fact, I think its time an annual award for the most plagiarised article was instituted. But what to call the award?

  2. Catalin I. Nicolae says:

    The website layout is taken from somewhere for sure. It seems familiar to me too. I thought it was American Journal of Archaeology, but I was wrong – they have a new layout now. But it must be something in the range of social sciences.

  3. Barnaby Hughes says:

    Jeffrey, in my experience, UK addresses do not include a comma after the house number.

    • Jaime A. Teixeira da Silva says:

      This is simply a suggestion, but maybe one that could lead to some clues. Punch in the key words coat of arms and then add USA or another country, then check out the image results in Yahoo or Google. Then, you may start to get closer to image comparisons for the background coat of arms. If you then look at the banner style, well, some interesting resemblance (text style) to The US Government’s Justice Department: http://www.justice.gov/. This doesn’t mean that the site header + background logo of this new initiative are not valid, or original. They probably are. They may simply be mimicking official institutional web-sites’ styles. But this alone does not make them predatory or fake in any way. The predatory nature should be demonstrated through other means that are related to academic and publishing aspects. Except for the Donate button, which needs to be questioned, not condemned, I agree that the names of the two entities seem to lack legitimacy. And indeed, William is a man, not Mrs. As for the legitimacy of the 52 journals, they should not be judged before they have been given a fair chance to start publishing.

  4. APS says:

    I also wouldn’t trust an institution which professes to have one office at 42 Monticello Street and another at 42 Minticello Street.

  5. William Yerger says:

    Does a predator journal always have some fee associated with it either upfront or after accepted?
    Bill Yerger

  6. Ian Darby says:

    I just got an email from Georgia Fryar asking me to submit to the journals – they will decide where my paper fits (handy). The journal titles sound in some cases rather weird and I note that some of them have only two issues per year and currently only 2 papers published. The editorial boards are aso less than impressive. I do note that an apartment in a not very attractive building is currently for rent at 42 Monticello Street, NY – so maybe they have moved!

  7. Tunji says:

    I have submitted a researched paper since 31st May 2014 and they promised to publish the paper by June 30th 2014. Even though i got an email that my article was accepted, several emails to them on what is delaying the publication have not been responded to. I need advice on what to do.

    • jowens102 says:

      Tunji, for your future reference, if you submit a manuscript to a journal and they say they will publish it less than a month later, you should consider withdrawing your submission as soon as possible. A month is not nearly enough time for all the necessary reviews, not to mention the logistics of actually getting it published. Unless you are very familiar with the journal, before submitting you should always research them, not only to see how well your manuscript fits with their other publications, but (unfortunately) also to see how legitimate they are. If you haven’t resolved this yet, I would very carefully read through the author submission guidelines and any legal documentation they may have (which I suspect might be very very limited) to see what kind of recourse you might have. I hope this has worked out for you.

  8. bill says:

    Their Journal of Education and Human Development now appears to have acquired a genuine Editor in Chief:

    • George says:

      I had a paper accepted for publication at this “journal”. I smelled a rat when the feedback was generic, perfunctory, and entirely positive. Unconditional acceptance without any changes. So I contacted the editor, who had this to say:

      “I have been diligently trying to have my name removed from it. Basically, I never see any of the articles. They will pretty much publish anything that is sent to them, as long as you pay the fee. I would highly recommend that you keep your money and send your article to a more reputable journal.”

      I was initially fooled by the professional look of the call for papers, as well as the names associated with the journal. It turns out that nobody of note “associated” with the journal is ACTUALLY associated with it, and they lied about being listed in Cabell’s.

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  10. Peter Buzzacott says:

    I just received an invitation to submit to the Journal of Physical Education and Sports Management. The invitation was signed by Dr. Lisa Toscano, Dept. of Kinesiology, Manhattan College, USA and so I googled her and the college does appear to exist, with her listed as staff.
    I followed the link to the American Research Institute for Policy Development and I see the founding director is listed as Md. Mamin Ullah (the address is now 40 Monticello St., Monticello, NY 12701, USA). A google search for him finds that name in association with the Bangladesh University of Business and Technology, a private University founded in 2003 (according to their website – no photo is available for Mr Ullah), and with the Centre for Promoting Ideas (CPI). I looked at the CPI website and note with interest that Md Mamin Ullah is listed as a director, and also that some of their journals appear on your list of predatory publications.

  11. Resa says:

    I’ve gotten a few emails announcing their journals. It seemed like a scam from the beginning because journals titles are pretty absurd (e.g. International Journal of Multilingual Contemporary Research) and they will publish in ANY language. I googled them because some of my colleagues started to forward these very emails. I wonder if the papers are real–an author with several papers in this journal is a graduate student, but in the paper she is listed as a professor. It’s scary to think they could just slap your name on a fake paper, especially if they have 50 journals!

  12. yansa1984 says:

    I just got a paper accepted for publication but after doing some research, it just seems really sketchy. The editorial board for Journal of Foreign Languages, Cultures and Civilizations is not known at all. The review process was within 2 weeks and both reviewers accepted my manuscript with no revisions at all (while no journal does that in real life).

    • Correct, this journal is published by the so-called “American Research Institute for Policy Development.” I have this firm included on my list and recommend against submitting papers to it.

  13. DavidG says:

    They seem to have changed their address to 40 Monticello St., Monticello, NY 12701 – a street so small that even the Google Maps car has not driven along it, but from the satellite view appears to be a barn. Impressive!

  14. analee says:

    I also have received their emails but considering the last one was signed by someone who teaches at University of Phoenix and isn’t embarrassed by that fact, I assumed it was a sham. My email was from this guy: Dr. N. Kirk Guthlac Anyalezu, Professor of Economics, University of Phoenix, USA.

    It’s good to know people are writing about this. I get a lot of these emails, most of which are actually legitimate, so if I hadn’t seen “University of Phoenix” I probably wouldn’t have looked into this. Thanks!

  15. Dr Levinstein says:

    Yes- they almost scammed me too- I got very worried a postal order when it is supposed to be a US journal and they ask you to send $200 to Bangladesh..sketchy.. where can we report these thieves??

  16. Peter Greenberg says:

    This blog is extremely helpful. I had submitted an article to one of these journals and received “peer review” feedback that was curiously positive and generic – but on an academic timeframe that seemed real (several months later). In the review report, they asked for a cash money order to be sent to an individual in Bangladesh which made me concerned. I even had an email correspondence with the Executive Editor who wrote back to me “Publication fee is charged to defray the operating costs.” It seemed like a fraud, but isn’t it possible to launch a new series of journals from overseas? How would one otherwise begin such a venture? And the website is impressive (on which they seem to have corrected some of the errors that have been highlighted here). It looked almost good enough. I sought the assistance of one of our professional librarians to assess the legitimacy of the journal and she was able to identify this discussion blog. The history of their errors seems to answer a lot of questions. Thanks for making this discussion available.

  17. Peter Morton says:

    I’m being spammed with these ‘invitations’ here in Australia, even though they’re nothing to do with my own academic field. Most of the ‘invitations’ seem to originate in India or Bangladesh. However, one includes the name of a ‘real’ US academic at the University of Texas. I can’t believe she understands the nature of these institutes and journals. At my university the promotions process well understands them. The academic community is indebted to you.

  18. Luis Cabo says:

    I just searched for them in EBSCO, and their journals do not seem to be indexed in EBSCO’s databases, as the publisher claims. Just sent an inquiry about it to EBSCO.

    And thank you so much for these reviews. This is a fantastic resource.

  19. It is a scam. They will ask you to send money via western union. There are many others like that though. Since they know how publication is important for phd students, they are trying to get money from them. Here is another scam:http://ijbssnet.com
    so be prudent.

  20. Just got my own here in Japan…signed the following way;

    Dr. Lucia Galleno, Queens University of Charlotte, USA.


    Journal of Foreign Languages, Cultures & Civilizations

    The doctor is real, as is the school. I wonder if she even knows her name is being used like this?

  21. Luis Cabo says:

    Just an update on my post above: Somebody from EBSCO (fantastic customer service, by the way) has just contacted me to confirm that EBSCOhost do not presently license content for any of the American Research Institute for Policy Development’s titles, and thus, they are not included in their database collections.

    Therefore these guys are also blatantly lying about their indexing. Apart from what it tells us about the ARIPD, I find the information interesting because I suspect that indexing companies sometimes get a bad rattle just because we assume that some predatory journals are really indexed in the services they claim, when they are actually just making it up.

    Also, this appears to be yet another way of detecting predatory journals: check if they really are indexed where they claim to be. At least with the legit, classic indexing services (others, like Google Scholar, seem to be a lost cause).

  22. LisaT says:

    These comments have been extremely helpful. As a novice to journal publication, I ignored the red flags when my research was accepted by the Journal of Education and Human Development. Thank goodness I read your comments and quickly cancelled my money transaction.

  23. Paul Kemp says:

    I picked an article at random. Its title is “Assessment of dynamic vulnerability by TCR method: Application to the aquifer R’Mel (Morocco)”. I searched for “Assessment of dynamic vulnerability by TCR method” in Google and found the identical article here:
    http://www.iosrjournals.org/iosr-jestft/papers/vol8-issue7/Version-2/Q08729097.pdf. IOSR is another predatory publisher. The question in my mind is: Are the same people running two scams, or are the predators also poachers?

  24. Jamie Gaida says:

    One of the ARIPD Journals “International Journal of Health Sciences” is trading on the credibility of “International Journal of Health Sciences, Qassim University”.

    The latter is indexed on Web of Science with current issue 8(3) the former has current issue 2(2).

    Here is the real one

    and the fake one

  25. Old Ollebo, MP says:

    I get these spams frequently. Today, in a new acme of cheek, they signed it “Douglas Coupland”– obviously without the permission of the well-known Canadian writer.

  26. where can we report these thieves??

  27. Jose says:

    i already filed a report to the FBI,The Internet Crime Complaint Center. All of you should do the same.

  28. Dr. Susan Fugate Brangers says:

    I am thankful all the comments here and the suggestion of contacting the FBI. My name is being listed as the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Art and Art History without my permission. I have been contacting the “executive editor” since August trying to have my name removed. I have been promised three times that it will be removed but it still remains. I have a lawyer looking into the situation now and, following the suggestions above, will be contacting the FBI.

  29. Steve says:

    Yes, a bit shady, They want you to submit $200 to Bangladesh?? They list a Professor from Lamar University as Editor in Chief. He assures me that the Journal is not a scam.


  30. Nico says:

    Attention!!! I discovered the their website has been suspended!!! Please check: http://www.aripd.org/

    What happens? It was a fraud?

  31. seems a dubious website… I wanna my name removed from the so-called “linguistics forum.”

  32. What?! I received this?

    Dear Professor:


    Your paper is now ready for publication.

    Please go through the attached MS Word file carefully and make
    correction if any. Send the final paper after correction by January
    25, 2015. Do not change the journal’s unique layout and page number.
    Do not break the sentence between two pages.

    The date of online publication is January 31, 2015.

    Make sure that your paper contains the abstract and complete
    affiliation details of the author(s).

    Please send your complete mailing (postal) address to receive the print copy.


    M. Mamin Ullah
    Executive Editor
    International Multilingual Journal of Contemporary Research

  33. Walter Marcantoni says:

    I just had a recent submission accepted with no changes (strange). Then they wanted me to send 200$ to Bangladesh, not to a company, but to an individual. This seems so very wrong to me. Any comments or suggestions.

    Walter Marcantoni

  34. Howard Brown says:

    We just finished recruiting a new faculty member at our school. One of the applicants listed 13 publications, 7 of them in 2014 alone. All of them were in journals associated with this group. He did not get an interview.

  35. Nathan says:

    Did anyone notice that their address changed to just being from New York and not the previous address. This is been very disheartening because it has wasted time.

  36. Bo Ouyang says:

    They are abusing my name too. I was solicited with an editorship by the International Journal of Accounting and Taxation. I have not been involved in any operations of that journal since I accepted the offer. After being the editor for two months, I emailed the journal to resign. It still lists my name as the editor, after I have made multiple request of the removal. They intentionally did that. Be aware that this journal accepts money, but does not publish.

  37. Cheryl Wu says:

    I just got the email from Macris Jaclin I thought this questionable journal looks so nice until I found its name on Jeff’s list. Thank you Jeffery.

  38. Roh says:

    Thank you for your article and all comments from others. I also transfered money(stupid but desperate) on october 2014, and I hope there would be no more victims. I appreciate you.

  39. Akira says:

    Found this blog too late. What should I do if they have already published my article?

  40. […] Finally the journal the paper that Mitra and Crawley went with has a less than stellar reputation. […]

  41. Artie says:

    Dear colleagues,
    A week ago I sent ARPID’s “International Journal for Linguistics and Literature”, my paper which I slaved over for several months. They didn’t acknowledge they have received my paper nor did they respond to my follow-up email. Nothing!! So I started googling them only to find you guys warning against this sham of ARPID. I am very disappointed. If you can help people like me, and advise on what to do, and how to save such waisted time and effort. Many thanks to all of you.

  42. K says:

    Dear advisors and fools like me,

    Thanks for this blog- I would have driven crazy without it.

    I have fallen for their stupid e-mail as well and send in a very bad draft of my first paper (unexperienced, naive and stupid as I have been). But already during the review I withdraw my paper- of course I have never gotten any response.
    Now like many of you I received this acceptance letter and the bill.
    I again withdraw my paper in various mails. No response. Now finally I wrote another mail, intercepting any publication (I do not suppose they will as I have not and will not pay anything).

    As I am from Germany I cannot contact the FBI I think- but maybe we could set up a letter, entailing some legal auhtors rights and so on- which all people affected could send to the editor to prevent any publication and/or demand notes.

    Here is what I have written:
    Dear Mr. Ullah,

    after not having received any response from you yet. I once again want to clearly state that I have already withdrawn my article “Banking transition: An empirical approach on the transformation of a centrally planned banking system” Manuscript ID: EDS-1169 from the reviewing process on February 18th, 2015.

    Not only have I withdrawn this paper from review, the paper also does not exist any longer, due to extensive editing. In line I therefore interdict any publication of this article both, online and in any printed version. Moreover I will not pay any amount of money, as I do not want this paper to be published.

    If I will not receive a confirmation of my withdrawal within the next two days, mutual agreement of my withdraw is assumed. As you do not have any rights on my intellectual property and all correspondence is documented, any kind of publication of the article concerned is legally inadmissible.

    Best wishes,

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