Greedy Indian Publisher Charges Authors and Readers, Requires Copyright Transfer

Research India Publications

RIP Off

Research India Publications (also misspelled as Research India Publication) is a massive subscription publisher based in Delhi, India. It publishes over 180 journals, and you have to pay if you want to read them — or publish in them.

That’s correct — this is a toll-access (subscription) publisher that also charges authors to publish in its journals. Worse, it even requires authors to transfer copyright of their articles to the publisher.

Research India Publications

The last bullet point is not true! Don’t be misled by this greedy publisher. Also, one author reported a quick, two-week peer review turnaround time to me.

The publisher also lies to authors, telling them that their work will be open access, claiming, “All abstracts and full text available free on-line to all main Universities / institutions worldwide.” But this isn’t true. If you try to access the content, you are asked for a login and password.

Because it’s a subscription publisher, Research India Publications is not on my list, which includes only open-access publishers. Still, in my opinion, scholars should not submit papers to commercial publishers that charge both authors for submission and readers for access, especially publishers like this one that also require copyright transfer.

I strongly recommend that all scholars refuse to submit their work to Research India Publications.

Appendix 1: An acceptance letter sent to an author informing him of the publishing fees and copyright transfer. The letter is anonymized.

Appendix 2: List of Research India Publication journals as of March 12, 2014

  1. Advance in Applied Computational Mechanics [AACM] 2249-4278
  2. Advances in Aerospace Science and Applications [AASA] 2277-3223
  3. Advances in Algebra [AA] 0973-6964
  4. Advances in Applied Mathematical Analysis [AAMA] 0973-5313
  5. Advances in Applied Mathematical Biosciences [AAMB] 2248-9983
  6. Advances in Computational Sciences and Technology [ACST] 0974-4738
  7. Advances in Dynamical Systems and Applications [ADSA] 0973-5321
  8. Advances in Electronic and Electric Engineering [AEEE] 2231-1297
  9. Advances in Fuzzy Mathematics [AFM] 0973-533X
  10. Advances in Theoretical and Applied Mathematics [ATAM] 0973-4554
  11. Advances in Wireless and Mobile Communications [AWMC] 0973-6972
  12. Arab Journal of Mathematics and Mathematical Sciences [AJMMS]
  13. Communication in Applied Geometry [CAG] 2249-4286
  14. Communication in differential and Difference Equation [CDDE] 0973-6301
  15. Current Development in Artificial Intelligencee [CDAI] 0976-5832
  16. Developmental Microbiology and Molecular Biology [DMMB] 0976-5867
  17. Global Journal of Academic Librarianship [GJAL]
  18. Global Journal of Applied Agricultural Research [GJAAR] 2248-9991
  19. Global Journal of Applied Environmental Sciences [GJAES] 2248-9932
  20. Global Journal of Biotechnology and Biochemistry Research [GJBBR] 2248-9894
  21. Global Journal of Business Management and Information Technology [GJBMIT] 2278-3679
  22. Global Journal of Computational Intelligence Research [GJCIR] 2249-0000
  23. Global Journal of Computational Science and Mathematics [GJCSM] 2248-9908
  24. Global Journal of Difference Equations [GJDE] 2249-4235
  25. Global Journal of Dynamical System and Applications [GJDSA] 2249-4294
  26. Global Journal of Economics and Social Development [GJESD]
  27. Global Journal of Educational Administration and Policy Studies [GJEAPS]
  28. Global Journal of Electronic and Communication Engg. & Technology [GJECET]
  29. Global Journal of Electronic and Communication Research [GJECR] 2249-314X
  30. Global Journal of Engineering Research and Technology [GJERT] 2249-3107
  31. Global Journal of Finance and Economic Management [GJFEM] 2249-3158
  32. Global Journal of Finance and Management [GJFM] 0975-6477
  33. Global Journal of Management and Business Studies [GJMBS] 2248-9878
  34. Global Journal of Marketing Management and Research [GJMMR] 2250-3242
  35. Global Journal of Mathematical Science: Theory and Practical [GJMS] 0974-3200
  36. Global Journal of Mathematics and Mathematical Sciences [GJMMS] 0972-9836
  37. Global Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Education [GJPSE]
  38. Global Journal of Political Science [GJPS]
  39. Global Journal of Pure and Applied Mathematics [GJPAM] 0973-1768
  40. Global Journal of Retail Management [GJRM] 2277-3231
  41. Global Journal of Sociology and Anthropology [GJSA]
  42. Global Journal of Theoretical and Applied Mathematics Sciences [GJTAMS] 2248-9916
  43. International Journal of Advanced Biotechnology Research [IJABR] 2249-3166
  44. International Journal of Advanced Computer Science and Technology [IJACST] 2249-3123
  45. International Journal of Advanced Materials Science [IJAMS] 2231-1211
  46. International Journal of Advanced Mechanical Engineering [IJAME] 2250-3234
  47. International Journal of Advanced Software Engineering [IJASE] 2249-3069
  48. International Journal of Agricultural Economics and Management [IJAEM]
  49. International Journal of Agriculture and Food Science Technology [IJAFST] 2249-3050
  50. International Journal of Applied Agricultural Research [IJAAR] 0974-4754
  51. International Journal of Applied Biotechnology and Biochemistry [IJABB] 2248-9886
  52. International Journal of Applied Chemistry [IJAC] 0973-1792
  53. International Journal of Applied Computational Science & Mathematics [IJACSM]
  54. International Journal of Applied Engineering Research [IJAER] 1087-1090
  55. International Journal of Applied Environmental Sciences [IJAES] 0973-6077
  56. International Journal of Applied Mathematical Sciences [JAMS] 0973-0176
  57. International Journal of Applied Mathematics and Mechanics [IJAMM] 0973-0184
  58. International Journal of Applied Physics [IJAP]
  59. International Journal of Biomedical and Healthcare Science [IJBHS]
  60. International Journal of Biotechnology and Bioengineering Research [IJBBR] 2231-1238
  61. International journal of Business Administration and Management [IJBAM] 2278-3660
  62. International Journal of Business and Rural Development Studies [IJBRDS] 2277-3207
  63. International Journal of Business Management and Leadership [IJBML] 2231-122X
  64. International Journal of Chemical Engineering Research [IJChER] 0975-6442
  65. International Journal of Chemistry and Applications [IJCA] 0974-3111
  66. International Journal of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering [IJCCE] 2248-9924
  67. International Journal of Childhood and Society [IJCS]
  68. International Journal of Civil Engineering and Applications [IJCEA] 2249-426X
  69. International Journal of Civil Engineering Research [IJCER] 2278-3652
  70. International Journal of Civil Mechanical Engineering [IJCME] 2250-3218
  71. International Journal of Communication Engineering and Technology [IJCET] 2277-3150
  72. International Journal of Computational and Applied Mathematics [IJCAM] 1819-4966
  73. International Journal of Computational Intelligence Research [IJCIR] 0974-1259
  74. International Journal of Computational Physical Sciences [IJCPS] 0976-5875
  75. International Journal of Computational Science and Engineering [IJCSE] 2249-4251
  76. International Journal of Computational Science and Mathematics [IJCSM] 0974-3189
  77. International Journal of Computer and Internet Security [IJCIS] 0974-2247
  78. International Journal of Consumer Policy [IJCP] 2278-3644
  79. International Journal of Dental Research and Technologies [IJDRT]
  80. International Journal of Difference Equations [IJDE] 0973-6069
  81. International Journal of Digital Libraries and Knowledge Management [IJDLKM]
  82. International Journal of Dynamics of Fluids [IJDF] 0973-1784
  83. International Journal of Economic and Management Strategy [JEMS] 2278-3636
  84. International Journal of Economic Research and Networking [IJERN]
  85. International Journal of Education and Information Studies [IJEIS]
  86. International Journal of Educational Administration [IJEA] 0976-5883
  87. International Journal of Educational Planning and Administration [IJEPA] 2249-3093
  88. International Journal of Electrical and Computer Engineering [IJEC] 0974-2190
  89. International Journal of Electrical Engineering [IJEE] 0974-2158
  90. International Journal of Electronic and Communication Research [IJECR] 2231-1246
  91. International Journal of Electronic and Electrical Engineering [IJEEE] 0974-2174
  92. International Journal of Electronic Engineering and Technology [IJEET] 2249-3085
  93. International Journal of Electronics and Communication Engineering [IJECE] 0974-2166
  94. International Journal of Electronics Engineering Research [IJEER] 0975-6450
  95. International Journal of Electronics Networks, Devices and Field [IJENDF] 0974-2182
  96. International Journal of Engineering and Manufacturing Science [IJEMS] 2249-3115
  97. International Journal of Engineering Research and Technology [IJERT] 0974-3154
  98. International Journal of Engineering Studies [IJES] 0975-6469
  99. International Journal of Environmental Engineering and Management [IJEEM] 2231-1319
  100. International Journal of Environmental Research and Development [IJERD] 2249-3131
  101. International Journal of Environmental Sci. Development & Monitoring [IJESDM] 2231-1289
  102. International Journal of Fisheries and Aquaculture Sciences [IJFAS] 2248-9975
  103. International Journal of Fluids Engineering [IJFE] 0974-3138
  104. International Journal of Fuzzy Mathematics and Systems [IJFMS] 2248-9940
  105. International Journal of Genetics Engineering and Biotechnology [IJGEB] 0974-3073
  106. International Journal of Horticultural and Crop Science Research [IJHCSR] 2249-4243
  107. International Journal of Hospitality Administration and Management [IJHAM]
  108. International Journal of Human Resource Development & Management [IJHRDM]
  109. International Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences [IJHSS] 2250-3226
  110. International Journal of Industrial & Production Engineering & Tech. [IJIPET] 2249-4219
  111. International Journal of Industrial Electronics and Control [IJIEC] 0974-2220
  112. International Journal of Industrial Engineering & Technology [IJIET] 0974-3146
  113. International Journal of Information and Computation Technology [IJICT] 0974-2239
  114. International Journal of Information Science and Education [IJISE] 2231-1262
  115. International Journal of Information Sciences and Application [IJISA] 0974-2255
  116. International Journal of Information Technology and Library Science [IJITLS]
  117. International Journal of Instrumentation Science and Engineering [JISE]  2278-5825
  118. International Journal of Internet and Computer Security [IJICS] 0974-2247
  119. International Journal of Knowledge Management and Information Tech. [IJKMIT]
  120. International Journal of Lakes and Rivers [IJLR] 0973-4570
  121. International Journal of Librarianship and Administration [IJLA] 2231-1300
  122. International Journal of Library Automation, Networking and Consortia [IJLANC]
  123. International Journal of Management and International Business Studies [IJMIBS] 2277-3177
  124. International Journal of Material Sciences and Technology [IJMST] 2249-3077
  125. International Journal of Materials Physics [IJMP] 0974-309X
  126. International Journal of Materials Science [IJoMS] 0973-4589
  127. International Journal of Mathematical Education [IJoME] 0973-6948
  128. International Journal of Mathematics Research [IJMR] 0976-5840
  129. International Journal of Mechanical and Material Sciences Research [IJMMSR]
  130. International Journal of Mechanical Engineering and Research [IJMER] 2249-0019
  131. International Journal of Mechanics and Solids [IJM&S] 0973-1881
  132. International Journal of Mechanics and Thermodynamics [IJMT] 2278-361X
  133. International Journal of Mechanics Structural [IJMS] 0974-312X
  134. International Journal of Microcircuits and Electronic [IJME] 0974-2204
  135. International Journal of Mobile Communication & Networking [IJMCN] 2231-1203
  136. International Journal of Mobile Communication Networking [IJMCN] 2231-1203
  137. International Journal of Molecular Genetics [IJMG] 2249-4227
  138. International Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology [IJNN] 0974-3081
  139. International Journal of Nanotechnology and Application [IJNA] 0973-631X
  140. International Journal of Networking & Computer Engineering [IJNCE] 0975-6485
  141. International Journal of Networks and Applications [IJN&A] 0976-5859
  142. International Journal of Nursing Sciences and Practice [IJNSP]
  143. International Journal of Oceans and Oceanography [IJOO] 0973-2667
  144. International Journal of Operations Management & Information Tech. [IJOMIT] 2278-3628
  145. International Journal of Operations Management and Services [JOMS] 2277-3193
  146. International Journal of Petroleum Science and Technology [IJPST] 0973-6328
  147. International Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Practice [IJPSP]
  148. International Journal of Pharmacy and Drug Research [IJPDR]
  149. International Journal of Philosophy and Social Sciences [IJPSS]
  150. International Journal of Photonics [IJP] 0974-2212
  151. International Journal of Physics and Applications [IJPA] 0974-3103
  152. International Journal of Psychology and Counseling [IJPC] 2278-5833
  153. International Journal of Pure and Applied Mathematical Sciences [IJPAMS] 0972-9828
  154. International Journal of Pure and Applied Physics [IJPAP] 0973-1776
  155. International Journal of Quality Assurance and Management [IJQAM]
  156. International Journal of Semiconductor Science & Technology [IJSST] 0975-6493
  157. International Journal of Software Engineering [IJSE] 0974-3162
  158. International Journal of Statistics and Analysis [IJSA] 2248-9959
  159. International Journal of Statistics and Systems [IJSS] 0973-2675
  160. International Journal of Theoretical and Applied Computer Sciences [IJTACS]
  161. International Journal of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics [IJTAM] 0973-6085
  162. International Journal of Vocational and Technical Education [IJVTE]
  163. International Journal of Wireless Communication and Simulation [IJWCS] 2231-1254
  164. International Journal of Wireless Networks and Applications [IJWNA] 2250-3250
  165. International Journal of Wireless Networks and Communications [IJWNC] 0975-6507
  166. International Journal: Mathematical Manuscripts [IJMM] 0974-2883
  167. International Journals of Biotechnology and Biochemistry [IJBB] 0974-4762
  168. International Review of Applied Engineering Research [IRAER] 2248-9967
  169. International Review of Business and Finance [IRBF] 0976-5891
  170. International Review of Foreign Trade and Policy [IRFTP]
  171. Internatioznal Journal of Information Science and Application [IJISA] 0974-2255
  172. JK Journal of Management and Technology [JKJMT] 0975-0924
  173. Journal of Applied Mathematics and Fluid Mechanics [JAMFM] 0974-3170
  174. Journal of Computational Intelligence in Bioinformatics [JCIB] 0973-385X
  175. Journal of Computer Science and Application [JCSA] 2231-1270
  176. Journal of Nonlinear Analysis and Applications [JNAA]
  177. Journal of Wavelet Theory and Applications [JWTA] 0973-6336
  178. Mathematical Modelling and Applied Computing [MMAC] 0973-6093
  179. Mathematics Applied in Science and Technology [MAST] 0973-6344

19 Responses to Greedy Indian Publisher Charges Authors and Readers, Requires Copyright Transfer

  1. Jeff Shrager says:

    I don’t know…Their prices are, at least compared to “real” journals, pretty modest, and there is some logic to charging both the reader and the author, thus charging whomever one delivers service to. They are also totally up front about the prices, listing the page charge ($25/page) clearly in the information for authors page. (Compare PLoS ONE which charges, last time I looked, order $1500 to the author.) And it’s is, or used to be, typical to require copyright assignment. So, this doesn’t look too terribly egregious to me.

  2. Ken Lanfear says:

    Except for the lying part you allege, charging authors for publishing — page charges — is a fairly standard practice with subscription journals.

    • Even for commercial publishers? Aren’t page charges generally limited to scholarly societies? Can you give an example of a non-society toll-access journal that also imposes page charges? Thanks.

      • Jeff Shrager says:

        In a normal market everyone pays for value received. I don’t get why resonable page charges and a reasonable cover price is so despicable, unless you want to unbalance the market, as OA does and put all costs on the author. I’m not saying that this is bad (if I thought it was bad what would I be doing here … not to mention having a dozen OA papers?!) just that it’s putting one’s thumb on the scale, for better or worse.

    • tekija says:

      Well, the open access and subscription journal are converging. The mail I got today could equally well be from any open access, predatory journal:

      – extremely broad scope
      – very large editorial board doing the work
      – you can volunteer as an editor
      – you can suggest other editors
      – except large turnover of manuscripts
      – no fee paid – and I very much doubt they will not charge the authors:

      This is Wolters-Kluwer (note: I have never reviewed for this journal, so they must be taking contact details of all other WK – or perhaps even Lippincott – publications to spam this message):

      “ACADEMIC EDITOR RECRUITMENT:
      Join the Editorial Board for Medicine®
      As It Transitions To An Important Broad–Spectrum Open Access Journal

      Dear Dr. (redacted)

      I am pleased to announce that Medicine, a Wolters Kluwer Health publication and one of the most respected and frequently cited journals in general medicine, will transform to an open access journal in 2014. As an open access title, the journal will offer continuous publication, covering a broad spectrum of scientific disciplines and sub-disciplines. Medicine will cover the latest research and clinical developments in medicine and health sciences.

      Medicine is a Medicus/MedLine/PubMed indexed journal, with an Impact Factor of 4.233 as reported in the 2013 ISI Journal Citation Reports (ranking 18th out of 155 General & Internal Medicine titles).

      Given both your experience as a reviewer and your area of expertise, Wolters Kluwer Health would like to extend to you an invitation to join the Medicine editorial board as an Academic Editor. In this role, you would play an essential part in ensuring that accepted content is scientifically and ethically sound, and in compliance with standard reporting guidelines.

      Objectives for Academic Editors
      Supervise the review and adjudication of manuscripts submitted to your area of expertise.
      Help communicate the results of peer review to facilitate the revision of the submitted manuscripts.
      Help recruit further Academic Editors where submission volume is high.

      Remuneration and Term of Office
      Academic Editors will serve for a renewable term of 1 year.
      There will be no direct financial remuneration, but Academic Editors will be acknowledged for their work on the Journal website.
      For more information on Medicine and Open Access, please see our Open Access FAQ.

      I sincerely hope that you will join the Editorial Board in this exciting endeavor. To register your interest, please respond via email to Senior Publisher, Duncan MacRae (duncan.macrae@wolterskluwer.com).

      Yours,
      Duncan A. MacRae
      Sr Publisher, Open Access Journals
      Wolters Kluwer Health, Medical Research”

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  3. Liam Mac Liam says:

    If I have understood your query correctly, Jeffrey, in my field the International Journal of Engineering Education comes to mind:

    http://www.ijee.ie/

  4. David says:

    The part claiming that the publications are freely accessible is the problem. Subscription journals frequently charge submission fees (in my field of economics) and/or page charges to authors (in natural science fields).

    • Jeff Shrager says:

      Okay, this is a bit of an overstatement … perhaps I’d even go so far as to agree that it’s a lie, not not even a little white lie. But all the publisher would have to do to make it true is to change the word “all” to something weaselly like “most major”. My point isn’t that they should do that, or that they should be forgiven for the lie, but that, lie aside, the exact same fact of the matter is the case for all the non-OA publishers, which is most of the major publishers, and these guys’ per volume price seem to me in line with what other major publishers charge. (Actually, these guys are significantly cheaper in some cases!) So, yeah, they should change that sentence, but to my mind that’s rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic. (I’m not sure that’s the metaphor I mean, but you get the idea.)

  5. Dave Langers says:

    Perhaps redact away the date+time in that acceptance letter too; it should be fairly simple for at least the sender to figure out who leaked the acceptance letter by cross-referencing it with their outbox.

  6. Jignesh Pandya says:

    Dear Bell, why you have not put this indian publisher in your predatory list, in previous you insert some publishers who are not open access publishers?

  7. Douglas LaFrenier says:

    No opinion on this publisher, but one might mourn the days when the costs of publication were shared by reader and author. Society page charges began to disappear when Pergamon and other commercial publishers dived into the scholarly realm, stealing authors away. Societies began to abandon page charges to compete, with the result that subscription prices soared, as only the subscribers were left to bear the costs. Note that the American Astronomical Society continues to impose page charges on authors, and has reasonable subscription prices.

  8. dnarnold says:

    For a detailed example of a gross case of plagiarism published in a Research India Publications journal and the nonresponsiveness of the publisher in dealing with it when brought to his attention is

    http://siam.org/journals/plagiary/index.php

  9. Xion yuen says:

    What is wrong if they are charging a small amount for publication of the paper?

    • If you want to pay to submit a paper to a publisher that only makes its articles available through subscriptions, that lies by saying all universities have access, and that takes your copyright, go ahead.

  10. V.Curious says:

    There is some connection between this RIP and a similar Indian entity called IRP.

    See http://irphouse.com/ which uses irpeditor@gmail.com

    Their snail mail address is the same, see http://irphouse.com/contact.htm

    Further investigation is needed!

  11. V.Curious says:

    And here is an academic who lists himself as on the Editorial Board of IJEEM which is a RIP journal.

    http://www.unipune.ac.in/dept/science/chemistry/chemistry_webfiles/pdf/Brief_CV_Ankamwar-2013_13-4-13.pdf

  12. The Undertaker says:

    I, for one, love the acronym.

  13. Tien says:

    How about Scholars Academic Journal of Biosciences (SAJB). Is it a predatory journal?

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