We recently learned about the scholarly open-access publisher called Researchjournali. It launched with 24 broad journals and is based in Odisha, India. It promises an “editorial decision” in seven days, and authors get to suggest their own peer reviewers.
The publisher’s name is pronounced “Research Journal Eye.” Pretty clever, no? Kind of like Ipod, only for journals, and the “I” is at the end. The publisher has trademarked the name, which is good because I am sure many would want to copy it, it’s so clever.
As we stated, its journals all have a broad scope. One of them is Journal of Education, for example, which is excellent, because the education field really needed another open-access, broad-scoped journal.
In fact, the Journal of Education is this publisher’s top journal. It has the highest RJ factor, and this is a metric created and assigned by this very same publisher.
The publisher’s website explains the metric:
RJ Factor is a unique index for ranking academic journals published by us in various disciplines. This is an algorithm that assigns score in the range of 0 to 8 to research journals and it is calculated based on available data and other statistics from different sources. RJ factor is used by institutions, librarians and researchers to rank our journals and this is equivalent to other available measures often used for ranking of scholarly journals
In other words, the numbers are just made up, and their purpose is to trick naïve researchers into thinking they are submitting their work to legitimate journals.
Perhaps the only really redeeming thing about this publisher is the hilarious advertising video they have produced and uploaded to YouTube. It features an American actor reading a script written in Indian dialect English. I found it funny and also pitifully sad.
Appendix: Researchjournali journals as of 2014-08-13:
- Journal of Accounting
- Journal of Advertising
- Journal of Agriculture
- Journal of Business Ethics
- Journal of Commerce
- Journal of Computer Science
- Journal of Economics
- Journal of Education
- Journal of Entrepreneurship
- Journal of Finance
- Journal of Geography
- Journal of History
- Journal of Hospitality Tourism
- Journal of Human Resource
- Journal of Information Technology
- Journal of Management
- Journal of Marketing
- Journal of Mathematics
- Journal of Media Studies
- Journal of Public Policy
- Journal of Sociology
- Journal of Sports Management
- Journal of Supply Chain Management
- Journal of Technology Management