In an earlier blog entry, I described a journal that presents itself as a platinum open-access journal. In platinum open-access, there is no charge for the author or for the readers; the work is subsidized by grants, voluntarism, etc.
Now, thanks to a tip, I may have discovered another. Unlike the first one which was a single journal, this one is a new publisher with sixteen titles.
Science Journal Publication [sic] is based in Warri, Delta State, Nigeria. Many publishers lie about or hide their headquarters location, but I’ve found that when a publisher claims to be from Warri State, they are generally telling the truth.
Although this publisher charges authors US $500 per accepted article, it boasts a generous fee waiver program for authors in developing countries.
Because Science Journal Publication [sic] is new, its titles have very little content. One of its titles, Science Journal of Sociology and Anthropology, has three articles, and one correspondent pointed out to me a revealing error.
Below the abstract, in the place where the article’s keywords ought to be, is the statement “The demand for money was considered.”
I am not sure exactly what this means, but it seems very suspicious. In the other case, I described a publisher that demanded money just before the acceptance decision was to be made, an implied tit-for-tat request. Does this publisher run the same scam?
I am not able to access this publisher’s web page from my office. My university’s IT department blocks the site, citing malware.
I think it is safe to say that scholars should avoid submitting articles to Science Journal Publication [sic].