15 Responses to Two More Predatory Publishers

  1. The Sciedu journal: Business and Management Research – uses OJS, has ISSNs, RSS feeds, claims double-blind system for peer-review, claims to be indexed in ProQuest and elsewhere, has 15 papers in V1 No1, and has an extensive international editorial team (http://www.sciedu.ca/journal/index.php/bmr/about/editorialTeam). I have no way of knowing if it is ‘predatory’ or not. If it is, then it is becoming increasingly difficult to tell.

  2. Ilkka Tuomi says:

    Sciedu seems to automatically harvest publications in its area. My article on Open Educational Resources was published yesterday in the European Journal of Education. Today I got an email from “Susan Sun”:

    “Dear Ilkka Tuomi,

    I am Susan Sun from International Journal of Higher Education, which is a printed and online scholarly journal, peer-reviewed, published by Sciedu Press, Canada. I have had an opportunity to read your paper entitled “Open Educational Resources and the Transformation of Education”. Through your works, I know you are an expert in this field. You are sincerely invited to submit manuscripts at any time. Your submission will make an important contribution to the quality of this journal. … Article publication fee 300.00 USD…”

  3. […] 200 US dollar fee. I next turned to Google to see whether anyone else shared my doubts, and indeed the only independent source on the first page of Google on the organisation Sciedu Press was one adding it to a list of questionable publishers. That also showed that the wording of the […]

  4. alexcase says:

    Just blogged about World Journal of English Language, giving this blog post a mention, here:
    http://tefltastic.wordpress.com/2013/11/21/world-journal-of-english-language/

  5. […] at the Auraria Library at the University of Colorado, Denver. And here’s what he has to say about Sciedu Press and another publisher, which he calls […]

  6. alexcase says:

    Do you think this could be another one?
    http://www.ijeionline.com/

    • Yes, I have analyzed this journal and added it to my list. It has a bunch of related journals, and I added these as well. These claim to be based in the UAE, but they may really be based in Iran. The made up editorial boards are hilarious.

      International Journal of Educational Investigations (IJEI)
      International Journal of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Urban Design (IJACU)
      International Journal of Humanities & Social Sciences (JHSS)
      International Journal of Management & Accounting (IJMA)
      Journal of Applied Linguistics

      • alexcase says:

        First noticed it when the editor, Chris Benavot, tried to befriend me on LinkedIn. Told him that his LinkedIn profile didn’t really seem to fill me with confidence, so he updated it. Unfortunately, the updated one still seems to suggest that he did a PhD, did nothing for about four years, and is now editor of an academic journal…

        I noticed there were a few Iranians involved, but that does tend to be the case genuinely in English teaching related academic writing, for some reason, so that wouldn’t necessarily add to any suspicions. It also seemed rather cheap for a rip-off at 70 dollars a paper, which is why I posted it as a question here rather than something I’d made my mind up about.

  7. alexcase says:

    Reply from the publisher to my giving him a link to here

    “Dear Alex,
    First of all, if you are suspicious with our journal, you can contact the ISSN center (http://www.issn.org/) and ask them about the validity of the ISSN number, the website and the editor-in-Chief.
    Also, the hijacked or fake journals sited in the provided link by you ask for publication fees to publish a paper but I’m using my privilege to publish free papers.

    Regards,
    Chris”

  8. ENO says:

    Thanks for the post and the thread. Just received a similar message and went online to Google away…

    I suppose another perspective is to consider whether these journals offer a legitimate outlet for those scholars from the periphery. Looking at the latest issue and the articles therein, I’m struck by the regional focus as well as the issues being discussed.

    Do these journals serve as a vehicle for these authors or practitioners to share their experiences and research? Yes. All valid outcomes given that they would be otherwise unable to compete in a mainstream Tier 1 journal. My takeaway from this is to read the articles with a more critical eye, but not to dismiss them entirely.

    If the purpose of publication is to share experiences and create new knowledge, then the journal is doing its job.

    Thanks for the post,
    Erin

    • Would you want your children’s doctor to read articles in junk medical journals before he treats them? Would you want the guy who designs the airplane you fly in to use engineering techniques described in “peripheral” journals? Peace and love and flowers are nice, but scholarly publishing should be a serious business as it often deals with life and death.

      • ENO says:

        Point well taken – from a humanities perspective what’s happening abroad is often interesting and admittedly less high-stakes.

  9. Mark Malmin says:

    There will always be some valid criticism to predatory publishing companies who allow or promote mediocrity in publishing that violate high standards of excellence. Authors should exercise care is reviewing the editorial qualifications of the reviewers who screen submissions to these journals. This flaw conceptually exists in all disciplines within free markets, and it is present sometimes even in prestigious academia where science, or alternative thinking, is screened by political correctness. Solid research must always be authenticated and replicated by multiple studies. Alternative views should be accepted if we embrace free thinking and argument.

    Unfortunately, there is, at times, an arrogance to tier 1 journals that supports elitism, and political correctness. Until the recent emergence of digital publishing and the availability of competition in the market place, there were only about 5 major publishing companies in the world, who handled almost all of the academic scholarly journals. Editorial reviews can be overly fastidious and critical, and positional papers can be rejected not for content, but simply for academic pedantry.

    I have a very successful paper published in one of these 5 large corporation publishing companies. Retaining rights to my paper would have cost me $3K, so I waived my publication rights to the company. I subsequently have published 2 more papers in journals that would rank as less than tier 1 journals. One of these is in a large open access publishing company. I retained the copyrights to my paper by paying a modest publication fee of $300. The paper is doing very well. I could not have published the same paper in any one of the 5 major global publishing companies for the same modest publication fee. Some of the big 5 publishers charge much more than $3000 if you want to maintain your copyrights.

    There are undoubtedly some questionable open access publishers, but the content of a paper should be judged on its merits, and by others who possess academic scholarly credentials and expertise in the subject field. Suggestively discounting the credibility of a paper simply because it is not printed in a tier 1 journal diminishes critical thought and conversation and it restricts the flow of free thought. Weigh the content of papers, based on their excellence and scientific validity, or on the paper’s alternative perspective, and not just by the book’s cover.

    These emerging new and numerous publishing companies, right or wrong, offer competition in in the market place. Excellence will always withstand the bright light of scrutiny.

  10. Mark Malmin says:

    There are some valid criticisms to predatory publishing companies who represent the base qualities of publishing that violate high standards of excellence. Authors should exercise care is reviewing the editorial qualifications of the reviewers who screen submissions to these journals. This flaw conceptually exists in all disciplines within free markets, and it is present even in prestigious academia where science, or alternative thinking, is sometimes screened by political correctness. Solid research must always be authenticated and replicated by multiple studies.

    Unfortunately, there is also, at times, an arrogance to tier 1 journals that supports elitism, and political correctness. Until the recent emergence of digital publishing and the availability of competition in the market place, there were only about 5 major publishing companies in the world, who handled almost all of the academic scholarly journals. Editorial reviews can be overly fastidious and critical, and positional papers can be rejected not for content, but simply for academic pedantry.

    I have a very successful paper published in one of these 5 large corporation publishing companies. Retaining rights to my paper would have cost me $3K, so I waived my publication rights to the company. I subsequently have published 2 more papers in journals that would ranked as less than tier 1 journals. One of these is in a large open access publishing company. I retained the copyrights to my paper by paying a modest publication fee of $300. The paper is doing very well. I could not have published the same paper in any one of the 5 major global publishing companies for the same modest publication fee. Some of the big 5 publishers charge much more than $3000 if you want to maintain your copyrights.

    There are undoubtedly some questionable open access publishers, but the content of a paper should be judged on its merits, and by others who possess academic scholarly credentials and expertise in the subject field. Discounting the credibility of a paper simply because it is not printed in a tier 1 journal diminishes critical thought and conversation and it restricts the flow of free thought. Weigh the content of papers, based on their excellence and scientific validity, or on their alternative perspective, and not by the book cover.

    These emerging new and numerous publishing companies, right or wrong, offer competition in in the market place. Excellence will always withstand the bright light of scrutiny.

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