Four New, Really Bad Scholarly Open-Access Publishers

Part of a web page belonging to Open Research Journals.

Part of a web page belonging to Open Research Journals (see no. 4 below).

This week, thanks to several tips, I have discovered four questionable, scholarly open-access publishers and added them to my list.

1. [deleted].

2. Global Advanced Research Journals This publisher, let’s call them GARJ, is based in a location well-known for its expertise in scholarly publishing, Asaba, Delta State, Nigeria. It publishes 18 titles, and they all begin with the phrase, “Global Advanced Journal of … ” Few have any content or editorial board members; it’s a new operation.

The publisher doesn’t state what the author fee is for accepted papers, so they probably invoice you after your paper is accepted. This is an extremely shabby and unprofessional operation; I am surprised they have any content at all. Needless to say, I recommend that no one have any type of contact or relationship with this joke publisher at all.

3. EuroJournals This publisher is based in Europe, right? No, it’s actually based in the Seychelles. It publishes 17 titles mostly in the area of finance. Authors pay US $400 upon acceptance of their articles, which are published open-access. This publisher boasts of an extremely-fast review process, a feature that often signals a vanity press. A statement like the following is found on its journals’ web pages,

“[The] Journal of European Union Economics and Finance realizes the meaning of fast publication to researchers, particularly to those working in competitive and dynamic fields. Hence, it offers an exceptionally fast publication schedule including prompt peer-review by the experts in the field and immediate publication upon acceptance. The editorial board aims at reviewing the submitted articles as fast as possible and promptly include [sic] them in the forthcoming issues should they pass the evaluation process.”

Statements like these demonstrate that authors, not readers or subscribers, are the true customers in the open-access publishing industry.

4. Online Research Journals  Very little needs to be said about this most-recent Nigerian scam. It lists seven journals, yet none has any content. The website uses many obnoxious, bright colors. Accepted papers will be charged a $400 handling fee. The whole site was probably created in a few hours. Regrettably, the barrier to becoming a scholarly publisher has never been so low.

Hat tips to: Stanislav Ivanov, Sigbjørn Hernes, and John Canning.

7 Responses to Four New, Really Bad Scholarly Open-Access Publishers

  1. GARJ state: “GSTF journals are indexed by EBSCO, CrossRef, Proquest, Cabell’s Directories and will be submitted to Scopus, ScienceDirect and amongst others, where applicable.” So, ignoring the “…will be submitted…” bit, there are still three very well-known names there. If EBSCO and ProQuest ARE indexing them (and I have no way of telling), this lends weight to this publisher.

  2. Martin says:

    Thank you for the new “findings” and your continued vigilance concerning unethical and questionable open access publishers and journals. Have you ever thought about expanding the project to also monitor and list unethical and questionable behavior by toll-access journals and publishers? Would be very useful. Such behavior is not acceptable just because a company uses a subscription based publishing model.

  3. Keefriff says:

    Add David Publishing House to your list:

    They invoice authors after paper acceptance. Manuscripts are being reviewed but usually it takes 2 weeks and no corrections so obviously they accept EVERYTHING they get. Moreover they can even claim to have Impact Factor for some journals however none of them is listed in JCR. Avoid them. Their office seems to be in USA although all the mailing (in poor english) is coming from…China.

    Scientific spam.

  4. duanemiller says:

    Thanks for this. I just submitted a paper to one GARJ deal and they sent me back an e-mail saying I would need to submit a fee. As a researcher in the humanities who has published in some respected journals, this was a first and sent up warnign flags for me. Then I went to the website and couldn’t find a list of the editorial board which was also strange.

  5. Lincon Hashew says:

    If it comes from Nigeria then it stinks of a scam. I don’t think any reputable publishing house would charge authors a fee to publish their material. Also they will have an established system of peer review. If this is non-existent then it obviously dodgy. If you have a paper to publish, then search out a relevant journal in your field with an established reputation and approach them.

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