New Open-Access Publisher Copies Another’s Name

International Research Journals (Accra, Ghana)

The New One

International Research Journals (Lagos, Nigeria)

The original one.

International Research Journals is a brand-new open-access publisher based in Accra, Ghana. This publisher has copied the name of an existing publisher also called International Research Journals, based in Lagos, Nigeria. There have been cases of predatory publishers copying the title of other publishers’ journals. For example, OMICS Publishing named one of its publications Journal of Women’s Health, even though that title was already in use in one of the Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. journals. OMICS was later forced to change the journal’s title.

We’ll try to monitor how this duplicate publisher name situation develops. We imagine that lawyers in Nigeria are currently drafting cease-and-desist letters to be posted to Ghana. In the meantime, we are adding International Research Journals (Accra, Ghana) to the list of predatory publishers. The Nigerian publisher with this name has been on the list for a long time.

Hat tip: Olaf Erenstein

One Response to New Open-Access Publisher Copies Another’s Name

  1. Daniel Jones says:

    Boy do I agree with what you have pointed to as problems with the open access publishing. However, there are several of the traditional publications (e.g. Science and Nature) which have had to retract papers lately. They made headlines, and so the established journals are suffering degradation of their reputations as well as the open access publications.

    Where are the solutions to the problem?

    One problem I constantly face, as a part-time community college biology instructor, is that I, and my students, cannot access many of the periodicals that appear in internet searches for academic sources. They just pop-up as paid access. Students will not pay for access to those articles, and who can blame them considering the prices? I find it discouraging when students are restricted to scientific sources in the campus library and database, and some of the most popular journals are not available.

    Perhaps the traditional journals should recognize the threat to their foundation. People tend to lump similar things together. So tarnished periodicals hurt the reputations of both open access and more scholarly publications. It’s time for the established journals and their database providers to consider the competition and devise ways to relax avenues of access to their journals, either through pricing or rules that will allow students and faculty

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