IJEST is the International Journal of Engineering Science and Technology, published by ENGG Journals Publications in Madras, India. The site also lists an address in Singapore. The journal has published monthly since October, 2009. Some of its articles contain plagiarism.
Its publisher has a website that looks like it’s designed for children:
It uses a children’s font in its banner and has a tag line (Together we share knowledge) that sounds like it was written by a six-year-old.
The publisher also has these three other titles in its journal portfolio:
- International Journal on Computer Science and Engineering (IJCSE)
- International Journal of Engineering and Technology (IJET)
- Indian Journal of Computer Science and Engineering (IJCSE)
Some open-access publishers love to tout their initialisms, such as IJEST, for every journal title they create. I think they do it because they think that it adds legitimacy to the journal.
IJEST unwarrantedly claims legitimacy by abusing and faking publishing industry conventions. In the illustration above it gratuitously displays the logo for the ISO; it claims to be indexed in a database called Open Access Journals (which is really just a counterfeit index); it lists an “IC” value without explaining what it is, and it displays a QR code that rather absurdly leads you back to the same site.
IJEST has only five members on its editorial board. The journal has what appears to be a discriminatory and arbitrary author processing charge fee structure
We charge Rs. 4000 to 10000 for Indian Authors and US$ 200 to 450 for International Authors for maximum 4 authors. The fees depends upon the number of pages, number of authors, images etc. Before the accepted paper is published we will intimate the fees in the acceptance letter.
In one place the journal states that authors retain copyright, but it also has a copyright transfer form that it requires successful authors to sign.
In summary, this is a very sloppy and deceptive publisher. It tries to steal others’ legitimacy to make its journals look better than they really are. It’s goal appears to be to entice authors into submitting their manuscripts and then pocketing their author fees.