The shortage of unique journal names is worsening. I have discovered two new pairs of duplicate journal titles.
The International Journal of Science and Technology
The first International Journal of Science and Technology (image, above) purports to be published by a company called IJST Publications UK, but this publisher doesn’t have a website that we can find (other than this one for the journal), so this in essence is a stand-alone journal.
It publishes monthly and released its first issue in January, 2012. Its website is very sloppy and full of grammatical errors. It calls itself “an international premier peer reviewed open access science and technology journal,” but that’s false. This journal is a complete dud
This second International Journal of Science and Technology (above) claims to be published by IRPN Press, but there’s no website for a publisher with that name. The journal does link to another journal (International Journal of Information and Communication Technology Research) that is probably part of the same operation. It’s volume 1 number 1 came out in July, 2011.
The Journal of Animal and Plant Sciences
This first Journal of Animal and Plant Sciences (above) is published by Elewa Biosciences in Nairobi, Kenya. It is monthly and has been published since November, 2008.
The second Journal of Animal and Plant Sciences (above) is published by the Pakistan Agricultural Scientists Forum (PAS FORUM). It originally started as a print publication in 1991. The website has online backfiles that go back to the volume 16, no. 3-4 issue in 2006. This journal is the only one of the four discussed here that is not on my list of predatory publishers, and it even has an impact factor.
Predatory journals tend to have lots of “ands” in their titles. They want to aggregate vast fields of study in their coverage because this broadens their scope and allows more papers to fall in scope and be acceptable. This means more author fees for the publisher.
One would think that upon starting a new journal the publisher would first check to make sure the proposed name is not already taken. Predatory journal publishers are lazy, though. They just want to relax and watch the author fees roll in.
There are many instances of predatory publishers using titles very similar to those of established journals. They do this in an attempt to seal some of the legitimate journals’ legitimacy.