Sometimes, we are able to gather direct evidence of how predatory publishers operate. In this case we received primary information about the operation of the Journal of International Management Studies.
This journal markets itself as a standalone journal, but we think it is really one of three published by the same, unnamed firm. The other two journals the firm publishes are:
The three journals are also co-marketed with a conference called Global Business & International Management Conference. I blogged about this firm a year ago.
We got a copy of one of this journal’s acceptance letters:
Dear Dr. [Redacted]/Dr. [Redacted],
Thank you very much for your submission to JIMS. We are pleased to inform you that your paper has been reviewed by two reviewers, and accepted for publication. Enclosed is the registration form of your paper, “[Redacted]” from JIMS. Please follow the payment guideline to ensure your publication. Please inform us after the check is delivered.
After the payment is received, we will e-mail you an official acceptance letter and the receipt of payment immediately.
In addition, your paid paper will be published in The Journal of International Management Studies (JIMS) Vol. 8, Num.1, April 2013.
Thank you for making The Journal of International Management Studies a vehicle for your research interests.
Secretary of Journal of International Management Studies (JIMS)
The significant thing about this letter is the reference to the peer review. Note that there are no comments from the “reviewers”. It really looks like no review occurred at all. Also, the letter is written in poor and confused English, and it’s all about the money.
Also included with this email to the authors was this document [PDF]. It lists the location where the $776 check is to be sent: 16085 NW Ridgetop Lane, Beaverton, OR 97006-7718, USA. We assume that is the home of Gloria Wang, the person who signed the email reprinted above. Here’s the house:
In his email to me, the paper’s co-author said this:
I hope all is well. I was recently approved for publication but never knew I’d have to pay a fee to be published. As I now educate myself with your site, pls advise if this is a legitimate publication. I do appreciate it. Thx.
I attached the payment form as well. Looks odd…
I agree. This is very fishy. This is gold open-access publishing. I recommend that scholars avoid any association with these three journals and their corresponding conference.