JScholar is a newly-launched publisher that purports to be based in Frisco, Texas. This publisher stands out for its salient misuse of the English language.
If you’re going to start up an English-language based scholarly publishing operation, among your first priorities ought to be making your website free of grammatical errors.
One of JScholar’s rotating banners offers, “Let us help your articles to publish.” It should say, “Send us your money, and we’ll publish your articles.”
The publisher lists five journals. None has any content yet, but JScholar’s successful spamming campaign has found scholars dumb enough to agree to serve on their five editorial boards.
The site discusses article processing fees but doesn’t state what they are. It also offers a membership option that grants a 50% discount off the article processing charges, but the membership costs $8,000 annually for an individual.
Some of the people listed on this publisher’s editorial boards seem like accomplished scholars. Here are direct links to the five editorial boards: One, two, three, four, five. I don’t understand why they would agree to serve on such an unprofessional-appearing publisher’s editorial boards.
Appendix: List of JScholar journals as of June 12, 2013:
- Journal of Cancer Research and Therapeutic Oncology
- Journal of Cardiology and Vascular Medicine
- Journal of Clinical and Anatomic Pathology
- Journal of Dentistry and Oral Health
- Journal of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Diseases