Avestia, a publisher that sounds like an allergy medicine, recently launched with 23 new open-access journals. Beware of the side effects of this new scholarly publisher.
The company is based in Ontario and purports to have offices worldwide, a claim that’s highly doubtful. The domain name registration information is blocked, so it’s unclear who is behind this operation.
The journals are all accepting manuscripts, even though most of them do not have editorial boards at this time, an indication that the editorial boards, when they are established, will just be for show.
The publisher is waiving article processing charges until September 15, 2013, a tactic designed to fill up the journals with articles, which in turn attract more articles and the accompanying article processing fees.
Avestia Publishing is the new publishing arm of the International Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology (International ASET Inc.), which is on my list. It appears that International ASET will focus on conference organizing, a lucrative venture. The group’s name includes the term “Academy,” but I don’t think it’s an academy in any sense of the word; it’s just a company that wants to exploit naïve scholars.
Avestia Publishing’s main page has a rotating series of (likely pirated) images along with quotations about science from famous thinkers. This is an ovbious attempt to associate the publisher with authentic scientific research. Don’t fall for it.
Avestia is currently carrying out a massive spam campaign to recruit editorial board members and manuscript submissions. In the email, the publisher claims:
We are expecting all journals to become major players in their respective fields and acquire ISI Impact Factors within few volumes of initial launch.
This type of prediction is overly optimistic, misleading and unprofessional. It’s an example of how gold open-access journals cater to authors rather than readers. A PDF copy of the spam email is here.
Finally, the publisher makes this contradictory statement:
All journals benefit from experienced, established, and knowledgeable editorial boards. Recruitment of editorial board members is in progress for newer journals.
If the editorial boards are “established,” then why the need for additional recruitment? Clearly this is an amateurish operation.
Verdict: The world does not need these 23 new journals. Their topics are already well represented by dozens of other established and higher quality journals. I recommend against submitting papers to this publisher and against serving on its editorial boards.
Appendix: List of Avestia Publishing journals as of July 6, 2013:
- Advances in E-Commerce
- Advances in Geothermal Energy Research
- Advances in Renewable Energy
- Advances in Solar Cell Research
- Advances in Solar Thermal Energy
- Advances in Transportation Research
- Advances in Urban Planning and Development
- International Journal of Electrical and Computer Systems
- International Journal of Electronic Learning and Education
- International Journal of Environmental Pollution and Remediation
- International Journal of Mechanical Engineering and Mechatronics
- International Journal of Structure and Construction
- International Journal of Theoretical and Applied Nanotechnology
- International Journal of Virtual Worlds and Human Computer Interaction
- Journal of Astrophysics Research
- Journal of Biomass to Biofuel
- Journal of Computer Graphics and Rendering
- Journal of Heat Transfer Augmentation
- Journal of Multimedia Theory and Applications
- Journal of Perceptual Computing
- Modern Trends in Transport Phenomena
- Recent Trends in Computer Aided Design
- Recent Trends in Wind Energy Research