“International Recognition Multidisciplinary Research Journals, Monthly Publish”

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Note the bogus impact factor on the lower right.

This is one of the most confusing publishers I’ve ever studied. Its name appears to be “International Recognition Multidisciplinary Research Journals, Monthly Publish.” The name is clearly designed to attract authors who want fast, international recognition. Indian Streams Research Journals [sic] is one of its journal titles.

 I don’t think this publisher will bring about the type of “international recognition” that authors want; in fact, I think anyone who publishes here has very poor judgment or is complicit in the scheme. In other words, if you publish here, you’re going to look foolish.

For some reason, the publisher uses two websites:

The journals publish monthly, or perhaps I should say, the journals “monthly publish.” One exception is the journal Reviews of Progress, a so-called medical journal that publishes weekly.

Each of the journals has a branded website of its own, with some of the worst English Language usage on the planet. Google Translate does not work very well from Hindi or Marathi to English, and this publisher’s websites are evidence of that.

The publisher is based in Maharashtra, India and appears to be owned by Laxmi Book Publication.

Some of its editorial boards are listed with two columns, one labeled Indian and one Foreigner. I’ve never seen this type of differentiation in any journal I have studied.

Editorial board

Why separate out the “foreigners” ?

The publisher also offers a separate service with the ungrammatical name of “Directory of Research Journals Indexing” that claims to be a directory of journals. It’s really just a scheme to get money from other publishers.

Typical of all this publisher’s journals is the high amount of plagiarism found among the published articles. It’s clear the publisher doesn’t care about or doesn’t check for plagiarism, or both.

Finally, some of the journals prominently display a bogus impact factor. I recommend against submitting papers to this publisher and against serving on its “foreigner” editorial boards.

Appendix: List of International Recognition Multidisciplinary Research Journals, Monthly Publish journals as of July 7, 2013:

  1. e-Library Science Research Journal
  2. Golden Research Thoughts
  3. Golden Research Thoughts Book Review
  4. Indian Streams Research Journal
  5. Physical Education and Sports Research Journal
  6. Review of Research
  7. Reviews of Progress
  8. Tactful Management

Note: I blogged about some of these journals about a year ago.

11 Responses to “International Recognition Multidisciplinary Research Journals, Monthly Publish”

  1. Mike Taylor says:

    You’d hope someone faking an impact-factor would show a bit more ambition than to go with 0.2105, wouldn’t you?

  2. pamminge says:

    Reblogged this on lab ant and commented:
    A very informative blog dealing with the dark side of open access! predator journals are lurking in the dark waiting to publish your paper and take your money! watch out scientist!

  3. DW says:

    Good golly, I am sure glad you are keeping abreast of all this, because somebody’s got to, but what a nightmare this is.

  4. Fizzi says:

    Scopus is also calculating impact factors with name of Scimago.

  5. So, “Adam Harvard” doesn’t think the GIF impact factor is bogus. Interesting.

  6. Asaki says:

    Presently, Google has started a service called Matrix, which computes h-index for quality journals. I believe within few years, the monopoly of citation measures will be broken by other firms such as Google scholar, Scopus, ISC, GIF, etc.

    Jeffrey, you did not understand what Adam Harvard says. He says one can count the number of papers published by a journal within few years and find other papers cited these papers and count all of them. In order to be more precise, we can include only journals whose names are listed in JCR and calculate IF, I think GIF does this for a journal. It is not bogus!

    • I did understand. But my point was that managing an impact factor reporting service requires much more than just doing the calculations. You have to deal with fraud as well. The new bogus impact factor sites don’t do this.

      • Asaki says:

        If we exclude the fraud, it will not be bogus. Presently WebofKnowlege does not allow us to see how many times a non listed journals have been cited by their journals listed in its database. But if we use schoolar, we may check which ones are listed on ISI. The real fraud appears when a journal indexed in ISI tries to cite its papers and manipulate citation system. This year JCR deleted 66 journals for this reason.

        If an honest organization can do this, there will be no fraud.

  7. Pruthvi says:

    why do you advice only “foreign” aspirant? This journal wouldn’t do any good to people listed on Indian aspirant for editorial position!

  8. K Tada says:

    I found a journal published by Springer “Electrical Engineering” has both GISI impact factor (3.7490) and SCR impact factor (0.303) in 2012. Another journal “Electrical Engineering in Japan” from Wiley has GISI (2.8921) and SCR (0.104) IFs.

    The equation
    (IF from SCR) ~ (IF from GISI) * alpha (alpha ranges 0.1-0.03)
    seems to be useful.

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