Scientific & Academic Publishing, aptly abbreviated SAP, has a journal entitled International Journal of Library Science, and so does the Indian publisher CESER Publications. Which publisher used the name first?
CESER Publications began using the title in 2010. SAP began using it in 2012. In the U.S., titles are not copyrightable, so there’s nothing really wrong here, except that publishers conventionally recognize existing titles and avoid duplicating them.
SAP is an open-access publisher and charges an article processing charge of $300 for this journal. CESER Publications is a toll-access (subscription) publisher. Neither publisher is top-tier. Neither journal is high-quality.
The CESER Publications journal has a deceptive numbering system. Everytime it publishes a new issue, it also increases the volume number by one:
Volume 5; Issue No. 1; 2012
Volume 6; Issue No. 2; 2012
Volume 7; Issue No. 1; 2013
Volume 8; Issue No. 2; 2013
Volume 9; Issue No. 3; 2013
Moreover, most of the articles in both journals belie the term “international” in the journal titles. A majority of the articles deal with libraries in Nigeria and India. In fact, based on its content, a better name for the SAP journal might be the Indian and Nigerian Journal of Library Science.
I recommend avoiding both of these journals. This is made easier because you only have to remember one name.
Hat tip: M. Leeladharan