Predatory Publishing News

Here are three news items that relate to predatory open-access scholarly publishers.

Physics International

We’ll publishing anything!

1. Physicist Lorenzo Iorio served as an editorial board member for Science Publications’ journal Physics International. His specialties are general relativity and gravitation, and he was the only one of the journal’s editorial board members with these specialties.

He noticed that the journal published a semi-amateur level article entitled, The Theory of Metarelativity: Beyond Albert Einstein’s Relativity. He realized that the journal’s editors did not refer this article to him for peer review, for he surely would have recommended against its publication. During his tenure as member of the editorial board, in fact, he only received one manuscript from his field for review.

So it appears that the journal’s editors sent the article to reviewers without sufficient knowledge of the topic, and the paper got accepted. But because he’s the only editorial board member whose specialties match the paper’s topic, it looked like Dr. Iorio must have been the one to approve the paper.

He resigned his position on the editorial board.

International Journal of Latest Research in Engineering and Computing


2. I recently added the International Journal of Latest Research in Engineering and Computing (IJLREC) to my list of predatory, standalone journals. The “Publishing Head” (that’s what the journal calls him) is Prof. H. K. L Gill, and the journal is published in India’s Haryana state.

The journal has published a single issue so far, volume 1, number 1. Unfortunately, some of the articles here were previously published in other journals, but the authors’ names and the article titles have been changed. One example is the article “An Analysis of Fuzzy Approach for Detecting Anomalous Behaviour with E-mail Traffic.”


Duplicative, duplicitious

This article was previously published with a slightly different title  in the Proceedings of the 4th Australian Digital Forensics Conference, Edith Cowan University, Perth, Western Australia. A copy is deposited in the Edith Cowan University’s institutional repository called Research Online.

The original work.

The original work.

This appears to be a brazen theft of intellectual property!

3. Finally, speaking of intellectual property, it looks like Reed Elsevier is the victim here:

Journal of Coastal Life Medicin

Not really connected to Elsevier

I contacted a friend at Elsevier, and she confirmed that the Journal of Coastal Life Medicine has no right to display the Elsevier logo. Of course the irony here is that adding the Elsevier logo will make many in the west NOT submit to the journal, though it’s likely the journal’s publisher is expecting the opposite.

The journal’s articles mimic the formatting of articles in Reed Elsevier journals as well.

What is coastal life medicine anyway?

UPDATE: 2014-08-23: The publisher has removed the Elsevier logo from itssite. According to the publisher, the placement of the logo there was a misunderstanding that is now resolved. The publisher reported to me in an email:

Journal of Coastal Life Medicine (JCLM) founded in 2013, bimonthly, and signed the Journal Publishing Agreement with Elsevier (Singapore) Pre Ltd. on October 31, 2013 (see the attachment); thereafter, JCLM began to use the Elsevier logo.

After reading the page on your website said that JCLM has no right to display the Elsevier logo, we paid high attention to this view and contacted with Elsevier (Singapore) Pre Ltd (Beijing) regarding this issue timely. Elsevier (Singapore) Pre Ltd (Beijing) permitted JCLM to use the Elsevier logo, but it hadn’t got the permission of the headquarters of Elsevier. After knowing this, JCLM stopped using the Elsevier logo right away and deleted the Elsevier logo which displayed on JCLM website previously.


Hat tips:

Lorenzo Iorio

Vladimir Alexandrov

Joacim Näslund

30 Responses to Predatory Publishing News

  1. Marry Khilji says:

    Very bad and shame on journal owners as they cannot even design their journal’s logo. By the way coastal life medicine is not a standard term used in medical sciences. This name points to the medicines manufactured by sea herbs and animals, a growing area of medical sciences.

  2. jimgthornton says:

    Three nice predatory journal stories, but I don’t understand your gratuitous jibe at Elsevier. Elsevier were criticised for resisting open access publishing in the early days of the movement – they argued that quality would fall. But the nonsense and corruption that this website exposes every day has surely proven them right.

  3. tekija says:

    “Chemical Sciences Communications publishes research articles from all fields of Chemical Sciences. Chemical Sciences Communications is committed to publishing top-tier original research in all areas of Chemical Sciences and related fields through a fair and rigorous review process. It offers authors high visibility for their papers, access to a broad readership, high standards of copy editing and production, rapid publication and independence from academic societies and others with vested interests”

    but there is no Editor, no Editorial Board and no published issues; in a e-mail as of today the journal is seeking both manuscripts and potential editors.

  4. obi chyma says:

    please jeff, i need your comments and reservation on this journal; on this journal; JCBSC

  5. nixnik says:

    Hi Jeff, could I have your opinion on JCLM (Journal of Coastal Life Medicine)? I’ve been approach to be on their editorial board. The Journal title alone doesn’t really make sense, but some of the people on the editorial board seems legit. I haven’t agreed to anything yet.

  6. Wondu says:

    I Published original research paper in Journal of Coastal Life Medicine.
    That key information that I want is ‘Is JCLM predatory journal?

    • Yes, I recommend that researchers avoid the Journal of Coastal Life Medicine, also the Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Disease, and all journals published by Hainan Medical University. They are not carrying out a bona fide peer review.

  7. Md. Lutfur Rahman says:

    Day before yesterday Int. J. of Mol. genetics and gene therapy added ISSN number. What do you think about that? Please write something about that

  8. P. Udoma says:

    Dear Mr. Beall:

    First, thank you for your undauntable watch over the scholarly Open Access sector. As someone who has been involved in academic best practices for many years, I find your blog to be an invaluable tool for all of us who care about the quality of academic publications and about the authors who submit to and publish in them.

    With regard to the company in question, for me, the mark of a publisher’s legitimacy — be it open access or subscription based — is the academics who associate themselves with it. If we are careful to check for valid editorial boards — and whether or not they are actually able to be directly contacted — it will give us stronger clues into the authenticity of an Open Access enterprise and into its efforts to adhere to best practices.

    My perspective about “fake” addresses is this. While a publisher’s mailing address can sometimes tell us something about the legitimacy of a publisher, it can also fail us as an indicator since the use of a “temporary” address (including business centers and the like) very often reflects that a company is simply relocating and is managing the details required for settling in a new home. To be sure, there are business center properties all over the world that also host legitimate American businesses in transition.

    While it is always better to have an address in a more “permanent” location (for any business), a company’s mere use of a business center address does not render the company fraudulent. If, however, a company remains at a business center for year upon year and has no actual phone number in the US, but uses an answering service here and has the company “call back” every caller, and has no actual personnel residing or even working here sporadically — yet it bills itself as a US-based company, then yes, I would be suspicious. Full disclosure is always the best policy.


    P. Udoma

  9. Md. Momotaz Ali says:

    African Journal of Business Management is predatory or not? I want to submit an article. Is the journal of AJBM better? I am waiting for your kind reply

  10. Md. Momotaz Ali says:

    Molecular Entomology; ISSN:1925-198X is fake? Please comment

  11. Wondu says:

    Thank you Mr. Jeffrey Beall for your information about Predatory Publishing News.
    I want ask you as
    1. How can I believe your work?
    2. what are the criterion for a given journal to be Predatory Publisher?

    • This journal, the Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Biomedicine, is not on my list at this time, but it may be in the future. I find most all the journals published either directly or indirectly by the Hainan Medical University to be questionable and low-quality. If you are thinking about publishing in this journal, I would recommend that you find a better one, even though it’s connected to Elsevier.

      • AB says:

        your work is interesting, what do you
        know about journal of parasitology and vector entomology?

      • The Journal of Parasitology and Vector Biology is published by the Nigerian publisher called Academic Journals. I have this publisher included on my list. I recommend that you find a journal from a stronger publisher than this one for your work.

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