A very low quality and even ridiculous publisher – Globeedu Group – launched recently with three new journals. The publisher does not have its own website. Instead, each journal has an independent page. The journals are:
- The International Journal of Business & Management
- The International Journal of Humanities & Social Studies
- The International Journal of Science & Technoledge
The word “technoledge” does not exist in English, so I don’t know if this word in the third title is a stupid mistake on the publisher’s part or an attempt to be clever.
Together, the three journals rank among the dumbest I’ve seen. Here’s an example:
All three of the journals have this contradictory statement. It is a juxtaposition of the CC BY license logo, which gives permission to copy, and the Copyscape warning against copying. Predatory publishers often garnish their websites with logos lifted off other publishers’ sites without understanding what the logos mean.
Next, all three journals claim to have impact factors. However, the metric in this case is not the legitimate ISI Journal Citation Reports impact factor, it is a bogus one provided by IIFS, which I’ll describe in my next blog post. This is an attempt to deceive authors into believing the journals have authentic impact factors. The publisher hopes to increase article submissions by displaying this bogus metric, and therefore increase revenue.
Finally, the three journals promise a five-day peer review process, as the above screenshot confirms. You can submit your paper on February 20th and see it published on the 25th. No authentic peer review can take this little time. This publisher is a sham.
This publisher does not give a physical location on its web pages, and the domain registration data is blocked, except for the name server information:
Name Server: WIN19.INDIA-TO.NET
Name Server: WIN20.INDIA-TO.NET
So it is likely the publisher is from India. This publisher is a total joke, and I recommend against submitting papers to the three journals. Let’s hope it dries up and goes away.