Bogus New Impact Factor Appears

International Impact Factor Services (IIFS).

A new and completely bogus scholarly metric.

The latest bogus scholarly metric to appear is International Impact Factor Services (IIFS). If you need a laugh, I recommend that you have a look at its ridiculous website.

The site apparently aims to function as an alternative to the legitimate Impact Factor published by Thomson Reuters. It takes years for new journals to get an impact factor, and this new service eliminates that inconvenience by providing impact factors to journals with almost no delay.

In fact, according to the IIFS website, “Journal that have a valid ISSN No. (Online / Print) & published Minimum two Issues can apply for IIFS and be eligible for it.”

I think IIFS will sell impact factors to journals and publishers. In turn, the journals will display their IIFS impact factors on their websites to lure potential scholarly authors into thinking they are legitimate and submitting papers.

The IIFS website is notable for its sloppy language. Its main page has this text:

The latest bogus scholarly metric to appear is International Impact Factor Services (IIFS). If you need a laugh, I recommend that you have a look at its ridiculous website.   /   The site apparently aims to function as an alternative to the legitimate Impact Factor published by Thomson Reuters. It takes years for new journals to get an impact factor, and this new service eliminates that inconvenience by providing impact factors to journals with almost no delay.  In fact, according to the IIFS website, "Journal that have a valid ISSN No. (Online / Print) & published Minimum two Issues can apply for IIFS and be eligible for it."   I think IIFS will sell impact factors to journals and publishers. In turn, the journals will display their IIFS impact factors on their websites to lure potential scholarly authors into thinking they are legitimate and submitting papers.  The IIFS website is notable for its sloppy language. Its main page has this text:

Welcome to stupidity.

I suspect none of this is true. The site was likely set up by a single man with dreams of easy money.

Also, one of the links at the bottom of the main page has this embarrassing misspelling:

Methology

Methology ?

This bogus company is based somewhere in India, home to many such scams.

If you see any journal that displays an IIFS impact factor, I recommend that you not submit any papers to the journal. Be on the lookout for additional bogus metrics to appear soon.

21 Responses to Bogus New Impact Factor Appears

  1. Yurii says:

    We generate genuine Impact Factors overnight! 200 USD for each extra impact factor point!

  2. One of the journals on the IIFS Journals List is http://www.wjp.co.in/world-journal-of-pharmacy.html which at the time of writing even manages to get its own name wrong! The header says: World Journal of Publisher (WJP). Elsewhere it says: World Journal of Pharmacy.

  3. I just received this solicitation from the Directory of Journal Quality Impact Factor [sic] http://www.qualityfactor.org/index.html where, apparently, one cannot become a member and there is no board. In the illustrious words from the About page, “The Directory of Journal Quality Factor-DJQF is a gateway that includes the journals and developed from the information of the journals. These informations can be used to calculate Journal Quality Factor for the readers worldwide.” What more can one say?!

  4. behalbiotech says:

    website data shows website expiry date 12/02/2014.
    hope future viewers can’t see this funny site, at least for few days

  5. Peter Sefton says:

    Ok, so this looks bogus, but lets not forget the conflict of interest inherent in “the legitimate Impact Factor published by Thomson Reuters”.

  6. Itai Offat Manyanhaire says:

    hello

    you are doing a wonderful job in trying to expose bogus journals. can you please verify for me this canadian journal: http://www.ccsenet.org/enrr.

    i will be very grateful for your assistance

    Thank manyanhaire Itai Offat (the Zimbabwe open University)

    • That journal is Environment and Natural Resources Research, published by the Canadian Center of Science and Education. This publisher is included on my list, so I recommend that you NOT submit papers to this journal.

  7. david gill says:

    Yes, I agree with Allion . Impact Factor is really not necessary for any Research Journal . This is a scam of Thomson Reuters .

  8. Kohen says:

    That’s a […] IIFS. Look I found one German based IF calculating entity at http://journal-index.org/. It looks a cool competitor of Scopus and Thomson Reuters. I investigated that this operation is actually performed by WORLD MEDIA GROUP, LLC, USA. As this group is a huge one like Reuters, so i hope it will bring fruitful results to the market of Impact Factors.

  9. mark speechley says:

    ‘Methology’ is, obviously, the study of meth.

    ‘Evalutaion’ is ionized Evalut, a component of meth.

    And for those lacking the Irony Detection Gene, I’m making this up.

  10. […] previous blog post described a questionable new scholarly metric called International Impact Factor Services (IIFS). […]

  11. JN says:

    All these metrics are shame in science and journal assessment. The impact factor is dead. Please read and share:
    https://theconversation.com/do-not-resuscitate-the-journal-impact-factor-declared-dead-14480

    and here:
    http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs11948-014-9517-0

  12. nishi shukla says:

    no, i am not agree with you IIFS is providing quality based impact factor. how can u say this. Every organization has its own policies of evaluation…

  13. yusuf ahmad ansari says:

    i think that your motive is to target Indian impact factor organizations and journals……

  14. SN Pandey says:

    i think you have said lot about Indian journals and impact factor organizations. You think they are bad and targeting American journals and impact factor organizations and hindering their growth.

  15. John Peterson says:

    no, they are promoting indian journals

  16. dr alok singh says:

    no,i think iifs is trustworthy and genuine…it is promoting indian journals.

  17. M N K Khattak says:

    Jeffery Beals is providing wonderful services to the research community. However I don’t know how can such practices be stopped. These dubious journals pointed out by Jeffery Beals publishes articles in 24 hours after submission. Then how can one say that it can be authentic.

  18. jr says:

    Thank god for your site.

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