IDOSI Journals No Longer to be Indexed in Scopus

Scopus has prospectively de-listed (removed) all IDOSI journals from its database. Previously, Scopus had indexed six IDOSI journals. Retrospective indexing data will be retained in the database.

IDOSI means International Digital Organization for Scientific Information. Its URL is, and it claims to be based in Dubai, but it may really be managed from Iran. This publisher has been on my list for a long time — with good reason. IDOSI offers quick and easy acceptance of scholarly articles, a hallmark of low quality and questionable publishers. I strongly recommend against submitting papers to all IDOSI journals. IDOSI publishes 88 gold open-access journals.

Why have the journals been de-listed? I don’t have any solid information on that, but it seems that these and other IDOSI journals have a high number of self-citations. An easy way for a journal to increase its impact factor is to have new articles in the journal cite older articles in the journal.  This manipulation can be detected and lead to the de-listing of journals in scholarly indexes and metrics.


The list as it now appears on the IDOSI website.

The above image shows the list of IDOSI journals formerly indexed by Scopus as it appears on the IDOSI website. Predatory journals often annoyingly refer to their journal titles by their abbreviations; this makes them look like high-impact journals whose titles are abbreviated.

The publisher still includes this box on its website claiming that six of its journals are indexed by Scopus. The de-listing of the six IDOSI journals from Scopus is prospective (from now on). This means that IDOSI articles currently indexed in the database will remain there, but newly published articles will not be added.

The publisher is exploiting the ambiguity of being cut off by Scopus. Yes, the journals are indexed in Scopus, but only the past articles. New articles will not be indexed in Scopus. If you have an article “in process” at IDOSI, it and all other current and future submissions apparently will not be indexed in Scopus.

Also, the World Applied Sciences Journal‘s website still claims to be indexed by Scopus:


Only past articles indexed by Scopus — Not the future ones.

In many countries, publishing an article in a Scopus-indexed journal is like publishing an article in an impact-factor journal. The index is used as a measure of quality for tenure, promotion, and annual raises.

Being listed in Scopus and other scholarly databases can mean hundreds of thousands of dollars of extra yearly income for gold (author pays) open-access journals. I think Scopus has been too liberal in its listing of questionable journals in its database and welcome the removal of all IDOSI journals from future indexing.

I think IDOSI is playing games to increase its metrics. I still recommend that all scholars avoid submitting papers to all of the IDOSI journals.

17 Responses to IDOSI Journals No Longer to be Indexed in Scopus

  1. Muhammad says:

    My opinion is different . Due to these IDOSI journals the Elsevier proceedia journals effecting. These journals have published conference proceedings at very low rate as compared to Elsevier proceedia. That’s why these journals delisted form Scopus.

  2. Farid says:


    I have looked at World Applied Sciences journal, which has over 5000 articles indexed on Scopus. Just about 6 months ago, only one paper had more than 10 citations and it was criticized for publishing low quality articles on some Iranian websites. This journal was blacklisted by Iranian ministry of education preventing many people of publishing papers on this journal. All IDOSI journals were also delisted from ISC index.

    Suddenly, in less than a few weeks, the number of citations for some of the papers on this journal was jumped to 39 on Scopus database. If one clicks on cite option on Scopus, he/she can easily understand that all citations come from another IDOSI journal. This is a simple manipulation of citation!

    I believe the manager of IDOSI has been destroying other OA good quality publishers and creating an excuse for people like Beall to mix all good and bad OA publishers building a black list.

    I agree with you that OA journals like “Procedia – Social and Behavioral Sciences” published by ELSEVIER are clear cases of predatory publishers where the editors don’t even bother to check the abstracts of the papers published and may be the reason behind Scopus team for deleting IDOSI papers from Scopus, but I do appreciate their actions against IDOSI for raising some awareness on scientific society so that other OA publishers care more about their publications.

    I believe any manipulation of citation is bad not matter it happens from an OA publisher or from a good quality journal published by well known publisher.


  3. Le Shp says:

    You made many attacks against MDPI. This is unfair. I have published some papers in MDPI and I received very good comments and a real review from the reviewers. MDPI has real review. Why do you attack them? Please, remove them from your list immediately. I have published all the original work from my Ph.D. in MDPI. You must not destroy me and many others.
    Please, tell me why do you hate MDPI and SCIRP.

    • Joro Paveto says:

      To mix together MDPI and SCIRP is not even funny. While some journals of MDPI are well respected (I think that Mr Beal never claimed that ALL journals of MDPI are bad), SCIRP is the king of predatory publishers without even one journal indexed in Scopus and with cases of accepted SCIgen articles.

  4. Manuel Montenegro says:

    I just entered Scopus and found that IDOSI journals are still there. I browsed “Global Veterinaria” and searched for specific articles of the journal and, both ways, could find their articles indexed in the database. So, they will keep the articles until 2014 (as you say on your post: «Retrospective indexing data will be retained in the database»).
    Well, that doesn’t solve the problem. Better than nothing, anyway…

    • Joro Paveto says:

      Otherwise it will be a very bad practice to remove allready indexed content trying to hide the error of Scopus (to accept the journals) and it will be punishment not to the publisher but to the researchers.
      Also probably after reevaluation it is not unlikely for Scopus to include the journals again (WOK did the same for the Scientific World Journal for similar reasons).

  5. Muhammad Mohsin says:

    IDOSI is not based in Iran. Their incompetent editor sits in Faisalabad, Pakistan.

  6. Muhammad Mohsin says:

    I submitted an article to IDOSI in January 2014 and they published it in back dates of 2013. How to cope with these sort of issues. Is there any organization wherein i can launch a formal complaint?

  7. Payam says:

    Please note that IDOSI is NOT based, managed or even operated from Iran. They based in UAE & managed by some people from Pakistan. Just see their contact address. Give your information in an evidence based way.

  8. Amrit says:

    Can any one tell me whether World Applied Sciences Journal is SCI indexed Journal?

  9. why world applied sciences journal on SJR website?

  10. Mahrus says:

    is bioinformation journal indexed by thomson reuters

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