Life Science Journal has been prospectively delisted from Scopus.
I received a confirmation that Life Science Journal — published jointly by Marsland Press and Zhengzhou University — has been prospectively delisted from the Scopus database. The reasons for the delisting were not stated in the confirmation, but it’s easy to find problems with this journal.
On its website, the journal claims to have an impact factor of 0.165, and this claim is confirmed; the journal’s 2012 impact factor is indeed 0.165. What will its 2013 impact factor be, when the new impact factor data is released soon? [Update, 2014-07-30: This journal has lost its impact factor. ]
The impact factor might explain this journal’s large number of issues and articles. Formerly a quarterly, the journal now publishes monthly, and it publishes many articles per issue.
The journal is currently publishing volume 11 (2014) [see above]. Volume 11 number 1 has 60 articles in it!
Additionally, the journal is publishing 12 special issues in 2014, in addition to the 12 regular issues.
We’ve seen this before — a journal gets an impact factor and then goes crazy, accepting as many articles as possible to earn more money.
The article processing charge per article is US $640. Somebody is making a lot of easy money here. Also, judging from the articles, no copyediting is being done, as it appears the articles are being published as they are received.
Hat tip: Dr. Daniyar Sapargaliyev