The Scientific World Journal Will Lose Its Impact Factor — Again

Scientific World Journal

Unceremoniously … dropped.

The troubled publication Scientific World Journal will once again lose its impact factor (this time for 2014), according to one Thomson Reuters website and reports I have received. Web of Science deleted the title (i.e., will no longer index articles) on August 23, 2014.

No mention of any impact factor appears on the journal’s home page, here: http://www.hindawi.com/journals/tswj/

Also, a Thomson Reuters website entitled “Thomson Reuters Master Journal List JOURNAL COVERAGE CHANGES (for the past 12 months)” generates the result shown in the image above when the journal’s title is searched. The result says, “Dropped.” No reason is given. That website is here.

Soon after Hindawi Publishing Corporation purchased this journal in 2012, Thomson Reuters suppressed the journal’s 2011 impact factor due to an “anomalous citation pattern” that occurred apparently before Hindawi purchased the journal from its previous owner but reported impact factors for both 2012 and 2013 and, oddly, 5 year impact factors, all of which include 2011 data.

I reported on this impact factor suppression here.

I also learned that these two Hindawi journals have also been dropped by Thomson Reuters

The situation for these two journals is the same as it is with the Scientific World Journal. There is no mention of any impact factor on the journal’s website, Thomson Reuters reports the journals have been dropped, but Journal Citation Reports will continue to show an impact factor for both titles through 2013.

An inquiry sent to Thomson Reuters received this response regarding the three journals:

In this situation, two of our editors noticed abnormal citation patterns between these three journals and a rapid decline of journal quality.  They determined that these should be removed as quickly as possible from the Web of Science to preserve our reputation for quality and maintain the trust of the research community.

Intensive Spamming

Hindawi Publishing Corporation is currently involved in an intensive spamming campaign. Scholars from all over the world have been forwarding me spam emails they have recently received from Hindawi, and I personally received a spam email requesting that I submit a paper to their highly focused Geography Journal. I am an academic librarian and don’t have a formal background in Geography.

Geography Journal

Spamming the globe …

On its website, Hindawi reports that it “is a rapidly growing academic publisher with 434 peer-reviewed, open access journals covering a wide range of academic disciplines.” Perhaps it is growing too quickly.

Conclusion

I have also heard about a questionable article that appears in Hindawi’s Journal of Lipids. The article is entitled “Why Fish Oil Fails: A Comprehensive 21st Century Lipids-Based Physiologic Analysis.”

Finally, here is a blog post by ravingscientist01 that reports on a questionable article published in Hindawi’s journal Biomed Research International.

UPDATE 2014-10-15: Response from Hindawi Publishing corporation:

My name is Paul Peters and I am the Chief Strategy Officer for Hindawi. It is indeed true that three of Hindawi’s journals (“The Scientific World Journal,” “Abstract and Applied Analysis,” and “Journal of Applied Mathematics”) were deselected for coverage in the Science Citation Index Expanded on September 15. As soon as the deselection of these journals was announced, Hindawi contacted the authors and editors of these journals to inform them of this decision and updated the journal websites accordingly. Hindawi fully acknowledges that Thomson Reuters has the editorial freedom to determine which journals are included in its databases, however I would like to respond to the two specific points of concern that were mentioned in this blog post.

I would first like to respond to the issue of citation stacking between these three journals. Prior to the release of the most recent Journal Citation Reports (JCR) in July 2014, Thomson Reuters conducted a full analysis of self-citations and citation stacking, which resulted in the suppression of 38 journals from the most recent JCR. None of the three deselected journals from Hindawi were included in this list of suppressed journals. In addition, Hindawi has analyzed the citations that each of these three journals have received within Web of Science so far in 2014 and found the following results:

– The Scientific World Journal has received a total of 3,627 citations in 2014, of which there are 19 citations from Abstract and Applied Analysis and 11 citations from the Journal of Applied Mathematics. – Abstract and Applied Analysis has received a total of 2,356 citations in 2014, of which there are 86 citations from The Scientific World Journal and 79 citations from Journal of Applied Mathematics. – Journal of Applied Mathematics has received a total of 870 citations in 2014, of which there are 43 citations from The Scientific World Journal and 122 from Abstract and Applied Analysis.

I would also like to respond to the issue of declining quality in these three journals. The most straightforward quality metric to look at in judging the quality of these journals is the Impact Factor for each of these titles. While there are limitations to what the Impact Factor can measure, it is a useful metric for comparing the citation impact of content published in journals that are within a particular subject category.

Abstract and Applied Analysis’ Impact Factor ranks the journal as number 22 out of 299 journals in the Mathematics subject category in the most recent Journal Citation Reports, which places it among the top 10% of all math journals in the Web of Science. The Impact Factor for the Journal of Applied Mathematics is roughly at the mid-point of the Applied Mathematics subject category (number 130 out of 250 total journals) in the most recent JCR. Finally, The Scientific World Journal’s Impact Factor places it in the top third of all journals (16 out of 55 journals) in the Multidisciplinary Sciences subject category.

If self-citations are excluded from the Impact Factor calculations of all journals, Abstract and Applied Analysis would be ranked number 49 out of 299 journals in Mathematics, the Journal of Applied Mathematics would be ranked number 154 out of 250 journals in Applied Mathematics, and The Scientific World Journal would be ranked number 14 out of 55 journals in Multidisciplinary Sciences.

Hindawi understands that for many authors it is important for these journals to be indexed in the Science Citation Index Expanded so that publications in these journals can be considered in research assessment exercises as well as tenure and promotion reviews. Hindawi will continue working with Thomson Reuters in order to respond to any concerns that they may have in the hope that these journals will be considered for inclusion in the Science Citation Index Expanded in the future

75 Responses to The Scientific World Journal Will Lose Its Impact Factor — Again

  1. Siddiq Ali Chishti Lecturer FIS says:

    Dear Jeffrey Beall, Hope you will be doing fine. I just wanted your favor regarding knowing the academic status of a journal named ” European Journal of Social Sciences”. I intend to submit my article to them but first I need your opinion about their status. I shall be thankful to you for your cooperation. Kind regards, Siddiq Ali

  2. M. Salmani says:

    I am curious to know why don’t you add Hindawi publisher to your list and if that is that case, why to you refrain to add your famous sentence “I strongly recommend against submitting scholarly papers to all XXX journals published by XXX ” to the conclusion in this post? We would appreciate if you could clarify or elaborate on it.

  3. Wojciech says:

    Dear Sir. I think that you must add now Hindawi in your Predatory Publishers. Their journals do not have peer review. They demand a lot of USD for publishing an article. Their journals do not have Editor-in-Chief. They have published some ridiculous non-scientific papers. You must be fair and honest. Add them in the predatory publishers list. I dare you. Otherwise, you are not fair and you give advantages to Hindawi against MDPI and SCIRP that are like Hindawi but blacklisted by you

    • Dave Langers says:

      I’ve done some reviewing for “Neural Plasticity”, from Hindawi. I was suspicious, but did not encounter anything out of the ordinary. Quite a good paper, if I remember correctly, and I find the journal content entirely legit.
      I realise this is N=1, but this particular journal does /not/ seem to belong on the crap pile. No idea about any of the other Hindawi journals, although I can imagine that the quality “diverges” from case to case.
      Based on my experience, I do not recommend a phrase like “I strongly recommend against submitting scholarly papers to all XXX journals published by XXX”, as suggested above.
      (Disclosure: apart having done one review for them, I have no link with this journal of publisher whatsoever.)

    • A. Boucherif says:

      ISI indexing is a business making money on the back of scientists. Every Hindawi Math. Journal has an editor-in-chief and the review process is as clean as any other math. journal. There are ridiculous paper in every journal. Many US and European journal are rejecting papers on a geographical basis without review process. I believe the scientific community should go for google scholar indexing and scopus.

  4. Marriam says:

    Dear Jeffrey Beall
    Please do some favour by clear the present situation regarding present impact factor of Scientific World Journal. The name of the is there in Journal Citation Reports 2013, which will be valid un-till next Journal Citation Reports, likely to be published in july 2015. Does this mean it has still impact factor but will lose in next Journal Citation Reports?

  5. PK says:

    Should reputed journals such as Science accept full page color ads from Hindwai? Almost every issue of Science includes a full page ad promoting their publications

    • CSSE - not! says:

      I agree that Hindawi should be added to Beall’s list, for one simple reason, they treat science like a cattle market. Although the e-mail dated October 17, 2014 was in fact addressed to me (using automatic mail spoolers to cover up the spamming nature), notice the “negotiation” of the removal of all publishing fees if I submitted within 14 days. Which scientist can produce a paper within 14 days, I ask?

      “On Tuesday, September 30, 2014 12:07 PM, International Journal of Genomics wrote:

      Dear Dr. Teixeira Da Silva,

      It is my pleasure to invite you to submit an invited contribution to International Journal of Genomics (formerly titled Comparative and Functional Genomics), which is a peer-reviewed, open access journal that publishes original research articles as well as review articles dealing with the post-sequencing phases of genome analysis. The most recent Impact Factor for International Journal of Genomics is 1.747 according to 2013 Journal Citation Reports released by Thomson Reuters (ISI) in mid 2014.

      International Journal of Genomics is published using an open access publication model, meaning that all interested readers are able to freely access the journal online at http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ijg/ without the need for a subscription, and authors retain the copyright of their work. Moreover, all published articles will be made available on PubMed Central and indexed in PubMed at the time of publication.

      The journal has a distinguished Editorial Board with extensive academic qualifications, ensuring that the journal maintains high scientific standards and has a broad international coverage. A current list of the journal’s editors can be found at http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ijg/editors/.

      Publishing an article in International Journal of Genomics requires Article Processing Charges of $1,500. However, if you can send your paper to me directly by email before the end of October 2014, I will be happy to waive the Article Processing Charges for this invited contribution.

      Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

      Best regards,

      Monica Toma
      ——————————–
      Monica Toma
      Editorial Office
      International Journal of Genomics
      Hindawi Publishing Corporation
      http://www.hindawi.com

      Science publishing has become a disgrace.

  6. Wim Crusio says:

    I am a but puzzled by Thomson Reuters” policies. This journal has in 2013 5% self cites to years that are used in the 2013 IF calculation (2011 and 2012). A journal like Rejuvenation Research has over 40% (and almost no self-cites to years that are not important for the IF calculation…) and has had such high rates for years (sometimes even higher). Why is TSWJ fropped, but RR kept?

  7. chawla says:

    I have noted that many journals in the past are dropped from “Science Citation Index Expanded”, but after some time they reactivated again.
    http://admin-apps.webofknowledge.com/JCR/JCR?RQ=RECORD&rank=16&journal=SCI+WORLD+J
    TSWJ is still on web of knowledge “Thomoson Reuters’s impact factor list”. In above link it has still impact factor 1.219. It may be reactivted again before the new impact factor list, which normally published in July each year. So it is not confirmed, it will lose its impact factor.

  8. A says:

    Dear Jeffrey Beall
    I am a Ph.D scholar from Pakistan. I have a research Article in The Scientific World Journal. There should be one research article of non-zero impact factor for the submission of Ph.D thesis in Pakistan. May I submit my thesis on the basis of above mentioned article before July 2015. Please reply, its a matter of huge concern for me.

    • Of course, you are free to do whatever you choose.

      The journal currently has a 2013 impact factor. My understanding is that it will not have a 2014 impact factor, and Thomson Reuters currently lists it as “dropped.”

      • A says:

        So I can submit my Thesis before 2014 or not. They demand 1 paper in a journal having impact factor. Now a days 2013 list is valid, in which it has impact factor.

      • J.J. says:

        @A The only people who can help you with this issue are the member of your thesis committee, ask them. Random strangers on the internet have no idea what will help you graduate.

        As a side note, regardless of grad school requirement, a publication in this journal will probably not be highly regarded in future academic applications.

    • JBL says:

      Obviously you should discuss with your Ph.D. advisor and the chair of your department if you want to know what your departmental policies are.

    • IF - stop! says:

      And while following all the pleasant advice about speaking to your advisors, may I also suggest that you contact the Pakistani higher education authorities to stop using the IF as an equivalent of quality and to assess PhDs. When wll this pathetic game and dependence on the IF stop? It has corrupted science. No longer do students talk about the quality of their work, they just want to know about the IF of the journal it is published in. Young scientists must seek a novel way to step out of this very sick state science is in. The sooner we lose the IF, the better.

  9. Riaz Uddin says:

    I was very optimistic about this publisher. Anyway, today I found one of the articles published in Advances in Public Health, a Hindawi journal which has only one author. Well its not unlikely and an article published by a single author is not a crime! But the nature of the study somehow demands more than one author. Let me explain: the author acknowledged this way “This study was carried out as the partial fulfillment of the degree of Masters in Public Health, UniSA School of Public Health and Life Sciences, University of South Asia.” So, either the author is the student or the supervisor. So, there should have been at least 2 authors.

    Moreover, though the work was carried out for the purpose of a degree awarding the author used different affiliations. This is so confusing.

    Here is the article: http://www.hindawi.com/journals/aph/2014/952832/

    Do you have any comments? Do you think it as a scientific misconduct or do you think the editorial office of the publisher is ignoring something?

    Thanks!

    • Based on your description, I see no evidence of misconduct.

    • wimcrusio says:

      This is not unprecedented. My own thesis adviser once had a master’s student who wished to publish his results. My adviser was not sure of the data, so declined to be an author, but did permit the student to publish his master’s thesis work. The student became a successful researcher (but told me once that he’d never succeeded in replicating his master’s thesis work, so my advisor was right after all :-).

  10. R. Brown says:

    Yes, you can submit, before the publication of Journal Citation Reports 2014.

  11. Kingsley N. Ukwaja says:

    Dear Beall,

    After many years of following your work and visiting your site, I felt compelled to thank you for the great work you are doing and for helping the academic/scientific community.

    I wish to drop a few lines about HINDAWI publisher. I believe the journals operated by this publisher are all legit. Agreed, they try to create additional journal titles almost on quarterly bases, they list the names of their journal editors (although no editor in chief) in their websites with their affiliation and recent works as indexed in scopus.

    I am not sure why the TSWJ was listed as dropped in the JCR…But I have had three experiences with submitting three manuscripts in three different journals in HINDAWI publisher.

    My first paper, submitted to one of their newer titles (in PubMEd, but not listed in JCR yet) was rejected. Three reviewers reviewed the work (the recommendations were minor revision, major revision, and rejection), respectively; but for unclear reasons the editor rejected the paper. I used the advice given by the reviewers to make changes and resubmitted to a journal (indexed in JCR and PubMed) with a different publisher (two recommendations were minor revisions) before the paper was accepted.

    Since then, I have submitted two additional papers to two different HINDAWI-operated journals. Each was reviewed by at least two reviewers and went through two rounds of review before the papers were accepted.

    Furthermore, compared to other open access publishers, I believe HINDAWI publishers appears to be the most friendly to the research community. Except for the month of October 2014, Since the beginning of this year, the publisher has had several offerings of article processing charge (APC) waivers for manuscripts submitted in some of their journals. Within the month the APC waivers were being offered, all manuscripts irrespective of country of origin submitted to the journal that were finally accepted are published free of charge.

    Indeed, for my two manuscripts which were published this year (one published, the other in press) by journals operated by HINDAWI, I was not charged any APCs because I took advantage of the APC waivers offered by the journals (presently, the APCs for the journals are $600 and $800).

    With my above experience, although I believe some of their titles are not yet perfect, I still think that the journal policies of HINDAWI publishers does not yet warrant inclusion in your list.

    For the records, the above are just my experiences with this publisher.

    Thank you once again Prof Beall.

  12. Farzad says:

    The way that The scientific world journal is treated by Thomson Reuters is grotesque and suggests some prejudice which may have played a part in their decision. There is no doubt that Hindawi publication has a long way to go to reach the quality and reputation of some other publishers like Elsevier or Springer. However, it can not be denied that Hindawi is a rising new power in the academic community, which to some extent, challenges veteran publishers. We know that the margin profit of Hindawi surpassed that of Elsevier some time ago. I am not interested in putting forward some conspiracy theories and claim that those long-established and influential publishers may try to perniciously impact Hindawi through the tools such as Thomson Reuters, but excuse of self-citation provided by Thomson Reuters for removing The scientific world journal or Abstract and Applied Analysis from their list sounds not only unconvincing but rather flimsy. Ironically, if self-citation is going to establish a criterion for preserving or tarnishing reputation of Thomson Reuters or scientific community , then, many Elsevier or Springer-operated journals must either be dropped from JCR or lose their impact factor.

  13. phpkelli says:

    This is really sad and if things keep going into the dark like this then soon the whole academic sector will die. I am disappointed in reading this and on the other hand I am glad that there are Journals like http://www.elkjournals.com/ who are working so hard to come up with new ways to help researchers and scholars. I recently got my journal paper submitted with them through their easy and quick publication process. Since I was left with very few days.

  14. MMIC says:

    What is worth of “EURASIP Journal on Image and Video Processing”, its impact factor is 0.662, have only online version; they are demanding me US$ 1700 for publication. plzz help me to decide if it is fake or true journal. Thanks

  15. frederico medeiros says:

    Dear Beall,
    Do you recommend the publication of the article in the Journal: “Case Report Neurological Medicine” (Hindawi Publishing Corporation)?
    Thanks.

  16. nazanin says:

    Dear Jeffrey Beall, i am a medical student and i will be so glad that you help me: i have published an article in interdisciplinary toxicology journal last year, and it was indexed in pubmed, unfortunately recenly i found papers published in 2014 volume (includng mine) of this journal are no longer in pubmed and no isi . besides, the journal does not even reply our emails! please please tell me what i can do?

    • I am sorry that this has happened.
      In practical terms, there is probably little you can do. If you were successful in withdrawing the paper from the first journal, few if any editors of high quality journals would likely be interested in accepting a paper that was previously published in a low quality journal.
      Perhaps the best thing to do is to use this as a learning experience and write a new and better paper and submit it to a top quality journal. Good luck.

  17. John says:

    Dear Mr. Beall,

    I strongly believe that TSWJ is a trustworthy and reliable journal.
    I submitted a manuscript on August 1st 2014 and it is still under review. Besides, the handling Editor asked of me to send out an other published paper of mine regarding the same scientific field in order to check out for a possible double publication.

    • John says:

      About two months after my post, I received an interim decision of this submission, according to which major modifications were necessary. The peer review procedure was impartial and rigorous and indeed the reviewers pointed out some weaknesses which should be fixed. Besides, they provide me with very helpful comments to improve this manuscript.
      I confirm I worked very hard to render it suitable for publication in TSWJ. I believe that this journal should be indexed again in Web of Science.

  18. Farzad says:

    Dear Mr. Jeffrey Beall,

    I have recently noticed that the article processing charges assigned to authors for their accepted manuscripts by The scientific world journal have markedly been reduced from 1200 dollars to 800 dollars. Since you have got a long experience and also extensive knowledge about issues related to open access journals, I would like to hear your expert opinion on this action taken by Hindawi publishing company. What reasons may cause an open access journal to bring down its article processing charges? Your general or specific response to this query is highly appreciated.

  19. linda says:

    Beall,
    I wish you had an eye on it. http://verizonaonlinepublishing.com/

  20. Samah says:

    hi, i have submitted an article to an ISI indexed journal, after one month i received a reply that is major corrections required.. there were two reviewers both of them listed the same list of 30 references asking me to include it in my related work , i went through the list and found out that all the references in the list are authored or co-authored by the assigned editor. i included the references that are related to my work (9 of them) and did the corrections and send it back, within 24 hours , i received a reply with minor corrections are required , once again the corrections are a list of 6 references that are authored by the same editor. i included some of them and send it back. was that a wrong decision, what was i supposed to do , is any thing that i can do now????

    • This sounds like an example of coercive citation. What is the title of the journal you submitted your article to?
      One option for you is to tell the journal you would like to withdraw your paper. Get a confirmation that the submission is withdrawn and save the confirmation. Good luck.

  21. Mustafa says:

    Dear Mr Jeffery ;

    There is a journal called “Journal of Fluid Flow, Heat and Mass Transfer ” by AVESTIA Publisher , is it an ISI journal ?

  22. Yang says:

    Dear Mr Jeffery,
    Recently, IJACSA(International Journal of Advanced Computer Science and Applications) Journal declares that they will be indexed in web of science database at the end of 2015.
    Could you please help me to confirm the truth?
    The evidence that they declared was located at
    http://thesai.org/Publications/Citations?code=IJACSA
    Thanks
    Yang

    • I do not see this journal included in the Thomson Reuters Master List. I think if the journal were really indexed in a Thomson Reuters database or product, it would be included in the master list. Something is not right here.

      • Yang says:

        Dear Mr Jeffery,
        Thanks for your information. Do you know any one’s email who handles the web of science in Thomson Reuters so that I can further confirm the truth?
        Thanks for your help
        Best Regards
        Yang

    • smunirathina says:

      IJACSA has been accepted for indexing in the Thomson Reuters Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI), a new edition of Web of Science launching in 2015. and its not indexed in SCI or SCIE. If you are looking for journal indexed in SCI or SCIE, IJACSA is not the journal.

  23. Josef Trögl says:

    I have submitted two papers to TSWJ. The first was accepted in spring 2013 after about a month with two reviews recommending only minor revision (not requiring). The second one a year later was rejected after approx. the same time again after two reviews for the reason “insufficient novelty”. I do not see anything wrong on the review process.

  24. Marriam says:

    Dear Jeffrey Beall
    Please tell me what is the repute of the following Elsevier journals:
    (1) Journal of Combinatorial Theory, Series A
    (2) Journal of Combinatorial Theory, Series B
    (3) European Journal of Combinatorics
    (4) Discrete mathematics

    • I am sorry, I have not analyzed these journals. I generally limit my analyses to open-access titles.
      I have never seen any negative evidence about these journals that I can remember.

      • Marriam says:

        What your opinion about PLOS ONE?

      • “In other words, when a hiring committee examines a junior scientist’s CV, a publication in a traditional journal carries with it the weight associated with the journal’s reputation for selectivity, rigor, novelty, and yes, likely impact. On the surface, a publication in an open-access journal only imparts ‘not scientifically flawed.'”

        Agrawal, A. A. (2014). Four more reasons to be skeptical of open-access publishing. Trends in Plant Science, 19(3), 133. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.tplants.2014.01.005

      • The Agrawal, A. A. (2014) paper is already out of date – it was actually a one page letter and I am sure it got the author a few citations. You can read it here .http://www.eeb.cornell.edu/agrawal/documents/agrawal2014tipsskepticalofopen-access.pdf . The accusation there that OA has “…little quality control, conflicts of interest, and no stamp of rigor or potential impact” clearly applies only to the journals on JBs list, but nor the others. The point with OA is to look for the sound and trustworthy journals which are as good as (in some cases better than, like ‘Cultural Anthropology’ or ‘Environmental Health Perspectives’) their traditional counterparts. Most of these are free and listed in, at least, Scopus and some in WoS as well. Many, like my own, are produced by dedicated and unpaid academics trying to break the back of the ‘big five’ publishers without charging authors instead of readers. My own list in a few academic fields, mainly in social science, is getting a fair bit of traffic since like Jeffrey, I check every journal. No bad ones on there. https://simonbatterbury.wordpress.com/2015/10/25/list-of-open-access-journals

  25. Abdul Razaq says:

    Dear Jeffrey Beall
    Is it fair to judge the quality of journal through Thomson Reuters Impact Factor, Need a comprehensive answer. Thanks

    • The impact factor is not supposed to be a measure of quality, but many use it for that anyway.
      There are a few journals with impact factors that are on my list. In my opinion, these journals are low quality.
      Some use the impact factor to create a whitelist of journals.
      If you use the impact factor to measure the impact/quality of journals in one specific field, then that might be a fair use of the metric.

  26. Mellisa says:

    Dear Jeffrey,
    First let me say thanks for this impartial post.
    Then I have a question:
    Assume http://www.webofknowledge.com is one institute scale for determining the value of an article.
    Now If I submit my manuscript to a journal indexed by Thomson Reuters as SCI or SCIE. The journal reviews my paper and gives acceptance to me, in the time of acceptance still journal is indexed as SCI or SCIE. Then I confirm to publish the paper as they accepted and they are indexed as SCIE.
    After that they show my paper as online accepted paper and the publication volume will be for 8 month later.
    What will happen if the journal lose its ISI index during these months? Can I see my paper in webofknowledge in future as a paper accepted in an ISI indexed journal?
    For example check this link: http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ddns/2015/380184/ . The papers that are accepted and appeared in the journal’s page are not shown in the webofknwoledge, the journal is ISI indexed, but if the journal lose its index during comind months what will happen to these papers? They will be shown in webofknowledge?

    Thanks in advance..

    • The answer is “it depends.” Thomson Reuters is mysterious sometimes. The sell many different products, and a single journal can appear in more than one product (e.g. Zoological Record and SCIE). So the answer to your question may depend on the journal. Perhaps someone else can help answer this question?

  27. James says:

    I receive call for paper from Hindawi every two-three months asking for submitting papers to a special issue. There is no doubt that Hindawi is a Predatory Publishers。 I am curious why Mr. Jeffrey Beall does not put Hindawi into its list.

    I also have chance talked to an Editor-in-chief of journal in Hindawi. This journal was owned by IOS Press. The Editor-in-Chief told me that he does not have much power to accept or reject a paper after the journal was bought by Hindawi.

  28. Shah Nazir says:

    Jeffrey Beall
    Can you please tell me about scientific programming (hindawai) journal. Is it ok for submitting a paper? in coming JCR 2015, it will have IF or not?

  29. Shah Nazir says:

    Thank you very much

  30. Ayesha says:

    Jeffrey Beall
    Sir how you rate the journal Plose one? Is it well reputed?

  31. Dear Jeffrey,

    I came across your article by chance today while searching for the ranking of the Scientific World Journal.

    I am helping a student with his thesis and in the process he sent me a copy of an article from this journal, Vol. 2014, Article ID 516394, titled “Fuzzy Regulator Design for Wind Turbine Yaw Control.”

    While reading through the article I realized that something was not right. There is only one equation in the article, and it is incorrect. Also, the graphs do not make sense. That was when I decided to search the internet for more information on this journal.

    I have subsequently advised the student to be skeptical of articles published in Scientific World Journal.

    Thanks for the good work.

    • Emilio says:

      It would be better to contact the Academic Editor who handled this paper, writing out your objections.
      However, according to my personal experience the peer review procedure in Hindawi journals is stringent.

  32. Earthplanet says:

    Based on my own personal experience, I have to say that reviewing process associated with manuscripts submitted to the Scientific World Journal is quite rigorous and comprehensive.

    Although they charge authors, no easy acceptance is offered to any manuscript. Therefore, I do not think it is appropriate to cast shadow on the reputation of a journal merely by singling out a scientifically flawed article.

    Examples of such articles can be found in any journal, which is usually the result of negligence or oversight made either by reviewers or editors. In instances like this, it might be the responsibility of readers to take necessary actions.

    Given the history of this journal in terms of dealing with problematic published articles, I am pretty certain that if you communicate your concerns with the academic editor of the paper, he or she will pay attention to it and there is even the possibility of retracting the article from the journal if your points are found valid.

  33. OUHADE says:

    Dear Jeffrey,
    First let me say thanks for this impartial post.
    What your opinion about ‘Mathematical Problems in Engineering’
    ?http://www.hindawi.com/journals/mpe/osi/

    • The journal’s publisher, Hindawi, is not on my list.
      Thanks.

    • FJM says:

      I have had an excellent experience with this journal (Mathematical Problems in Engineering). Two good reviews. One accepted it, the other was more skeptical. The editor allowed us to answer and finally we convinced the skeptical reviewer. The proofing was very good.
      Actually I was going to send the manuscript to a Springer journal but since I received the waive cost, I tried here.
      We are slaves of IF, and I tell you that I received ridiculous reviews (and sometimes just 1 review) from journals in the top 10% of the IF. Some of these papers were thereafter accepted in other top 10% journals.
      There are journals in Q2 much, much better than many in Q1.

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