Shabby Indian Management Megajournal Reveals Its Peer Review Process

International Journal of Management Research and Review

Poor management.

The International Journal of Management Research and Review (IJMRR) is typical of the many low-quality and deceptive megajournals that are started up in India every week.

This one stands out, however, for opening up a window into its review process, something that few predatory publishers do. On its “Reviewer Report” page, the journal displays this web form that reviewers fill out when submitting their peer reviews:

Submit Reviewer Report

The future of peer review for open-access journals?

As you can see, all the reviewer has to do is enter his name and the article title. Then he selects radio buttons (🔘) for Best, Good or Poor for four questions, and Yes or No for the other one. Finally, the reviewer enters a numerical value to answer the ungrammatical prompt, “How Much Score Get This Title (1-10).”

The form does not lend itself to, and probably prevents, a proper and legitimate peer review.

This is a management journal, yet it is a superb example of how not to run a business. The journal falsely proclaims it has an impact factor (0.381), and the editor-in-chief and the co-editor are listed without any affiliations:

Mr Mandeep

Mr. Who ?

Finally, if you’re looking for a cheap place to publish, this journal has among the lowest article processing charges I’ve seen:

Fees chart


I don’t know how a journal could be sustained on such a small income. I don’t expect this journal to last long and am sure its article content will likely disappear from the internet when the owner departs or gets bored with this, for the journal has no digital preservation plans, another example of bad management.


11 Responses to Shabby Indian Management Megajournal Reveals Its Peer Review Process

  1. Jeff Shrager says:

    Maybe it’s impact factor is actually NEGATIVE 0.381, which is what it looks like! :-)

    Seriously, though. Having a set of choices isn’t much more than some conferences have, although they let you add comments. (Maybe this journal does too?) Sometimes it’s a likert scale. Anyway, one could argue about the details. And, indeed, at least they are asking about several categories. I’m mean, clearly this is pretty poorly executed, but at least it’s not one question with one choice: Accept? [] Yes.

  2. There is some dire content in that IJMRR journal. e.g. extract from one article: “A fashion in clothes that is a language beyond words which leads the consumer to get entice of what they seeing and to buy.” For $30 you obviously don’t get copy-editing.

  3. Yurii says:

    I wonder, why they charge more for manuscripts with more than two authors. Probably you pay for that extra storage space.

  4. Guetuoache Mourade says:

    Thank you for attention But the magazine publishes research money and I am a researcher at the I do not have the money

    • IJMRR - not! says:

      Mourade, your comment indicates that maybe more than ever before in publishing history, we are seeing a widening gap in wealth, in intellect and in common sense. And those that lack these three also appear to be accumulating on the opposite extreme, in massive numbers never before witnessed. There are hundreds of free journals of quality, although not open access. Why would you select, for example, IJMRR? Because they would publish your eloquence for a few hundred rupees?

  5. Lost Hours says:

    I came to your site to do a little check on “IOSR journals” because a poorly written and hardly-of-value paper hosted there showed up on one of my Google searches and wasted much of my time today.

    Indeed, is in your list, though that is little consolation.

    In the “about” page (URL above) these worthies also claim to be a “unit of CSIR” (an Indian government funded organization) which is most certainly a lie.

    • Thank you India says:

      I believe that the corruption in Indian academics and government is deep, and wide. This boost of OA publishers in India is openly sanctioned and evenly supported by the Indian Government. It is the way in which Indian scientists will be able to impose their influence on currently Western-controlled sector of publishing. That does not mean that all Indian scientists are bad. Even bad and fraudulent science that stains the name of India black is ignored, because the wave of nonsense that is being published from the Indian sub-continent, and supported by an equally large wave of fraudulent publishers, is simply drowning out the global academics’ capacity to sort out what is veritable from what is not. The ideology is smart, but so corrupted. Eventually, if you ae able to flood the publishing pool with highly corrupted as well as excellent research, and create a mix of something than cannot be distinguished, then you have achieved a victory for your country, because then all you can do is simply claim the numbers. China is also approaching this dangerous model, as we see many new OA publishers with a link to a Western ally, but with Chinese management, or, for example, the wolf in sheep’s clothing style of the Chinese management disguised as Mrs. Anne Brown at CSSE. Or the shenanigans of MDPI. So, it is not only the level of academic fraud that is expanding exponentially, it is the way in which official governmental structures are either directly supporting such initiatives, or not sanctioning negative aspects of it, that is making the situation absolutely unbearable now. At a certain point, something’s got to give, and break. Mr. Modi, I ask you, rather than spending time on lavish dinners in international parties, how about reigning in the fraud emanating from your country? And as for Alannis Morisette, sorry to say, you were way wrong with your “Thank you India”… We have reached the stage where individual scientists are not taking responsibility for the trash they are spewing in these publishers’ journals, and where the publishers simply sit back and laugh at the Beall list. Why are Indian scientists not standing up against fraudulent Indian scientists and publishers in public? It is now time to start ratcheting up the pressure on governments and ministries of education, who are simply getting fat off the numbers, without an iota of responsibility. The ultimate proof is the corrupting of Thomson Reuter’s “Master list” and Elsevier’s Scopus. And the indistinguishable mess in Google Scholar. These corporations have given the frauds a spring-board to fame, so why are they also not being held accountable?

  6. Arun K Aggarwal says:

    I happen to read this interesting debate because I was also surprised at the impact factors displayed by various journals. Whereas, the concerns raised by various researchers are genuine. Academic and research frauds should be prevented. However, it is important to understand the pathways that encourage researchers in India to resort to these so called low quality journals.
    The so called high quality journals have another type of fraud. There is favoritism and inequity in publication. The mind set is already corrupt as is evident by by the previous comments. You people feel that Indian research is useless, bogus and thus leads to very high rejection rates. Moreover, article processing charges are so high that Indian researchers who donot have funding support can not dream of it. There are institutional mechanisms to fund the publication in developed world but none of that sort exists in India. Does that mean we should stop doing research and stop publishing it. These so called low quality journals have provided access to such researchers in India.
    I am sure it is going to influence the market of so called high quality journals. ..and hence all the pain. One should not forget that it is ultimately the end user who decides the quality of work. If as a reader, you find it is dustbin research..will you consider it further..No you will not. But atleast now your work is open to all for the scrutiny.. instead of getting it dumped in the book shelves.
    Our work is also judged by the quality of language. We are offered English editing services at a cost of our complete one months salary!
    And please, be careful while pointing fingers at my country like this. All those who have raised such silly and shabby objections..can not be researchers. Can you blame the entire country for misdeeds of few.
    AND few persons have quoted an example of poor review process by showing a review form where you have radio buttons and ultimate scoring. They say this is poor review. My question is why this is poor for decision to publish? it may be poor with respect the lack of educative ability of the review comments. Researchers learn a lot from good quality review comments. But ultimate decision to publish or not is based on such radio buttons only: whether to accept as such, or accept with minor revisions or major revision or reject. So, what is wrong with the review process?

    So, please be ware of emerging Indian market for publication.
    Developed world has to change their attitudes else they will lose market from Indian researchers very soon.
    Note: I am independent researcher working in govt organisation. I donot have any conflict of interest with any of the Indian journals that have been labelled as cheap. However, blaming my country as such cannot be tolerated.
    I request all Indians to respond

  7. jshrager says:

    English is the defacto international standard scientific language. There is precedent for standard languages. For example, English has been the formal standard aviation language for years. Moreover, there are specific English proficiency requirements for any pilot or controller involved in international flight:

    “All Air Traffic Controllers and Flight Crew Members engaged in or in contact with international flights must be proficient in the English language as a general spoken medium and not simply have a proficiency in standard ICAO Radio Telephony Phraseology. Those who do not have English proficiency must acquire it, or risk removal from international flight routes.”

    Since communication is a central function of science, and is THE central function of writing scientific papers, I don’t see any problem with requiring proficiency in the international standard scientific language in order to be published, just as international pilots and controllers are required to have proficiency in the standard aviation language in order to be certified.

  8. Arun K Aggarwal says:

    You are absolutely right.
    If Indian researchers are put to risk of removal by such so called international flights ( journals)..we launch our own own flights. Overall objective of any communication is ability to convey.
    I think, we Indians can understand our English language well.
    AND most of the researchers will also be able to get the messages.
    However, if journals have problems…we abandon those journals.

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