The International Journal of English Language, Literature & Humanities (IJELLH) is using a (likely pirated) Christmas-themed call for papers. It promises to publish research papers in four days.
A quick look at this journal’s website reveals that it is totally fake in almost every way possible. It sports a fake impact factor (SJIF Impact Factor of 2.317), and it claims to be an “ISO 9001:2008 certified non-profit organization.”
The journal also prominently claims “Norwegian Accreditation.” I don’t think the Norwegians really approve of this extremely low-quality journal.
The journal’s FAQ page gives insight into why there are so many bogus journals based in India. It seems that academic credit is awarded on a point system, and the standard for assigning points is very low:
How many points in API will I get if my article is published in IJELLH ?
Ans: You get 10 points for the paper published in ISSN affiliated journals. But you can get 15 points if your article is published in IJELLH as it is an international, Refereed / Peer-reviewed, Indexed Journal according to UGC norms and guidelines.
I think that UGC here refers to India’s University Grants Commission. Does the Commission really publish such ridiculous norms and guidelines?
Authors can publish in this journal for as low as $100.
I am seeing an increasing number of predatory journals in the humanities. Also, I am seeing an increase in the number of questionable open-access journals on TESL. There are many TESL professors around the world, including many needing to publish to earn tenure and promotion.
Previously, predatory journals focused on the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields. Now they seem to be increasingly focusing on the humanities and social sciences as well.
And now they are using Christmas-themed marketing to get more money from more researchers as well.