New Open-Access Humanities Journal Launches

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Attention humanists! You now have an open-access journal where you can submit your humanities research.

Except, wait, maybe not.

The journal is the International Journal Online of Humanities (IJOHMN). It originates in Bhopal, India, and it just launched its inaugural issue, volume 1, issue 1.

The issue contains five open-access articles.

The journal claims “Norweigan accreditation.” Moreover, perhaps recognizing that there are relatively few grant opportunities for humanists, this journal has a very reasonable author fee:

Subscription & processing fee for online publication, Rs. 1200 for Indian authors & 45 US Dollars for Foreign authors. ( No extra fee for co authors.)

We’re not sure why the journal uses the term “subscription … fee,” as the articles are all open-access.

Speaking of the articles, we found some unoriginal content in one of them. We looked closely at the article, “A Comparative study of Gandhi and Nehru and in their Autobiographies” and read this passage:

Autobiography is usually defined as a retrospective narrative written about one’s life, in the first person and in prose. Such writing has appeared with increasing frequency in Western Literature since the beginning of nineteenth century but after World War II, it gained considerable significance.

Here’s what it looks like in the article:

Where are the quotation marks? The citation?

Where are the quotation marks? The citation?

Unfortunately, this text appeared previously in this book chapter:

International Journal Online of Humanities 3

The original source.

Regrettably, there is no citation, no quotation marks, and no other indication that the text is someone else’s work.

This is obviously a very weak attempt at starting a humanities journal. We recommend that humanists and others avoid the International Journal Online of Humanities.

And if they happen to come out with an International Journal Online of Syntax, we recommend you avoid that one too.

One more thing:

Oops.

Oops.

18 Responses to New Open-Access Humanities Journal Launches

  1. Mohamed.Ali.Elnur says:

    It.seems.
    .to.me..that.this.is.the.age.of.deception-piaracy-hackering.and fraudulence..fantasy….why.these.rubish.encountered.from.the.east.of.the.globe….this.is.a.kind.of.HUMAN.canabilism????

  2. Anatoli says:

    Not to worry…. After a few months/ years when the owner realizes that he is not making as much money as he expected…. he will close the journal overnight…. Don’t worry about the authors who published in it because if they were serious authors they would have known better than to choose such journals.

  3. Ivana says:

    “Communication skills” ;) The author is really skilled… how to steal.

  4. Keith Fraser says:

    A journal where not only are some of the paper titles in grammatically incorrect English, but the name of the journal itself isn’t grammatically correct? These things are getting more and more lazy, it’s like the free e-book publishing avalanche.

  5. This article: http://ijohmn.com/blog/2014/12/10/leaders-produce-teamwork-organizations/

    Contains the following strange text:

    “Thomas Edison, for example, is remembered as almost certainly the most American discoverer of the untimely 20th century. From his productive intelligence came the brightest bulb and the turntable, along with additional than a thousand further untested inventions over a sixty-year vocation. However, he only just worked by yourself.”

    It seems that the author has taken another text and replaced words with dictionary synonyms (to fool a plagiarism detector?) Here’s a possible source (seemingly):

    “Thomas Edison, for example, is remembered as probably
    the greatest American inventor of the early twentieth century. From
    his fertile mind came the light bulb and the phonograph, along with more than a thousand other patented inventions over a sixty-year career. But he hardly worked alone.”

    early -> untimely
    light -> brightest
    hardly -> only just

  6. Is there an International Journal Online of Inhumanities?
    Asking for a friend.

  7. […] a regular reader of Jeffrey Beall’s invaluable Scholarly OA blog. Earlier this week Beall blogged about a dubious-looking new ‘predatory’ journal called International Journal Online of […]

  8. I just emailed IJOHMN letting them know about apparent plagiarism in two articles (the “Thomas Edison” one I posted about above, and another one!)

  9. Humanities Editor says:

    As someone who edits a proper peer-reviewed journal in the humanities / social sciences (depending on where you want to put archaeology), I have to admit that I was feeling left out by all of the laughable science journals out there. Now at least I too can share your pain, brothers and sisters.

  10. Yesterday I emailed IJOHMN accusing two of their papers of plagiarism.

    Today, those papers have vanished and have been replaced by two new papers!

    Well, they moved quickly… but some retraction notices would have been nice.

  11. ayansola tomi segun says:

    methodology is important.

  12. ayansola tomi segun says:

    method should be detailed

  13. ayansola tomi segun says:

    free submission without fee is prefered

  14. […] a regular reader of Jeffrey Bealls invaluable Scholarly OA blog. Earlier this week Beall blogged about a dubious-looking new predatory journal called International Journal Online of Humanities […]

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