What is possibly the shortest review article ever published has appeared in a highly questionable journal based in Nellore City, Andhra Pradesh, India. The review article has only three paragraphs.
Review articles are usually longer than three paragraphs, often much longer. They aim to summarize the current scientific findings on a given topic. This review article is about the drug levamisole.
Here is the article’s citation:
Ganguly, Subha. (2014). Efficacy of levamisole as non-specific immunomodulator: A review. Annals of Biomedicines and Natural Products, 1(1), 22–23. Retrieved from: http://www.pharmaresearchlibrary.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/Gallery-Proof-ABMNP2041.pdf
By comparison, the Wikipedia article about the drug is many times longer than this review article and has 38 references. The review article has seven references, but I do understand the article is about one aspect of the drug.
Written by Subha Ganguly, a professor at India’s West Bengal University of Animal and Fishery Sciences, the article appears in the journal Annals of Biomedicines Natural Products, published by the recently-launched publisher called Pharma Research Library.
Rather absurdly, the two-page article has a table of contents. It took about six weeks for the article to pass through peer review, which is surprising given that it takes approximately one minute to read it.
Predatory publishers frequently promise a rapid peer review, sometimes offering to complete the process in a week or less. If there ever were a case that might justify such a rapid peer review, it would be this one.
The article’s publisher, Pharma Research Library, launched recently with twelve low-quality, broad-coverage journals (see list below).
An email forwarded to me shows the publisher makes false claims about its journals’ impact factors:
———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Editor PRL <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, Feb 25, 2015 at 6:52 PM
Subject: Thanks for Contacting Pharma Research Library Journals
Thanks for contacting us, we will reply you soon.
*Impact Factors: 0.799*(IJCPS), 1.008* (IJPNM), 1.467*(IJMPR), 2.976* (IJRPLS), 4.402* (IJCTPR)
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Thanks with Regards
Pharma Research Library
I suspect that the real purpose of this article was to get academic credit for the author — credit that needed to be established quickly, before a deadline.
I recommend that researchers not submit manuscripts to all the journals published by Pharma Research Library.
Appendix: List of Pharma Research Library Journals as of 2015-02-27:
- Analytical and Medicinal Chemistry Letters
- Annals of Biomedicines and Natural Products
- Asian Journal of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Research
- Asian Journal of Medical and Pharmaceutical Sciences
- International Journal of Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Sciences
- International Journal of Current Trends in Pharmaceutical Research
- International Journal of Medicine and Pharmaceutical Research
- International Journal of Pharmacy and Natural Medicines
- International Journal of Research in Pharmacy and Life Sciences
- Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biological Research
- Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis Letters
- World Journal of Pharmacy and Biotechnology