A publisher named The Global Journals, based in Gujarat, India, publishes hundreds of articles each month in its four broad-coverage journals. I don’t understand how such a low-quality and dishonest publisher is able to attract and publish so many articles.
The Global Journals publishes these four journals:
They are all published monthly; new issues for two of the journals appear at the beginning of each month. New issues for the other two appear in the middle of each month.
Table: Number of articles published by each journal from October, 2014 to February, 2015.
The table shows that the Indian Journal of Applied Research published 248 articles in February, 2015! Why are so many researchers submitting papers to this publisher? Is it the easy acceptance and a relatively low author fee this publisher offers?
The journals all have flashing text claiming impact factors, but none has an authentic impact factor — this information is false and misleading.
Looking at the journals’ “Indexing” pages reveals more misleading and false information. The pages have the logos of many legitimate companies and services, but few or none of the services include the four journals. For example, the Thomson Reuters logo is there, but I cannot find any of the four journals on the TR Master List.
On the other hand, the pages have the logos for several fake impact factor companies. Some also have the image for SCIRUS, but this service no longer exists.
Like many predatory publishers, this one provides contradictory information about licensing, specifically policies regarding copyright and Creative Commons licenses.
For example, all four journals’ homepages prominently display a Creative Commons license at the bottom of the pages:
However, each journal requires authors whose papers are accepted for publication (that is, most all of them) to sign a form that transfers copyright to the publisher.
Summary: The Global Journals is another popular, yet low-quality, open-access publisher that uses misleading information to attract article manuscripts and their accompanying payments. All honest researchers should avoid this questionable publisher.