Low Quality, “No Author-Fee” OA Journal Has Hidden Charges

International Journal of Computer Science and Mobile Computing

Danger with a capital DOAJ.

The International Journal of Computer Science and Mobile Computing is another broad-scope open-access journal from India, one that claims it charges no author fees, a claim confirmed in the Directory of Open Access Journals. But the journal does have a sneaky, hidden “maintenance fee.”

The journal prominently displays on its main page a whole bunch of colorful, yet fake, impact factors. It reserves the largest font for its ISSN, as if this were also a legitimate metric.

International Journal of Computer Science and Mobile Computing

Fake impact factors, an epidemic.

Like most junk journals from South Asia, this one doesn’t really do any peer review and instead just accepts papers almost immediately. Here’s a screenshot from the journal’s FAQ:

International Journal of Computer Science and Mobile Computing

Quick and easy.

I am not too surprised to find a journal that advertises fake impact factors and does a four-day peer review included in DOAJ:

International Journal of Computer Science and Mobile Computing

Recommended by DOAJ?

The DOAJ record indicates the journal has no article processing charges:

International Journal of Computer Science and Mobile Computing

Data from DOAJ.

However, the journal does have a “maintenance” fee, which is essentially the same thing as an author fee or article processing charge:

International Journal of Computer Science and Mobile Computing

Hidden fee.

(I realize it is possible that this fee was added after DOAJ added the journal to its database.)

So, this is a journal that advertises fake impact factors, publishes papers with no real peer review, and has hidden author fees. And it’s included in DOAJ.

How accurate is the data in DOAJ, and why are dishonest journals like the International Journal of Computer Science and Mobile Computing in its main index?

10 Responses to Low Quality, “No Author-Fee” OA Journal Has Hidden Charges

  1. DOAJ applications are processed by volunteers who really are doing the best job they can. I work with them. The goal at DOAJ is to make sure the journals are actually Open Access. This one does sound like a problem. I’ll bring it up with the managing editors to see if it can be re-evaluated. Thanks for pointing it out.

  2. muhammad says:

    Please check this open access publisher from Pakistan.
    Director : Dr. Khurram Imran Khan
    URL: http://www.giki.edu.pk/Faculty/Dr-Khurram-Imran-Khan
    Publisher Website: http://arpgweb.com/index.php

    • Thank you for letting me know about this new publisher.
      My software warns me that the site has malware.

      • Dear Jeffrey Beall,
        Thank you for your effort to worn each and everyone about these dangerous publishers.
        I am in Rwanda and I wish to get connect with you for always be updated on trustable journals in which our researchers should be publish their research works.
        Regards,

      • Thanks, and I am sorry, I do not publish any list of trustable journals. I only publish lists of low-quality journals and publishers.

  3. Sdjebali says:

    I’ve always understood that DOAJ only means “Online Publications” whether journals charge fees or not (the same as DOI for paper publications). Online publications are nowadays expanding and flourishing for obvious reasons. In my opinion, the real question is to know who finance a journal. When it’s the author who funds, this undoubtedly becomes problematical!

  4. […] Hidden charges from a publisher claiming it charges authors nothing? Say it ain’t so. […]

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