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.
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:
I am not too surprised to find a journal that advertises fake impact factors and does a four-day peer review included in DOAJ:
The DOAJ record indicates the journal has no article processing charges:
However, the journal does have a “maintenance” fee, which is essentially the same thing as an author fee or article processing charge:
(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?