Ivy Union Publishing: A Publisher to Avoid

Ivy Union Publishing

Another low-quality China-based open-access publisher.

The two things that stand out about open-access publisher Ivy Union Publishing are the large number of journals it publishes and its deceptive use of geographic terms in its journal titles.

Ivy Union Publishing has 73 open-access journals in its portfolio, and the first word in the title of each one is “American” [for a list of titles, see the appendix below].

I cannot confirm that the publisher is based in America at all, however, and I really think the publisher is NOT based in America but wants to mislead potential authors to think that it is based here.

The “contact” links for the journals do not list any location, but many of the publisher’s web pages bear this copyright statement:

Copyright © 2012-2015. All rights reserved. Published by Ivy Union Publishing LLC, Lewes, DE 19958, USA

I’ve learned that one can — over the internet — easily and quickly incorporate a business in Delaware and then use the business incorporation company’s address as one’s business address.

In fact, the domain name registration for Ivy Union suggests a Chinese headquarters:

Registrant Name:Rober Peng
Registrant Organization:Ivy Union Publishing
Registrant Street: Pudong New Distric
Registrant Street: Lingang Xincheng Zhen, Guzonglu
Registrant Street: #438 Long, No. 76-101
Registrant City:Shanghai
Registrant State/Province:Shanghai
Registrant Postal Code:201306
Registrant Country:CN
Registrant Phone:+86.15618062872

Ivy Union Publishing contact

Deceptive use of a U.S.-based telephone number.

If you call their telephone number, you get a recording that says, “Toll-free forwarding dot com. The number you have dialed is no longer in service.”

The publisher has been on my list since 2012, yet many of its journals have no content. Some of the journals are so desperate for content that they do not charge any author fee.

The journals are mostly in the bio-medical sciences. I learned recently that someone had been tricked into submitting their work to one of this publisher’s journals and wanted to sound a warning.

This is a bare-bones, deceptive publisher, and all serious researchers should not submit papers or volunteer to serve on its editorial boards.

 

Appendix: List of Ivy Union Publishing journals as of 2015-11-02

  1. American Journal of Animal and Veterinary Research
  2. American Journal of Applied Mathematical Research
  3. American Journal of Applied Physics
  4. American Journal of Aquatic Sciences
  5. American Journal of Big Data Research
  6. American Journal of Bioengineering and Biotechnology Research
  7. American Journal of Biomedical Engineering & Technology
  8. American Journal of Biomedical Imaging
  9. American Journal of Cancer Biology
  10. American Journal of Cancer Case Reports
  11. American Journal of Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention
  12. American Journal of Cancer Genetics, Genomics and Proteomics
  13. American Journal of Cancer Review
  14. American Journal of Cancer Science
  15. American Journal of Cancer Therapy and Pharmacology
  16. American Journal of Cell Biology
  17. American Journal of Circulation Research
  18. American Journal of Clinical Anesthesiology
  19. American Journal of Clinical Cancer Research
  20. American Journal of Clinical Infectious Diseases
  21. American Journal of Clinical Nursing
  22. American Journal of Clinical Otolaryngology
  23. American Journal of Clinical Pediatrics
  24. American Journal of Cloud Computing
  25. American Journal of Computational Biology
  26. American Journal of Current Analytical Chemistry
  27. American Journal of Current Biology
  28. American Journal of Current Cardiology
  29. American Journal of Current Genetics
  30. American Journal of Current Immunology
  31. American Journal of Current Medicine
  32. American Journal of Current Microbiology
  33. American Journal of Current Organic Chemistry
  34. American Journal of Current Pharmacology
  35. American Journal of Current Psychiatry
  36. American Journal of Current Public Health
  37. American Journal of Current Stem Cells
  38. American Journal of Current Surgery
  39. American Journal of Current Virology
  40. American Journal of Data Science
  41. American Journal of Datasets & Databases: Medicine
  42. American Journal of Dermatology
  43. American Journal of Developmental Biology
  44. American Journal of Diabetes, Obesity & Metabolism
  45. American Journal of Drug Discovery
  46. American Journal of Energy and Environment
  47. American Journal of Environmental Science & Technology
  48. American Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology
  49. American Journal of Genome Research
  50. American Journal of Human Pathology
  51. American Journal of Management Studies
  52. American Journal of Medical Case Reports
  53. American Journal of Medical Informatic Research
  54. American Journal of Molecular Ecology
  55. American Journal of Molecular Evolution
  56. American Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Research
  57. American Journal of Neuroscience Research
  58. American Journal of Nutrition Research
  59. American Journal of Obstetric & Gynecologic Research
  60. American Journal of Ocean Science and Engineering
  61. American Journal of Ophthalmology & Visual Science
  62. American Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
  63. American Journal of Parasitology
  64. American Journal of Plant Biology
  65. American Journal of Polymer Science & Engineering
  66. American Journal of Power Systems
  67. American Journal of Pulmonary & Respiratory Medicine
  68. American Journal of Systems & Control
  69. American Journal of Systems Biology
  70. American Journal of Toxicology
  71. American Journal of Translational Medicine
  72. American Journal of Transplantation Research
  73. American Journal of Urology and Nephrology

12 Responses to Ivy Union Publishing: A Publisher to Avoid

  1. L_C says:

    The site is noted as being registered to a man by the name of Rober Peng. I suspect that this is an Americanized first name (probably missing a T). Upon closer scrutiny of the email address associated with the domain name (Ivyunion.org), sihuapeng@gmail.com, it becomes apparent that this email belongs to Sihua Peng, a professor at Shanghai Ocean University.

    http://sihua.us

    These days, he mainly uses his institutional email address, but some of his older papers link him to this email, such as:

    http://www.researchgate.net/publication/232647300_Correlation_analyses_of_clinical_and_molecular_findings_identify_candidate_biological_pathways_in_systemic_juvenile_idiopathic_arthritis

    On a similar note, The American Journal of Current Microbiology is a particularly interesting specimen of this publisher. It’s current issue, Vol. 3, has a total of five papers, three of which are by the same author (Vivek Darapaneni.) Four out of these five papers were peer reviewed solely by Sihua Peng, as noted in each paper’s PDF download. Sihua Peng also happens to be the Executive Academic Editor of the journal (he has his own profile on the site), and shares his duties with the Managing Editor, one Robert Peng, whose profile is suspiciously absent.

    It pretty much reeks of desperation.

    About the journal: http://www.ivyunion.org/index.php/ajcmicrob/about/index
    Volume 3: http://www.ivyunion.org/index.php/ajcmicrob/issue/current

  2. JanosToth says:

    “…the publisher is NOT based in America but wants to mislead potential authors to think that it is based here”

    I think who they want to mislead are not authors but university administrators/grant committee members who evaluate author publication output for promotion and funding. They are selling an opportunity to the author to simulate the appearence of a scientific article and I think that a significant part of the author base of predatory journals knows that very well.

    In the case of predatory journals, a misled author is someone who published a few paper in such venues. However I would assume that an author who published mainly in predatory journals AND can not show a solid record of publishing in legit journals recognized by the scientific community is rather a accomplice than a victim.

    • Ping, pong, peng says:

      “In the case of predatory journals, a misled author is someone who published a few paper in such venues. However I would assume that an author who published mainly in predatory journals AND can not show a solid record of publishing in legit journals recognized by the scientific community is rather a accomplice than a victim.” So, Janos, how do you explain research institutes that reward their scientists who publsh mainly in predatory journals?

      • JanosToth says:

        If I go full bona fide then I would explain it with different research cultures. After all, who am I (or Mr Beall, or the whole western research community etc.) to prescribe to anyone how should they reward their employees? They could even base promotions on lottery drawings if they want to, and if that is not something which is against the accepted social norms of that specific research environment.

        There are other plausible explanations, of course, like corruption, utter incompetence, politics and games in academia, or any combinations of the above. It could equally happen that a research institution simply does not have enough researchers who are able to publish in legit international journals, but they have tu crunch out the right numbers to their government/funding agency in the end-year report, so they knowingly let people being rewarded after their publications in predatory journals. Who knows.

  3. Ivy Union’s site seems to be down now…

  4. Elle says:

    it’s an interesting discussion though. In the issue of academic cultures, it seems that the majority of these predatory journals are in the sciences, particularly the health sciences. The humanities seem to be in a minority. Why would this be?

  5. Frank Arocha says:

    Is this a new publisher? I looked in the publisher’s list but didn’t see it listed. They offer publication 3 days after receiving the manuscript.

    http://worldwidejournals.com

    • No, this appears to be a name change.
      The former name was The Global Journals.
      I have described this publisher before, in this blog post.
      Thank you very much for alerting me to this change.

    • L_C says:

      Interesting. It seems that the new site, WorldWideJournals.com, was created around the end of Aug.(2015) (the other extensions, such as .info, were still being purchased through Sept.) and obviously registered to redirect visitors from TheGlobalJournals.com. What compelled them to enact such a change? Negative press? They had a supposedly high submission rate. Does world wide sound more international and prestigious than global or just more pleasant to the ear?

      Glancing through the previous Global Journal landing pages (2012-2015), via the Way Back Machine, the main change is probably their increased promotion of Sara Book Publication. Previously, their landing page logo was a rotating globe. After the name change, it became the Sara Book Publication logo. The address at the bottom of the page reflected this switch as well. Originally, it listed the address of the publisher’s headquarters, but is now that of Sara Book Publication.
      WorldWideJournals.com is registered to a Dr. S Menon, who is both the CEO of Global/WorldWideJournals and the person to whom you would email your manuscripts should you wish to publish with Sara Book Publication. Their motto is “Quality & Fast International Publication with ISBN Number.”

      The change in site name even coincides with the creation of the Sara Book Publication website. Before, under the ‘Book Publication’ tab on the websites for each individual journal, there was only a vague reference to this company along with an email address. As of now, there is a link to its website. Its domain, SaraPublication.com, was purchased in mid 2015 and registered to the GlobalJournals.com server under S. Menon. I imagine that it took a bit of time to restructure their sites, hence the few month time gap.

      So…Gain a journal publication and throw in a book while you’re at it?

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