Some predatory or questionable publishers are using scholarly collaboration networks such as Academia.edu to promote their open-access journals and to make them look more legitimate than they really are. One of these is a publisher called Eclat Research Publication, a firm that publishes a single journal, the International Journal of Engineering Research and Management.
The screenshot above shows part of an email sent out by the “Academia.edu Team.” Sent on behalf of Eclat Research Publication, the email invites the recipient to sign up for Academia.edu.
It appears that the publisher has created an Academia.edu account for the company, even though the accounts appear to be designed for individual people, not publishers.
The publisher has posted around twenty of its published articles on the Academia.edu site, essentially using them as advertising for its pay-to-publish services. Predatory publishers have penetrated and saturated numerous social media websites, sites not designed to accommodate business accounts. They sign up as if they were an individual.
By using the “invite” feature, the publisher makes itself look legitimate and approved by Academia.edu, and the firm then essentially spams on behalf of the predatory publisher.
Eclat’s lone journal, the International Journal of Engineering Research and Management, bears many of the hallmarks of a predatory journal. The “important dates” notice on its website indicates a one-week period between article submission and publication, and it displays an impact factor it never earned. The journal also falsely claims it’s included in DOAJ (see image below).
The journal also makes laughable acceptance rate claims: “October 2015 Volume 02 Issue 10, Acceptance Percentage is 27.69%.”
I recently got an email from a researcher in East Asia who, referring to a journal, said it was “Indexed by Research Gate.” I tried to explain to her that Research Gate was not a scholarly index, but I don’t think I convinced her.
All social media sites need to purge themselves of predatory journals and publishers, especially those sites not designed to accommodate businesses.
Hat tip: Dr. Akhlesh Lakhtakia