The World Journal of Biotechnology is a new, niche journal that fulfills the long-standing demand for an international publication outlet in the field of biotechnology.
Not really. In fact, it’s a broad-scoped journal that duplicates the coverage of dozens of other fake, low-quality open-access journals in biotechnology. This one only stands out because it offers to pay its peer reviewers.
The journal is the sole effort of a publisher with the exciting name of Scientific Platform Journals.
They’re based in Islamabad, and I recently received a spam email from them that said this:
Hope you will be fine there. The main purpose of this memorandum is to request you to serve on the Editorial/ Review Board of World Journal of Biotechnology: An Open Access International Journal for first 2 years. If you are the part of this journal, you will be awarded a reviewer or Editorial board certificate. In first 2 years, if your review progress is found to be satisfactory during first 2 years then you will be categorized as paid reviewer for next 2 years. 7$ USD will be awarded to you during each review report and credit will be transfer to your bank account when it will reach up to 100$ USD.
So peer reviewers can earn seven dollars per review, but they are only paid when their “bank” reaches one hundred dollars. So you would have to complete fifteen peer reviews before you would get your one hundred dollars.
This is clearly exploitative. Doing peer reviews for most predatory journals is a waste of time anyway. Most of the submissions they receive are poor, and even when all reviewers recommend rejection, they publish the paper anyway, just to earn the fees.
Moreover, you have to work for free for two years before the paltry earnings even start to accumulate. I think this policy would violate minimum-wage laws in pretty much every country.
The World Journal of Biotechnology has no published content. There already are dozens of OA journals in biotechnology, and the world certainly does not need this new one, paid reviewers or not.