Two Publishers Both Publish Many of the Same Journals

two publishers

Two publishers to avoid.

Two publishers — one based in Pennsylvania and one claiming to be based in Indiana — currently publish many of the same journals.

The two publishers are DESTech Publications, Inc. and Science and Engineering Publishing Company. DesTech publishes 22 journals, and Science and Engineering Publishing Company publishes 77. They publish 20 journals in common. The common journals are each branded separately, but they have the same editors-in-chief, the same content, and the same editorial boards.

They also have the same grammatical mistakes in their titles.

Here are the headquarters addresses the two publishers give on their website:

DESTech Publications, Inc. = 439 North Duke Street Lancaster, Pennsylvania 17602-4967, U.S.A.

Science and Engineering Publishing Company = 6815 E Manor Drive, Terre Haute, Indiana 47802, USA

McMansion

Another Chinese publisher based in a McMansion in the U.S.

The Indiana address corresponds to that of a large house (a McMansion) in a nice neighborhood. It doesn’t look like the headquarters of an open-access publisher.

The Philadelphia address matches that of a small office building. I suspect most of the two publishers’ operations are really being handled in China, and they are just using U.S. addresses to make it look like they’re based here.

Here are two examples of the 20 journals they publish in common. First, International Journal of Computer Science and Application [sic] (IJCSA) Publisher 1, Publisher 2.

International Journal of Computer Science and Application.jpg

Duplicate publication.

I wonder if the editor reports to his university that he’s the editor of two journals?

Here’s the second example, the International Journal of Advance [sic] in Medical Science (IJCSA) Publisher 1, Publisher 2.

International Journal of Advance in Medical Science

Regression in publishing science.

I wonder if the editor reports to his university that he’s the editor of two journals?

Note that the editor-in-chief of this second pair is George Perry, a researcher from the University of Texas San Antonio. If there were an award given for the person with the highest number of predatory journal editorships, he would be the clear winner.

Both publishers charge the same author fee, $300.

The matching journal homepages on the Science and Engineering Publishing Company website do indicate that each journal has moved to DESTech, but the notices are buried.

Discussion questions

Were the journals sold? If so, why are the publishers still maintaining two separate websites?

Can authors get double credit for publishing in one of the duplicated journals?

Will the new owner of the journals correct the grammatical errors in the titles?

 

Appendix: Lists of journals from each publisher as of 2015-11-30

An asterisk * indicates a journal published by both publishers.

DESTech Publications, Inc.

  1. *Advanced Chemical Engineering Research (ACER)
  2. *Frontiers in Aerospace Engineering (FAE)
  3. *Frontiers in Environmental Engineering (FIEE)
  4. *International Journal of Advance in Medical Science (AMS)
  5. *International Journal of Advances in Management Science (IJAMS)
  6. *International Journal of Agricultural Science and Technology (IJAST)
  7. *International Journal of Automation and Control Engineering (IJACE)
  8. *International Journal of Computer Science and Application (IJCSA)
  9. *International Journal of Energy Science (IJES)
  10. *International Journal of Engineering Practical Research (IJEPR)
  11. *International Journal of Material Science (IJMSCI)
  12. *International Journal of Modern Education Forum (IJMEF)
  13. *International Journal of Sociology Study (IJSS)
  14. Journal of Multifunctional Composites
  15. *Journal of Petroleum Science Research (JPSR)
  16. Journal of Residuals Science & Technology
  17. *Photonics and Optoelectronics (P&O)
  18. *Research and Applications in Economics (RAE)
  19. *Review of Applied Physics (RAP)
  20. *Review of Bioinformatics and Biometrics (RBB)
  21. *Study of Civil Engineering and Architecture (SCEA)
  22. *Textiles and Light Industrial Science and Technology (TLIST)

Science and Engineering Publishing Company

  1. *Advanced Chemical Engineering Research
  2. Advances in Applied Acoustics
  3. Advances in Biomedical Engineering Research
  4. Advances in Biosensors and Bioelectronics
  5. Advances in Ceramic Science and Engineering
  6. Advances in Chemical Science
  7. Advances in Energy Engineering
  8. Advances in Forestry Letters
  9. Advances in Microelectronic Engineering
  10. Advances in Optoelectronic Materials
  11. Advances in Water Resource and Protection
  12. Biochemistry and Biophysics
  13. Construction Engineering
  14. Development and Applications of Oceanic Engineering
  15. Development in Earth Science
  16. Electrical Engineering Research
  17. Engineering Management Reviews
  18. Focusing on Modern Food Industry
  19. Friction and Wear Research
  20. *Frontiers in Aerospace Engineering
  21. *Frontiers in Environmental Engineering
  22. Frontiers in Geotechnical Engineering
  23. Frontiers in Language Teaching Research
  24. Frontiers in Pathology and Genetics
  25. Frontiers in Sensors
  26. Global Perspectives on Artificial Intelligence
  27. Information Engineering
  28. *International Journal of Advance in Medical Science
  29. *International Journal of Advances in Management Science
  30. International Journal of Advances in Psychology
  31. *International Journal of Agricultural Science and Technology
  32. *International Journal of Automation and Control Engineering
  33. International Journal of Automation and Power Engineering 
  34. International Journal of Communications
  35. *International Journal of Computer Science and Application
  36. International Journal of Energy and Power
  37. *International Journal of Energy Science
  38. *International Journal of Engineering Practical Research
  39. International Journal of Environment and Resource
  40. International Journal of Information and Computer Science
  41. International Journal of Literature and Art
  42. International Journal of Management Science and Engineering Research
  43. International Journal of Material and Mechanical Engineering
  44. *International Journal of Material Science
  45. *International Journal of Modern Education Forum
  46. International Journal of Nuclear Energy Science and Engineering
  47. International Journal of Philosophy Study
  48. International Journal of Remote Sensing Applications
  49. *International Journal of Sociology Study
  50. Journal of Information and Secure Computing
  51. Journal of Information Technology and Application in Education
  52. Journal of Metallurgical Engineering
  53. Journal of Mining World Express
  54. Journal of Modern Mathematics Frontier
  55. *Journal of Petroleum Science Research
  56. Marine Engineering Frontiers
  57. Mobile Computing
  58. Multimedia Technology
  59. Parallel and Cloud Computing Research
  60. *Photonics and Optoelectronics
  61. Plastic and Polymer Technology
  62. *Research and Applications in Economics
  63. Research in Electronic Commerce Frontiers
  64. Research in Health and Nutrition
  65. Research on Precision Instrument and Machinery
  66. Researches and Applications in Mechanical Engineering
  67. *Review of Applied Physics
  68. *Review of Bioinformatics and Biometrics
  69. Service Science and Management Research
  70. Signal Processing Research
  71. Solids and Structures
  72. Statistics Research Letters
  73. Studies in Atmospheric Science
  74. *Study of Civil Engineering and Architecture
  75. *Textiles and Light Industrial Science and Technology
  76. Urban Planning and Design Research
  77. Vehicle Engineering

10 Responses to Two Publishers Both Publish Many of the Same Journals

  1. Vijay Raghavan says:

    Vigyan University, from where the Editor-in-Chief is, also seems to excel in the art of duplication. There are four departments dealing with computer science, essentially teaching similar subjects. The editor-in-chief of IJCSA belongs to Electronics & Communications Engg. Dept.
    An identical set of faculty members seem to populate different departments. (identical list of 58 faculty in Electronics & Communications Engg as well as Electronics & Computer Engg.; again identical 59 faculty in Information Technology as well as Computer Applications).
    The journal and the Editor-in-Chief are made for each other!

  2. Jeffrey your vigilance is invaluable. I’ve been following your posts for about a year and I am astounded at the fraudulent items you’ve discovered. I only hope that others are taking notice.

  3. Slawek says:

    News by DESTECH of Lancaster, PA:
    “2016 2nd International Conference on Humanity and Social Science (ICHSS2016) www ichss2016 com
    […]
    All the ICHSS2016 accepted papers will be published by DEStech Publications. DEStech Publications will submit all the papers to be indexed in Thomson Reuters Web of Science CPCI-SSH (ISSHP) and CNKI Scholar for worldwide online citation.”

    A comment from Thomson Reuters would be interesting.
    Regards!

  4. Your article regarding our journals is a bit misleading and borders on defamation. It is noted on the SEP website that DEStech Publications formed a partnership with the 20 journals to increase visibility and look to obtain and increase an impact factor for each in due time. SEP provides part of the collection of papers and production and our goal is to improve on quality and importance for these open access journals. We are not fraudulent and I suggest you should have taken the time to contact us for accurate information instead of assumptions. We are a respected STM publisher and our mission is to provide relevant information in many sciences.
    Anthony Deraco, President, DEStech Publications, Inc.

    • I doubt your journals will ever be considered for an impact factor. I think your decision to collaborate with this Chinese publisher that uses the address of a big house in Indiana as its headquarters was a strategic mistake. Moreover, I never said you were fraudulent, and it’s unprofessional for you to put words in my mouth. Learn the difference between critical analysis and defamation.

      Is DESTech proud to publish a journal with the ungrammatical and unprofessional title of International Journal of Advance in Medical Science? Would you want your doctor to publish in this journal or base his or her practice on the articles in it? I would not trust anyone clueless enough to publish in such an obviously poorly-managed journal, one where they can’t even get the title right.

    • John Prince says:

      This is a pay to publish journal. People are using it to increase the number of papers they publish in order to get promotions at work and other similar situations. Like having a Ph D from Devry University or an educational doctorate in chemistry or math. Total garbage!!!

  5. Vijay Raghavan says:

    Jeffrey, Deraco agrees that your article is only ‘a bit’ misleading. Obviously, he admits that it leads correctly for the most part. Deraco’s response is the natural reaction of the president of this organization. You did not use the word ‘fraudulent’ but the fact that Draco has said it shows what is on his mind. Proof enough!

  6. Tole says:

    hello mr.Beall
    i found interesting open access journal : http://www.medipharmsai.com/

    are they predaory journal?
    is safe to submit article to that publihser?

    • In my opinion, it’s not a good idea to submit an article to this journal. I think it’s a very low-quality journal. I recommend you avoid this one and find a stronger, respected journal.

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