I didn’t get much rest over the Christmas break, as tips regarding questionable new publishers and journals poured in — tips I am grateful for. Over the break I added five new publishers to the list. Four are from India and one is from Nigeria. Below you will find a description of each of the five publishers, accompanied by my sardonic comments.
This amateurish publisher gives this as its contact address:
3409 Grove Gate CT,
However, the domain name registration data points to Hyderabad, India, so it’s likely the perpetrator, er, I mean owner, is using the address of one his friends or relatives who went to the United States to study.
This effort launched with eight medical journals, including the International Journal of Pediatrics and Neonatal Health. The title appears differently on the publisher’s list of journals.
The journal covers are all illustrated with what appear to be pirated images. I think this publisher is a one-man operation that wants to cash in on the easy money that OA publishing offers. Fortunately, this one is too late and will quickly fail, but it will make a lot of noise in the interim.
This publisher’s name — Brainy Buzz — gives one an immediate clue that it’s worthless and silly, and the clue is correct. This publisher is based in Bhatinda, India, and it only charges $20 as the author fee. See how competition has brought the price down?
Its tagline, “Welcome in Brainy Buzz” is, unfortunately, using the wrong preposition; it should be Welcome to Brainy Buzz. But even this prominent error is minor in comparison with this publisher of ten journals’ significant shortcomings.
A spam email from this publisher forwarded to me declares:
BRAINYBUZZ IS AN ONLINE JOURNAL HUB has been developed as a peer reviewed, Open Access journal. As such, manuscripts are prepared and reviewed by internationally renowned clinical academics and research scientists.
This is a total lie, of course. Given that one of the journals they publish is entitled Journal of English Language and Literature Studies*, you’d think that they could at least get the website text correct.
*By the way, isn’t it great to see more humanities open-access journals appearing?
This publisher of 17 open-access journals has been around for some time. The web site is more like an archeological site, for parts of it haven’t been updated in years.
Based in New Delhi, St. Anne Mary is no Mother Theresa.
When I examined their website, I could not find information about the author fees they charge, if any. They publish two library science journals: International Journal of Information and Library Science and Asian Journal of Library ond Information Science. Like we really need more of those.
I learned about this publisher from a recent spam email it diffused that was forwarded to me:
Invitation for Research paper Contribution in Reviewed Journals
St. Anne Mary publication established in 2009 in New Delhi, invites research papers for their forthcoming issue of bi-annual issue covering major subjects in different Journals.
It’s a no-brainer to avoid this publisher.
- Mathews Open Access Journals = http://www.mathewsopenaccess.com/
Mathews Open Access Journals launched recently and began spamming. It launched with ten medical journals and claims to be based in Newark, New Jersey, but I think it’s really based in India and is possibly run by a bunch of former OMICS Group employees.
I’ve been told OMICS also treats its employees poorly (like it treats its authors), so after they learn the business from OMICS many defect and start their own exploitative publishing companies. All you need is a website, and that’s all this publisher is, a lousy website.
Their journal titles all start with “Mathews”, for example, Mathews Journal of Neurology, and the current author fee for all the journals is $201.
This publisher is spamming now, so when you see an email from them in your inbox, report it as spam.
This publisher is called Terminal Journals because that’s what will happen to your career if you publish here: it will terminate.
This publisher is based in Nigeria’s Delta State, home to many predatory publishers. Terminal Journals is significant because it’s the largest journal launch I’ve seen in a while: fifty broad journals.
A “Dr. Allen Frank” from their “Media Publicity” Department is currently spamming for editorial board members.
This publisher charges $200 to publish an article, but they also require you to transfer the copyright to them, a bad deal. ■