Open-Access Publisher Clones Itself

International Journals of N&N global Technology

The original one.

A Tunisia-based publisher has “cloned” itself, creating a new publishing operation with a different name, but with the same low-quality journals.

The two versions of the publisher are:

Both publish the same nine, broad-scoped journals. The both list the same address in the “Cyber Park” in Tozeur, Tunisia.

N&N Global Technology.jpg

Created from a template.

The firm also organizes conferences. The journals charge €200 to publish a paper.

So, why would a publisher clone itself and create a duplicate operation but with the same name?

One reason might be just to create a broader web presence. The more websites you operate, the greater the chance that someone will land on one of them.

Another reason might be my list. I first had International Journals of N&N global Technology on my list. I know that some universities in North Africa use my lists and ask their faculty to avoid publishing with the publishers and journals included.

Therefore, a clever way of getting around this is to create a new operation, using all the same journals to create a new publisher with a new name, one that is not on the list.

Except now both of them are on the list.

Hat tip: Dr. Andre Nel

Appendix: Journals published by both International Journals of N&N global Technology and N&N Global Technology

  1. International Journal of Artificial Intelligence
  2. International Journal of Computer Networking and Communication
  3. International Journal of Embedded Systems
  4. International Journal of Information Security
  5. International journal of Information Systems
  6. International Journal of Internet and Web Applications
  7. International Journal of Signal Processing and Imaging Engineering
  8. International Journal of Software Engineering
  9. International Journal on E-Learning and Education

17 Responses to Open-Access Publisher Clones Itself

  1. Reblogged this on escrevinhandoideias and commented:
    a PIRATARIA no mundo das publicações científicas…

  2. Lazgin Barany says:

    Dear Jeff,
    Would like to have your assessment of the International Journal of Humanities and Cultural Studies. Your feedback is very much appreciated.
    Lazgin Barany
    University of Duhok

    • I’ve been monitoring this journal, so thanks for the reminder. Since I last had a look at it, they’ve added a “fast track” review. This is often an indication of a fake peer review process and a revelation of the journal’s real motive, to earn fast and easy money from researchers. I’ve now added this journal to my list and recommend that researchers not submit any papers to it.

  3. Keith Fraser says:

    Maybe they should write a paper about their successful cloning experiment and submit it to a proper journal? *rimshot*

  4. Eva M says:

    Dear Jeffrey,

    can I have your opinion about the journal “Journal of Alternative, Complementary & Integrative Medicine” published by Herald Scholarly Open Access? I was asked to review and I’m not sure whether I should take the task.

    Your help is deeply appreciated!

    Thank you.

    • I recommend that researchers not associate with Herald Open Access, either as authors, editorial board members, or as ad hoc peer reviewers.

      As is the case with most for-profit, open-access journals, they often accept and publish papers despite receiving reject recommendations from the peer reviewers. So if you invest the time to read and review the submission, your time may be wasted, and the paper published as is despite your recommending rejection or revision.

  5. Tudor Eynon says:

    Thank you for your work Jeffrey, it really is invaluable. Saved my bacon. Pretty much any ‘conversation’ now, where papers are being cited involves having to reference your pages, in medicine anyway. I will make sure I acknowledge that.

  6. jj says:

    The old domain may not be under the control of the publisher: clicking “Editorial Board” on http://www.ijnngt.org thrice gave (1.) ad for online gambling (2.) ad for adult entertainment (3.) the page one is supposed to see.
    whois ijnngt.org gives some “privacy protection.” contact.

    • L_C says:

      Well, since the editorial page still loads and the ad appears in a separate window (at least on my browser), I am secretly suspect that it may be a way to increase revenue via ads, as opposed to a site takeover?

      Also, I find it a tad curious that ijnngt would both register their site via a privacy protection company and use a robots.txt code to block archival sites from creating caches of their pages. Nngt, their self-proclaimed publisher, is very open with their registry information. It is also interesting that the ijnngt site was created about seven months before nngt, since I would have assumed it more logical for the publishing company’s site to have been given precedence.

      The ijnngt Editor-in-chief and nngt CEO, Nejmeddine Tagoug, is the General Chair in charge of all the conferences and a faculty member of King Saud University, UAE. All of the other associate editorial board members are also affiliated with institutions located in the UAE. I am quite uncertain as to the identity of the other conference organisers routinely listed with Tagoug. They have these LinkedIn pages where their only work entry pertains to their employment with NNGT as network service workers and conference managers. Additionally, While some of the conferences, mainly the previous ones, have been held in Tunisia, a sizeable majority, including those scheduled for this year, are in the UAE. The only updated conference list is posted on the NNGT site.

      According to the WHOIS information available for nngt.org, the site is registered to Najm Eddie Tagoug, a slight variation/spacing of the EIC’s name. What is his role in the creation of the ijnngt website, along with its journals? He does have a few observable links to Tunisia, as he worked some years ago as a project manager at a Tunisian Bank and was involved with a Tunisian applied social sciences forum back in 2011. However, his CV notes that, from 1998-present, he has been an assistant prof at three different UAE schools, spending around 6 years in each. I would venture a guess that he is in some way responsible for the journals/sites.

      http://fac.ksu.edu.sa/ntagoug/cv

      • prollo says:

        Hilarious CV:

        “Dr Nejmeddine Tagoug holds a PH.D in computer from the university of Montreal Canada.”

        and my PhD is in applejuice.

  7. KK says:

    jeff:I just received an invitation to serve as editor-in-chief in a journal published by Science Publishing Group – with an office address in New York city Fashion Avenue. Is this a subsidiary company of other predatory publishers? http://www.sciencepublishinggroup.com/journal/journallist They have an amazing list of journals some of which do not have editorial board at all. This is becoming a nightmare.

    • I am unsure about who owns this firm. I am told it’s really based in Pakistan. They are not transparent about ownership. I agree about the nightmare part.

      • MC says:

        But they have such good testimonials:

        “Client Testimonials
        Wuraola Akande
        The overall correspondence in the publication process has been timely, and there were thorough and awesome suggestions in the review result to help author improve writing style. SciencePG offers a reliable and efficient service to me.”

    • Hemant B. says:

      SciencePG is certainly a fake journal and they have been spamming madly.

  8. MC says:

    This is interesting, because it looks like these researchers were, perhaps, fooled by these journals.

    http://article.sciencepublishinggroup.com/pdf/10.11648.j.ijbmr.20150305.11.pdf

    http://article.sciencepublishinggroup.com/pdf/10.11648.j.ijbmr.20150304.12.pdf

    The co-authors who are affiliated with Brighton University in the UK have actually published in many real journals, but their collaborator and the first author is affiliated with Nazarbayev University in Kazhakstan. Is this an indication of one bringing the others down?

    The quality of the writing here is lacking and some might call this salami slicing.

    “Cryogels are macroporous polymeric materials that can be
    synthesized by free radical polymerization. Briefly, free
    radical polymerization is controlled by the composition of
    initiating system in the reaction mixture.”

    Nice intro. And,

    “Dimethyl sulfoxide K 402 70531 933 and Fluorescein
    5(6)-isothio-cyanate, mixed isomers (FITC 90%) from
    Sigma, conical flasks, vacuum pump, eppendorf tubes and
    glass columns were used.”

    Confusing materials section that makes no sense and “overshares”.

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