I recently learned of an abysmally low-quality open-access publisher with the name “South Pacific Journals.” . There’s no website for the publisher itself, just websites for each of the two crummy journals.
Here are the two journals:
- South Pacific Journal of Technology and Science (SPJTS)
- South Pacific Journal of Pharma and Bio Sciences (SPJPBS)
The journals both give this location information:
Publisher, South Pacific Journals
I don’t know if the first name is a misspelling of “John.” Regardless, the internet domain name data tells a different story about the location:
Registry Registrant ID:
Registrant Name: Publisher Publisher
Registrant Organization: Hetero publications
Registrant Street: Hyderabad
Registrant City: hyderabad
Registrant State/Province: NA
Registrant Postal Code: 500082
Registrant Country: IN
Registrant Phone: +91.04023404033
The data indicates, that Hyderabad, India is the headquarters location. Hyderabad is a notorious Indian city, infamous as the headquarters of many predatory journals and publishers such as OMICS International and JSciMed Central. I think the Fiji location given on the journals’ websites is completely fake.
I don’t understand the strange name of the “Registrant organization” (publisher) in the domain name data.
Both journals have assigned themselves fake impact factors:
I’d be surprised to learn that any of the articles in the two journals has ever been cited by anyone other than the authors themselves.
Looking at the journals’ websites, I cannot find how much they charge for author fees. The websites are extremely amateurish, and I am surprised that each has published several issues over the past two years.
I am certain that most everyone will agree that these two journals are an affront to scholarly communication and should be avoided by all researchers.