New Open-Access Publisher Has Great Graphics, Lousy Journals

Great graphics, but rubbish journals.

Great graphics, but rubbish journals.

There’s a new open-access publisher with a great name — Science Research Library — and with great graphics on its main page. However, the rest of the publisher’s website is merely designed to entrap authors.

The ‘contact us’ page of Science Research Library doesn’t list any physical headquarters location, but it’s easy to tell it’s from India.

The publisher launched recently with ten duplicative and unneeded journals.

Worthless awards.

Worthless awards.

To lure article submissions, the publisher promises two awards. According to the publisher [sic throughout],

Science Research Library (SRL) announces “Young Researcher” to the author(s) who publish minimum 5 articles in any of SRL journals.

The award is only a certificate, emailed to the winner. The terms for the other award they give, the best paper award, are a similar rip-off. Winning the award will be a mark of disgrace and will hurt the unlucky winner’s career more than help it.

Publishing an article in one of the journals costs $100 for researchers from developed countries and $50 for those from undeveloped countries.

The website has a scrolling logo display bar that says, “SRL journals will be indexed in” The scrolling logos include resources that are not academic indexes, and they include several fake impact factor companies.

Even their indexing is a lie.

Even their indexing is a lie.

No journal or publisher should make promises about future indexing, and researchers should avoid any journal that makes such promises.

The publisher’s main page contains a dark representation of a forest, an image that looks like a scene from a computer game. I wouldn’t be surprised to learn the image is pirated.

Many of the predatory publishers originating in India have appealing graphics, but, as publishers, their practices, content, and reputations are unworthy.

Despite the spiffy graphics and meretricious awards, researchers should avoid tricky, bogus publishers such as Science Research Library.

Appendix: List of Science Research Library journals as of 2016-07-23:

  1. Frontiers in Biomedical and Life Sciences
  2. International Journal of Advanced Research and Reviews
  3. International Journal of Commerce, Economics and Business Management
  4. International Journal of Engineering, Sciences, Technology and Management
  5. International Journal of Environmental Pollution and Control Research
  6. International Journal of Medical and Pharmaceutical Research
  7. International Journal of Microbiology, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  8. International Journal of Recent Advances in Biotechnology
  9. Journal of Environmental and Applied Bioresearch
  10. Social Sciences and Humanities: An International Research Journal

22 Responses to New Open-Access Publisher Has Great Graphics, Lousy Journals

  1. YC says:

    Every time I see this expression in journal titles I am wondering what “Advanced research” is? How is it different from regular or let alone basic research? Is the borderline between “advanced” research and not so advanced the same in different scientific disciplines?
    The publishers really need to create Journals of Regular Research (or Journal of Normal Research) so I can resubmit there my studies if they are deemed not quite advanced by the reviewers. :p

  2. Today I submitted a review manuscript to the journal SciTz Neurology and Neurosciences. It is an invited article for the inaugural issue. In spite of being an open access journal, no publication fee was mentioned. After submitting I discovered the list of predator publishers, and this journal is in the list. What can happen to me in worst case if I publish in this journal? Can I withdraw my manuscript? Can anybody suggest me what to do?

  3. Ghazal says:

    Dear Mr Beall

    I really do not know what is going on on Thomson reuters ISI new list of Emerging source (ESCI) which is considered for new OA publishers. I believe the people who evaluate the list of journals are novice and unfamiliar with their job. Here is an example

    International Journal of Humanities and Cultural Studies (IJHCS)​ ISSN 2356-5926

    This is a bogus journal, which publishes low quality papers mainly from Iran. The management of Islamic Azad University of Iran has blacklisted this title for publishing low quality articles mainly from this university but ISI team has rewarded this bogus journal by giving ESCI index. Wow! If you look at its website you will not see editorial team, Does ISI team give ESCI index to a journal with no editorial team? It is amazing. Here is the link of the journal

    http://www.ijhcs.com/index.php/ijhcs

    and here is the link of its index on ISI website

    http://ip-science.thomsonreuters.com/cgi-bin/jrnlst/jlresults.cgi?PC=MASTER&ISSN=2356-5926

    and here is the link for editorial board

    http://www.ijhcs.com/index.php/ijhcs/about/editorialTeam

    It is an easy task to download a sample of paper and look for plagiarism and you will be surprised! There is no ethics page on their website. Although the journal is originated in Tunisia, but it is interested in publishing only Iranian researchers.

    Journals normally adopt one single method for citing references but this bogus journal uses different methods for citing references.

    You can easily find hundreds of grammatical mistakes on each paper. Do ISI team actually read the content of these papers ?

    I guess we should give name this title as an ugliest title with ISI index! A journal with no editorial team, no diversity on nationality of the authors, no proof-read, no ethics, etc.

    I believe it is time to ask ISI team to come and make a comment on what they are doing. I also invite other researchers who visit this site to make comment on this title.

    If I were in Mr Beall’s shows, I would concentrate on such titles instead of wasting my time on newly startup website, which may disappear for lack of publication shortly after they start their business.

    • I agree completely. I wrote a blog post about this earlier. Thomson Reuters may be destroying its own brand.

      • Parniyan says:

        Dear Mr Beall
        I believe Thomson Reuters institute for scientific information has become a careless money making firm. They do not care on how some predatory publishers have taken advantage of their bogus indexes such as Zoological record to ruin the scientific society. Here is an example I have found
        ADVANCES IN ENVIRONMENTAL BIOLOGY ISSN: 1995-0756
        This item was included in Zoological record apparently in 2009 and right after inclusion, the journal managed to publish nearly 600 articles per year. The journal used to be listed on Scopus but delisted in 2014 from that database. Some Iranian novice researchers published their papers in that journal mostly from Islamic Azad University. The management of that university black listed this item and prevented students to publish any paper on this journal. Nevertheless, ISI institute insists to keep this journal on its database. Anyone can find that a journal with limited number of editorial board cannot handle publishing 600 articles per year. The journal publishes papers in different formats in terms of references, figures and citation inside the papers. The quality of most figures are so bad that I could not understand how ISI firm could handle them. Over 80% of the papers published in the period 2009-2014 were from Iran. Anyone can guess that there was something wrong, even a student from secondary school can find this out. However, ISI firm is not smart enough to understand this. Why? I just don’t know!

        I hope sooner or later, most librarians boycott this multibillion dollar business model and send them a message that the monopoly of index is over and they expect high quality index.
        Most well known universities around the world are supported by government financial support. Why do they have to pay useless subscription to this index? Who benefits from this index?

      • Chris Bagley says:

        OK, they peer review, but they charge $1,350 to publish. How can this be ethical?

      • Blair says:

        Chris, the journal is an Open Access journal, which means that once published, anyone in the world can freely view the full text of the article. As access is open, the publisher does not make money off of subscribers, so must recoup its costs by charging the authors a publication fee (also known as an article processing charge). $1,350 per article is within the usual range for this kind of fee, though obviously it differs considerably between journals.

        It can (and has) been argued these article processing charges are too high, either because of the amount of profit they generate or because they are paying for un-needed services offered by the publisher. However publishers are within their rights to charge what they feel is appropriate, and authors are within their rights to not submit to journals that charge, so it is far from clear that this is unethical. Inefficient perhaps, though that is also a matter of debate.

  4. Sisca says:

    Dear Mr Beall,
    Would you mind to help me to check whether “Journal of Informatics and Mathematical Sciences” is a predatory journal or not?
    I have checked in your list, it is not a standalone journal and the publisher is also not in your list.
    The publisher is RGN publications.Thank you

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  7. LDong says:

    Hi Dr. Beall,

    I submitted a research paper to Receptors & Clinical Investigation two month ago and recently I got the decision of major revision from two reviewers. According to their review, my paper has some flaws and have to add more experiment and data. Interestingly, I found its publisher Smart Science & Technology is on your list. From my view as a researcher on receptors, some papers published by this journal are good. Now I really don’t know how to treat the reviewers’ suggestions since they treat my paper seriously. Should I just withdraw my paper? I don’t want the reviewers think I am a timid researcher because when they gave tough questions on my paper, I withdraw it and just go away.

    Thanks.
    Dong

    • I do not add publishers to the list lightly. Many low-quality publishers publish the occasional good paper. This publisher is merely exploiting its North American base to earn lots of money from people in East Asia, in my opinion. It’s not really about science; it’s about easy money. I cannot decide for you.

      • LDong says:

        Jeffrey,
        Thank you for your reply. Your opinion is very important for researchers since it is very hard to know which journal is good. But most of the papers on this journal are from United States, Europe, and Japan. Besides, we don’t need to pay publication fee because they waive developing country authors. We don’t think our research is low-quality, and your opinion about money is opposite to my case. We do have received lots of invitation from Indian publishers and those publishers are real low-quality and try to get money from us. Thanks again.

      • LDong says:

        I searched the Google and found your opinion changed a lot. I think scholars need an official organization to evaluate science and give opinion.

        Please see your weird words on https://scholarlyoa.com/other-pages/appeals/#comment-40665

        I copy your words as following:

        Imizu says:
        January 26, 2014 at 5:36 PM
        Sir,

        Could you please give me your thoughts about
        http://www.smartscitech.com/index.php/CCM/about/editorialTeam
        Thannk you.

        Reply
        Jeffrey Beall says:
        January 27, 2014 at 7:39 PM
        This is a publisher called Smart Science and Technology. I not think this publisher meets the criteria for being a predatory publisher. To me, it looks like an honest new publisher.

      • Good research. Yes, I changed my opinion. I will not criticize a publisher when there no evidence against it. However, when the evidence appears and shows that the publisher has serious problems, deficiencies, etc., then I will criticize the publisher and will warn people about it.

  8. Taghreed says:

    Hi,
    I am planing to submit my paper to this open access journal :

    International Journal of Business and Management

    http://www.ccsenet.org/journal/index.php/ijbm

    what do you think about this journal ?

    • This journal is published by the so-called “Canadian Center of Science and Education” a fake center. I have this fake center included on my list. I recommend you find a better journal and publisher.

  9. Chris Bagley says:

    How about this model: a journal publishes online, open access (no hard copy production) for a moderate fee (say $250) without peer review (which takes months), but with a letter from a senior colleague/thesis supervisor of the person submitting the article saying that it is of reasonable quality. This would enable rapid publication and knowledge dissemination of papers not, say, of the first rank, but certainly with some professional guarantee of probity and quality.

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