New “Swedish” OA Publisher Launches with 23 Journals

Fake meatballs

Fake meatballs

Here’s a new scholarly open-access publisher that exploits the name of Sweden: Swedish Scientific Publications. Predatory publishers often commandeer the names of countries to make their illicit schemes appear legitimate, and I think that’s the case here.

I first heard of Swedish Scientific Publications last week through a tweet from Dr. Elisabeth Bik:

As Dr. Bik indicates, the publisher implies it only wants male peer reviewers.

Those Swedes sure are sexist!

Those Swedes sure are sexist!

In its list of requirements for peer reviewers, Swedish Scientific Publications uses the pronoun “He” exclusively. The publisher says “He must be aware of the value of the review process He must be interested and expert [sic] in the specific field.”

The publisher has many other weaknesses and shortcomings as well.

  • Its 23 journals all boast fake impact factors, a tactic designed to attract article submissions from researchers needing to publish in impact factor journals.
  • The text on the website is full of grammatical, idiomatic, and editing errors.
  • The publisher unwarrantedly displays the logo of Göteborgs universitet on the main page, though there is no association between it and the university.
  • The publisher makes false claims about where its journals are indexed, including falsely claiming they are indexed in Scopus.
  • Some of the journals appear to also be published by the predatory publisher Associated Asia Research Foundation, also on my list. So the owners are recycling some journals from another predatory publisher they own.

Poor Sweden. It’s formerly good name is being polluted and abused by a low-quality, predatory publisher.

I recommend against submitting manuscripts to both the Associated Asia Research Foundation and to Swedish Scientific Publications.

Hat tip: Dr. Elisabeth Bik

Appendix: List of Swedish Scientific Publications as of 2016-08-05

  1. GE-International Journal of Engineering Research (GE-IJER)
  2. GE-International Journal of Management Research (GE-IJMR)
  3. International Archives of Integrated Medicine (IAIM)
  4. International Journal in Commerce, IT and Social Sciences (IJCISS)
  5. International Journal in IT and Engineering
  6. International Journal in Management and Social Science
  7. International journal in physical and applied sciences (IJPAS)
  8. International Journal of Advanced Research in Engineering and Applied Sciences (IJAREAS)
  9. International Journal of Advanced Research in IT and Engineering (IJARIE)
  10. International Journal of Advanced Research in Management and Social Sciences (IJARMSS)
  11. International Journal of Computer Networks and Communications Security (IJCNCS)
  12. International Journal of Drug Regulatory Affairs (IJDRA)
  13. International Journal of Research in Commerce, IT, Engineering and Social Sciences (IJRCIESS)
  14. International Research Journal of Human Resources and Social Sciences (IRJHRSS)
  15. International Research Journal of Humanities, Language and Literature (IRJHLL)
  16. International Research Journal of Management and Commerce (IRJMC)
  17. International Research Journal of Marketing and Economics (IRJME)
  18. International Research Journal of Mathematics, Engineering and It (IRJMEIT)
  19. International Research Journal of Natural and Applied Sciences (IRJNAS)
  20. Journal of Biological and Chemical Research (JBCR)
  21. The Journal MVZ Cordoba
  22. The Recent Advances in Academic Science Journal (RAASJ)
  23. World Journal of Biology and Medical Science (WJBMS)

11 Responses to New “Swedish” OA Publisher Launches with 23 Journals

  1. liorsham says:

    The owner of the domain name is Mohamadjavad Deylam, who probably does live in Sweden.

  2. Wolfgang Muß (= MUSZ or MUSS) says:

    Regarding the name “Mohamadjavad Deylam” seriously I only could find bit different data:

    2011: http://eng.scholar.cnki.net/result.aspx?q=AUTHOR%3a(Mohammad+Javad+Deylam) :
    @Islamic Azad University, Ali Abad Katool Branch, Iran;

    2011: http://psycnet.apa.org/index.cfm?fa=search.displayrecord&uid=2015-08700-003 :
    Affiliation:
    Deylam, Mohammad Javad Islamic Azad University, Ali Abad Katool Branch, Iran

    2011: http://psycnet.apa.org/journals/pne/4/3/309.html
    Author affiliation:
    Faculty of Physical Education & Sport Sciences, Islamic Azad University, Ali Abad Katool Branch, Iran

    Actual:
    https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Mohamadj_Deylam
    PhD-Student: per address:
    Islamic Azad University
    Department of Exercise Physiology
    Tehrān, Tehran, Iran

    Starting on Facebook in June 2015, cf.:
    https://de-de.facebook.com/swedishscientificpublications/
    last post: 21 Feb. 2016: Statement there:
    <>
    dito: https://www.facebook.com/swedishscientificpublications/posts/884303191664158
    further websites found:
    http://swedishscientificpublications.com/editorialBoard.html

    per Address:
    SWEDISH SCIENTIFIC PUBLICATIONS
    GOTHENBURG, SWEDEN
    +46-72-9400138
    info@swedishscientificpublications.com
    email Search in Swedish Center Library
    [http://www.kb.se/isbn-centralen/sok-forlagsregistret/]

    I found as registrant’s e-mail-address: mj.deylam@hotmail.com, Registrants name: Mojo De,
    Registrant situated in:
    Ovralidsgatan 11
    Registrants City: “hisings backa, 42247- SWEDEN”
    Administration and Technical Organization is situated in Copenhagen, DENMARK
    (found via: https://www.world4you.at/de/domain/whois.html)

    Regards W.M.-Salzburg, Austria

  3. There is a LinkedIn profile with “M.J. Deylam” as the name, https://www.linkedin.com/in/m-j-deylam-62096a76. The person is based in Gothenburg, Sweden, and claims to be a sports teacher and a physical fitness coach at Jonsered FC juniors. The address in the domain registration is Hisings Backa, which is a suburb of Gothenburg.

    https://www.google.se/maps/place/%C3%96vralidsgatan+11,+422+47+Hisings+Backa,+Sverige/@57.7541296,11.9722873,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x464ff4dc2a5a9cdd:0x49d619b057ce44ee!8m2!3d57.7541296!4d11.974476

    A person with the same name has actually published a (Phys Ed related) article, see http://www.scielo.br/pdf/pn/v4n3/a03v4n3.pdf, while at the Islamic Azad University of Teheran, Iran. That would explain the gender bias, wouldn’t it.

    One.com (the Danish hosting provider) has been alerted. Our spamtraps have yet to receive anything from this publisher, but we would appreciate hints from any who might already have received email from them.

    Med vänliga hälsningar, Vetenskaplig Skräppost

  4. Joacim says:

    Given how sensitive all companies in Sweden are with equality (which is good, of course), this one is definitely not made by anyone who has any relationship to Sweden at all.

  5. tekija says:

    This is a more complicated issue than it seems to be at first hand.

    What seemed to be an odd one out is the Jornal MVZ Cordoba. This is presented as the official journal of a branch of the University of Cordoba, Colombia. Click the right hand side button for web site. This takes you to the bottom of the page and another button. Click that, too, and another full web site is in a moment appended to the bottom of the page, with editorial board etc.

    Having found this, I followed the same procedure with the journals whose titles begin with GE to find out why. This takes you to another web site of a purported Asian Association which now lists the “Swedish” publisher as one of their partners.

    I did not find an explanation for GE, however. Perhaps they wish to associate mentally with General Electric?

    Jeffrey may need to do some further diging to uncover all underlying links to add these perhaps to his lists as well. They may be more than the Asian one.

    • herr doktor bimler says:

      “GE” is short for “Green Earth”, as in “Green Earth Research Network”, “Green Earth Research and Publishing House” and “Green Earth Research Listing / Indexing” — a predatory publisher operating out of Bangalore, targeting young researchers with offers to “publish” their theses. It is on the list. I guess too many International Journals of Engineering & Research already existed, hence GE-IJER and so on.

      • tekija says:

        Thanks, I learned something new. Apparently, the, Green Earth is part of the Asian Association, and three dubious publishers merge in these journals. I wonder how they share any profits out of the journals.

      • herr doktor bimler says:

        Apparently, the, Green Earth is part of the Asian Association

        And also vice versa. The idea seems to be that the Green Earth Research side of the scam is more of a network, an aggregator that recognises worthy (and “independent”) publishers and lends them its own credibility. Thus the GE site does not publish the GE journals that take its name, instead linking to the sites of the totally independent AARF entity that *does* publish them.

    • Matthew P says:

      I had a look at the MVZ journal because, you know, Cordoba is a major city in Sweden, so… I wanted to post a comment on it, but didn’t because I just couldn’t work out what was going on.
      First, it looked like SSP was cashing in on the genuine journal’s reputation by changing one word in the title, a trick Jeffrey has reported on many times – the official name is Revista MVZ Cordoba. But then it looked like a sort of hijacking, because SSP has flat-out copied the journal’s scope statement AND content: the “latest issue” on SSP’s website is a year old. However, SSP have also copied the ISSN, so this isn’t a distinct journal!
      I can’t work it out. Is SSP really associated with the MVZ Cordoba? Or is it claiming the MVZ in its portfolio to make its own journals look legitimate? Is the MVZ even really that good a journal? (if any zoologists can tell us, it’d be interesting)

    • herr doktor bimler says:

      The non-AARF journals in that list of SSP outlets are also of interest. Most of them come from the “International Journals of Multidimensional Research” —
      http://www.ijmr.net.in/
      — but not exclusively so, for there is also “International Journal of Drug Regulatory Affairs (IJDRA)”, and “International Archives of Integrated Medicine (IAIM)”, which have their own independent websites.

      As Matthew P notes, SSP has pirated the original journals’ websites and archives, and presents itself as the parent company of these existing publishers and free-standing journals. It certainly looks like journal-jacking on a previously unfamiliar scale.
      In the case of the “Associated Asia Research Foundation” (a guy operating out of Yamunanaga), AARF actually claims SSP as an associate. Presumably they are aware of the situation, and happy with it.

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