The Journal of Scientific Letters is another low-quality, India-based open-access journal that is idiosyncratic, non-standard, and appallingly unprofessional. The journal’s website states that it charges researchers to serve on its editorial board.
This standalone journal has a colorful website, incorporating pirated pictures from across the Internet. The journal is a one-man operation run out of an apartment in Calcutta. Its sole proprietor is Swati Paul.
Paul’s English is poor, which is reflected in the website:
JOURNAL OF SCIENTIFIC LETTERS (JSL) is a peer reviewed multi-disciplinary an online & open access Triannual English version international journal which specialize in the publication of articles related to the following fields:
Remarkably, Paul has the audacity to charge researchers to serve on this predatory journal’s editorial board.
The text says,
Interested to Join our Editorial Board Member
If any individual is interested to join our editorial board then s/he must be submitted CV with photo to our email: email@example.com/ which should be addressed to the Editor in Chief. After receiving acceptance through email, the fees should be submitted & after that the name will be appear this page under Members of the Central Executive Committee column. After acceptance, the bank details will be send to the applicant email. Please noted that, fees are not refundable in any circumstances.
a) Yearly: INR 3000/- (For India) or USD 40 (For other countries)
b) Lifetime: INR 21000/- (For India) or USD 300 (For other countries)
Therefore, the editorial board — which currently has 29 members — is really a list of people who have been duped by this journal. How embarrassing!
This completely bogus journal is further evidence of the Indian scholarly publishing industry’s decline and fall. The journal charges authors $30 to $50 to publish, requires copyright transfer, and promises to complete “peer review” in 5-7 days.
When will this nonsense ever end?
Hat tip: Nicolle Watts, pubshub