The Nobel Prize for Predatory Journals Goes to the Swedish Journal of Scientific Research (SJSR), a low-quality journal that is emblematic of the changes now occurring in Swedish society.
The Swedish Journal of Scientific Research is a pay-to-publish journal that tries to exploit Sweden to profit from scholarly publishing.
The journal existed in the past but has been recently re-launched with bright and annoying blue and gold graphics. The journal brags,
The Swedish Journal of Scientific Research (SJSR) is an electronic journal aims to present easy & modern access to the scientific knowledge of sport science.
The reference to “sport science” occurs because much of the journal’s website text is shamelessly lifted from the Swedish Journal of Sports Research (SJSR), a journal that is not on my list. It appears that — when they lifted the text from the other journal’s website — they forgot to edit it to match the Swedish journal’s newly revamped website.
Both journals use the same initialism: SJSR. Is there a rivalry between the two? Judging by its title, the Swedish Journal of Scientific Research appears to be another open-access mega-journal, offering to publishing all submitted articles. However, the journal’s website is all about sport science.
The man behind the journal is Ali Faleh Salman, a Swedish citizen originally from Iraq. His picture appears in several places on the site.
He has a Ph.D. in sports medicine, so that may explain why the sports science journal was looted to help update this journal’s website.
The journal falsely claims to have an impact factor of 3.635.
The journal’s attempts to exploit the good name of Sweden are offset by its amateurish appearance, its lifting of text from another journal’s website, and its status as just another low-quality open-access journal, a journal that all researchers should avoid.