Strange, New OA Publisher: BIOHOUSE

Outhouse.

Outhouse.

BIOHOUSE PUBLISHING GROUP is a bizarre new open-access publisher that launched recently with ten broad-scoped open-access journals. The publisher’s website makes it very clear that it’s based in Ashburn, Virginia. It also tries to associate the publisher with the Library of Congress and other legitimate organizations, yet I still find it a complete imposter.

BIOHOUSE is indeed based in Ashburn, Virginia:

BIOHOUSE House

BIOHOUSE house (Google Maps).

However, the address appears to be merely that of an apartment building, not the office of a serious scholarly publisher. The internet domain name registration data includes the Virginia address and lists the registrant as “suresh babu changalasetty” (all lower case).

Completely fake; don't be fooled.

Completely fake; don’t be fooled.

The journals use the logo of the United States Library of Congress on their cover images, and they prominently display their ISSNs. This is done to make the journal appear legitimate to researchers in Asia and Africa, researchers who would benefit from getting articles published in North America-based scholarly journals.

According to the publisher’s FAQ:

What is the average time period to publish any article in Biohouse Publishing Group?

The acceptance of the article is given within the week of submission and the article will be published online on Bimonthly basis.

So, this one-week acceptance proves this is just another predatory publisher that aims to make easy profit from open-access publishing. It charges $400 to publish a paper up to six pages long, with an additional $50 charged for each additional page, a complete rip off. You have to transfer your copyright to Babu as well.

To submit an article to any BIOHOUSE journals, one sends the paper to biohouseus@gmail.com.

To make it appear that people have already published in his journals, phony publisher Suresh Babu Changalasetty has quickly written and published several articles in several of his bogus journals, articles that must be seen to be believed:

What a shame that phony South Asian publishing operations such as this one are starting to infiltrate North America. Why do we credential medical practitioners but not medical publishers?

Appendix: List of BIOHOUSE journals as of 2016-10-24:

  1. Biohouse Journal of Advanced Medical Research (BJAMR)
  2. Biohouse Journal of Cancer Science and Therapy (BJCST)
  3. Biohouse Journal of Clinical Trials (BJCT)
  4. Biohouse Journal of Computer Science (BJCS)
  5. Biohouse Journal of Diabetes and Metabolism (BJDM)
  6. Biohouse Journal of General Medicine (BJGM)
  7. Biohouse Journal of Gynecology & Obstetrics Practices (BJGOP)
  8. Biohouse Journal of Research in Engineering (BJRE)
  9. Biohouse Journal of Research in Science (BJRS)
  10. Biohouse Journal of Surgery (BJS)

8 Responses to Strange, New OA Publisher: BIOHOUSE

  1. mahesan anna university says:

    I dont think this journal based from Ashburn, Virginia. This is purely an Indian journal. All the published papers are published by single person with different names. Most of the authors are from India and especially from same college which is located in Hyderabad. Everything is bogus in this journal.

  2. Greenester says:

    The easy and open market for money!
    Most editorial members are based in one institution in India, another in Saudi Arabia (Abha) and a third in Egypt!
    The so-called open access publishers are mushrooming for money, the easy money, nothing else.
    Poor authors! Poor funds!
    Open access should disappear from publishing, including in Elsevier, Springer and all the other so-called publishers.
    The money spent on open access publishing to enrich a handful of people should be used to improve libraries and create new jobs but not to making some people billionaire. Knowledge should be free for all by default not against money paid!

  3. Greenester says:

    This is also a proof that using ISSN or other identifiers is not a gauge of quality or notoriety.
    Anyone can get and use ISSN or DOI for his journal against some money.

  4. SM says:

    Perhaps unsurprisingly, the first and third articles are plagiarized, with minor word substitutions, from other journals.

  5. Herr Doktor Bimler says:

    Architecture of Networks-on-Chip and Design Techniques

    Not just plagiarised, but copied directly from an Editorial summarising the contents of a journal’s Special Issue. Outside of that context, the opinions of “Dr Syed Basha S” do not make a lot of sense.

    “Nitrogen Heterocyclic Five Member Compounds” is also swiped from an editorial for a special issue, seemingly written before contents for the issue had accrued, so it’s primarily a request for submissions. Why “Dr.N.Bakthavatchala Reddy” felt obliged to print the last two paragraphs of the plagiarised version in BOLD CAPITALS is anyone’s guess.

    Publisher Suresh Babu Changalasetty — of Acharya Nagarjuna University, India, and King Khalid University, Saudi Arabia — has had recourse in the past to predatory publishers such as “International Journal of Biomedical Science”, Bioinformation, IISTE, et cetera. And his co-authors of these opuscules re-appear on the BioHouse Editorial Board. They also reappear as contributors to the journals’ early editions, recycling their greatest hits (e.g. Lalitha Saroja Thota).

    The general impression I get is of a circle of colleagues who have been using predatory journals to produce the Publication Units expected by their employers, until they decided to get in on the scam themselves.

    Should we talk of these as separate journals? There is a single Archives page, with no option for searching for contents specific to a single journal. Also a single Current Issue page, and a single Editorial Board.

  6. Herr Doktor Bimler says:

    Off topic a little bit, but I feel I should draw the readers’ attention to Jeffrey’s earlier post on MedCrave of Hyderabad —
    https://scholarlyoa.com/2014/06/05/a-new-clone-of-omics-publishing-group-medcrave/

    where there has been recent activity in the Comments.

    — One commenter notes that MedCrave have set up a Quora question-and-Answer thread, “How do I get rid of the rumours about Medcrave Predatory Publisher?”, in order to flood it with fulsomely positive reviews, all from different computer-generated names but all written in the same bad English.
    In fact there are two Quora threads now. This seems like a labour-intensive niche form of advertising. Are any other predatory publishers using it?

    Other commenters report the novel strategy of appealing to charity — “If you don’t send us your manuscript and your money, we won’t be able to publish the next issue!”
    Hmm, difficult choice.

  7. DJin says:

    Evidence of sloppy copyediting: misspelling “Guilin” as “Guiline” in the header of “Nitrogen Heterocyclic Five Member Compounds”. This is a major city of nearly five million inhabitants.

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