A Pakistani Publisher to Avoid: Academic Research Publishing Group

Keep a safe distance.

Keep a safe distance.

Whenever an open-access publisher uses the phrases “Academic Research” or “Publishing Group” in its name, researchers should be very wary. Here’s a low-quality, rent-seeking, open-access publisher that combines both phrases: Academic Research Publishing Group. I recommend keeping a safe distance from it

The publisher is based in Pakistan’s Punjab Province. It publishes 11 super-broad-scoped journals, publications that duplicate the scope of hundreds of pre-existing subscription and open-access journals. For example, one of their journals is called Scientific Review, and it will publish pretty much anything.

Their journal cover images are uniformly amateurish in appearance, all adorned with pirated images.

No review.

No review.

In addition:

  • ARPG spams and promises a fast peer review.
  • They charge for “Modification/After Publication,” a practice that disincentivizes the correction of errors in papers.
  • The journals claim to be indexed/abstracted in SlideShare, which is not an academic index (not even close).
  • The published articles do not bear any licensing statements, and the author guidelines don’t say how the published articles will be licensed, a sign of an unsophisticated publisher.
  • The publisher is not associated with any standard digital preservation services or organizations.


Academic Research Publishing Group is a rip off. Authors pay to publish their papers, but the services provided are way below standard. The publisher has managed to trick researchers from many regions, including Scandinavia, into publishing in their quick, easy, and cheap journals. I recommend avoiding all of this publisher’s substandard, third-rate journals.

Appendix: List of Academic Research Publishing Group journals as of 2016-11-02:

  1. Academic Journal of Applied Mathematical Sciences (AJAMS)
  2. Academic Journal of Computer and Electronics (AJCE)
  3. Business, Management and Economics Research (BMER)
  4. English Literature and Language Review
  5. International Journal of Economics and Financial Research (IJFER)
  6. International Journal of Healthcare and Medical Sciences (IJHMS)
  7. International Journal of World Policy and Development Studies (IJWPDS)
  8. Journal of Agriculture and Crops (JAC)
  9. Research Journal of Education (RJE)
  10. Scientific Review (SR)
  11. The Journal of Social Sciences Research (TJSSR)

6 Responses to A Pakistani Publisher to Avoid: Academic Research Publishing Group

  1. Keith says:

    Impressive – my university’s Internet security service has already blocked the website of “Scientific Review”.

  2. mo says:

    I am willing to refresh the old discussion on Beall’s List (https://scholarlyoa.com/publishers/) at the Academic Research Publishing Group.
    On the dated January 22, 2016 at 4:01 AM written by Tui “publish in 48 hours” and pasted the letter from previous director: Dr. Khurram Imran Khan(http://www.giki.edu.pk/Faculty/Dr-Khurram-Imran-Khan). In which he offered “You are requested to complete the payment formalities within 48 hours so that your article can be accommodated in the latest issue of journal as you requested for fast publication”. When this point highlighted on the Beall’s List, suddenly the name Dr. Khurram Imran Khan (http://www.giki.edu.pk/Faculty/Dr-Khurram-Imran-Khan) disappear from the website. After one day the website shows and another director, Dr. Zafar Iqbal. Tui (2016) also mentioned on the same Jeffrey Beall list of predatory. The reference link find here: https://scholarlyoa.com/2016/01/21/the-growing-parallel-economy-in-scholarly-publishing/#more-6677 (Tui written: January 22, 2016 at 4:01 AM)
    February 9, 2016 at 5:22 AM Tooi confirmed that now the website is showing the new director name: Dr. Jallat Khan(https://www.linkedin.com/in/dr-jallat-khan-7a42349b) (http://www.kfueit.edu.pk/faculty?dept=department-of-basic-sciences-humanities). https://scholarlyoa.com/2016/02/04/fringe-scientist-named-editor-in-chief-of-omics-astrobiology-journal/#more-6794 (tooi written: February 9, 2016 at 5:22 AM)
    In February 11, 2016 at 5:44 AM, Tooi again indicate that “Academic Research Publishing Group is starting new journals by changing the one word of good Elsevier journals”. The reference link: https://scholarlyoa.com/2016/02/09/canadian-publisher-has-open-access-evil-twin/#more-6815 .tooi written: February 11, 2016 at 5:44 AM
    On the April 30, 2016 at 10:02 AM, Michel has posted the discussion with the editor-in-chief of Academic Research Publishing Group journal about the questionable and fake indexation. Please readout through following link: https://scholarlyoa.com/2016/04/28/the-tr-master-journal-list-is-not-a-journal-whitelist/#more-7354. On the date May 29, 2016 at 10:41 AM : d0 says: They are going to publish fake articles: https://scholarlyoa.com/2016/05/24/science-publishing-group-a-complete-scam/#more-7502.
    Now they have introduced the modification fee, URL: http://arpgweb.com/?ic=contents&id=26. If you required the publication in short time, publish the plagiarize article. After someone time pay the fee and they will update the article that is practically good. I think we should discourage of these types of activities in academics.

    The fake authors views:
    Negesa Justine

    “My joy to have the paper finally published is beyond measure. I wish to thank you for according me the platform. It has been a great pleasure working with you. I really appreciate the continuous and timely communication on the progress of the paper. Equally, the thoroughness in reviewing and fine tuning the paper cannot go unnoticed.
    I look forward to working with you again soon.”

    Prof. Serdal Pamuk
    “You have been very helpful to me from the beginning to the end. Publication procedure with your Journal was easy. Your emails were very explanatory . Thanks for everything.”

    Prof. Charles Ochola Omondi (Ph.D)
    “I wish to take this opportunity to thank you for a job well done, especially the high professional manner your editorial team has work. They did a commendable job. Furthermore, I was impressed with your anti- pledgerism concerns. Please keep this high standards and hope to publish with you again soonest. Thanks and Bye”

    Dr. T. Limbumba
    Dear Sir,
    “This is to acknowledge receipt of the published paper. On behalf of my colleague, we appreciate the timely response in publishing our paper and hope to publish it in print in the near future and to submit more papers in your journal. We were satisfied with services, including the Publication fees.”

    Dr. Samah Khaled Zahran
    “I am all gratitude for your publication of my article. I’ll not hesitate to contact in the future for publishing another paper.
    All my best regards to the editorial staff members.”

    Dr. O. S. Aderinola
    “We have seen the publication of our paper in your journal and wish to appreciate your promptness, eagerness and efficiency in disseminating knowledge to humanity the World over.
    We say thank you and that we will be back with more very soon.”

    Dr. Frank N. Enor
    “Thank you for the promptness”

    Prof. Sharmista
    Dear editor,
    “I am just overwhelmed by your services.
    I had a wonderful experience with you.
    Thanks for publishing my paper.”

    Ranat Rysbek Kyzy
    “thank you very much for publication of my small manuscript! It is my first publication and I am very excited that you gave me this chance. I will try to write better and more interesting articles and send for your review. Wish you all the best!”

    P K Paul
    “Greetings for a grand success.
    Hope our existing two papers will also release soon.”

    Jean Bosco Nzitunga
    “This is excellent!! Thank you very much for your quality service.”

    Prof. Mohammad Abul Kashem
    Dear Sir,
    “I feel honored being a selected author in your esteemed journal. Very truly, it’s my pleasure to be engaged with.
    Thank You again.”

    Jürgen Drissner
    “thanks for good news; furthermore we want to give thanks to you for the friendly and reliable cooperation.”

    Aras Abdalkarim Al-Zangana
    “Thanks for publishing my article. It is my pleasure to be in touch with your journal, I will have more manuscript to be published.
    Thanks for your help I appreciate.
    Have a great time ”

    Mbangiseni Adam Mashau
    “Thank you so much for the publication. It has indeed been an experiential journey to have worked with you. Looking forward to working with you in the future.”

    Charles Adusei
    “l am grateful to the ARPG team for making it possible for me to publish the top papers.
    l will urged the team to even improve the good work that you are doing. my part is to encourage others to publish their papers through APRG.”

    T. Terver Udu
    “I am pleased to receive the online copy of our article and would like to thank you for such commitment to quality.”

    Jaime B. Vigo
    “Thank you. It’s beautiful!”

    Kipng’etich Kirui E. J.
    “Hi I thank you for this quick publication. I have told my friends to consider publishing with you.”

    J. G. William
    “Thank you for publishing my paper in your journal.”

    Ms. Alaka samantaray
    “Thank you so much for your support.”

    Jean Bosco Nzitunga
    “Thanks you very much for the timely process and impressively well-presented paper format.
    I look forward to publishing with you again soonest.”

    Yu. N. Zayko
    “Thank you for your letter. I’m looking forward with hope on helpful and pleasure collaboration”

    Prof. Nisar Ahmad Bazmi
    “Its OK and thanks so please drop/release on line this research paper.
    Again thanks and best regards.”

    Ismail, H. Y.
    “Good day sir. On behalf of my co~authors, i highly thank you and
    appreciate your ability to publish our article in your most prestigious
    journal. ”
    thank you and best regards”

    Dr. S.A. Dada
    “Thanks for everything. I am indeed very grateful.”

    Dr. Godwin O.Chukwu
    “Dear Editor,
    I write to express our profound gratitude for a speedy publication of the manuscript referenced as above.”

    Danial Shirzadi
    “thanks for prompt publication.”

    Egena Ode
    Dear Editor,
    “Thank you for the update and prompt process. Looking forward to working with you again.”

    Vaibhav Jain
    “Thank you very much sir, it’s very good experience. Sir for print journal copy what is the procedure for getting it.”

    Ejikeugwu Chika
    “Thank you very plenty. We appreciate. Your prestigious journal did very well in the corrections and correspondences; and the peer review really helped us to improve.”

    Director and Managing editor of company
    Aneel Khan [Facebook Profile:https://web.facebook.com/rind143 ] real cheater and fake Dr.
    Domain Name registered with the name of Raza Ullah (link: https://who.is/whois/arpgweb.com) (Facebook Profile:https://web.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100004709652908 ).

  3. Ariel Karlinsky says:

    Indexed in SlideShare! this is the funniest/saddest thing ever.

  4. si says:

    The Academic Research Publishing Group management does not know the meaning of research. They are only familiar with the Ms-Word to pdf conversion and ask authors to pay the publication fee. Even that now they are selling the certificate of conferences. Any time you can publish in a conference proceeding book (URL: http://arpgweb.com/?ic=book_detail&id=1) and get the presentation certificate by post. It is my idea behind this game these Professors Muhammad Rashid (Khawaja Fareed Govt. Post Graduate College, RYK, Punjab, Pakistan) and Dr. Saifullah (Khawaja Fareed Govt. Post Graduate College RYK, Punjab, Pakistan) may be involved in this dirty game (URL: http://arpgweb.com/?ic=info&id=8). This company fake company promoting her journals through linked : https://www.linkedin.com/in/academic-research-publishing-group-arpg-361761111.

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  6. si says:

    Academic Research Publishing Group recently start new publication company with the name of Noble Academic Publisher: Please click on that link: http://napublisher.org/?ic=info&id=1. The 4 journals title are as follows:
    1. Noble International Journal of Economics and Financial Research
    2.Noble International Journal of Social Sciences Research
    3. Noble International Journal of Business and Management Research
    4. Noble International Journal of Scientific Research

    The aim & scope, and Author Guidelines just copy from different websites.

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