Money making journals (A research internet fraud)
Money making journals (A research internet fraud)

Internet is very useful said by the people who use it for fair purposes.

Internet is very very useful said by the people who use it for unfair purposes.

Why? As it has provided them with a hidden identity to cheat simple people easily, one of the examples of this kind of cheating is money making journals (MMJ) in the research domain. The money making journals phrase looks strange or may be even stupid thing to say. No it is a fact that money making journals which ask for too much amount such as 500 USD, 500 Euro, 1000 Euro, 100 USD per page etc. It is other amount than that of color printing cost which is usually demanded by all journals. MMJ sometime even have impact factor. E.g. IJICIC Journal [2] has done what is given in the following. Japan has very special repute for this kind of journals.

MMJ have a very interesting fraud history. They starts and creates a community of people which can pay or whose institutes can pay for such a huge amount for each paper publication and are not aware of this type of internet fraud. Editor accepts papers very easily and once they accept it they ask the authors to cite a large number of papers of that specific journal to increase number of citations per year to get impact factor. Here it is necessary to mention that Thomson ISI which after checking some simple things that the journal have webpage, editorial board strength, reviewers are from different countries, timely published and most importantly the journal is cited frequently etc assigns impact factor. Self citations play a great role for MMJ to get impact factor. Thomson ISI assigns impact factor initially and the journal is on probation for 2-3 years. If that MMJ is unable to reduce self citations to less than 20% of total citations the journal is black listed by the Thomson ISI [1]. In the mean while that journal team earns a lot of money as they publish many volumes per year and many papers in each volume.

Once the journal is black listed the journal editor refuses to take new contributions for review as they fool people by saying they are busy. And finally that journal either stops publishing or continue but now they do not push authors to cite papers from that journal. Eventually their journal reduces self citations to less than 20% and they come back to impact factor journal’s list but this time the impact factor will be very low. E,g before if it was 3.0 after recovering it will have about 0.2, or 0.3. These kind of journals temperorally or permanently provides an edge to the people for faculty positions in underdeveloped countries like India, Malaysia, Pakistan, Saudi Arab, Jordan, Oman etc. Developed countries researchers which are quite mature in research things are not deceived by these kinds of journals.

The fraud is not complete. It has loops. There are chances that the team will start a new journal with another name after closing the previous one and repeat the same with innocent people.

[1] http://www.scimagojr.com/journalsearch.php?q=12000154489&tip=sid&clean=0

[2] http://www.ijicic.org/