Wednesday, October 12, 2011

More adventures in fake academic publishing

An invitation to submit a paper showed up in my inbox this morning with the subject heading: Call for Papers in Journals
Dear Friend,

It is my pleasure to inform you that ST. ANNE MARY PUBLICATION is coming up with its next issue of its peer-reviewed half-yearly Journals
 I said to myself. How can I pass up the opportunity to publish in the high caliber peer reviewed journal   International Journal of Science and Humanities? After all, I am international, and the field in which I work is in Science and Humanities.

So I went to the "author guidelines" at the AnneMary website  and found this:

General form of a research paper

An objective of organizing a research paper is to allow people to read your work selectively. When we research a topic, we may be interested in just the methods, a specific result, the interpretation, or perhaps we just want to see a summary of the paper to determine if it is relevant to my study. To this end, many journals require the following sections, submitted in the order listed, each section to start on a new page. There are variations of course. Some journals call for a combined results and discussion, for example, or include materials and methods after the body of the paper. General style

General style Specific editorial requirements for submission of a manuscript will always supercede instructions in these general guidelines.

To make a paper readable
• Print or type using a 12 point standard font, such as Times, Geneva, Bookman, Helvetica, etc.
• Text should be single spaced with 1 inch margins, single sided
• Number pages consecutively
• Start each new section on a new page
• Adhere to recommended page limits
(There is more, along these lines, in a downloadable word file)

So far as I can tell, this outfit charges readers for its journals, instead of charging authors for publications, with subscription rates in line with those of real academic publications: a year's subscription to one journal listed as Rs.3500/-(for india) and US $175/-and £110/-(Outside India) Hard Copy,CD,Online. I am unclear as to whether you receive a paper journal, or a CD, or access an online subscription. It sounds like AnneMary doesn't know either. They seem to be casting their lines for content, in the hopes that some will show up, papers along the lines of this sample paper they have posted:    

Bank Selection Criteria Employed by MBA Students in Delhi: An Empirical Analysis

A Sajeevan Rao, Fortune Institute of International Business, New Delhi, India R K Sharma, Institute of Information Technology & Management, New Delhi, India


This paper presents the factor influencing the choice criteria in respect of selecting a bank by MBA students. In particular, it finds those criteria which have become significantly important in motivating the choice. A quantitative methodology, using responses given by three hundred and twelve students, is employed in the analysis. Findings show that reliability is a significant choice criterion which includes employees courtesy, parking facility, loyalty programs, brand name, security system and low charges with the bank. Other factors which have also increased in importance are the responsiveness, value added services and convenience. Assurance factors, such as speedy services, good rate of interest and zero balance
My guess is that their business plan is to generate some generic content and peddle these titles to naive or bribable librarians. Just as for profit university chains like Kaplan and Phoenix look real to those who neither care nor know, these journals look just as good as real ones.

1 comment:

  1. What they really need is someone to help them straighten out the English on their website. As just one of dozens of not-quite-right passages, here is the stirring conclusion to their "about us" statement: "Education is very important, and no one should be deprived of it is our endeavor."