So what is going on? Isn’t the Journal of International Philosophy and Theology a legitimate journal? Yes it is. But there is also a bogus Journal of International Philosophy and Theology that is scamming authors......................
The bogus one lists an editor, Christopher Trogan (John Jay College, CUNY). He disavows any connection with them and reports that they are fraudulently using his name and background.Jeffrey Beall was onto the scam American Research Institute for Policy Development a couple of years ago. In 2014 this fake academic publisher listed 52 journals. I started hearing from them in 2014.
The editor of the legitimate IJP&T, Walter Van Herck, writes, “We are well aware of the fact that there is another fake journal using the name of IJP&T. We have contacted our publisher about this and they are investigating all possible reactions.”
Who is running the fake version of the journal? Kramer’s acceptance was on letterhead from the American Research Institute for Policy Development and authored by one Mamin Ullah.
Someone named Mamin Ullah seems to be located in Bangladesh and is also associated with something called the "Center for Promoting Ideas", also on Beall's list.
To add to the growing sense that there are ever more sharks in academic publishing waters, notice that Beall has started keeping track of scam metrics, measuring scholarly impact, and hijacked journals.
Two New Lists: Misleading metrics and Hijacked journals This year, I started two new lists that track two new areas of questionable practices related to open-access journals. The Misleading metrics list includes companies that “calculate” and publish counterfeit impact factors (or some similar measure) to publishers, metrics the publishers then use in their websites and spam email to trick scholars into thinking their journals have legitimate impact factors. The Hijacked journals list includes journals for which someone has created a counterfeit website, stealing the journal’s identity and soliciting articles submissions using the author-pays model (gold open-access).Yikes.
Misleading metrics: 38. Last year’s list had 26. (The list debuted in March, 2014.)Hijacked journals: 101 (The list started in May, 2014.)