Saturday, January 28, 2017

Research Institute for Progression of Knowledge (RIPK)

The Research Institute for the Progression of Knowledge (RIPK) promises "rigorous peer review" in just 5-7 days. The website (viewed 10/22/17) sports scrolling pictures of different kinds of beakers and flasks, newly planted trees, and similar nonsense. The address box at the bottom of page (which claims offices in the UK and Bangladesh) takes one to advertising pages for outdoor clothing and equipment at http://webtutorialbox.com/. The domain name is registered to Moniruzzaman Monir, Green Tech Solution BD, 604 Boro Moghbazar, 19 Dilkusha Motijheel, Dhaka 1000, Bangladesh, +880.1812233807, kh.moniruzzaman@gmail.com.

Only two journals are listed (mercifully). The International Journal of Humanities and Social Science Review (IJHSSR) lists an editorial board that includes the following US members:
⊗ Dr. Laurie J Wolf, Associate Professor, Program Director for William and Mary Theatre, Department of Theatre, Speech and Dance, College of William and Mary
⊗ Dr. Antonio L Rappa, Professor, Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian and African Studies, Columbia University, New York
Mamadou Diouf, Professor, Middle Eastern, South Asian and African Studies Department and History Department, Columbia University
Suhail Abboushi, Associate Professor of Business Administration, Department of Marketing and Management, School of Business, Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Carol A. Savery, Assistant Lecturer, School of Communication, The University of Akron
Antonio L Rappa (the only name I tried to investigate) is not a professor at Columbia University. He is an Associate Professor at Malaysia's SIM University and an editor for an OMICS journal as well.
Email from International Journal of Humanities and Social Science Review (IJHSSR)
  • 2/18/16: International Journal of Humanities and Social Science Review IJHSSR is inviting papers for Vol. 2 No. 2 which is scheduled to be published on March 31, 2016. Acceptance Notification: Within 5-7 days from the date of manuscript submission. Submission deadline: February 28, 2016.
  • Continuing to promise all but instant review and publication, an email of 4/3/16 specifies a submission deadline of April 10 for the April 30 issue of IJHSSR. Comparable email on 5/3/16. The 5-7 day promise, which obviously is incompatible with meaningful review, appears in an email of 7/26/16. No information on editor-in-chief Dr. Willard Nicholas is evident on the journal's webpage.
  • 4/5/17: ... International Journal of Humanities and Social Science Review (IJHSSR) is ... providing a platform for the researchers, academicians, professional, practitioners and students ... The Journal Publishes in both print and online version. International Journal ... publish research paper in the field of ... and so on. ... IJHSSR is inviting papers for Vol. 3 No. 2 which is scheduled to be published on April 20, 2017. Acceptance Notification: Within 5-7 days from the date of manuscript submission ... With Warm Regards, Chief Editor, Dr. Willard Nicholas, International Journal of Humanities and Social Science Review
  • 10/22/17: Identical email, except for "Vol. 3 No. 6 which is scheduled to be published on November 10, 2017" and "Submission deadline: October 28, 2017."
  • 2/6/18: Same email, to edgar.173@ijhssrnet.com, for "Vol. 4 No. 2 which is scheduled to be published on February 28, 2018." "Submission deadline: February 12, 2018."
  • 6/9/18: More warm regards from the unknown Dr. Willard Nicholas "inviting papers for Vol. 4 No. 4 which is scheduled to be published on June 30, 2018" with "Acceptance Notification: Within 5-7 days from the date of manuscript submission" and "Submission deadline: June 18, 2018."
Emain from International Journal of Education and Social Science (IJESS)
  • 1/31/16: International Journal of Education and Social Science (IJESS) providing a platform for the researchers, academicians, professional, practitioners and students to impart and share knowledge in the form of high quality empirical and theoretical research papers, case studies, literature reviews and book reviews. ... publishes research paper in the field of: ... Philosophy, ... International Relations, Law, Development Studies, ... Tourism and Hospitality Management, ... Strategic Management Policy, ... Entrepreneurship Development, ... Public Administration, ... and so on. ... IJESS is inviting papers for Vol. 3 No. 2 which is scheduled to be published on February 29, 2016.
    Acceptance Notification: Within 5-7 days from the date of manuscript submission. Submission deadline: February 08, 2016
  • Repeated "with warm regards" from "Chief Editor, Dr. George Branner, Jr." May 28, 2016 (seeking submissions by June 5 for "Vol. 3 No. 6 which is scheduled to be published on June 30, 2016").
  • More spam on Dec. 14, 2016, from Dr. Branner (edgar.173@ijessnet.com) promising 5-7 days review and giving a submission deadline of Dec. 18 for publication in a Dec, 30 issue of this "peer-reviewed" journal.
  • Dr. George Branner Jr. [editor@ijessnet.com] is back "with warm regards" on Tuesday, January 2, 2018, "inviting papers for Vol. 5 No. 1 which is scheduled to be published on January 30, 2018. Acceptance Notification: Within 5-7 days from the date of manuscript submission ... Contact: E-mail editor@ijessnet.com or editor.ijess.ripk@hotmail.com"
  • More warm regards on April 24, 2018, for Vol. 5 No. 5.
  • And Chief Editor Dr. George Branner Jr. [editor@ijessnet.com] sent more warm regards on August 15, 2018. This time, he wanted submissions as late as August 25 for publication in Vol. 5 No. 7 "which is scheduled to be published on August 30, 2018." Five days from submission to publication must be a record of some sort.

6 comments:

  1. To my considerable surprise, Dr. Laurie J Wolf actually exists. She is an Associate Prof. of Theatre at William and Mary, as advertised (and therefore is presumably a tenured member of the faculty), has a UCLA PhD, and has taught at Goldsmith College, London. I profoundly hope they just picked her name out of a hat and she has no voluntary association with these charlatans.

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  2. More generally, what are these racketeers all about? And their close cousins who organize academic conferences in such faraway places as Samarkand and Taprobane? Here's my guess: these are the modern equivalent of vanity presses, operated for the benefit of poor non-productive sheep who are willing to fork over a few hundred bucks to dummy up fake bibliographies and records of other academic achievements in the forlorn hope that they can fool their institution's Committee on Promotion and Tenure into not recommending the termination they so richly deserve. The faraway conferences of course never convene, doubtless all you get for your money is a certificate of attendance you can place in your personnel file. But that's precisely what you want, right?

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  3. I have checked and found that RIPK's international journal for Education and Social Science is listed in the Directory of Research Journals Indexing (DRJI).
    http://olddrji.lbp.world/JournalProfile.aspx?jid=2410-5171

    What could be the reason for all these negative comments about this journal? Is DRJI a fake directory?

    Kindly let me understand.
    I have been checking a journal listed with Springer (a leading publisher). That journal is charging $3000 to publish an article. Now what is this noise of payment for publication?

    Recently a leading Harvard professor of medicine owned to having published fake research findings for over 30 years in the so called reputable journals. I am yet to hear a the involved publisher apologise for this fiacso.

    I here about fake publishers, but does it mean the publications themselves are fake? I see hundreds upon hundreds of authors publish in RIPK journals, how come I am yet to hear any one of them disciplined for publicising fake findings?

    Could someone help me get answers.

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    1. It appears that a vanity press (a journal that will publish virtually anything submitted to it for a fee) would qualify for inclusion in the directory you mention. The website states that "[c]ontinued presence of the journal's issues is the main motto for journal indexing."
      Academic journals should engage in meaningful review and editing. To be sure, these steps cannot guarantee that fraudulent research will always be detected. And, charging an author for open access publication following serious review and competent editing is not the problem. But journals that spam indiscriminately for submissions and editorial board members do not always provide these services.

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  4. I scarcely meant to imply that RIPK itself is a bogus publication (although it is perhaps a little troubling that the sciences are not represented by any member of its editorial board).Nor did I mean that all the stuff published in these fly-by-night journals is necessarily fraudulent in its contents.

    What I meant to convey is that these quickie sites that will publish just about anything by anybody for money, while exercising little if any editorial control over their contents, are manifestly a form of vanity publishing. I would imagine they mostly do business with struggling young scholars faced with the need to satisfy their local Promotion and Tenure Committee with a list of publications but for one reason or another find themselves unable to do so, desperately resort to such outlets in the hope they can bamboozle said Committee into finding their publications satisfactory (although I imagine this is a strategy that seldom if ever works). Beyond this attempt at pulling off a shabby swindle I don't see anything especially wrong or criminal about it. But I don't see anything right with it either. Sometimes a good article will be rejected by a journal for bad reasons, but if the author keeps plugging away he or she can eventually find a reputable one glad to accept it. If it is universally rejected, then there must be somethings seriously wrong with it, and the deliberate presentation of falsified information is only one of many possible such reasons. But anybody who chooses to go this rout forever brands himself as a bottom-feeder within our profession. It's a very public way of committing professional suicide.

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  5. 1. The fact that DRJI indiscriminately includes fake journals does not necessarily mean that DRJI itself is not a legitimate enterprise. It just means they might consider raising the bar a wee bit regarding their standards. Probably a part of the problem is that, as presently constituted, its editorial board does not cover a sufficiently wide spectrum of disciplines to permit much if any exercise of discretion in what it chooses to include.

    2. I am in the Humanities and charging money for publishinga journal article is unheard-of us for us. I have no idea if this is true in other disciplines. I do no know that there are a number of firms, mostly German, which require a subvention to publish a monograph (such as German Habilitationschriften). But almost always the money in question comes from the author's home institution rather than out of his/her own pocket. Whatever you may choose to make out of this custom, at least it is open and aboveboard, the publications in question have been subject to a normally stringent review process, and there is no attempt at deception.

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