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) list 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 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."
Other Email
  • 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.

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