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Scholarly Open Access

Critical analysis of scholarly open-access publishing

New Open-Access Publisher Launches with 66 Journal Titles

Recently launched, and with 66 brand-new journals, Horizon Research Publishing Corporation carefully hides its headquarters location on its website. The “contact us” page does not list any location. [Update, 2013-06-08: The website now lists this address: Horizon Research Publishing 506 N GARFIELD AVE #210 ALHAMBRA CA 91801 USA].

Its spam email is signed, “Horizon Research Publishing, USA,” but I doubt it’s really from the United States. The publisher uses the URL http://zj.nkwww.com/, which is registered to Wanlun Guo in Linyi, Shandong, China. So apparently this is a Chinese operation and the spam email is misrepresenting the publisher’s true location. [See a copy of the spam email in Appendix B, below.]

None of the 66 journals has any content yet, and none appears to have editorial boards either. Horizon is currently engaged in a massive spam email campaign to recruit editorial board members. Strangely all the journals have live “Submit manuscript” buttons, so the publisher seems willing to accept papers despite not having any established editorial boards.

Its Twitter account has ten followers and its Facebook page has one “like,” an indication that this is a new operation. The publisher’s logo is a stylized unicorn.

I found this on one of the firm’s FAQ pages:

Q2: How can I know the status of my paper?

A: Please send your paper title and paper ID to pre...@hrpub.org. The editorial assistant (Alice Bella) will give you a promote response within 48 hours.

I think that “Alice” and “Bella” are two figures from contemporary popular culture, so this seems like a contrived name to me. Also, the answer is ungrammatical.

The journals cover a broad array of disciplines, and each has a broad scope within its particular field. This dual strategy means that pretty much every scientific article has a potential place in the publisher’s portfolio. Each journal’s home page is similar to all the others; they all were built off the same template.

The publisher is waiving all article processing charges through July, 2013 and will then charge $150 per article, not an unreasonable fee.

I don’t think the world needs another 66 OA jorunals with broad scopes. The publisher’s use of “USA” in its spam may be an attempt to mislead. I recommend against joining these editorial boards and against submitting any papers to this publisher.

Appendix A: List of Horizon Publishing Journals as of May 1, 2013:

  1. Advances in Diabetes and Metabolism
  2. Advances in Economics and Business
  3. Advances in Energy and Power
  4. Advances in Library and Information Science
  5. Advances in Pharmacology and Pharmacy
  6. Advances in Quantum Engineering
  7. Advances in Signal Processing
  8. Advances in Surgical Science
  9. Advances in Zoology and Botany
  10. Bioengineering and Bioscience
  11. Cancer and Oncology Research
  12. Chemical and Materials Engineering
  13. Civil Engineering and Architecture
  14. Computational Research
  15. Computer Science and Information Technology
  16. Energy and Environmental Engineering
  17. Environment and Ecology Research
  18. Food Science and Technology
  19. Immunology and Infectious Diseases
  20. Intelligence Science and Technology
  21. International Journal of Biochemistry and Biophysics
  22. International Journal of Cardiovascular and Cerebrovascular Disease
  23. International Journal of Neuroscience and Behavioral Science
  24. International Journal of Wireless Engineering
  25. Investment and Trade
  26. Linguistics and Literature Studies
  27. Manufacturing Science and Technology
  28. Mathematics and Statistics
  29. Nanoscience and Nanoengineering
  30. Natural Resources and Conservation
  31. Nursing and Health
  32. Open Journal of Dentistry and Oral Medicine
  33. Preventive Medicine and Hygiene
  34. Probability and Statistics
  35. Sociology and Anthropology
  36. Sport and Art
  37. Universal Journal of Accounting and Finance
  38. Universal Journal of Agricultural Research
  39. Universal Journal of Applied Mathematics
  40. Universal Journal of Applied Science
  41. Universal Journal of Biomedical Engineering
  42. Universal Journal of Chemistry
  43. Universal Journal of Clinical Medicine
  44. Universal Journal of Communications and Network
  45. Universal Journal of Computational Mathematics
  46. Universal Journal of Control and Automation
  47. Universal Journal of Educational Research
  48. Universal Journal of Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  49. Universal Journal of Engineering Science
  50. Universal Journal of Food and Nutrition Science
  51. Universal Journal of Geoscience
  52. Universal Journal of Industrial and Business Management
  53. Universal Journal of Management
  54. Universal Journal of Marine Science
  55. Universal Journal of Materials Science
  56. Universal Journal of Mechanical Engineering
  57. Universal Journal of Medical Science
  58. Universal Journal of Microbiology Research
  59. Universal Journal of Physics and Application
  60. Universal Journal of Plant Science
  61. Universal Journal of Psychology
  62. Universal Journal of Public Health
  63. Universal Journal of Service Science
  64. Universal Journal of Software Engineering
  65. World Journal of Computer Application and Technology
  66. World Journal of Internal Medicine

Appendix B: Example of spam email sent out by Horizon Publishing in April, 2013:

From: “joi...@hrpub.org
To: “—” <[redacted]>>
Sent: April 26, 2013 9:55 AM
Subject: Horizon Research Publishing: Call for Editorial Board Members/Reviewers/Editor-in-Chief

Dear Colleages,

Horizon Research Publishing (HRPUB) is a worldwide open access publisher serving the academic research and scientific communities by launching peer-reviewed journals covering a wide range of academic disciplines.

We are seeking to establish a new international Editorial Board. If this experience sounds interesting to you, please complete the downloadable application form, and send it to joi...@hrpub.org<mailto:joinus@hrpub.org>.

Apply for Membership ( Editorial Board Members / Reviewers / Editor-in-Chief )

(1) Download <http://www.hrpub.org/download/HRPUB_Membership_Application_Form.pdf> the membership application form .

(2) Complete and send the application form to joinus@hrpub.org <mailto:joi...@hrpub.org> .

Look forward to receiving your application.

Yours sincerely,

Horizon Research Publishing , USA
joi...@hrpub.org<mailto:joinin@hrpub.org>
http://www.hrpub.org


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  1. Elik Ui says:

    I think if publisher wants to earn his bread n butter, what is wrong in it. Scholar community is wise enough. Once they shall find it predatory, they shall kick it out of arena. LOLZ

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    • Although I agree that they’re not a serious threat to serious scholars (although obviously they waste time), I would argue that these kinds of scams hurt the perception of science with the public. Especially the extent to which misconduct appears in journals like these. People already have relatively little faith in certain areas of scientific study (especially when funded by particular organisations and published by for-profit publishers like elsevier). Therefore this is a real problem.

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  2. Rob Rittenhouse says:

    Are universal journals more prestigious than International ones?

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  3. To my mind, not all recently established journals are predatory going by the term. But i simply think this very one is. It is rather sad and astonishing when a publisher commits too many grammatical blunders in its website and in the mails it send to scientists. This appears to be the case with Horizon Research Publishing Corporation.

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    • Zainul Abedin says:

      I feel frustrated to see that the work and achievements of researchers and scientists are being robbed of by the predators.

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  4. emperor says:

    Lying about your location as a journal to the scientists is as bad as lying about your job to women you get to know.
    If you really are a great guy it shouldn’t matter, but the fact you lied about it will break your neck…understandably, as most likely you’re not a great guy.

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  5. [...] Jeffrey Beall keeps an eye on academic journal publishers and has a list of open access journals that are ‘predatory publishers’. He also blogs about new publishers and I was only slightly surprised to see a journal about diabetes in the 66-strong list of shiny new journals from ‘Horizon Research Publishing Corporation’ in his latest (2 May 2013) post. [...]

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  6. StealthySleuThing says:

    Thanks for doing this in public spirit. I got here searching on Google for this mysterious HRPUB that popped up in the mail. Emails are now sent from ‘joi...@hrjoin.org’ too it seems, but the content is otherwise similar. Unlike zj.nkwww.com which is China registered, hrpub.org and hrjoin.org are hosted on a USA (California) hosting provider VPLS (vpls.net). The scam is probably progressing to the next phase ? I hope you don’t get sued though ! Lucky for you to be in the USA where free speech is protected !

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  7. Dear Mr. Beall,

    Why are you so anti New Publishers? Only time will answer, whether they are goor or bad. However, if you judge them bad from the very beginning, is it not cruel?
    Big and established publishers also have bad journals, for example: Accupuncture and related therapies (Elsevier), but you have not put Elsevier in your list yet, why?
    Do you have conflict of interest?

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    • What publisher are you associated with? If a new publisher uses deception or lack of transparency as a business practice, then it deserves to be the subject of scrutiny and critical thinking. I limit my list to OA publishers and journals and Elsevier is not OA. Perhaps you want to create your own list.

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      • Dear Mr Beall,
        I am not associated with any publisher. I only wonder, why you did not include big publishers that have open access option in your list.
        Elsevier has many journals with open access option, the same as Bentham Science. You Included Bentham open in your list, but not Elsevier Open

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      • For some of its journals Elsevier uses the hybrid model; overall it is not an open-access publisher. Bentham Open (not Bentham) is an open-access publisher.

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  8. Lukasz says:

    Actually, their Twitter account (@hrpub) has only one follower right now. *They* follow ten accounts, rather unrelated to their business, like Spanish editions of BBC and CNN.

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  9. Dear Mr Beall,
    I do not understand. Bentham open in under Bentham Science publisher. Moreover, when you submit to Bentham Science, they will ask whether you want to choose open access option or not. Is it not the same as Elsevier or any other publishers, which have open access option?

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  10. Rajim says:

    Galuh, that Horizon Research Publishing is clearly a fraud. don’t be stupid. period.

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  11. I just got an email from these folks. The giant red font was a tip off that HRPUB wasn’t the most reputable of publishers. Also, the “joinus” in the email address was a bit strange, wasn’t it? Reminds me of something from a B horror movie.

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  12. John says:

    They appear to be registered as a company in the USA:

    http://www.bizapedia.com/ca/HORIZON-RESEARCH-PUBLISHING-CO-LTD.html

    I would never consider sending an article there, but apart from the terrible grammar on their website and emails, what else is there to make you feel this is a scam rather than simply another (as if we need one) new publisher?

    The reason I became aware of this company is because a colleague is apparently on the editorial board of one of the journals.


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On Wed, May 22, 2013 at 11:35 PM, Ismael Kimirei <kiaki...@gmail.com> wrote:
Wanabidii,
Kwa hili naomba kusema kidogo. Kwanza niungane na Anna Nyanga kuwa tunatakiwa kuziona opportunities na kuzidaka pale inapobidi. Kama unao uwezo usiwe na mashaka. Jitokeze. Pambana. Kama kazi. Ifanye vizuri. Jenga ngazi kuelekea kwenye mafanikio na fursa zaidi.

LAKINI: tunahitaji kuwa makini sana. Baadhi ya hawa watu wanakusanya CV za watu na kuzitumia kuwaibia watu. Wataweka CV yako kwenye page ya kuwa na wewe ni sehemu ya "Editorial Board" kumbe huna hata habari na kinachoendelea huko. Pamoja na kuwa ninakubali kuwa nafasi ikitokea tusiilazie damu, nashauli umakini zaidi kabla hatujalizwa. Sio dhambi kuchukua muda na kufanya ka utafiti kidogo kabla hujaingia kichwakichwa.

Ili kuonyesha ninachomaanisha, tafadhali fuata kiunganishi hiki hapa chini. Najua wengi wanaweza kulizwa kwa kutokuwa proactive:
http://scholarlyoa.com/2013/05/02/horizon-research-publishing-corporation/

Mbarikiwe!
Kim

      On 5/22/2013 11:13 PM, anna nyanga wrote:
Wanabidii, si kweli kama reviewer ni waandishi wazuri. Sasa hivi ni kazi kama kazi nyingine.
Ukiwa reviewer utapewa miongozo ya unachotakiwa kufanya. Mara nyingi unareview kazi zilizo kwenye field yako na si vinginevyo.
 
Nawaombeni tuanze kubadilika na kuziona fursa. Tusikae kukatishana tamaa. Ukiona una sifa na una muda omba.
Wakati umefika wa kufikiria makubwa. Kuna watu wanaishi kwa kurekebisha lugha tu mfano editing cost  1 hour mtu anaramba 100 Euro.
 
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From: Lugano Wilson <lugan...@gmail.com>
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Sent: Tuesday, May 21, 2013 4:15 PM
Subject: [wanabidii] Re: FW: Horizon Research Publishing: Call for Editorial Board Members/Reviewers/Editor-in-Chief

hi

usually Journals do look for reputable reviewers from known/reputable Journals. those who publish frequently are the best reviewers

hawa wamarekani wanataka kuwaombaomba kila siku!

Lugano


On Tue, May 21, 2013 at 11:21 AM, Africa j bwamkuu <jbwamkuu@gmail.com> wrote:
FYI

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From: Bwamkuu, Africa <A.Bwamkuu@kit.nl>
Date: Tue, May 21, 2013 at 10:09 AM
Subject: FW: Horizon Research Publishing: Call for Editorial Board Members/Reviewers/Editor-in-Chief
To: "Africa j bwamkuu (jbwamkuu@gmail.com)" <jbwamkuu@gmail.com>


 
 
Africa Bwamkuu


From: joinus@hrjoin.org [mailto:joinus@hrjoin.org]
Sent: dinsdag 21 mei 2013 5:43
To: Bwamkuu, Africa
Subject: Horizon Research Publishing: Call for Editorial Board Members/Reviewers/Editor-in-Chief
 
Dear Colleague,
   Horizon Research Publishing, USA (HRPUB) is a worldwide open access publisher serving the academic research and scientific communities by launching peer-reviewed journals covering a wide range of academic disciplines.
   We are seeking to establish a new international Editorial Board. If this experience sounds interesting to you, please complete the downloadable application form, and send it to joinus@hrpub.org. Once you are selected for an editorial board member/a reviewer, three manuscripts can be published free of charge every year.
Apply for Membership ( Editorial Board Members / Reviewers / Editor-in-Chief )
(1) Download the membership application form .
(2) Complete and send the application form to joinus@hrpub.org .

Look forward to receiving your application.
Yours sincerely,

Horizon Research Publishing , USA
joinus@hrpub.org
http://www.hrpub.org
 
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