Publishing Scam Mimics Legitimate Philosophy Journal


When Chris Kramer, associate professor of philosophy at Rock Valley College in Illinois, learned that a paper of his had been accepted to the International Journal of Philosophy and Theology, he was excited. And then suspicious.

For one thing, while the paper had been sent out to two referees, there were no requested revisions of it. For another, they asked for a $200 publication fee.

Then there were the comments on the paper. Here they are in their entirety:

This study focuses on a contemporary issue. The analytical section is excellent. The paper is based on sound grammatical knowledge. The presentation of thoughts in the paper is clear. It can be published with no important modification.

And the payment instructions:

payment-instructions-ijpt

They take Western Union. You know, just like Phil Studies does.

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.

Here’s the real one:

ijpt-legitimate-website

Here’s the bogus one:

ijpt-fake

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.

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.

aripd-letter

A quick look at the American Research Institute for Policy Development website suggests it is bogus—full of clip art and generic descriptions. It is unclear whether Mamin Ullah is a real person, but he or she is listed as the director of this fake research institute. Also, this is its office, according to Google Maps:

aripd-location

A random home in a leafy Madison neighborhood could possibly be the headquarters of a research institute, but in conjunction with the other information it doesn’t quite inspire confidence.

Oh, by the way, that address is also listed as the office for the Journal of Psychology & Behavioral Science, but it is the bogus version, also run by the ARIPD, and should not be confused with the real Journal of Psychology & Behavioral Research.

Both fake journal URLs use the same format—an acronym for the journal immediately followed by “net.com” so be on the lookout for that elsewhere.

Authors, be wary! Thanks to Professor Kramer for bringing this scam to our attention.

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JoeC
JoeC
4 years ago
Christopher Hitchcock
4 years ago

The website for the bogus philosophy journal has a link for “complete list of journals”, where they conveniently list a bunch of other bogus journals you should look out for:

Arts, Humanities and Social Science:

Journal of Anthropology and Archaeology
Journal of Geography and Earth Sciences
Review of History and Political Science
Journal of Power, Politics & Governance
Journal of Psychology and Behavioral Science
Review of Journalism and Mass Communication
International Journal of Language and Literature
International Journal of Linguistics and Communication
Journal of Foreign Languages, Cultures & Civilizations
International Journal of Philosophy and Theology
Journal of Islamic Studies and Culture
Journal of Education and Human Development
Journal of Social Science for Policy Implications
Journal of Sociology and Social Work
Journal of Social Welfare and Human Rights
Public Policy and Administration Review
Journal of Global Peace and Conflict
Journal of International Relations and Foreign Policy
International Journal of Gender and Women’s Studies
Review of Arts and Humanities
International Journal of Art and Art History
International Journal of Music and Performing Arts
International Multilingual Journal of Contemporary Research
Journal of Law and Criminal Justice
Journal of Library and Information Sciences

Business and Economics:

Journal of Management Policies and Practices
Journal of Economics and Development Studies
Journal of Marketing Management
Journal of Finance and Bank Management
Journal of Small Business and Entrepreneurship Development
Journal of Human Resources Management and Labor Studies
Review of Contemporary Business Research
International Journal of Accounting and Taxation
Journal of Administrative Sciences and Policy Studies
Journal of Business Law and Ethics
Journal of International Business and Economics
Journal of Islamic Banking and Finance
Journal of Tourism and Hospitality Management
Strategic Management Quarterly
Journal of Management Information System and E-commerce

Science and Technology:

Journal of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences
Journal of Computer Science and Information Technology
Journal of Engineering and Architecture
American International Journal of Biology
Journal of Natural Sciences
American Review of Mathematics and Statistics
International Journal of Medicine and Pharmacy
International Journal of Physics and Astronomy
International Journal of Nursing
Journal of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Journal of Physical Education and Sports Management
International Journal of Health Sciences

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David Sobel
David Sobel
4 years ago

How does the bogus journal know that someone has submitted a paper to the non-bogus journal?Report

Lucy
Lucy
4 years ago

Oh my God, I used to get emails from this “journal”, inviting me to submit papers. I figured it was spam/fake and just ignored the emails. Suspicion confirmed! My Christopher Trogan resided at the United States Merchant Marine Academy, though, instead of John Jay College.Report

mm
mm
4 years ago

“sound grammatical knowledge”! Report

Kenny Pearce
4 years ago

In grad school I used to get emails all the time from a “journal” called Philosophy Study. There was also another one that was something about philosophy and theology, but I don’t remember what exactly; could’ve been this one. It’s been a while since I got them. But what I remember is that they were very official looking emails that listed an ISSN and everything. But, I mean, legitimate journals don’t send emails asking grad students to submit to them!Report

Klaas van Dijk
Klaas van Dijk
4 years ago

See https://scholarlyoa.com/2014/01/09/questionable-oa-publisher-launches-with-a-clever-website-and-52-new-journals/ for backgrounds about the publisher of the bogus version of this journal.Report

latifa
latifa
3 years ago

I just received an email from the same institute under the same name of the person (Md. Mamin Ullah). I suspected since my paper was accepted without any modifications. they also requested a total of 200 USD to be paid through Western Union. They claimed that my paper will be published in the Journal of Marketing Management. I was so excited when I first saw it, but then, when I read that they request the payment to be sent to an account in Bangladesh I got more suspicious.
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Emmanuel Terngu Vanger
Emmanuel Terngu Vanger
3 years ago

In fact, I was almost scammed. This dude M. Mamin Ullah claims to be the Executive Editor of Journal of Economics and Development Studies. I sent my article which they claimed to peer review and accepted and are asking me for $200 .
This guys are scam! I fell some months ago for the International Journal of Development Research (IJDR), lost $300. Guys beware of these journals, they are sooooooo fake. Thanks for the info.Report

Fran
Fran
2 years ago

Thanks guys , I almost sent money to Bangladesh. Report

Don
Don
2 years ago

I live in the house pictured above. I moved in 11 years ago. It looks different now, after a major remodel. When you look on Google Streetview now, the home has brick red siding.
I have a Master’s degree from UW-Madison. So I am familiar with academic journals and academic publishing.
The address on the ARIPD web site says it is right next door to us. There is no such address. The address doesn’t exist, so I presume all the rest of this enterprise is equally fictitious.
I have received two submissions to ARIPD journals (one in the U.S. and one in Egypt) in the last year — they were delivered to my house because we would be right next door IF 3942 Tulane Avenue actually existed. I really dislike getting in touch with people and telling them they are being scammed.Report

Yousry
Yousry
1 year ago

I was scammed by the same person M. Mamin Ullah. I paid $200 to that account in Bangladesh.

Strange thing is I just received today gallery proof of my article. Does this IJPT actually exist? It seems so. But if so, how it is still operating as a fake journal? What happens if I send gallery proof back? Would they publish it? Where? I am totally confusedReport

Barbara
Barbara
1 year ago

They are still running the scam. I was suspicious and did not open the attachment for the “call for papers” for the ARIPD journal. . Report