On the quality of peer-review for academic journals (updated)

Nowadays, there are a lot of low-quality academic journal popping everywhere on the Web. Actually, it does not take much to start a low-quality journal (just a website). What is the goal of low-quality journals?  It is generally to earn money by charging huge publishing fees for example.  Some of these journals will have low peer-review standard and will even accept almost any journal papers that are submitted to them. However, it is important for any researchers to avoid these kind of journals. It can look very bad on a CV when it is time to apply for a job.

Why am I writing about this topic? It is because today I have received the following e-mail. It is an invitation for reviewing an article for a journal that I have never heard of before. Let’s have a look at it:

Prudence Journal of Business Management
www.prudencejournals.org/pjbm/index.htm

Invitation to Review: PJBM-XXXXXXX

Dear Colleague,

A manuscript titled: XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX.

We will be most grateful if you could find time to review the manuscript.
Please find below the abstract:

Abstract

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I am looking forward to hearing from you.

Regards,

Lincoln Otuya
Editorial Assistant
Prudence Journal of Business Management
E-mail: pjbm@prudencejournals.org

So you may ask me what is wrong with this e-mail? The problem is that I’m not even working in business management and I have never published any article on this topic! I’m a computer science researcher working on data mining. I have no qualifications for reviewing paper outside of computer science. I don’t even know how they found my mailing address.

I don’t know this journal. But it does not give me a very good impression.

Update (2013-05-11): I receive two comments on this blog post.  These comments seems to contradict this post and say that Prudence is a good journal.  However,  from the blog administration tool, i can see that both comments are posted by the same IP address within 10 minutes from each other and with two different names…

Ariet
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX@yahho.com
41.203.67.51
Submitted on 2013/05/01 at 5:06 PM

I receive a mail from prudence journal of medicinal plants research, initially i thought it was a scam (…)i really appreciate the journal.

wilson
XXXXXXXXXXXXX@yahoo.com
41.203.67.51
Submitted on 2013/05/01 at 4:59 PM

to my view, i think is just a mixed up issue, (…) prudence journal of business management actually did a good job in its peer review

Moreover, these IP addresses are from the same country as the website of this journal. So this raises doubts about who wrote these comments….

Philippe

Ariet
ojes4ever@yahho.com
41.203.67.51

I receive a mail from prudence journal of medicinal plants research, initially i thought it was a scam, i later receive the same mail again on call for papers, i now check the website of the journal and discovered that its a functional journal because i saw published articles that are well articulating so i forwarded my manuscripts to them. currently i have gotten feedback from them and soonest my article will be publish. i really appreciate the journal.

wilson
okinedowilson@yahoo.com
41.203.67.51

to my view, i think is just a mixed up issue, from your comment you are not a business researcher but i think you would have reply the journal by simply mailing them that business issue is not your line of interest. many a times i receive invitation from these new journals i just reply them if i am not interested. i receive invitation from the journal too on call for paper and i sent my manuscript to them, to my surprise prudence journal of business management actually did a good job in its peer review

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