Q: Is this journal a predatory?

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Recently I submitted a manuscript to Japan Society of Civil Engineers. After that, I got an invitation for submission by other journal named Global Journal of Research in Engineering. Would it be likely a predatory journal? Please give me some advice.

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Thank you for your question. We completely understand your concern. It is not always easy to identify a predatory or a questionable journal from a legitimate one. However, there are certain aspects that you can focus on to understand whether or not you should submit to the journal in question.

In the case of the Global Journal of Research in Engineering we would like to highlight some aspects. While these do not verify with any certainty that the Global Journal of Research in Engineering is a questionable publisher, you may wish to consider these when making your decision. Our motive behind sharing the following details with you is to help you understand how authors can identify some of these red flags themselves.

  1. Global Journal of Research in Engineering is not listed in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ).
  2. There are a number of errors on their website, such as “Global Journals of Research in Engineering welcomes” (where “Journals” should’ve been “Journal”). The header on the same page is “Global Journal of Engineering Research,” which is different from the name they go by otherwise. Likewise, “call for paper” should’ve been “call for papers.” These examples do not constitute a comprehensive list of errors on the website.
  3. The language of articles previously published in the journal seems to be subpar. For instance, this (“During the years that followed the implementation and validation occurred”) and this (“While pointing that children with ASD(s), especially illiterate children with ASD(s) might be – or quite the opposite! – proper subjects for testing the “cracked” SDT, the surest best subjects are (still) found to be the (simply) illiterate ones”), which were constructs present in the abstract of some of these papers, aren’t representative of the typical standards of international publication.
  4. The information on the website is incoherent. On this link, under “Recent issue,” the volume number mentioned is 17. However, under “Articles,” the volume number of recently published articles is indicated as 21. 
  5. The journal name on the title page of the PDF linked above (and other article PDFs) contains the word “researches” instead of “research.”
  6. The DOI (“10.17406/gjre”) on their homepage doesn’t seem to be valid.
  7. There is an image with OAJI’s logo on the site; however, they don’t seem to be listed on OAJI by either name (link1 or link2).

Here's a few tips and tricks to identify predatory publishers: INFOGRAPHIC: 10 Point checklist to identify predatory publishers

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We hope this information helps you make an informed decision and your manuscript is published in a suitable journal!