Monday, 21 January 2013

Academic Malfeasance : Bogus and Fake Journals

Assalamualaikum and Hello to everyone:

With regards to the mounting pressure and demand to publish papers in international journals, it is frequently alluring for researchers and academicians to take the straight possible way to get their paper published. One of the quickest and easiest ways is to send those papers to fly-by-night on-line journals which are administered and controlled by unprincipled and dishonest publishers around the world who run their journals like commercial business entities. Desolately, the key stimulus of these publishers is not to choose papers based on the academic criterion, but to get as many as papers published in order to capitalize on their revenue.

Recently there are thousands of fake and bogus journals available on-line  It is admittedly hard, particularly for academicians and junior researchers like me, to always be able to assess the legality or authenticity of potential publication venues, especially when it comes to open-access journal publications, which are likely to charge publication fees. I have done some reading on this matter and I would encourage everyone too read vigilantly the content of any journal before proceed with publication./payment. In general, bogus or fake journals will have the following features:

1. very high publication regularity which is more than four issues annually.
2. high publication fees (in the range if USD250-USD1000) per paper. 
3. towering acceptance rate. Normally the mainstream journals be likely to have an acceptance rate in the region of 30%. 
4. the editorial board made up of ambiguous members where some of the journals will even list well-known academicians and researchers devoid of their knowledge. 
5. questionable and dubious quality of published papers for example non-standard handling of language, obvious methodological flaws etc.
6. rapid or quick reviewing of submitted papers. Normal range of reviewing process between two and six months, with longer wait times being common.
7. bring to light speedy turnaround time and promise authors quick review and publication of their manuscripts.

As a conclusion, with fake or bogus journals, what happens is that your paper might be accepted and published often devoid of any due review procedure. The individual who decides on the fate of your journal paper is nobody other than the editor, or worse, an editorial staff member. I won’t be flabbergasted that the decision to accept or publish your paper is perhaps based only on whether or not you have paid the publication fees. Here I am happy to share the list of bogus journals available online:

  • Abihinav
  • A M Publishers
  • Academe Research Journals
  • Academia Publishing
  • Academic and Business Research Institute
  • Academic Journals, Inc.
  • Academic Journals Online (AJO)
  • Academic Publications, Ltd.
  • Academic Research Publishing Agency
  • Academic Sciences
  • Academy & Industry Research Collaboration Center (AIRCC)
  • Academy of Knowledge Process
  • Academy of Science and Engineering (ASE)
  • Academy Publish
  • Access International Journals
  • ACM
  • ACTA Press
  • Ada Lovelace Publications
  • Advanced Research Journals
  • Advancements and Development in Technology International (Aditi)
  • American Academic & Scholarly Research Center (AASRC)
  • American V-King Scientific Publishing
  • ANSINetwork
  • Antarctic Journals
  • Apex Journals
  • Ashdin Publishing
  • Asian Economic and Social Society (AESS)
  • Asian Research Consortium
  • Baishideng Publishing Group
  • Basic Research Journals
  • BioInfo
  • BioIT international Journals
  • BioMedSciDirect Publications
  • Bonfring
  • British Association of Academic Research (BAAR)
  • British Journal
  • Canadian Center of Science and Education
  • Centre For Info Bio Technology (CIBTech)
  • Center for the Development and Dissemination of Knowledge
  • Center for Enhancing Knowledge (CEK), UK
  • Center for Promoting Ideas
  • Cloud Journals
  • The Clute Institute
  • Computer Science Journals
  • CONFAB Journals
  • Cosmic Journals
  • CSCanada
  • Discovery Publishing Group
  • David Publishing
  • Deccan Pharma Journals
  • E-International Scientific Research Journal Consortium (E-ISRJC)
  • e-journals
  • eCanadian Journals
  • eLearning Institute
  • Elewa Bio Sciences
  • Elsevier (Google: Elsevier fake journals)
  • eJournals of Academic Research & Reviews
  • Electronic Center for International Scientific Information
  • Elmer Press
  • Engineering and Technology Publishing
  • Erudite Journals Limited
  • eSci. Journals Publishing
  • EuroJournals
  • Far East Research Centre
  • Ficus Publishers
  • Global Advanced Research Journals
  • Global Journals, Inc. (US)
  • Global Research Journals
  • Global Research Online
  • Global Research Publishing (GRP)
  • GlobalSkope Publishing Society
  • Green Global Foundation (GGF)
  • Greener Journals
  • Growing Science Publishing Company
  • Herald International Research Journals
  • Herbert Open Access Journals
  • Human and Sciences Publications (HumanPub)
  • Human Resource Management Academic Research Society(HRMARS)
  • IERI or IER
  • Indian Society for Education and Environment
  • Indus Foundation for Education, Research & Social Welfare
  • Innovative Space of Scientific Research (ISSR Journals)
  • Insight Knowledge
  • Institute of Advanced Scientific Research
  • Institute of Electronic & Information Technology
  • Institute of Language and Communication Studies
  • InTech Open Access Publisher - Mirror site
  • Integrated Publishing Association
  • Intellectual Archive
  • Intercontinental Electronic Journals
  • International Academic Journals
  • International Academy of Business & Economics
  • International Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology(International ASET)
  • International Association for Engineering and Management Education (IAEME)
  • International Association of Journals & Conferences (IAJC)
  • International Conference on Computer Science and Engineering
  • International House for Academic Scientific Research
  • International Institute for Science, Technology and Education(IISTE)
  • International Institute of Informatics and Systemics
  • International Journals of Engineering & Sciences
  • International Journals of Multidisciplinary Research Academy
  • International Journals of Scientific Research (IJSR)
  • International Network for Applied Sciences and Technology
  • International Network for Natural Sciences (INNSPUB)
  • International Research Journal (Rajasthan, India)
  • International Research Journals (Lagos, Nigeria)
  • International Research Journals (Accra, Ghana)
  • International Scholars Journals
  • International Science Congress Association
  • International Scientific Engineering and Research Publications
  • International Scientific Publications
  • Internet Scientific Publications
  • Interscience Journals
  • Interscience Open Access Journals
  • ISISnet
  • Ivy Union Publishing
  • Jyoti Academic Press
  • KEJA Publications
  • Knowledgebase Publishers
  • Knowledgia Scientific (formerly Knowledgia Review)
  • Lifescience Global
  • Macrothink Institute
  • Marsland Press
  • Maryland Institute of Research
  • Maxwell Scientific Organization
  • MASAUM Network
  • Medical Science Journals [Link dead as of 2012-11-14]
  • Medwell Journals
  • Mehta Press
  • Merit Research Journals
  • Modern Scientific Press
  • Muhammadon Centre for Research and Development (MCRD)
  • Narain Publishers Pvt. Ltd (NPPL)
  • National Social Science Association (NSSA)
  • NobleResearch Publisher
  • Noto-are
  • OA Publishing London
  • OMICS Publishing Group
  • Online Research Journals
  • OpenAccessPub
  • Open Research and Science Library (ORSlib)
  • Open Research Society
  • PBS Journals
  • Pelagia Research Library
  • Pharmaceutical Research Foundation
  • Pharmacognosy Network Worldwide
  • PharmaInfo
  • PharmaInterScience Publishers
  • Photon Foundation
  • Praise Worthy Prize
  • Prime Journals
  • Research Publisher
  • RedFame Publishing
  • Ross Science Publishers
  • Sacha International Academic Journals
  • SAVAP International
  • Scholar Journals
  • Scholar Science Journals
  • Scholarly Journals International
  • Scholars Research Library
  • Sciedu Press
  • Science & Knowledge Publishing Corporation Limited
  • Science Academy Publisher
  • Science Alert
  • Science and Engineering Publishing Company
  • Science Instinct Publications
  • Science Journal Publication
  • Science Park Journals
  • Science Publications
  • Science Record Journals
  • Science Target
  • ScienceDomain International
  • ScienceHu╬▓
  • Sciencepress Ltd.
  • Scientific & Academic Publishing
  • Scientific Journals
  • Scientific Journals International
  • Scientific Research Publishing
  • SciTechnol
  • ScottishGroup Education and Testing Services
  • Segment Journals
  • Signpost e Journals
  • Silicon Valley Publishers
  • Simplex Academic Publishers
  • SJournals
  • Sky Journals
  • Society for Science and Nature
  • Sphinx Knowledge House
  • Southern Cross Publishing Group
  • Suryansh Publications
  • Swiss Journals
  • Textroad Journals
  • Thavan E ACT International Journals
  • Trade Science, Inc
  • Trans Stellar (Transstellar)
  • Transnational Research Journals (formerly Universal Research Journals)
  • Universal Research Publications
  • Valleys International
  • Victorquest Publications
  • Wilolud Journals
  • Wireilla Scientific Publications
  • WIT Press
  • World Academic Publishing
  • World Academy of Research and Publication
  • World Scholars
  • World Scientific
  • World Science Publisher
  • Wudpecker Research Journals
  • Wyno Academic Journals
  • Saturday, 3 November 2012

    Book Published: Foamed Concrete

    Assalamualaikum and hallo everyone, 
    My book titled “Foamed Concrete Properties at Elevated Temperatures: Potential Applications as Fire Resistant and Load Bearing Panel in Low Rise Residential Construction” has been published with International Publisher (Lambert Academic Publishing). After a lot of hard work and many late nights I am happy to declare that I am now a published author! It has been a long old slog but its totally been worth it. My book is available through most of the online book stores including Amazon for those who may want to purchase it. 

    Thank you very much to all of those people who supported me, helped me and spurred me on. The details about the book as follows:


    Foamed concrete is cementatious material integrated with mechanically entrained foam in the mortar slurry which can produce a variety of densities ranging from 400 to 1600 kg/m3. The application of foamed concrete has been primarily as a filler material in civil engineering works. This work explores the potential of using foamed concrete in building construction, as non-load-bearing partitions of lightweight load-bearing structural members. Experimental and analytical studies has been undertaken to develop quantification models to obtain thermal and mechanical properties of foamed concrete at ambient and elevated temperatures. Although foamed concrete mechanical properties are low in comparison to normal weight concrete, foamed concrete may be used as partition or light load-bearing walls in a low rise residential construction. The results of a preliminary feasibility study indicate that foamed concrete can achieve very good thermal insulation performance for fire resistance.

    About the Author

    Md Azree obtained his PhD in Civil Engineering at the University of Manchester in 2010. He is currently a Senior Lecturer at the Universiti Sains Malaysia. His specialisation lies in the area of foamed concrete, material properties at elevated temperatures, heat transfer, sandwich construction and robustness of structures under extreme loading.

    Product Details

    • Paperback: 184 pages
    • Publisher: LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing (November 14, 2011)
    • Language: English
    • ISBN-10: 3846557137
    • ISBN-13: 978-3846557136
    • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.9 x 0.4 inches

    Einstein's Formula for Success

    Albert Einstein had a formula for success. Can you believe that? One of the greatest minds of all time developed a math formula for success! I suggest you read this carefully—this may be the most important math equation you will ever see.
    Einstein said, "If A equals success, then the formula is: A=X+Y+Z.
    X is work.
    Y is play.
    Z is keep your mouth shut"

    Einstein no doubt had an excellent sense of humour. Let's look at the 3 variables in this equation. They are:
    1. Work
    2. Play
    3. Keeping your mouth shut!

    1. Work: Albert Einstein had a tremendous work ethic and because of that gave more to society and modern science than any person in recent times.

    2. Play: Einstein, however, did not work 24 hours a day and made time for fun and relaxation. His idea of fun may have been different than yours, but that doesn't mean it still wasn't play.

    3. Keeping your mouth shut: Finally, my favorite part of his success formula is to keep your mouth shut. I genuinely believe that the person who talks the least says the most. A friend of mine complains that the woman he is dating talks too much. I don't know how to break the news to him; however, the problem is not that she talks too much. It simply is the fact that he is irritated that he isn't able to talk. Now, let me just say this is not a generic man and woman statement. I am speaking about a specific person I know. His desire is to constantly talk and because he likes to talk so much, he will talk in circles. If you let him talk long enough he will repeat the same thing three times and then contradict himself. His desire is not to hear but to be heard.

    Albert Einstein, on the other hand, had nothing to prove. He felt no need to be the "Chatty Cathy" he could have been with his knowledge. It wasn't important to him to talk to everyone he met and talk over their heads to demonstrate his IQ. Instead, he learned the value of quietness and solitude.

    Shift your mind-set from being a talker to a listener. It has been said that you can make more friends in five minutes by becoming interested in others than you can make in five years of trying to get others interested in you! How do you become interested in others? You ask questions and then keep your mouth shut!

    Citing a source within a source

    To all research students (Phd, Masters and Final Year Project):

    You might experience this situation when citing a reference for your journal/ dissertation/ thesis/ report. For sources that you have not actually seen but which are referred to in another work, list the secondary source in the Reference List. In-text, name the original work and give a citation for the secondary source.

    For example, if Bodwin's work is cited in a book written by Richard and you did not read Bodwin's original work, list the source you did read (in this case the Richard reference) in the Reference List.

    In-text write:
    Bodwin (as cited in Richard, 2008) defined ...

    In Reference List write:
    Richard, H. (2008). Project and Construction Management. (4th ed.). Auckland, New Zealand: Addison Wesley Longman.

    Hope this help

    Friday, 2 November 2012

    What Does an Architect Do?

    A few weeks ago, I spoke to one of my friend what he thinking architects basically do. His respond was, "I in person know architects do more than this, but I would presume that 95% of the common people would assume that all an architect do is design houses." This kind of opinion is pretty insulting and patronizing to the architects. As far as I am concern, in some countries (depending on local legislation), an architecture degree is not even mandatory for residential design. Nonetheless, as architects or architecture students, you should comprehend that it is your job to alert and educate your clients and peers as to precisely what it is that you actually do and what your responsibilities are. This, in itself, can potentially avoid many job-related problems, litigations, and in some cases, lawsuit.

    Let me first elucidate what is an architect. An architect is a person who plans, designs, and sometimes oversees the construction of a building. Architects are the professional, artistic, and technically skilled creators, inventors, and designers. They should apply plethora of understanding and awareness to utilize in their thought processes in order to not only use in the design, but in the communication of ideas to clients. 

    That said, I would like to illuminate some of the responsibilities that come with the job.

    1: Space Programming
    Architect sits with the owner, developer and/or users of the new building to develop the best possible space layout, adjacencies, and goals of the project.

    2: Schematic design
    Architect translates the owner’s needs into a rough building design. Beginning with gestural models and drawings which helps the architect develops the language of the building and ending with mass studies and eventually some sort of 3D model representing the building and style. This presented along with a rough, non detailed space layout will commonly conclude the schematic design phase after many revisions.

    3: Design Development
    The owner agrees to the design and the architect begins to run with it. Ordering a site survey, perhaps some soils testing the architect now has enough information to layout a site design, foundation & structure (may subcontract a structural engineer), mechanical and electrical (may subcontract a mechanical and electrical engineer), wall sections, building elevations, partition types, door and window schedules, code research, material choices etc. Essentially this is the point where most of the decisions about what the building actual is, gets decided.

    4: Construction Documents
    This stage takes the bulk of the time (40%-60%) and is where the architect and interns create the contract documents. These consist of detailed drawings showing every possible detail as it relates the building, from how walls are made, how door jambs are to be constructed, how the exterior cladding is to be connected tot he structure, how the building is to be water proofed and insulated, roofing details, etc.. This is also the point where we write the specifications for the project.

    5: Bidding and Negotiation
    This is the point where architect hands off the construction documents to the owner and assist in getting and receiving bids, answering questions from the bidding contractors and subcontractors, issuing addenda and clarifications and ultimately helping the owner to choose the right contractor for the job.

    6: Construction Administration
    This is the construction part of the project where architect acts as the contract authority and force both parties (owner and contractor) to meet the contract requirements. This means checking show drawings and issuing supplemental drawings to help the contractor install and build things appropriately and to the specifications. This is one of the most important stages, because this is where the quality will either be great or awful, depending on the correctness of the beforehand made specifications and details and the quality of the contractor.