I’ve let the questionable publishers part of this site go a bit stagnant, but I’ve continued to receive relatively regular inquiries from friends and concerned colleagues about invitations to join the editorial boards of questionable publishers. Yesterday it was the Canadian Center of Science and Education’s English Language Teaching (ELT). The publisher is listed on Beall’s List of Potential, possible, or probable predatory scholarly open-access publishers and he also has a post about Canada being a hotbed for questionable predatory publishers, although in it he concentrates on a different publisher (but does mention the Canadian Center of Science and Education).
I should add that English Language Teaching (ELT) shouldn’t be confused with the prestigious and legitimate ELT Journal, which is published by Oxford University Press. The similarity in names should be considered a potential red flag when receiving such petitions and unsolicited invitations.
Another key red flag regarding the journal is its $400 USD publication fee. That’s an astronomical amount to ask for in order to publish in the field of language teaching.:
This journal charges the following author fees.
Article Publication Fee-English Language Teaching: 400.00 (USD)
If the paper is accepted for publication, you will be asked to pay an Article Publication Fee. Please find payment information at: http://www.ccsenet.org/payment
Here’s the email I have from my inquiring colleague. If you receive such solicitations, I would recommend considering them the equivalent of junk mail and would advise against responding:
Subject: Call for Papers
Dear [full name],
I have had an opportunity to read your paper, [title], and can tell from your work that you are an expert in this field.
English Language Teaching (ELT) is a double-blind peer-reviewed international journal on the subjects of theory and practice in English language teaching and learning, teaching English as a second or foreign language, English language teachers’ training and education. The journal is published monthly in both print and online versions.
ELT has been indexed by CNKI, EBSCOhost, ERIC, ERA, ProQuest, SHERPA/RoMEO and so on. http://www.scimagojr.com/journalsearch.php?q=21100205743&tip=sid&clean=0
We are calling for the submission of papers. Please see the journal’s profile at http://www.ccsenet.org/elt and submit your manuscripts online. If you have any questions, please contact the editorial assistant at email@example.com.
We are recruiting reviewers for the journal. If you are interested in this position of reviewing submissions, we welcome you to apply for. Please find further details at http://www.ccsenet.org/reviewer
It is my honor to cooperate with the universities and institutions to publish the special issues in the field of English Language Teaching. If you are interested in it, please contact with me.
We would appreciate it if you could share this information with your colleagues and associates.
English Language Teaching
Canadian Center of Science and Education
Add: 1120 Finch Avenue West, Suite 701-309, Toronto, ON., M3J 3H7, Canada
Tel: 1-416-642-2606 ext.207