Category Archives: Writing for Academic Publication

Questionable publication solicitation: Science Publishing Group

Here’s another questionable publication solicitation:

Dear Professor,Science Publishing Group is an independent international publisher of 100+ open access, online, peer-reviewed journals which have almost 10 proposed special issues and 10 going-to-be-published books, covering a wide range of academic disciplines.Nowadays, we are actively providing a fast publication:
1. Authors can get the review result that whether the paper can be published or not within 15 days;
2. Accepted papers can be published within 25 days.SciencePG publish papers in a wide range of categories, such as: Biology and Life Sciences, Physics; Chemistry & Materials; Computer Science & Communications; Mathematics & Statistics; Medicine, Health & Food Science; Energy & Environmental Science and all other categories. You can pay visit to our website to have a look:

If you are interested in publishing your papers within a short time, we sincerely invite you to submit your papers through our system:

Any questions, please feel free to contact us by:

Questionable publisher: Open Science Online

Open Science Online, listed as a questionable publisher on Beall’s List, sent me the following solicitation message. I would recommend extreme caution when dealing with this publisher.

Open Science Online
Open Science is an independent, open access publisher, promoting widespread awareness and boundary-breaking ideas. Through its well-crafted books, journals, and innovative outreach programs, Open Science is building a vibrant community of readers, writers, and thinkers.
Computer Social Sciences History / Archaeology
Medicine and Health Food/Nutrition Electrical / Electronic
Earth / Environment
Energy / Power
Open Book Publishing Open Journal Publishing
Open Science is keen to make itself as a scientific center to host a number of world-class books. Its core idea is to create an open world for books. All the books published with Open Science can be read, downloaded and shared on its site free of charge. Open Science is committed to enhancing access to academic content in a sustainable way and support the gradual conversion to the Open Access model and seek to ensure that scholarly publishing activities operate in a long term sustainable way.
Open Science can help you publish Authored book, Edited book, Case book, Handbook of research. By publishing with Open Science, you’ll benefit

  • Increased online visibility and free accessibility
  • Rigorous peer review and editorial support
  • High-quality publication standards
  • Compliance with Open Access requirements
  • Authors retain copyright

The most fascinating point is that all incomes, except production cost and freight, come from the book selling will be given to the authors.

One of the objectives of Open Science is to provide a forum for the publication of articles covering a wide range of academic disciplines. In pursuit of this objective the journals not only publish high quality research papers but also ensure that the published papers achieve broad international credibility.

Open Science’s aim is to offer services which embody these values
Quality — All of Open Science’s articles are peer reviewed. This ensures a recognized quality of publication, with greater acceptance and readership by the academic community.
Efficiency — A single point of contact across all of Open Science’s services for each journal means that you get a fast and well organized response.
Flexibility — Open Science has the versatility, time, and resources to help you with your special publishing requests.
Expertise — Open Science’s team is dedicated to corporate clients and understands the specific needs of your company, industry, or agency.

Call for Books/ Book Chapters
Open Science invites the submission of book proposals and manuscripts. All people are welcomed to submit a proposal or manuscript. Open Science hopes to receive a book or a chapter proposal from you in the following topics.

Recommended topics include, but are not limited to the following
Medicine and Health
Electrical / Electronic
History / Archaeology

If you would like to submit a proposal, please download a template proposal form from our website below and send it to Open Science at

Submit a Manuscript to Open Science
Open Science invites all kinds of articles including the Standard Papers, Short Reports, Part or Whole Special Issues, Letters, Review and other research papers.

Below listing several academic journals of Open Science
American Journal of Biology and Life Sciences
American Journal of Business, Economics and Management

American Journal of Chemistry and Applications
Open Science Journal of Clinical Medicine
American Journal of Materials Science and Application
Open Science Journal of Education
Open Science Journal of Psychology
Open Science will use a friendly online journal system to timely publish your academic work. Accepted papers are immediately published online! Open Science objective is to inform authors of the decision on their manuscripts within a month of submission.

Submit your manuscript online at

Pretty Competitive Price
Open Science is committed to the widest possible global participation in open access publishing. To determine the appropriate fee, it uses a country-based pricing model, which is based on the GNI per capita of the country.

Authors from different countries will be charged differently and reasonably. For more details, please visit the following website

Your Work, Your Copyright
All our titles are published with an ISBN and using Creative Commons licences. These licences mean that you are in full control of your own copyright, and can choose how your work is used by other people. We suggest that our authors opt for a Creative Commons Attribution licence CC BY which allows others to copy, distribute, display and perform your copyrighted work, but ensures that they must give you full credit. All the same rules of plagiarism and citation apply to works under this licence. Details of the alternative Creative Commons licences available can be found here.

Apply to Be a Reviewer, An Editorial Board Member or a Chief Editor
To ensure the quality of its publications, Open Science welcomes you to join it as reviewers and editorial board members. If you are interested in cooperating with Open Science journals, please pay a visit to the following link, download the reviewer application form and then send it to
Open Science is also seeking scholars interested in serving on its volunteer Editorial Board as chief editors of Open Science journals. If you are interested in this program, please send your CV/resume to and tell Open Science which journal you would like to join in. Applicants of chief editors must have a doctorate (or an equivalent degree), and significant publishing and reviewing experience.

You’ll Benefit

  • Concessions in Manuscript Registration
  • Collaborating with an international editorial team
  • Mentoring authors working in an international expertise environment
  • Participating in processes to improve editorial work
Open Science Website:

Call for papers, Applied Language Learning

This looks like an interesting call for papers for those looking for a place to submit their work.

Applied Language Learning


Applied Language Learning, a refereed journal published semiannually by the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center and Presidio of Monterey, is soliciting articles for publication.

The Journal (US ISSN 1041-679X and ISSN 1041-6791 for the online version) is to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and information on instructional methods and techniques, curriculum and materials development, assessment of needs within the profession, testing and evaluation, and implications and applications of research from related fields such as linguistics, education, communications, psychology, and the social sciences. The journal seeks to serve the professional interest of language teachers, administrators, and researchers concerned with the teaching of foreign languages to adult learners. Articles that describe innovative and successful practice and methods and/or report educational research or experimentation are welcome.

Submitted manuscripts should be prepared according to the latest edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA).  The manuscripts should be

  • Within 5,000 words (excluding references, charts, notes, etc.)
  • Submitted electronically via email attached as a MS Word document
  • Double-line spaced throughout, including notes, references, and tables, with margins of one inch on all four sides, using 10 or 12-point Times New Roman font
  • Accompanied by a 150-200 word abstract and a cover sheet containing the manuscript title, name, address, telephone numbers, email address, and full names and institutions of each author. (Because the manuscript will be blind reviewed, identifying information should be on the cover sheet only, and not appear in the manuscript)
  • Check past issues of the journal at, which have detailed information on manuscript preparation

Contact Details for Submission: All manuscripts should be electronically submitted to the Editor. Go to, click on Contact Us, use the drop-down menu, and select Academic Journal.

Deadline: Submissions are welcome at any point. Manuscripts received by 31 January will be considered for the Spring issue and by 31 July for the Fall issue of the journal.

TESL Canada Journal Call for Papers on Task-Based Language Teaching, deadline April 30

This looks like a promising call for papers for those interested in TBLT.


Revue TESL du Canada

 Call for Papers

Special Issue of TESL Canada Journal, Fall 2014

Task-Based Language Teaching and Learning

Guest Editor: William Dunn, PhD

 In this themed issue, we aim to bring together papers representing various perspectives on Task-Based Language Teaching and Learning. We welcome contributions on a wide range of topics, including but not limited to:

  • Using tasks in classroom settings (K-12, post-secondary, adult education)
  • TBLT and teacher preparation
  • Task-based assessment
  • Cognitive perspectives on tasks and their role in language learning
  • Sociocultural aspects of using tasks
  • TBLT and educational technology
  • Links between TBLT and Content-Based Instruction
  • TBLT and culture

We encourage a broad range of theoretical frameworks and methodological approaches, including qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods. We welcome submissions from researchers and specialists around the world, but all papers should adhere to the journal’s mandate by demonstrating relevance for the teaching or learning of English as a second language in Canada.

Manuscripts should be sent as an email attachment directed to the Journal‘s email address ( The TESL Canada Journal Submission Form should be sent as a separate attachment, along with the manuscript. To review author guidelines, please visit the TESL Canada website:

Manuscripts are due April 30, 2014.