Category Archives: Questionable Publishers and Publishing Solicitations

An invitation to ignore: Canadian Center of Science and Education’s English Language Teaching (ELT)

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.:

Author Fees

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:

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.

We are calling for the submission of papers. Please see the journal’s profile at and submit your manuscripts online. If you have any questions, please contact the editorial assistant at

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

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.

Thank you.

Best Regards,

Gavin Yu

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

Fax: 1-416-642-2608



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: