Call for Papers?

A few days ago I received an email from “The American International Journal of Contemporary Research“–now there’s an oxymoronic journal title: American International. Make up your minds!

Apparently, this journal is not good at ‘making up its mind,’ as the call for papers went as follows:

“American International Journal of Contemporary Research (AIJCR) is an open access, peer-reviewed and refereed multidisciplinary journal published by Center for Promoting Ideas (CPI), USA. The main objective of AIJCR is to provide an intellectual platform for the research community. AIJCR aims to promote contemporary research in business, humanities, social science, science and technology and become the leading journal in the world.

The journal publishes research papers in three broad specific fields as follows: [3 BROAD SPECIFIC fields–haha–more oxymorons: perhaps this should be called the Journal of Oxymorons. note by SC]

Business and Economics
Management, marketing, finance, economics, banking, accounting, human resources management, international business, hotel and tourism, entrepreneurship development, business ethics, development studies and so on.

Humanities and Social science
Anthropology, communication studies, corporate governance, criminology, cross-cultural studies, demography, education, ethics, geography, history, industrial relations, information science, international relations, law, linguistics, library science, media studies, methodology, philosophy, political science, population Studies, psychology, public administration, sociology, social welfare, linguistics, literature, paralegal, performing arts (music, theatre & dance), religious studies, visual arts, women studies.

Science and Technology
Astronomy and astrophysics, Chemistry, Earth and atmospheric sciences, Physics, Biology in general, Agriculture, Biophysics and biochemistry, Botany, Environmental Science, Forestry, Genetics, Horticulture, Husbandry, Neuroscience, Zoology, Computer science, Engineering, Robotics and Automation, Materials science, Mathematics, Mechanics, Statistics, Health Care & Public Health, Nutrition and Food Science, Pharmaceutical Sciences, and so on.”

Among other issues, what bothers me are the last 3 words: “and so on.”

In other words, there are no limitations to the actual scope of this journal: everything and anything goes!

Just out of curiosity, I glanced at the editorial board, and of course did not recognize any names from the Science and Technology and so on world. I also poked around to see what kind of papers are actually being published in this “Mother of all Journals.” And yes, I do have BETTER ways to spend my time, but inherent curiosity (and especially the scent of a rat) keeps my adrenaline high.

While I didn’t find any papers on vesicular trafficking–my own field of interest and that of the 2013 Nobel prize winners Schekman, Rothman and Sudhof, I did find this paper on “vehicular traffic:”

Application of Queuing Theory to Vehicular Traffic at Signalized Intersection in Kumasi-Ashanti Region, Ghana
Martin Anokye, A.R. Abdul-Aziz, Kwame Annin, Francis T. Oduro

Well, perhaps that’s why I was invited to submit papers. Some other day. or perhaps I’ll just leave it to John Bohannon

About Steve Caplan

I am a Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska where I mentor a group of about 10 students, postdoctoral fellows and researchers working on endocytic protein trafficking. My first lablit novel, "Matter Over Mind," is about a biomedical researcher seeking tenure and struggling to overcome the consequences of growing up with a parent suffering from bipolar disorder. Lablit novel #2, "Welcome Home, Sir," published by Anaphora Literary Press, deals with a hypochondriac principal investigator whose service in the army and post-traumatic stress disorder actually prepare him well for academic, but not personal success. Novel #3, "A Degree of Betrayal," is an academic murder mystery that is now in press! All views expressed are my own, of course--after all, I hate advertising. http://www.stevecaplan.net
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10 Responses to Call for Papers?

  1. Bob O'H says:

    Either their list of humanities and social sciences is complete, or they don’t care about any and so ons from those quarters.

  2. Steve Caplan says:

    I guess we should just be glad it didn’t say: “ad nauseum”

  3. Just for giggles, maybe Bob could submit some of his old methods and see if they accept them as “contemporary research”.

    But he probably has better things to do with his time, too.

  4. Cath@VWXYNot? says:

    I can’t decide whether their email is a better match for the marketing or the performance art part of their mandate

  5. Kanyiri Yakubu says:

    I will be happy to know if and individually can publish his/her work with you, and if is yes what are some of the terms and conditions attach to publishing a academic research work with you.Thanks

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