Q. I am trying to see if I could review this journal: Journal of Modern Education Review.


In trying to research this journal, I found many conflicting signs as to its quality and hence, its likelihood of being available in a library, which would be one source for getting to look at it for free.

I have recently created a guide to evaluating journal quality, found at http://library.uhd.edu/journalquality. I checked the Ulrich's Serials Directory, and although the journal was listed, very little information was given about it. (You can also check this through the guide above.) It was not listed as peer-reviewed, and it is not indexed anywhere. I did not find it in the Cabell's journal directory in education.

When I just searched the name of the journal on the Web, a half-finished Web site came up for it, which might be what you found, saying it was published by Academic Star - (http://academicstar.ecrater.com/p/11598874/journal-of-modern-education-review). When I found Academic Star's main site at http://academicstar.us/, they don't list the journal. They say they're located in New York, but appear to be Chinese. What is there on that site has indicators that mark it as a potentially suspicious publisher, as you'll see from the checklist I have on the guide above.

I searched the ISSN on the Web, which is 2155-7993. A couple of papers came up, but they indicated they were online submissions to the journal, not necessarily the journal itself.

I also searched Worldcat.org, which includes listings of the holdings of most U.S. libraries. It doesn't list any library as holding this journal.

In short, I am not aware of a way to get this to look at for free, and I didn't find any direct reviews; however, what I did find is reason to question the quality, and perhaps the existence, of this journal. Sorry this may not be helpful to you!

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  1. I am also trying to find information regarding this journal. It appears their "half completed" website is in English, but the grammar is quite poor in correspondence I received from them leading me to a similar question.
    by Wendy on Nov 22, 2012.
  2. The University of Houston-Downtown does not subscribe to the Journal of Modern Education. Based on the lack of quality in their website, as well as descriptions of their publishing practices found on other websites, I would strongly discourage you from using this publication in your research. Further, I would be suspicious of any article or book that cites articles from the Journal of Modern Education.

    If you are looking for reputable, scholarly works on education, please consider using ERIC database. This can be accessed by click on the ERIC Database link on the Education Research Guide - http://library.uhd.edu/Education. When accessing the database from off campus, you will be asked for a username and password - these are the same as your username and password for Blackboard.
    by Billy Hoya on Nov 22, 2012.
  3. I also had a bad experience trying to publish papers with the Journal of Modern Education Review. They took the payment and then did not respond. When I enquired to a person named Betty, I received another standard/general message that my paper was accepted for publication and was required to make a processing fee. I replied to Betty that I had already made the payment and attached a payment receipt from PayPal.
    It is disappointing that scams like this exist to gain financial benefit from academics around the world. You are strongly advised to not publish with JMER.
    by Anand on Jun 11, 2013.
  4. I am so happy to have seen these posts.
    The journal contacted me and told me one of my papers are accepted and I was about to pay them.
    I searched a lot and didnt find any reliable source showing that such a journal even exists!
    You kind of saved me guys from paying a considerable amount of money (for an article!).
    by Ladan on Oct 28, 2013.
  5. I received an unsolicited email from "Jessica" asking me to submit a paper recently delivered at a conference; the conference and paper title were correctly identified. The grammar and writing in the note were terrible, an obvious indication of the scam. Apart from stealing money, I wonder if this is also an attempt to steal unpublished research and writing, in order to publish under others' names. The note also suggested that I submit any other articles or books I may have.
    by GFH on Nov 14, 2013.
  6. Always check a suspicious journal and/or it publisher on Beale's list. Its updated regularly and is very informative.

    by Alistair on Jan 07, 2014.
  7. Here's a link to an article about pseudo-journals (and pseudo-conferences).
    by Kay Stand on Apr 04, 2014.
  8. I found the following after a google search as I had been sent an unsolicited email regarding a conference paper I had recently given:

    Peer Review Policy:
    Journal of Modern Education Review (ISSN 2155-7993) is a refereed journal. All research articles in this journal undergo rigorous peer review, based on initial editor screening and anonymous refereeing by at least two anonymous referees. The review process usually takes 4–6 weeks. Papers are accepted for publication subject to no substantive, stylistic editing. The editor reserves the right to make any necessary changes in the papers, or request the author to do so, or reject the paper submitted.
    Contact Information:
    Manuscripts can be submitted to: education@academicstar.us, education_academicstar@yahoo.com or betty@academicstar.us. Instructions for Authors and Submission Online System are available at our website: http://www.academicstar.us.

    I will not pursue.
    by Wendy Moran on Aug 04, 2014.
  9. I was shocked for reading posts countered to what I have. I have had my article recently published by Journal of Modern Education Review. I shall like to suggest to everyone to get back to Betty for settling the issue. This journal is now existing vitally. I must say this to acknowledge, showcase beauty, and truthfulness I found with the publishers of Journal of Modern Education Review.

    best kind,

    Allafiajiy Ibrahim
    International Islamic University, Malaysia
    by Allafiajiy on Sep 20, 2014.
  10. Today, I got a e-mail from Amy in poor English. And I searched Journal of Modern Eduacation Review. I was curious because my research clearly doesn't relate to education. But now I get it. They are just interested in money and research idea.
    by Anonymous on Dec 04, 2014.
  11. A clear indication of the scam is the grammar . No "real" peer reviewed journal in our field (or any scholary field) would misspell words at the least. I felt good about the email, however, lets be honest, never heard of them.
    by Audra P Jackson on Feb 24, 2016.
  12. I had an email from them that more or less can be summarized as “We am Americans who write broke English. Trust us to publish your stuff. We good friend. Us like you. Us like people who can’t spell spam.” 1 or 2 good things now on their site – I suspect plagiarised. Don’t go near them.
    by Philip Machanick on Jul 27, 2016.
  13. Yep - they sent me the same type of email about a recent conference paper. Still happening in 2016. So obviously dodgy. Ironic, as I am about to deliver a workshop at my university about predatory publishing.
    by Ellen Thompson [QUT, Brisbane, Australia] on Sep 07, 2016.
  14. I was at first so excited to have my research paper submitted by JMER for its seminar and publishing. However, emails from them kept coming to my inbox asking if I wanted to publish my paper and if I had paid the fee. I said I had no budget for this due to compromised issues, but they still sent me emails and emails. Now that I understand the existence of predatory journal, I should warn you all to be aware. They exist, they will chase you.
    by vero on Dec 20, 2016.
  15. I got similar email as you guys got. Please help me to find if it is real or scam. This is their email:
    Dear Andi Febriana Tamrin,
    This is Journal of Modern Education Review (ISSN 2155-7993), a professional journal published worldwide by Academic Star Publishing Company, New York, NY, USA.
    We have learned your paper" The Reflection of Gender Issue through Nature in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice" at International Conference On Language, Literary, And Cultural Studies.We are very interested to publish your latest paper in the Journal of Modern Education Review. If you have the idea of making our journal a vehicle for your research interests, please send the electronic version of your paper to us through email attachment in MS word format. All your original and unpublished papers are welcome.

    Hope to keep in touch by email and publish some papers or books from you and your friends in USA. As an American academic publishing group, we wish to become your friends if necessary. We also want to invite some people to be our reviewers or become our editorial board members. If you are interested in our journal, you can send your CV to us. You can find our sample paper in the attachment. Expect to get your reply soon.

    Best regards,

    Journal of Modern Education Review
    Academic Star Publishing Company
    education@academicstar.us, jmer@academicstar.us
    228 East 45th Street,Ground Floor, #CN00000267 New York NY 10017 USA
    TEL: 347-566-2153, Fax: 646-619-4168,347-566-2247

    Call for Paper
    Journal of Modern Education Review (ISSN 2155-7993) is an international, professional, and peer reviewed journal, monthly published in English by Academic Star Publishing Company, USA. It is a scholarly journal of opinion and research in education. Its mission is to provide an interdisciplinary forum for discussion and debate about education's most vital issues. It covers a wide range of topics of current concern in education. Each issue of it will contain a variety of articles, essays, and book reviews. We are interested in receiving well-written and timely papers from individuals for possible publication. The focus of the publication is original completed research that has application to academicians, researchers, policymakers, administrators, and teachers within the broad areas of education.

    We would welcome manuscripts on (but not limited to):
    *cultural and linguistic continuity and change;
    *ethnicity, class, gender and diversity in education;
    *systems and infrastructure development;
    *cultures and discourses of educational organizations;
    *educational policy responses;
    *migrant and indigenous education;
    *historical and current educational relationships between Asian and Pacific countries and systems;
    *relationships with the educational ideas and systems of the "North" and "West";
    *the impacts of new communication media and technologies, new and hybrid cultural forms and practices, and globalised economies on education;
    *science education;
    *technology education;
    *engineering education;
    *education technology;
    *other topics related to education.

    Information for Authors
    1. The manuscript should be original, and has not been published previously. Do not submit material that is currently being considered by another journal.
    2. The manuscript should be in MS Word format, submitted as an email attachment to our email box.
    3. Manuscripts may be 3000-12000 words or longer if approved by the editor,including an abstract, texts, tables, footnotes, appendixes, and references.
    The title should be on page 1 and not exceed 15 words, and should be followed by an abstract of 100-200 words. 3-5 keywords or key phrases are required.
    4. The title of the paper should be on the cover sheet as well as the top of the first page of text. Author names and affiliations should be on the cover sheet only.
    5. Authors of the articles being accepted are required to sign the Transfer of Copyright Agreement form.
    6. Authors will receive 2 hard copies of the journal within their papers.
    7. It is not our policy to pay authors.

    Peer Review Policy
    Journal of Modern Education Review is a refereed journal. All research articles in this journal undergo rigorous peer review, based on initial editor screening and anonymised refereeing by at least two anonymous referees.

    Editorial Procedures
    All papers considered appropriate for this journal are reviewed anonymously by at least two outside reviewers. The review process usually takes 4-6 weeks. Papers are accepted for publication subject to no substantive,stylistic editing. The Editor reserves the right to make any necessary changes in the papers, or request the author to do so, or reject the paper submitted. A copy of the edited paper along with the first proofs will be sent to the author for proofreading. They should be corrected and returned to the Editor within seven days. Once the final version of the paper has been accepted, authors are requested not to make further changes to the text.

    Submission of Manuscript
    All manuscripts submitted will be considered for publication. Manuscripts should be sent online or as an email attachment to: education@academicstar.us, jmer@academicstar.us, betty@academicstar.us, education_academicstar@yahoo.com

    Address: Academic Star Publishing Company, 70 West 86th Street, #CN0000267, New York, NY 10024, USA
    228 East 45th Street ,Ground Floor,#CN000000267 New York NY 10017 USA
    Email:education@academicstar.us, jmer@academicstar.us

    Journal of Modern Education Review


    Is is scam or real? I need your help guys. Thank u
    by Feby on Feb 27, 2017.
  16. Hi,

    In one week I got contacted twice by "US-China Education Review A & US-China Education Review B" and I just got an email from "Journal of Modern Education Review". Exactly the same email than in the previous post, only it was my name and the title of my paper and it was signed by "Lucky". It's obviously a scam. I an not a native English speaker but I could tell their English was weird. Too weird. And they want "to be friend"?! They hope to publish papers "from [me] and [my] friends in the USA. Guys, I am located in Norway and participated at a conference in Finland, how desperate are they to get papers?

    Funny fact: I'm a library and information science student and work in an academic library so I don't really believe it is common for a journal to contact people directly and tell them they are dying to publish their papers.
    by Cecel on Nov 10, 2017.
  17. Hi, I just got the email from the same email address, but different sender, the name is Lucky. The email body pretty similar like Feby.
    I found somethings that bothered me:
    1. How could a journal publisher access abstract or database of a conference so they know our research?
    2. My research topic was not relevant to any of JMER topics
    3. The email body was so long and grammarly wrong

    Thanks to my lecturer for her suggestion to googling this journal first and thank you guys for such helpful post and comments
    by Fadilla on May 21, 2018.
  18. I just got an e-mail from Lucky. My paper and presentation even was about education. Thank you for your comments. It's the second e-mail I receive offering publication abroad (first Germany, now USA). That's tiring.
    by Juliana on Aug 06, 2018.
  19. A journal without any reliable and valid evidence should be avoided. They have no links to social websites like Facebook or Youtube. A real academic researcher should never waste time and money on this fake publication. Don't be eager to beget a foreign publication until you apparently know its origins and quality.
    by David on Aug 31, 2018.
  20. Faculty should consult Cabell's directory and check the "Blacklist" category for titles of journals with violations.

    The Journal of Modern Education Review is on the Cabell's blacklist and has 6 violations. There are eight other journals published by the same publisher (Academic Star Publishing Company) that also have numerous violations.

    UHD faculty can access Cabell's by going to the UHD library website and selecting "Databases" > "C" > "Cabell's Directories".
    by Steve Bonario on Sep 01, 2018.
  21. The "journal" even follows up: "Have you received our previous email " Call for Paper"? And could you please give us definite answer?" It's best not to reply and just delete messages from them, but not before reporting this kind of behavior to the public and notifying others through helpful posts and feeds like this one.
    by Allan on Jul 17, 2019.
  22. I received an email -yesterday, asking me to publish a recent conference paper. Thanks for all your warnings. I am adding mine, just to let folks know that the Journal and its Publishing company are alive and active and trying to find new victims.
    by Tamo Chattopadhay on Aug 06, 2019.
  23. Yup, same here. just go an email from them too. Thank you for writing this post, these kind of things can be very tempting especially since I'm a newbie researcher. So thank you once again for this post. You guys saved me from unnecessary effort.
    by Muhammad Hajid An Nur on Sep 11, 2019.
  24. Hi everyone. I have also received e mail from that Journal.exactly the same above mentioned text was sent to me. The sender's name was Cassiel.Today I sent them my paper and they sent back it, demanding to correct it on a sample.Thank you guys for warnings! I will not send them my paper.
    by Aliya on Sep 11, 2019.
  25. Hello, I just read several messages that you wrote and I can not believe it, I received a message of the same characteristics, moreover, Cassiel writes me and tells me to send more products, I live in Latin America and I have made several academic products, but reading them will never return to receive these emails, thanks to all as I avoided a headache.
    by Un ciudadano on Sep 20, 2019.
  26. Hello everyone, I received the same e-mail with the same comments in the body of the email (the sender was Vena), as many reported, my article would not be so interesting for them to contact to request the submission.
    I also believe that this condition is not true, I will not send my papers.
    Thanks everyone for the tips.
    by Anderson on Sep 24, 2019.
  27. Wow, I'm glad I checked. Thank you all for sharing. I was flattered to receive an email from Academic Star too. They were asking to publish my paper in their magazine "Modern Environmental Science and Engineering (ISSN 2333-2581)." Its a shame, I would have quite liked to be published :)
    by Claire on Sep 28, 2019.
  28. I'm Brazilian and I received the same invitation everyone here did. I thank you the information and all the comments posted here. I'm relieved that I didn't submit any paper.
    by Maria Beatriz Afflalo Brandão on Oct 05, 2019.
  29. I had the same email from them and I was thinking to sent my paper...
    Thank you all for these comments.
    Can anyone tell me any suggestion for a journal so I can send my paper to be published?
    Thank you in advance!
    by Arjeta on Oct 19, 2019.
  30. I have received the same email after a conference I participated in June 2019 (La Plata, Buenos Aires). I also met an old couple from the US that claim to be work for the publisher ( I had beers with them.) I wasted one Saturday translating my paper, I send it to them and then received the answer from Penny asking me to pay. Here it is what she wrote:
    Dear (my name)
    We are very glad to receive your paper. Thanks for your support to our journal. Your paper No. is MESE20191027-3.
    At first, please confirm that your paper has never been published in other journals before.
    We would like to tell you that when the papers are accepted by our journal, the authors need to pay us some publication fees for the editing, the printing and the postage. As you have known, MESE is a new international open accessed journal. We haven't got any sponsors or advertisements and all the costs will be covered by ourselves. Please understand and support us.
    If you agree on it, we will forward your paper to our related reviewers and the reviewing result will come out in about 2-4 weeks.

    Wish to have a happy collaboration with you.

    Best regards,

    Editorial office
    Modern Environmental Science and Engineering, USA
    Academic Star Publishing Company,
    1820 Avenue M Suite #1068, Brooklyn, NY 11230
    Tel: 347-566-2153, Fax: 646-619-4168
    E-mail: environment@academicstar.us, mese@academicstar.us
    by Nicolas on Oct 28, 2019.
  31. Hello folks, I just want to say that the "journal" keeps very active and looking for potencial "publisher". The send me a email (wich I didnt respond) and now send me another one again asking me for an "answer". Thank for this kind of warnings.
    by Julio M on Jan 17, 2020.
  32. This has also happened to me. My question is: having my article been published by the "Journal", can I still consider sending it to another journal to be published? Thank you much for the previous allerting comments. I got trapped up. Such is life. Jimbi, Angola.
    by Jimbi on Mar 10, 2020.
  33. I was also recently contacted by the same scammers to publish my papers. Thank you for your reviews. It saved me from becoming a victim of these fraudsters. My main concern is for the thousands of people out there who would be fooled by these emails. How can we make academic conferences databases be better secured and raise public awareness to the fact that there are fake journals, as this would be the first time I am finding out such?
    by loben on Jun 15, 2020.
  34. Same here! Thanks to all of you, it is unfortunately still going on ..
    by Nour Haku on Jun 18, 2020.
  35. Dodged a bullet there. By a nanometer too. I was a click away from attaching my very painstakingly edited version of my final year research paper to my email reply to them. Power cuts to the rescue. First the email was from Jasper, then the follow up from Grace. In retrospect, it was pretty glaringly obvious they had to be fake. But since I have somewhat journal-ready version of it, I better find a real journal to be a "vehicle for your research interests". Stay away. Zed.
    by ThatGuy on Jun 30, 2020.
  36. I have just received a very similar email. I’m saved now that I found this post. Thank you so much for the heads up. What a bummer-_-
    by Thanida Bordiphong on Jul 17, 2020.
  37. Mood. I recently received an email with eerily similar content as the posts above (albeit from a person called "Marion". The fact that their site was a HTTP (not even HTTPS) for a so-called revered publishing house had me sus. Glad I check this out before sending anything out.
    by Annika on Sep 26, 2020.
  38. Me and my friends received an e-mail from "Modern Environmental Science and Engineering" offering the publishing of an article we wrote for a brazilian congress (CNMA Poços) and I'm so thankful to everybody here for showing that the offer is a scam!
    by Vitor on Nov 03, 2020.
  39. I got an email from Marian with learning@academicstar.us, asking about my research paper to be publish on Journal of Modern Education Review (ISSN 2155-7993). Thus, I know that this is way too good to be true, and surprisingly I was corrected again. This type of scam still exist in 2020, huh? Pathetic. But, lets us respect to our fallen soldiers who fallen into this scam. Your mistake has helped us to be aware with this type of scam
    by Anonymous on Nov 05, 2020.
  40. I have also received am email from them recently. The title of my research and the date/place of the conference were correctly quoted but thankfully I found your posts and didn't fall for it.. Too good to be true.
    by Renata on Nov 08, 2020.
  41. Hi, friends! Unfortunately, I have paid fifty to fifty to the Journal of Modern Education and I was unsuccessful. Since August, they promised to publish my article and nothing happened. I have decided to not pay nothing else. I'm really disappointed, because I've sent several messages, and they explain to same answers, that they will be publishing "next month".. But when? I'm brazilian student , and I've never been cheated in this way¹ Thanks for everything!!
    by Elizabeth Rodrigues de Oliveira Pereira on Dec 08, 2020.
  42. I felt suspicious after they replied my email. It turned out that my feeling was right. thank you for sharing the information
    by Arif on Dec 17, 2020.
  43. Just received the email and do a google search. Glad I found this site, it's just too good to be true. // Dear XXX, Have you received our previous email " Call for Paper"? And could you please give us definite answer? Best regards, Eileen Hamilton // Same pattern. Thanks for fallen victims who stand up and help us dodge the bullet.
    by Nick The Latest Victim on Jan 13, 2021.
  44. I was contacted by them after a paper in a congress about machine translation and artificial intellingence (clearly not related to education) Find it suspicious from the beginning
    by Luis Menendez on Jan 18, 2021.
  45. I have received an email, like the emails that are attached above, from "Academic Star Publishing Company" two weeks ago asking for the English version of a paper of mine. It was suspicious from the beginning. They ask for publishing fee, I didn't like their website, and they signed as Lucy, no surname mentioned. Then found this post. I will not answer to them. Be aware!
    by Anastasia on Feb 18, 2021.
  46. Hi everyone!. I received this email and I was enthusiastic. But after a double take I discovered that its fake. It doesn't even has social media to keep a connection with people. Its term and words like fees or friends are really unacceptable. Besides, there's no address like this given in brooklyn. I will just ignore this.
    by Sissy, Greece on Mar 19, 2021.
  47. "Glad to get your reply. When we receive your paper, we will send it out for peer review, and return the result to you in 2-4 weeks. As usual, if the paper is accepted by our journal, the author should pay some processing fee to us on reviewing, editing, typesetting, postage and so on. Because there is no sponsor for our journal, we have to charge some fees to run it. Please understand us and support us. You can prepare your paper in our format which you can find in the attachment. But the final charge will be decided by the reviewing result and your financial condition. You can send your paper to us through this email when you are ready. Best regards, Watson" WHAT A SCAM, and it's May 2021
    by azwan on May 07, 2021.