Tuesday, April 25, 2017

DEStech Publications

The website (4/25/17) reports that "DEStech Publications, Inc., founded in 2001 and located in Lancaster, Pennsylvania (U.S.), is an independent academic STM publishing company that develops and publishes original professional books and university textbooks written and edited by scientific researchers." Sounds good, but the email I get is all for conferences in China, with admonitions like "academic moral is required" and promises of publication even if I do not attend the conference.

More unflattering information on DEStech was at Beall's website.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Xia & He Publishing and Medjaden in Texas?

The Xia & He Publishing website (4/24/17) "company information" page states that the company is a "publisher of topical English language journals on all aspects of biomedical research." It promises "peer review and education regarding the scientific process, achieved through workshops, lectures, and our editorial interactions with authors." The directors are Hua Xiang Xia and Hua He. Although "headquartered in Texas, USA," only one of the eight company "members" is in Texas. The other seven are in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Florida, and China (Wuhan, Chongqing, and Beijing). Director Hua He also is an executive editor of an Omics journal.

That Xia & He would offer someone like me, with zero expertise in pharmacology, $200 for an article for the Journal of Exploratory Research in Pharmacology because of "your significant contributions to the field of pharmacology" (see below) is a bad sign.

So is the company's address -- 11415 Ashford Willow, Sugar Land, Texas, 77478, USA. The building at this address is a single family dwelling. A couple of real estate websites give a variety of names for the occupants (with a little overlap): Vinay S Kantak, Rekha S Puranik, Sudhir Puranik, B Salunkhe, and Amy Verga. Directors Xia and He use the same address for Medjaden, Inc., incorporated in Texas in 2015. This company may be the same as Medjaden Biosciences, Ltd, a Hong Kong company founded in 2005.
  • 4/16/17, 4:34:26 AM EDT: Dear Dr. Kaye, We are pleased to inform you Journal of Exploratory Research in Pharmacology (JERP) published the first issue in November 2016. JEPR ... focus[es] on novel findings and the most recent advances in basic and clinical pharmacology, covering topics from drug research, drug development, clinical trials and application. The exploratory research published in JERP may not necessarily be conclusive, but the study design must be solid, the methodologies must be reliable, the results must be true, and the conclusions must be rational and justifiable with evidence. ... As an open access journal, JERP guarantees a fast process in the editorial response, peer review, and online publication. ... Based on your significant contributions to the field of pharmacology, I am honored to invite you to write an article, which you believe to be appropriate for this journal. If you are able to provide a submission to JERP, please confirm within one week by e-mail. ... Additional time can be provided if needed. To acknowledge your contribution and valuable support, we will provide a modest honorarium of USD 200 upon acceptance of your manuscript for publication. Moreover, there will be no article processing fees or other related charges for this invited article as well as any additional articles subsequently submitted to JERP in which you are the first or corresponding author until 2020. ... Look forward to hearing from you with a positive response. ... With kind regards, Prof. Jide Tian, Prof. Ramón Cacabelos, Editors-in-Chief, Journal of Exploratory Research in Pharmacology, http://www.xiahepublishing.com/, editorialoffice@jerp-xh.com

Sunday, April 23, 2017

The Global Scientific Library (GSL) Journal of Forensic Research

"Global Science Library (GSL) is one of newly start-up publishers [that] aims at making access to knowledge FREE for ALL." Its website (4/23/17) sports the names of 34 journals. The one I heard from, the GSL Journal of Forensic Research, purports to have 19 editors but apparently needs more (see the email below). These editors include
⊖ Dr. Kristin Holland, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, United States
⊖ Dr. Heath Grant, John Jay College of Criminal justice, United States
⊖ Dr. Judge Mary A Celeste, National Judicial College, United States
The "Dr. Judge" is a retired Denver County judge who is a consultant "designated as an expert witness on marijuana and driving in a Court of Law" with one article in a peer reviewed journal listed on her C.V. The affiliation with the National Judicial College is "Adjunct Faculty."

"Newly start-up" seems to be a euphemism as well as a solecism. Apparently, there is no editor-in-chief, and the links for "current issue" and "archives" reveal nothing.

GSL gives its address as 1320 Willow Pass Road Suite 600, Concord, California. So do various lawyers and other businesses. The property is advertised as a place to "[b]uild a local business presence with professional, tech-powered workspace" where "You can meet up with clients in our convenient, fully equipped meeting rooms" and "Work confidently in private or shared office space."
  • 4/17/17 from forensic@gslpublishers.com: Dear Dr. David H Kaye, We hope this mail finds you in good health & activity. I'm writing today to extend an invitation to you to serve on GSL Journal of Forensic Research Editorial Board. The GSL Journal of Forensic Research is an international, peer reviewed, open access journal, committed towards publishing most recent and innovative advancements in the area of Forensic Research. The main aim of the journal is to provide a common access platform to all academicians and scientists from all over the world to share, discuss and promote various latest developments in Forensic Research. Since you have already served in this capacity I thought you might be interested in continuing your relationship with us in this capacity. I hope that you will consider joining the Editorial Board. If you accept this appointment, please forward a copy of your curriculum vitae and photograph. I look forward to your reply. Yours sincerely, Nancy, GSL Journal of Forensic Research

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Science Domain International

I would guess that Science Domain International is another Indian venture. If there is a main address on the website, it is well hidden. An email for the Journal of Scientific Research and Reports gives three addresses -- London, Delhi, and New Castle (in Delaware). But SDI does not seem to have an office in Delaware. The New Castle address actually is for Agents and Corporation, Inc., a "remote agent" firm that provides cheap incorporations in Delaware.Wherever it may be located, however, SDI has a "thirst for excellence" and "top innovation."
  • 4/16/17 (sender: Dr. Monami Das <editor05@sdjournals.net>): Dear Colleague, Journal of Scientific Research and Reports (ISSN: 2320-0227) is an OPEN peer-reviewed INTERNATIONAL journal. ... We hope that you will appreciate this Advanced OPEN peer-review system, which is expected to give doubtless scholarly benefit and impact to the authors in long run. ... We have more than 35 journals in different areas ... Manuscript submitted within this month will be eligible for discounted 55 USD Article Processing Charge (APC). Original Article Processing Charge is 500 USD. ... Journal hard copies and article reprints are available at extremely nominal cost. ... Best regards, Ms. Isita Sen, Journal of Scientific Research and Reports : An OPEN peer reviewed journal
    Reg. Office: UK: Third Floor, 207 Regent Street, London, W1B 3HH,UK,Registered in England and Wales, Company Registration Number: 8988029, Fax: +44 20-3031-1429
    USA: One Commerce Centre, 1201, Orange St. # 600, Wilmington, New Castle, Delaware, USA, Corporate File Number: 5049777, Fax: +1 302-397-2050
    India: U GF, DLF City Phase-III, Gurgaon, 122001, Delhi NCR, Corp. Firm Registration Number: 255 (2010-11), Fax: +91 11-66173993

Monday, April 10, 2017

The Manuscripts of MedCrave

The MedCrave Publishing Group's About Us page contains the vacuous hyperbole typical of journals that are best avoided. Here we learn that MedCrave is
dedicated to make original valuable scientific content available freely to the global population. ... amazed by science and its wonderful forms and we now bring this beauty to you too. ... a collection of ... works of pure significance. ... relevant to science ... open for all interested members around the globe ... .
Not only that,but
The manuscripts of MedCrave have overcome all the barriers that lay in the way of knowledge.
With the insight of a Chinese fortune cookie, MedCrave "considers the will to tear up your ignorance as the best price you could pay" and gushes that "there is no best price for knowledge except the will to learn." As to what one might learn, well, it could be anything "from the traditional divisions to contemporary works."

It could even be a faux study of "uromycitisis poisoning" -- a disease created for an episode of Seinfeld -- submitted by a nonexistent "Arthur Vandelay Urological Research Institute" to MedCrave's Urology & Nephrology Open Access Journal. It took three days for the journal to complete its favorable peer review of an article with a references to nonexistent sources such as a putative New York Times report that "New Public Urination Passes Approved for Uromycitisis Sufferers." The author of the uromycitis article describes the incident in The Scientist (in a report by the article's author).

Medcrave considers itself "one of the finest Online Publishing Groups" and has a scrolling banner of "NIH funded and indexed articles." I clicked on three of them. None were published by MedCrave.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

OMICS Journal of Forensic Research

OMICS has long been criticized for aggressively and deceptively promoting conferences and journals of dubious quality. In 2012, the Chronicle of Higher Education reported that although OMICS began publishing in 2008, "only about 60 percent of [its 200] journals have actually published anything."  As of 2012, NIH informed OMICS that PubMed Central would not accept any OMICS Publishing Group journals because the "[National Library of Medicine's] selection group has raised serious concerns about the publishing practices of your organization." A letter demanded "that you cease and desist from employing our name or the name of any of our agencies institutes or employees on your website for other than true factual statements."

The website of its Journal of Forensic Research includes such morsels as "Forensic science is a multidisciplinary subject that drawn principally from ... even social sciences" and "Forensic plays an important role in criminal investigations and it is equally used in ... Astronomy ... ." All OMICS journals advertise a "21 day rapid review process."

Who edits the journal and what researchers will fork over $3,019 to avail themselves of its "platform for the authors to make their contribution towards the journal and the editorial office promises a peer review process for the submitted manuscripts for the quality of scholarly publishing"? The three editors-in-chief are said to be
Jian Tie, Nihon University School of Medicine, Oyaguchi, Japan
Jianye Ge, Institute of Applied Genetics, University of North Texas Health Science Center, and
Sheila M Willis, Director, Forensic Science Laboratory, Ireland
The names given for editors include
Rick Wyant, CRT Less Lethal Inc, and
Peter Gill, Professor of Forensic Genetics, Norwegian Institute of Public Health, University of Oslo.
A "special issue" on "Criminology Forensic," edited by Thomas Holt and Jianye Ge, consisted of a grand total of four articles such as Modern Trend of Country Made /Improvised Pistols Used in the Capital of India. Other letters or articles in various issues are
The Usage of Polygraph Method in Bulgaria, by Todor Todorov (noting that "Participating in a 10 week course with APA standards in Sofia is a lot cheaper and easier than to apply for a USA visa, paying expenses for accommodation and travel costs");
Reality Bites Demystifying Crime, by Gurveen Gill (noting that "Some scientist recommends that thorough analysis of the size, position and other features of bite marks be completed before any comparison with a suspect’s dentition is made."); and
When Good DNA Goes Bad, by Mark Perlin (maintaining that "TrueAllele computer mixture interpretation is thorough, objective, sensitive, specific, and reproducible; human review methods are not.").

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Avid Science

Avid Science apparently is located in Hyderabad, although its email and website (3/15/17) list an "international mailing address" in Berlin. Its journals have a cookie-cutter appearance -- same graphic for the title page, and almost all journal titles are "Prime Research in ... ." No journal has a designated editor-in-chief. Editorial board members receive 50% off Avid's usual fee for the privilege of publishing online.

I stopped looking into the qualifications of the editorial board members after the first two I picked out from Prime Research in Oncology (namely, Payal Mittal, UConn Health School of Medicine, and Oorvashi Roy, University of Texas) turned out to be postdocs rather than more experienced and accomplished faculty.
From: Avid Science [mailto:ebooks.cfbc@avidsciences.org]
Sent: Tuesday, March 14, 2017 4:02 AM
Subject: Forensic Science: Call for Book Chapters

Avid Science Publications is pleased to announce the launch of its new open access eBook “Forensic Science"
Theme: Recent Research and Review works in the field of Forensic Science.
Tentative Submission Deadline: May 05, 2017
Indexing: Google Books and Google Play
Mode of Publication: Open Access eBook
Publication Fee: A nominal publication fee of USD 350 is charged per chapter upon acceptance to cover the production and maintenance costs.
Kindly respond to this email within a week, to confirm your participation. We look forward to hear from you.
Avid Science
Borsigstr. 9, 10115 Berlin, Berlin, Germany.
3-6-462/4-8, Level 2, Street No 5, Himayat Nagar, Hyderabad 500029, Telangana, India
On 3/15/17, I wrote Avid that "I am very interested in this book. Who is the editor? I would like to discuss the volume with him or her." The next day, I received this reply:
Greetings! ... We will be glad to receive your book chapter for our eBook. ... Unlike traditional eBooks, our eBooks do not have an editor in specific. All the submissions will be reviewed by our internal review team which would check for novelty, scope, presentation of the chapter along with basic editorial checks such as plagiarism, grammar, etc ... We look forward to hear from you. Regards, Jayashree, Avid Science, 3-6-462/4-8, Level 2, Street No 5, Himayat Nagar, Hyderabad 500029, Telangana, India