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 []
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

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Eureka Science

Until recently, the publishing arm of Eureka Science had neglected me. (Eureka's conference organizing branch was more aggressive.) Then I received this letter (2/10/17) offering copy editing to "correct my abruptly presented ideas":
Dear Dr.Kaye., The essence of any literary composition is the coherency of expression, the clarity in presenting ideas and strong command of writing skills. Professional editors at Eureka Science ensure that your document meets international publishing standards. Eureka Science provides fast and reliable copy-editing services to address language discrepancies, correct abruptly presented ideas and refine any loosely structured sentences in your document. Our services come with fast turn-around times and dependable services, at an affordable price. We look forward to providing you quality services to give your compositions a competitive edge.
With best regards, Yours Sincerely, Hasina Habib, Manager Marketing, Eureka Science

Monday, February 27, 2017

Medwin's Vaccine Journal Is Interested in My Runny Nose

The following exchange helps explain how Medwin Publishers (discussed here) "aspires to bring eminent original findings of research information across the globe into light."

Received 2/21/17:
Dear Dr. David H Kaye,
Greetings from MedWin Publishers!We have contacted you earlier through email. Since we have not received any response from you regarding your valuable manuscript submission, we are taking the liberty of resending the invitation as we are aware that you may be engaged in other activities or our message may not have successfully reached you. We are very pleased to announce that submissions for upcoming issue are now being accepted for Vaccines & Vaccination Open Access (VVOA). We have chosen eminent scientists, who have significant involvement in the advancement of research in their field and have the potential to give best quality articles for upcoming issue of our journal. We gently request you to submit any kind of article for publication and to help us in releasing the issue at the designated time. ... We hope that your articles will help us in the growth of our Journal and kindly follow the below link for online submission ... .
Also, we request you to submit your manuscript by March 15th, 2017 to enable swift process of peer review and publication. Kindly acknowledge this email receipt within 24 hours. Await your prompt response.
Kind Regards,
Monica Kathryn, Assistant Managing Editor, Vaccines & Vaccination Open Access (VVOA, MedWin Publishers
Sent 2/24/17:
Dear Monica,
Would VVOA be interested in a paper reporting that I still got some colds after being vaccinated against the flu?
From:, Sunday, February 26, 2017 11:26 PM
Dear Dr. David H Kaye,
Thank you for your prompt reply. We are glad with your positive response towards our journal. As time being an important factor towards the issue release. We request you to submit your valuable manuscript as soon as possible. Could you let us know your feasibility to submit your manuscript. Hope to hear from you soon.
Kind Regards,
Monica Kathryn, Assistant Managing Editor, Vaccines & Vaccination Open Access (VVOA, MedWin Publishers

Sunday, February 26, 2017

From ScholarTown to Sciedu Press to the Canadian Center of Science and Technology

ScholarTown's email of 1/19/17 (below) promised to let me "Review Articles and Get PAID." Why me? Because "Having read your article, 'Book Review, The Right and the Power: The Prosecution of Watergate', we believe that you have considerable experience as an author or peer reviewer of scholarly articles." That this 40-year-old book review was published in a journal that does not use peer review suggests that ScholarTown is none too perceptive. Interestingly, its address in Toronto is identical to that for the Canada office of Sciedu Press, which describes itself as "a private scientific publishing house" with the "objective of excellence in science, education, and culture."

I checked out ScholarTown's short list of journal articles begging for reviewers. Apparently, would-be reviewers bid to review these manuscripts. The one I clicked on was for the International Journal of Psychological Studies (IJES), an offering of the Canadian Center of Science and Technology. CCSE has been accused of predatory publishing. IJES is offering $20 for a reviewer. The bids to do the work are coming in at $25.

CCSE referred to the same 40-year-old book review when it contacted me to contribute to one its journals. One of CCSE's addresses is, you guessed it, the same as ScholarTown's and Sciedu Press.
1/19/17: Dear David H. Kaye, Having read your article, "Book Review, The Right and the Power: The Prosecution of Watergate", we believe that you have considerable experience as an author or peer reviewer of scholarly articles. The purpose of this email is to invite you to participate in a new model for conducting scholarly peer reviews that enables you to earn from reviewing articles. ... Using ScholarTown’s online platform, publishers/editors can post article review projects that registered scholars can bid for. Employers (publishers/editors) can then select appropriate scholars for conducting article reviews, and pay them for work that is completed to their satisfaction. In contrast to the traditional voluntary approach to peer reviewing, this model enables scholars to receive reasonable compensation and stimulating work to review. To review articles and get PAID, please register ... Sign up now!
... Yours sincerely, ScholarTown Team, 2235 Sheppard Avenue East, Suite 901,Toronto, Ontario, M2J 5B5, Canada

Monday, February 13, 2017

Center for Academic Research (CAR)

The spam from the Center for Academic Research (CAR) resembles that from RIPK. Indeed, CAR promises even more impressive review and publication times, asking for manuscripts five days before publication. Its categorization of subject areas is interesting. "Business" is part of "business," Law is part of "accounting and marketing." And so on.
  • 12/17/16: Call for paper... International Journal of Social Science and Business (IJSSB) is an international peer-reviewed journal ... all fields of Social Science and Business. ... IJSSB publishes original papers, review papers, conceptual framework, analytical and simulation models, case studies, empirical research, technical notes, and book reviews. ...
    The journal is published both in print and online versions. The journal publishes research papers in the fields of: Business and Humanities: business, Humanities, Religious Studies, Public Administration, Psychology, Philosophy, hotel and tourism, development studies, population studies, international relations, Political Science, History, entrepreneurship development and so on. Accounting and marketing: economics, banking, accounting, commerce, human resources management, international business, finance, marketing, law, journalism and mass communication, corporate governance, cross-cultural studies, linguistics and so on. Management and Social science: management, human resource management, strategic management, e-business, services, information technology production & operations management, financial management and managerial economics, Social Science, Sociology, Social Welfare, Anthropology, Education, Women Studies and so on.
    Date of Publishing: IJSSB is inviting papers for Vol. 1 No. 4 which is scheduled to be published on December 30, 2016. Acceptance Notification: Within 7-10 days from the date of manuscript submission. Submission deadline: December 25, 2016. ...
    With Warm Regards, Chief Editor, Dr. Gerald Fontaine

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Centre of Excellence for Scientific & Research Journalism (COES&RJ)

A conference organizer (Turkey, Malaysia, UAE, and China, many cancelled) and publisher of oddly organized journals, CIES&RJ pretends to have a US address (that belongs to a warehouse and is used by international scammers). The email I received (2/1/17) was for the "Journal of Social Sciences." The website refers to a "Journal of Law," but that link goes to the other journal. The only editorial board listed (2/1/17) is for the "Journal of Business and Management," whose editor-in-chief is Dr. Ra'ed (Mo'hd Taisir) Masa'deh, Dean: Faculty of Management, University of Jordan, Aqaba, Jordan.