Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Jyoti Academic Press

Does the world need another set of "international" journals that "may be downloaded/printed as many times without any charge"? Yes, Jyoti Academjc Press is yet another Indian open access journal, but you cannot download an article without submitting a form giving a name, email address, telephone number, etc. The domain name of this startup was registered in 2015 by Anurag Gupt, Spine Infoway (P) Lt, 3, Leader Road, Allahabad UP 211001 India, +91.9415305632, spineinfoway@gmail.com. The publisher's home page reveals that
Jyoti Academic Press is an institution with a distinction having a mission to empower the high level academic activities by utilizing every available opportunity. With a vast majority of skilled professionals it has molded itself in a way that fast dissemination cannot affect the quality of work.
Who publishes in journals advertised with such drivel? The first issue of the International Journal of Statistics: Advances in Theory and Applications has two articles (so far), both by US psychology professors (David Trafimow, New Mexico State University, and Rand Wilcox, University of Southern California).
Email
From: journal@japjournals.co
Sent: Wednesday, May 24, 2017 2:31 AM
Subject: Call for Papers - Transnational Journal of Mathematical Analysis and Applications
Dear Professor Kaye,
It is our pleasure to inform you that Jyoti Academic Press invites original research papers in all areas of Mathematical Analysis and its Numerous Applications. The Transnational Journal of Mathematical Analysis and Applications is an interdisciplinary journal ... . It is published online only in 2 issues per 1 volume annually. ... The honorable Editorial Members and the Publisher are very committed to build the journal as one of leading multidisciplinary international journal in the next few years. Besides the basic aim of publishing high quality peer-reviewed research articles, sufficient care is given to the timely disposal of the articles received for publication. Generally, we make decision on an article received in two months time and publish the same if duly recommended by the experts within one month of acceptance. ... Accepted papers get duly edited and typeset in the style of our journal by the publisher and the galley proofs are sent to the submitting authors, unless requested otherwise, without the original manuscript, for corrections. ... We, hereby, invite you to consider submitting an original research paper or review/survey article of your interest in the Jyoti Academic Press for consideration of possible publication.  Thanking you, Yours sincerely, Rashmi Agrawal, General Manager, Jyoti Academic Press, 53A/51 Chowk Ganga Das, Allahabad 211003, Uttar Pradesh, India, rashmi@jyotiacademicpress.org

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Journals with the Imaginary Dr. Szust (aka Dr. Fraud) as an Editor

The Polish word "szust" means "fraud." In this case, it meant a sting.

In 2015, researchers at the University of Wrocław "created a profile of a fictitious scientist named Anna O. Szust and applied on her behalf to the editorial boards of 360 journals." 1/ The good doctor, whse professed Ph.D. was in "Social Sciences History,"
was dismally inadequate for a role as editor. Szust's 'work' had never been indexed in the Web of Science or Scopus databases, nor did she have a single citation in any literature database. Her CV listed no articles in academic journals or any experience as a reviewer, much less an editor. The books and chapters on her CV did not exist and could not be found through any search engine. Even the publishing houses were fake.
The journals were "a mix of legitimate titles and suspected predators." One third were bona fide -- they had "an official impact factor as indexed on Journal Citation Reports" (JCR). None of these journals accepted Dr. Szust as an editor.

One-third of the journals were in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ). Journals on this list "must meet certain standards of quality, including ethical publishing practices [and] be fully open access." Seven percent of these journals accepted Szust.

The remainder of the journals were on Jeffrey Beall's now defunct "blacklist [of] potential predatory journals ... that, in his opinion, exploited researchers and failed to meet basic standards of scholarly publishing." A full forty (33%) of the predatory titles accepted Szust.

"At least a dozen journals appointed Szust as editor conditional on, or strongly encouraging, some form of payment or profit." One publisher wrote that "If you want to start a new journal...you will get 30% of the revenue earned thru you." Another expressed its "pleasure to add your name as our editor in chief for this journal with no responsibilities."

All the journals that accepted Szust were notified that she "kindly withdraws her application." Yet, "her name still appears on the editorial boards listed by at least 11 journals' websites. In fact, she is listed as an editor of at least one journal to which we did not apply. She is also listed as management staff [and], a member of conference organizing committees."

The researchers did not reveal any journal titles. They offered two reasons for shielding these journals: "in part because predatory publishers often choose names confusingly similar to reputable titles, and in part because we believe the problem is much larger than the journals we sampled." Could there be an additional reason? Fear of litigation?

A quick search (5/9/17) of the web turns up the fictitious Anna Szust as an editor of the following journals:
International Journal of Current Research and Review (ICJRR), Radiance Research Academy (Regd.), 148, IMSR Building, Ayurvedic Layout, Near NIT Complex, Sakkardara, Nagpur-24, Maharashtra State, India, +91-7709956456
Nova Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences, Nova Explore Publication INC., 5453A Yonge Street, ON, Canada, info@novaexplore.com, +1-647-875-7225
International Journal of Art and Humanity Science, 13/28 Vikas Nagar, First Floor, Lucknow-226022 India, (Call us during 11 A.M - 2 P.M on Weekdays only), Mobile : +91-9451380794
Global Journal of Sociology, SciencePark Science, Organization and Counseling LTD., 13 Subat Street, No: 17, 99030, Kyrenia – Cyprus, info@sproc.org, Tel: +90 533836699
International Journal of Psychology and Cognitive Science, no address (the publisher is the mysterious "American Association for Science and Technology.
The nonexistent social sciences historian is not merely a member of the editorial board of the last journal. She is the editorial board -- there are no other members and no reviewers listed as of 5/14/17. She also is a member of the advisory board of the Jabalpur Management Association, which advertises an MBA program and international conferences (5/10/17).

NOTE
  1. Piotr Sorokowski et al., Predatory Journals Recruit Fake Editor, Nature 543:481–483, Mar. 23, 2017, http://www.nature.com/news/predatory-journals-recruit-fake-editor-1.21662

Sunday, May 7, 2017

International Knowledge Press

International Knowledge Press spams for articles and reviewers. Its website (5/7/17) gives no information on when it was founded. Although it imposes page charges on authors, it publishes no open access journals.

The website for the Asian Journal of Current Research, which solicited me , promises that a "Complete list of Editors will be published soon." For now, the journal has no named editor-in-chief, and its editorial board includes one US scholar: "Prof. Palle E. T. Jorgensen, Department of Mathematics, The University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa, USA, palle-jorgensen@uiowa.edu, https://math.uiowa.edu/people/palle-jorgensen."

The latest issue (2017:2) is sparse. It consists of two articles for a total of 14 pages. The articles would cost $30 each to download. They come from authors in India. The scope of the journal in literally unlimited. A webpage states: "Scope of this journal includes (but not limited to): ... all other science and engineering disciplines, etc."

IKP's server is in India. The domain ikpress.org was registered to P. Mondal of Hoogly, West Bengal, India 712410, +91-9434356957, pinakibckv1@yahoo.com, in 2013.
Email
  • Sent: May 4, 2017, 5:44:44 PM EDT,
    From: Ms Rina Basu <editor09@ikkpress.org>
    Greetings!! We are contacting you from Asian Journal of Current Research. This is a subscription based Hardcopy journal. We follow robust and neutral double-blind peer review system. We are committed to provide Quality and Fast publication. Please see our editorial board. Some of our journals are covered by respected indexing services (in process) like: ... . Extremely nominal page charge is applicable ... . This special page charge also covers the cost of complimentary PDF copy of the article, one complimentary journal hard-copy and international postage charges. ... with regards, Ms. Shyamali Basu
    EUROPE: International Knowledge Press, S107, 3 Hardman Square, Spinningfields, Manchester, M3 3EB, UK, Fax: +44 (0)161 667 4459
    ASIA PACIFIC: International Knowledge Press, N. S. Road, Tarakeswar, Hooghly, PIN-712410, West Bengal, India

Thursday, May 4, 2017

InTechOpen, Intech, Sciyo

InTechOpen's main web pages site are devoid of the usual solecisms and grammatical errors seen on the websites of many smaller and plainly questionable publishers preying on academics. The About Us page describes the group as "the world's largest Science, Technology and Medicine Open Access book publisher." It claims InTechOpen "has published 2,977 books and 46,833 scientific works total by 100,665 international scientists" (whatever "international"means in this context). That would be about 2 books every 3 days and 11 articles every day, 7 days a years, for the 12 years of InTechOpen's existence.

The invitations (4/24/17, 5/1/17, 5/8/17) from InTechOpen were to pay the company 1,200 Euros to have a small chapter in "'Post Mortem Examination and Autopsy - From Death Scene to Laboratory Analysis,' edited by Dr. Kamil Hakan Dogan." Dr. Dogan also edits the Journal of Cardiovascular Diseases & Diagnosis for the disreputable OMICS International. That InTech finds it necessary to write the following description of "death scene and autopsy" for would-be authors is cause for concern:
Death scene and autopsy may be horrifying for some people. Death scene investigation, post mortem examination, and autopsy are generally performed for the benefit of the living. A death investigation begins with body examination and evidence collection at the scene and proceeds through history, post mortem examination and autopsy, laboratory tests, and determining the cause and manner of death. Although forensic pathology is the oldest branch of the forensic sciences, today many branches of forensic sciences play a role in solving criminal death cases.
InTechOpen was on Beall's list of predatory publishers. The website www.intechopen.com is not registered to its founders. Instead, they use a proxy company in Arizona, obscuring their identities. The email came from "Teo Kos, from InTechOpen Publishing Process Manager, kos@intechopen.com, +385 (51) 770 447, Janeza Trdine 9, 51000 Rijeka, Croatia."

Other reports indicate that InTechOpen is another name for the venture known as InTech or Sciyo that had a serious reputation problem. See
http://retractionwatch.com/2013/10/17/fallout-from-sciences-publisher-sting-journal-closes-in-croatia/
http://blog.pokristensson.com/2010/11/04/academic-spam-and-open-access-publishing/
http://ask.metafilter.com/167606/A-chapter-of-my-very-own
http://poynder.blogspot.com/2011/10/interview-with-nicola-rylett-intechs.html
Email
  • 5/8/17, 5/14/17, from kos@intechopen.com: Dear Dr. Kaye, I just wanted to check in with you regarding the book project on "Post Mortem Examination and Autopsy - From Death Scene to Laboratory Analysis" edited by Dr. Kamil Hakan Dogan. If there is anything I can help with, like answer any questions, or provide some additional information, please let me know. I hope to hear from you soon,
    Teo Kos, from InTechOpen, Publishing Process Manager, http://www.intechopen.com/, +385 (51) 770 447, Janeza Trdine 9, 51000 Rijeka, Croatia
    The information contained in either this email and, if applicable, the attachment, are confidential and are intended only for the recipient. The contents of either the email or the attachment may not be disclosed publicly. If you are not the intended recipient(s), any use, disclosure, copying, or distribution is prohibited and may be unlawful. If you have received this communication in error, please notify us by e-mail at info@intechopen.com then delete the e-mail and all attachments and any copies thereof. This communication is part of InTech's publishing activity and is not intended for unauthorized use or distribution
    .

Sunday, April 30, 2017

OMICS Journal of Forensic Medicine

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 Medicine includes such morsels as "Forensic Medicine is a multidisciplinary subject ... used to for the scientific assessment of DNA, blood samples, and so on. Forensic plays an important role in criminal investigations and it is equally used in archeology, Anthropology, Astronomy, Biology, Geology and Victimology." All OMICS journals advertise a "21 day rapid review process."

Who edits the journal and what researchers will pay $519 to avail themselves of this "platform to the authors to publish their research outcome"? No editor-in-chief is listed. The US members of the editorial board are said to be
Bruce A. Jackson, Professor and Chair, Biotechnology Department, MassBay Community College, 50 Oakland Street, Wellesley Hills
John Zheng Wang, Professor of Forensic Science, School of Criminal Justice, Criminology and Emergency Management, California State University-Long Beach (a crime scene technician who later became an instructor at China Criminal Police University according to the pop-up biography; also a featured speaker at OMICS conferences)
Ronn Johnson, Associate Professor, University of San Diego (in the School of Leadership and Educational Sciences according to the pop-up biography)
Jon P Ver Halen, Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Department of Surgery, Texas A&M School of Medicine
Alireza Heidari, Faculty of Chemistry, California South University (CSU), Irvine, California (a postdoc according to the pop-up biography)
Email
  •  From: Editor-Journal of Forensic Medicine <forensic@clinicalmedicaljournals.com>
    Sent: Friday, April 14, 2017 4:22 AM [duplicating an email of 4/12/17]
    Subject: Forensic Research Publication
    Dear Dr. David H Kaye,
    Greetings from “Journal Of Forensic Medicine”! We appreciate your contribution in the similar research field as “The good, the bad, the ugly: the NAS report on strengthening forensic science in America.”. We would like to take this opportunity to invite you to contribute paper in our journal. We believe that our journal will soon be getting a very good reputation in scientific community with your valuable submission. We are assuring 14 days rapid review process. Journal of Forensic Medicine ISSN: 2472-1026. If your next article is ready kindly forward it as an attachment directly to this mail or online at www.editorialmanager.com/medicalsciences/ on or before 19th April 2017. If submission is not possible in the given timeline, kindly let us know about your feasible time regarding submission. Please feel free to ask for any further queries if any. Looking forward for your kind response. Thanks and regards,
    Parrish MP, Journal Coordinator | Journal of Forensic Medicine, Office: +1-650-618-9889
    Disclaimer: This message is confidential. It may also be privileged or otherwise protected by work product immunity or other legal rules. This email and any files transmitted with it are confidential and intended solely for the use of the individual or entity to whom they are addressed. If you have received it by mistake, please let us know by e-mail reply and delete it from your system; you may not copy this message or disclose its contents to anyone. The views, opinions, conclusions and other information’s expressed in this electronic mail are not given or endorsed by the company unless otherwise indicated by an authorized representative independent of this message.
  • From: Editor-Journal of Forensic Medicine [mailto:forensic@clinicalmedicaljournals.com]
    Sent: Monday, April 17, 2017 11:39 AM
    Subject: Forensic Research Updates
    Dear David H   Kaye, Greetings from Journal Of Forensic Medicine! Explore the journal for interesting articles that covers all departments of Forensic. Articles that have great impact on Forensic research are available in our volume sector. We are greatly impressed with your research interests and previous work. If you would like to be a part of our journal, kindly forward your next article (if it is ready) for possible publication in our journal or you may also review article based on your previous article. Journal of Forensic Medicine ISSN: 2472-1026.If your next article is ready kindly forward it as an attachment directly at forensic@clinicalmedicaljournals.com or via Online tracking system on or before 25th April 2017.Please feel free to ask for any further queries if any. Thanks and regards, Parrish MP, Journal Coordinator | Journal of Forensic Medicine, Office: +1-650-618-9889,
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Saturday, April 29, 2017

2425 Publishers Is Delighted to Invite Me

Among the slogans scrolling on the website of 2425 Publishers (4/29/17) are the following:
⊗ Our aim is to maintain connectivity of science to all of our customers, researchers, students and professionals and enable them to ... burgeon.
⊗ We value a rich humanistic tradition.
⊗ Your vision is our dream & will give hope for a better future and work together for science.
⊗ Your success is our success.
⊗ Your money is our money. (Just kidding about this one.)
The About Us section explains that "2425 publishers cross-discipline's and platform to you for the support in research journey ... ." One journal, Clinica Press, "also emphasize on publishing the recent and current research findings to help the scientific community in its high class Journal." It adds that "We encourage quality submissions ... and thus with an aim of being to make it an high quality journal our team work for your success which is our motto ... ."

The website is hosted at a server in Tempe, Arizona (198.15.116.243, gains.arrowbigapps.com) that is said to be malicious. The domain name 2425PUBLISHERS.ORG was registered through GoDaddy.com by Prabhakara Kuna of Hyderabad, India, prabha2425@gmail.com.
Email
From: 2425 Publishers [mailto:editorialoffice@2425publishers.org]
Sent: Tuesday, April 18, 2017 1:42 PM
Subject: Editorial Board Invitation
Dear DAVID H. KAYE,
Greetings! 2425 Publishers which provides information and support in research journey, career management and empower you to make a greater impact in your field. To advance the reputation of our Journals, we are delighted to invite you to collaborate by serving as Editorial Board member for our journals – Medica Press, Clinica Press, Life Science Press & Medica, Clinica and Life Science Imaging. Hence, we request you to please send your CV, recent passport sized photograph & research interests to update it on our website.. We are looking forward to hearing from you. Have a nice day. Best Regards, Anna Lisa, Managing Editor, 2425 publishers

Friday, April 28, 2017

International Organization of Scientific Research (IOSR) Publishing

The website (4/28/17) of the International  Organization of Scientific Research displays many danger signs. For example,
  • "IOSR Journals follow peer review process. It takes 7-10 days."
  • "[A]ll authors would be awarded hard copy of acceptance certificates after the publication of paper."
  • "Research Areas ... Lightning and Ear thing works ... ."
  • "In the present days International Organization of Scientific Research (IOSR) publishes research articles related to various streams of Technology and Engineering."
  • "IOSR Board Member[s]" are "formely" this and "formealy" that. 
  • No address, no telephone number.
Email
  • 4/28/2017 6:51 AM, jen.editor@mail2inv.com: Dear Researcher, IOSRJournal of Engineering (IOSR-JEN) is ISO 3297:2007 certified open access and peer reviewed refereed international Journals. IOSR Journals invites articles that illustrate research results, projects, surveying works and industrial experiences ... IOSR JEN has released 07 Volumes and 04 Issues . IOSR-JEN published papers in last issue from more than 13 Countries including Nigeria, Malaysia, Iran, Iraq, China, New Zealand, India, Bangladesh. Submission Deadline: 20th May 2017. Acceptance notification: After One week of paper submission Paper Publication: 30th May 2017. For any query, feel free to mail us to jen@iosrmail.org . Regards, Editor-In-Chief IOSR Journal of Engineering, International Organization of Scientific Research www.iosrjen.org
The journal's editorial board includes "Dr. Madison Luke, Havard University, USA," and "Dr. Augustine Ahorght, Boston University, USA." The faculty directories (4/28/17) of Harvard and BU. do not contain these names. Note also that IOSR-JEN has authors give it full copyright to their work via a "Copy Right Form."