Friday, September 21, 2018

The American Publishing House (TAPH) -- A House in a House?

The American Publishing House (which uses the acronym TAPH) is "always open to any correspondence from your side." Indeed, it is "open to any kind of feedbacks ... ."

GoDaddy's Domains By Proxy registered the name theamph.com for the principals behind TAPH. The address on the contact page is "27, George Street, Bloomfield NJ 07003-4329." Homemetry.com reports this as the location of a single family dwelling (4 beds, 2.5 baths, 1,926 sqft) owned by Vasant S Kalathia and last sold: Feb 2013 for $327,100. The business currently registered at this location is Shanti Kalathia, Certified Public Accountant. The address also is used by Shreeji Impex, Inc. Current or past residents are Shanti Kalathi, 973-338-0687; Shantilal Kalathia (same); Priya Kalathia (973-338-8811); Shanti V Kalathia (same); Uday A Kalathia (same); Vasant S Kalathia (same).

As of September 21, 2018, TAPH purports to publish the following journals:

Journal Editor Board Members Contents Notes
Advanced Physics Research Reports There is no board, but "If you are interested to become editorial board member ... send us your application." Nothing is posted. "considers researches that are original ... it should be of a high standard quality."
American Journal of Integrative Agricultural Sciences Of the 28 editorial board members of this "American Journal," two are in the US: Ephraim Nkonya [a citizen of Tanzania] is working at the International Food Policy Research Institute, 1201 Eye Street NW, Washington DC 20005 USA; Jipeng Yan is a postdoc (with degrees from Beijing Forestry University and SUNY College of Environmental Sciences and Forestry) at Lawrence Berkeley National Labs Nothing posted "totally free of cost publication"
"15 days peer review process [and] 15 days for publication"
Journal of Computing and Informatics There is no board, but "If you are interested to become editorial board member ... send us your application." Nothing posted "not-previously-published work ... is encouraged to be submitted"
I have not inspected the remaining journals (or shells for journals, as the case may be). They are Accounts of Analytical Chemistry Research, Advanced Pharmaceutical Research, Biotechnology Insights, Environmental Research Reports, Materials Research International
Email
  • From: TAMPH Materials Res.Int [materialsjournals@theamphallsub.science]
    Date: Sep 18, 2018 at 4:55 PM
    Subject : Invitation to Submit Original Articles - Newly launched Peer-reviewed Materials Res. Int. - Journal
    Dear Prof.Dr. dhkaye,
    The American Publishing House is seeking articles that are original, of high-quality, and that represent complete studies and scientific developments in the field of materials science The research work should be of general interest to the public or the scientific community. It should have a significant potential impact, and it should be of a high standard quality.
    Materials Research International is an international, peer-reviewed, subscription based journal that aims to publish the latest research in the field of materials science. The journal publishes Original Research Articles, Review Articles, Symposia or Topical Collections, Spotlights in the field of materials science. ...
    Key Features of Journal
    - International peer-reviewed journal
    - Assures 15 days peer-review process and 15 days for publication after acceptance
    - Electronic submission, no postal charges
    - Chargeless publication
    - Publishes original, of high-quality manuscripts
    - Available in Print and Online versions
    - Double-blind peer-reviewed
    - DOI will assign to all published articles
    - Chargeless E-reprints ...
    Publication process at TAPH is carried out in an absolutely ethical manner. ... We have a systematic approach of functioning. We have a set of rules that we follow to accept the proposals and convert them into publications. All the proposals received by us undergo a rigorous assessment process, where the experts refine the content prior to publication. Also, our experts take proper care to avoid any sort of plagiarism in the content that we publish. Once, the experts refine the content, only then the proposals go for getting published. Also, we correspond to the authors to keep them updated regarding the status of their proposal. Once, the proposal gets converted to a publication, we lay it open for the readers in the printed as well as online format. ...
    The American Publishing House (TAPH) ensures high standards and quality by following strict ethical policies and by meticulous peer review. TAPH follows the COPE Flowcharts, according to the Code of Conduct of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), for resolving the suspected malpractice cases. Malpractices include practicing plagiarism, data usage frauds, or bogus claims of authorship. TAPH, henceforth, expects its editors, reviewers, and authors to follow the best guidelines on ethical practices. Read More>>
    I sincerely hope you will accept our invitation and will publish your valuable research work ....
    Regards
    Mike Chotavia
    Manuscript Management Dept.
    The American Publishing House, Publisher's Website

Friday, September 14, 2018

Parasites

The following comment-spammers are blocked from this site. Their comments, sometimes repeated dozens of times, are advertisements.
  • Chandrika opendg
  • Ella lily
  • Masonava
  • Nagendra Lohith -- MedDocs advertisements
  • National Journal Publications
  • padmapriya priya
  • pegasusmediagroup
  • priyakarthik -- Blogger profile consists of the word "proofreading" and a link to TJPRC journals.
  • Quickbooks Data
  • Rakul Preet -- 36 MedDocs advertisements
  • Sappa Lama Gomso -- advertising treks in Nepal
  • Scitech Central
  • uj website -- linked to University of Jordan
  • yadavs indian -- meaningless comments that link to SciTech Central

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Fitness World Magazine wants "your outstanding research in medical field"

Perhaps the email below does not qualify for inclusion in the Flaky Academic Journals blog. Who would mistake "Fitness World Magazine" for an academic journal? Nevertheless, it seems to reaching out (from an email address in India) and using a street address in California (that Google Maps does not recognize) to attract contributions from "researchers ... in the medical field."
Email
  • From: Lauren [lauren@giftitnow.co.in]
    Date: Thu 9/13/2018 11:08 AM
    Subject: Your Research in Fitness Magazines
    Greetings from Fitness World Magazine. I am Lauren, editorial assistant from Fitness World magazine contacting you regarding your outstanding research in medical field.
    We are reaching out to experts in fitness industry and asking them to share their outstanding research with us. Our editors at Fitness world magazine would like to feature them in our monthly magazine and bring good reputation to researchers like you in the medical field.
    Our Fitness World Magazine is distributed to millions of subscribers monthly, and you will be featured in that magazine.
    Please share me your research article, so that our editors will write an excellent article on your research and make it available on our magazines both print and digital.
    With this featured article, you will receive wide recognition across the world.
    Please let me know your interest.
    Will be waiting for your reply.
    Regards
    Lauren | Editorial Assistant
    Fitness World Magazine,
    1653 Clifford Street, Oakland, CA 94621.

Saturday, August 4, 2018

IJCER Publications, "The Imminent and Sovereign Online Engineering Information Service"

A webpage called "The Foundation" on icjeronline.com indicates that the publisher's only journal to date fills a much-needed gap in the literature. It begins:
The IJCER Publications is established in the year of September-2011 with people from various avenues of engineering profession, who have come together in a single platform [sounds painful] to redefine the structure of engineering profession in the country, where it is seen only as an industry oriented profession.
We are pleased to introduce ourselves as the novel, imminent and sovereign online engineering information services in the world. The foundation aims to support every effort to “empower technical education and research/Young research engineering scholors”. With a first of its kind website in the country [would that this were so], it strive to improve the knowledge of students and professionals in the various fields of engineering by providing valuable resources in the form of ebooks, articles etc. It is a platform for all students, budding engineers to develop their career further. Mainly focusing on Students/ Young research engineering Scholors, the prime objective of www.ijceronline.com is to bridge the gap between Industry and Institute by promoting mutual understanding and relationship between Professionals & Students/Research Scholors. ICJER Publication. ...
There must be a great in-house staff of reviewers, because the "Peer Review Time [is] within One week." Of course, there is a catch: "If article is accepted than authors require to deposit following manuscript handling charges by online transfer or by going bank."

The domain registrant is hidden by the firm Masked Identity Protection Services, whose address is 139-A-1. S/F, Mohammadpur, Delhi 110066, India.
Email
  • From: Publication Office [publication.office15@aol.com]
    Date: Sat 8/4/2018 1:07 AM
    Subject: International Journal of Computational Engineering Research
    CALL FOR PAPERS ... A PEER REVIEWED REFEREED MONTHLY INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL
    We are pleased to inform you that IJCER is going to launch its next issue (Volume 8, Issue 08, and August-2018). We would like to invite you to contribute your Research Paper for publication in IJCER. Papers published in IJCER will receive very high publicity and acquire very high reputation. (www.ijceronline.com).
    We publish original research articles, review articles and technical notes. The journal reviews papers within one week of submission and publishes accepted articles on the internet immediately upon receiving the final versions. Our fast reviewing process is our strength.
    (An ISO 3297: Certified International Journal) ...
    [no signature line]

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

AND Media, a "Google Partner Network"

Today's email is not from a journal publisher -- flaky, predatory, or otherwise -- at least, not one that I can locate. It purports to be from Google News, Google News (Partnered Company), and AND Media Ltd ( Google Partner Network). The message has the deceptive title "You are Featured in Google News" -- no such luck. The claims are rather silly -- "you can even apply for grants from the government or university by publishing your work in Google News"!

The domain name oasispub.co.in suggests an Indian origin. ICANN does not show registration data, but a whois search on domaintools.com shows registration to "Student" in India in June 2018. The website oasispub.co.in is a blog (with no content) called "Oasis Cart – One shopping destination." Neither Mapquest nor Google Maps recognizes the email's street address in Massachusetts.

Under these circumstances, it is difficult to imagine why anyone would send "your opinion article" or "your research work" to this "Google Partner Network." I submitted an inquiry to Google News and will supplement this posting if I learn more.

UPDATE (August 23, 2018): Apparently Google could not care less who advertises itself as a "Partnered Company." So far, I have received no reply to my inquiry there. In response to a second spam on Aug. 19, I asked Jennifer Ballard, "Before I send an article, could you provide more information about AND Media Ltd – who is on the editorial board, whether you pay for articles, what subjects are of interest, etc.?" No reply so far.
Email
  • From: Google News [google-news@oasispub.co.in]
    Sent: Sunday, July 29, 2018 3:39 PM [and again
    Subject: You are Featured in Google News
    Hello Dr.David H Kaye,
    I am Jennifer Ballard, Editorial Assistant for Google News contacting you with the reference from our Editorial Board.
    We are looking for experts like you in the medical field. Many top medical researchers are going unnoticed due to predatory journals are taking up the lead. You would get nothing but a published article in that journal and they don't add any value to your hard work.
    We at Google News (Partnered Company) are going to take your research to the world by publishing your opinion article in our news website. This way, your research will get noticed by many people and you can even apply for grants from the government or university by publishing your work in Google News
    Google News receives millions of visitors daily from all over the world, and it is one of the top news websites in America. If you think that your research work is not getting enough exposure, we can help you feature you and your research work in Google News. All we need is a news article especially written for Google News by explaining in detail about your research, so that common people can understand it and send it to us so that we can publish your article with us. If you want us to write the news article for you, just send us your articles, so that our editors can write about you and your work and will publish the same in our news website.
    This will help you in getting high impact factor and more citations for your articles and also increases your credibility.
    If you are interested in our proposal, just send us your articles or published article link, so that we can send you more details.
    All the best
    Jennifer Ballard, | Editorial Assistant,
    AND Media Ltd ( Google Partner Network)
    3164 Christie Way Salem,
    Massachusetts 01970, USA
  • From: google news [google-news@webgroup.in]
    Date: Sun 8/19/2018 1:29 PM [and Sun 7/29/2018 3:39 PM]
    Subject: Your are Featured in Google News
    Dear DR.David H Kaye,
    I am Jennifer Ballard, Editorial Assistant for Google News contacting you with the reference from our Editorial Board. We are looking for experts like you in the Scientific field. Many top Researchers are going unnoticed due to predatory journals are taking up the lead. You would get nothing but a published article in that journal and they don't add any value to your hard work.
    We at Google News (Partnered Company) are going to take your research to the world by publishing your opinion article in our news website. This way, your research will get noticed by many people and you can even apply for grants from the government or university by publishing your work in Google News. We believe that publishing with Google News will be of great value to you, and will help you reach your research with a world-wide recognition. It is going to impact your profession in a major way.
    Google News receives millions of visitors daily from all over the world, and it is one of the top news websites in America. If you think that your research work is not getting enough exposure, we can help you feature you and your research work in Google News. All we need is a news article especially written for Google News by explaining in detail about your research, so that common people can understand it and send it to us so that we can publish your article with us. If you want us to write the news article for you, just send us your articles, so that our editors can write about you and your work and will publish the same in our news website.
    This will help you in getting high impact factor and more citations for your articles and also increases your credibility.
    If you are interested in our proposal, just send us your articles or published article link, so that we can send you more details. Nothing is more important to us than the satisfaction of those we work with. I’m sure we will live up to your expectations.
    The package includes publishing in Google News along with 300+ major news outlets. Here I am attaching you report of 300+ major news outlets in which your work gets published.
    All the best
    Jennifer Ballard, | Editorial Assistant,
    AND Media Ltd
    (Google Partner Network)
    3164 Christie Way Salem, Massachusetts 01970, USA

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Iris Publishers, "your one-stop-place for latest scientific!"

The About Us webpage of Iris Publishers (7/12/18) has such ringing phrases as "your one-stop-place for latest scientific!" "aiding the growth of learners ... for the prosperity of science." They want "to exploit the scientific information"and "to unfold the quality research globally." To exploit and unfold, IRIS uses a "potential Editorial team" and a "highly qualified and expert Editorial committee [that] is indulged in scrutinizing articles with stringent peer review process ensuring that it follows our policies." Who could ask for anything more?

Iris has pictures of 35 journals on its website -- 36 you count the World Journal of Yoga and Natural Therapy twice -- because it "is an ambidextrous journal."

The domain name irispublishers.org is registered to New Dream Network, LLC dba DreamHost Web Hosting. The telephone number on the contact page, 914-407-6109, also is used by Lupine Publishers, which is "focused on ... Remedial missions in relation with Technical Knowledge." Virtual office supplier, Regus, could be the source of the address of the office building in San Francisco. Clearly, there is reason to wonder where Iris is actually located. The spam inviting me "to join your hands with us in this instigate" suggests that the handshake would be quite a stretch.

UPDATE: Two comments of July 13, 2018, provide more information. One from "Smut Clyde" reveals that the common telephone number for Lupine and Iris (not to mention the flowery association) is no accident. He (or she) found that
Iris Publishers LLC is a Colorado Domestic Limited-Liability Company filed on May 18, 2018 .... The company's principal address is 7865 S Grand Baker St., Aurora, CO 80016. That Aurora street address is also the home of Lupine Publisher, Crimson Publisher, "Biomedical Research Ltd", and Sudheer Kaku (the scammer who registered the corresponding domains).
The address on the spam from the Global Journal of Forensic Science & Medicine is that of an office building with space rented by Regus. This company provides a "Virtual Office, The right image for your business, with a prestigious address and a range of supporting services."
Email
  • From: Global Journal of Forensic Science & Medicine [forensic@irispublishers.com]
    Date: Fri 9/21/2018 8:58 AM
    Subject: Looking for CV
    Dear Dr. David H Kaye,
    Good Morning!
    I am sure you're quite busy, but I would appreciate if you could take a moment to my below request.
    We are glad to inform you that, we are in the process of framing Editorial/review committee for our journal. So, we respectfully invite you to join your hands with us in this instigate.
    I trust you’ll provide your valuable time and interest towards our journal and we are looking forward to inaugurate our GJFSM with the eminent people like you.
    If you are interested to join as an editorial board member in our journal, please send your CV ...
    Sincerely,
    Amber Smith
    Managing editor
    Global Journal of Forensic Science & Medicine
    315 Montgomery Street, San Francisco, CA 94104, USA
  • From: Open Access Journal of Archaeology and Anthropology [archaeology@irispublishers.org]
    Date: Fri 9/21/2018 5:35 AM
    Subject: Contribution for Open Access Week
    Dear Dr. David H Kaye,
    Greetings from Iris Publishers!
    Happy Open Access Week!
    We are happy to celebrate Open Access Week and we are welcoming your submissions for our OAJAA.
    In this Occasion 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 the open access issue of our journal.
    We anticipate that you will support and make our celebration more joyful by sharing any type of manuscript towards our journal.
    Please acknowledge this email receipt within 24 hours.
    Regards,
    Carlo Alvaro
    Open Access Journal of Archaeology and Anthropology
  • From: Open Access Journal of Archaeology and Anthropology [archaeology@irispublishers.org]
    Date: July 12, 2018, 3:59 AM
    Subject: Evaluation
    Good Morning!
    I am sure you're quite busy, but I would appreciate if you could take a moment to my below request.
    We are glad to inform you that, we are in the process of framing Editorial/review committee for our journal. So, we respectfully invite you to join your hands with us in this instigate.
    I trust you’ll provide your valuable time and interest towards our journal and we are looking forward to inaugurate our OAJAA with the eminent people like you.
    If you are interested to join as an editorial board member in our journal, please send your CV ... Kindly acknowledge this email for further queries.
    Sincerely,
    Carlo Alvaro
    Open Access Journal of Archaeology and Anthropology

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

An Online "International Conference on Newfangled Methods" Wants Manuscripts for Two Journals

Today's email is a new one on me. The International Conference on Newfangled Methods of Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics (ICNMPCM) won't meet anywhere, but its "delegates" may have their papers published in two flaky journals..It is not unusual for single journals to have symposia on given topics, or for real conferences to have a journal or two consider the papers for publication as a group, but I have never before encountered a so-called conference that exists solely to funnel papers to questionable journals.

The newfangled conference website (http://www.icnmpcm.org.in/index.html) provides the following description (as of 6/27/18):
ICNMPCM welcomes author to present research work through online, it provide common platform for researches, professors and industry professionals. This conference is an ideal platform for keeping up advances to a consistently morphing fields. It is most innovative conference which has been leading and experts from around the global will be presenting the emerging thoughts through papers.
...
All registered papers will be submitted to International Journal of Engineering & Technology(UAE) for possible publication after the internal scientific check. ... All registered papers will be submitted to International Journal of Mechanical and Production Engineering Research and Development (IJMPERD)for possible publication after the internal scientific check. ...
The About Us page adds that "Our main arrow is to hit the world with new techniques. The Contact page provides no address. Aside from an HTML form, it gives email URLs for Prof.srajendra@gmail.com and mallaharsha84@gmail.com as well a Indian mobile telephone number. The domain name icnmpcm.org.in is registered by Endurance Domains Technology LLP for "Confer Professional Group of Conferences, Andhra Pradesh, India."

the "Guest Editors" are all Indian and Malaysian, except for "Dr. Sattar B. Sadkhan, Editor in Chief of IJACT in South Korea, Chair of IEEE ComSoc Iraq Chapter, Chairman of URSI Iraq Committee, Honorable Research Director of IRAQ for (BRCORP), Editor in Chief of many International scientific Journals."

The International Journal of Engineering & Technology (UAE) is a product of the United Arab Emirates' Science Publishing Corporation, whose journals include "International Journal of Scientific World." It welcomes "[e]xtensions of previously published high-quality articles ... if they have been recommended by the conference organizing committee." It lists Google Scholar among its "partners."

The other journal that this virtual conference will feed is published by nothing less than Transstellar Journal Publications and Research Consultancy Private Limited. The domain name tjprc.org is registered to TJPRC Journals, Tamil Nadu, India. Transstellar claims to have agents or offices in "Texas - USA, California - USA, London - UK, Ontario - Canada, Mesaieed - Qatar, Singapore and Chennai - India. It also has 14 journal editorial offices (research partners) around the world ... ." Zillow describes the Houston location (13218 Golden Field Dr) as "a single family home that contains 2,398 sq ft and was built in 1997. It contains 4 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms." The California office is a one-bedroom, one-bath apartment at 701 Gibson Drive, Apt. No. 1912, Roseville, 95678. The corporate office is in Transstellar Tower, Ground Floor, Plot No: 37A, City Park Layout , Old No: 34 / New No: 12, Egattur (near SIPCOT IT Park, OMR - Opp: FLSmidth), Chennai - 603103, Tamil Nadu, India.
Email
  • From: akhil G [hcb3@icnmpcm.org.in]
    Date: June 27, 2018, 2:28 AM
    Subject: [untitled]
    Respected Professors,
    International Conference on Newfangled Methods of Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics (ICNMPCM). It is an online conference intends to be a global forum for researchers and engineers to present and discuss recent innovations and new techniques in Engineering Technology and Sciences.
    Important Dates: Today is the Last Date for Paper submission ... Date of Conference: 6th & 7th Aug 2018
    [no sender name]