Friday, March 22, 2019

SciRes Literature Promises a "High prevalence of Publishing"

"SciRes Literature LLC. brings a genuine research to you all Journals rigorously relevant to the topics of Science." The company's website lists 57 online journals. I looked at one, the American Journal of Rare Disorders: Diagnosis & Therapy (AJRDDT), for a taste of what they are like. Three pages on an "Egyptian Case of Parry-Romberg Syndrome" comprise the entire American journal. No editor-in-chief is named, but with only two editors listed, maybe none is necessary. The two editors are said to be Mohamed Ateia (Clemson University, France), and Ken H. Young (The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, USA). As far as I know, Clemson University is in the United States, and a Mohamed Ateia there is a postdoc in the Department of Environmental Engineering and Earth Science. Ken H. Young is a professor in the Department of Hematopathology MD Anderson Cancer Center.

ZoomInfo reports company revenue of $8.4 Million and 42 employees. The domain name scireslit.com is registered to  SCIRES Literature, 200 Lincoln Ave, Salinas, California 93901-2639, 800-713-7012. The website gives an address of 1 E. Main St., Ste B, Middletown, Delaware 19709, 302-684-6993. The spam I received came from an ISP in Champapet, India. It offers to "extend [my] potency to all over the world."
Email
  • From: International Journal of Sports Science & Medicine (IJSSM) [sportsmedicine@scireslitonline.com]
    Date: Mar 21 at 6:30 AM
    Subject: Manuscript Submission Request-IJSSM
    Dear Dr. AndrewBradburyA,
    Greetings from SciRes Literature!
    Sports Science & Medicine (IJSSM) welcomes you to share your information and resources towards the scientific community. Our journal is very humble to all our researchers who can associate with us to make them more fruitful and successfully extend your potency to all over the world. We are communicating you to know if you can associate with us by submitting your unpublished paper to our Upcoming Issue.
    Submission deadline: April 20, 2019
    Note: We will extend the submission date as per author convenience.
    Looking forward to receive your valuable and prompt response! Thank you for your time and patience.
    Best Regards
    Elisa Peretti
    International Journal of Sports Science & Medicine (IJSSM)

Monday, March 11, 2019

ScienceForecast is for "current and future forecast of all categories in science"

ScienceForecast Publications LLC lists about thirty mostly medical journals. There are reports of invitations issued to faculty to be editors with little or no regard to their qualifications. The instructions to authors advise that "Author wish to publish an article or manuscript should be related subject line as that of a particular journal."

The journal that spammed me is the Journal of Forensic Medicine Forecast. It is not limited to forensic medicine (present, past, forecasted), but " covers all the areas like digital and multimedia sciences, ... forensic physical evidence, ... crime scene investigation, ... etc." It is infatuated with toxicology, listing such subjects as "toxicological, human toxicology, applied toxicology, experimental toxicology, and environmental toxicology." It started in 2018 and has one issue with two "editions."

The US editors are
Eric R. Braverman, USC Keck School of Medicine
(not listed in the USC directory as a faculty member, but an Eric K. Braver is a co-author with Kenneth Blum in the very flaky Medical Research Archives (and elsewhere); is on the quackwatch website, has had his medical license suspended; founded and directed a health service provider found by the New York Attorney General to have engaged in deceptive and misleading business practices)
Kenneth Blum, University of Florida
(not in the University of Florida directory, but a Bloomberg database lists Kenneth Blum as an "Adjunct Full Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, The University of Florida, College of Medicine and McKnight Brain Institute in Gainsville, Florida," and formerly a "Full Professor at the Department of Pharmacology, University of Texas"; Wikipedia states that a Kenneth Blum "originated the term 'reward deficiency syndrome', a concept that is largely recognized as pseudoscience" and that "Blum is listed by Quackwatch as a promoter of questionable health products"; a Kenneth Blum speaks at OMICS conferences and edits (and is the principal author of) a self-promoting journal for a publisher on Beall's list of predatory journals)
Lewis Mustard, University of California
(LinkedIn lists a "lewis mustard, Professor at UCLA Extension, Durham, North Carolina" who has a Ph.D. in health administration from Union Institute and University and was the CEO of a consulting firm)
Spokeo indicates that the address of 14439, Turin Ln, Centreville, VA 20121, provided in the email and website is that of a three-bedroom condominium occupied by K. Roa, S. Koduru, D. Scott, R. Scott, and R. Somers. The domain scienceforecastoa.com is registered to Privacy Protect LLC, but the IP address is in Mumbai, India.
Email
From: "Journal of Forensic Medicine Forecast" [ForensicMed@sfoajournals.com]
Date: 8 Mar 2019
Subject: David H Kaye - Seeking for Manuscripts : Journal of Forensic Medicine Forecast
Respected Dr. David H Kaye.
Best wishes from Scienceforecast. Journal of Forensic Medicine Forecast is an open access journal and it invites you to associate with us for the upcoming edition. Edition accepts all type of manuscripts and covers all the areas like digital and multimedia sciences, forensic analytical chemistry, forensic anthropology, forensic biology, forensic education, forensic entomology, forensic genetics, forensic microbiology, forensic odontology, forensic osteology, forensic pathology, forensic physical evidence, forensic psychiatry, forensic radiology, forensic serology, blood spatter analysis, drug delivery, crime scene investigation, dna fingerprinting, toxicological, human toxicology, applied toxicology, experimental toxicology, environmental toxicology, investigative toxicology, etc.
Each Manuscript will undergo peer reviewed by our editors/reviewers through online peer review process, authors can track their manuscripts status with our online tracking system and indexed in Google Scholar upon publication.
Edition accepts submissions on or before March 31, 2019. ..
Expecting your response or submisison to this email if any complication in online form: ForensicMed@ScienceForecastoa.com
Best Regards
David Sanchez
Editorial Office: Journal of Forensic Medicine Forecast 14439, Turin Ln Centreville, VA 20121 USA
Please use unsubscribe if dont need to received further emails from us.

Saturday, March 2, 2019

Phronesis is "for an author who resembles in the scientific community"

Phronesis LLC lists 24 journals on its website, www.phronesisonline.com. According to Zoominfo, Phronesis LLC is a Delaware company that has $6.2 million of revenue and 31 employees. The company "aspire[s] to expand the knowledge in science and its discoveries that leads its way to new inventions which structures brilliant benefits and for betterment in human lives." An answer to a frequently asked question on the Phronesis website is that "[a]ll articles published by Phronesis journals are peer-reviewed and as this is start up journal we are not yet indexed anywhere." Compared to journals that make misleading claims about indexing, this answer is refreshing.

The first journal on the list is Current Research in Applied Physics. It has no named editor-in-chief, no past articles, no articles in press, and nothing under review. But it plans to have an "inaugural issue" at the end of April 2019. Toward this end, it has "Publication Ethics" that "is a very important tool for an author who resembles in the scientific community." And, it has an editorial board consisting of
⊖ Yongli Gao, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Rochester, USA
⊖ Ephraim Suhir, Physical Sciences and Engineering Research Division, Portland State University, USA
⊖ Thomas F. George, University of Missouri-St. Louis, USA
⊖ Ramesh Agarwal, Department of Aerospace Engineering, Wichita State University, USA
⊖ Luigi Maxmilian Caligiuri, Foundation of Physics Research Center, University and Scientific Research (MIUR), Italy
⊖ Victor V. Apollonov, A.M. Prokhorov General Physics Institute of RAS, Russia
⊖ Vladimir V. Rumyantsev, A.A. Galkin Donetsk Institute for Physics and Engineering, Ukraine
⊖ Maros Halama, Institute of Materials, Technical University of Kosice, Slovakia
⊖ Mohsen Challan, Department of Physics, University of Majmaah, Al-Zulfi, Saudi Arabia
The second journal, the Phronesis Journal of Nanotechnology and Nanomedicine, has no editorial board and no editor-in-chief, but it announces that "Editor-in-Chief‘s shapes the research that is being done and being on the cutting edge of the latest advancements of your field that are the true rewards." I stopped perusing the website at this point.

The company's domain, phronesisonline.com, is registered to DomainsByProxy.com. The address it uses is provided, for a monthly fee, by Davinci Virtual Office Solutions. This firm advertises that
At our virtual office locations in Malvern Business Center, 5 Great Valley Parkway, Malvern, PA 19355 we have everything to meet your virtual business needs. Continue your telecommuting or home working and impress your clients with a virtual address at Malvern Business Center, 5 Great Valley Parkway, Malvern, PA 19355.
The spam I received from "Nithya Toxicology-2019 Conference" had a link that McAfee marked as leading to a malicious website. It is posted on the Flaky Academic Conferences blog.

UPDATE
3/4/19: In a comment to this posting, an Internet sleuth "Smut Clyde" reports a connection between phronesis sites and Subbarao D of Hyderabad.

Friday, March 1, 2019

Lexis wants "a worldwide and everlasting bond"


Lexis publishers (not to be confused with the LexisNexis information service) has eight journals. The publishing website states (3/1/19) that
"Launched in the year 2013, the Lexis Group comprising of Lexis Academy and Lexis Press, has come a long way in publishing sector."
One learns that
"Lexis Publisher compliments your worries about privacy on the Internet. This policy summaries what kind of your data will be collected by using this website, what we will do with collected data and our determinations to guard your privacy."
With a penchant for prose like this, what might Lexis do to your manuscripts?

I only looked at the website for the Journal of Biology and Today's World. Its "Guide for Authors" has this similarly inimitable introduction:
According to importance of researches in biological & medical sciences, Accuracy in selection of high-quality journal in these fields is essential. Journal of Biology and Today's World with the Supreme system that provided by the Lexis Academy, promised to the academic world, do efforts to having a qualify journal. Also, due to the more important role of biomedical research in living life, it was necessary with stringent quality control parameters, we can publish more accurately researches. Our other important goal is the establishment of peaceful and friendship between peoples from various nations; Experts from different countries that help us to control this journal is a good evidence for this purpose. No matter who are you for Journal of Biology and Today's World and exactly editorial process will exactly done for all submissions. Decision on all submitted manuscripts is independed to Nationality, academic degree and any relations to journal. This journal has not any agreement with any person or organization to facilitate acceptance or review process. If you found these abuses immediately inform office of the journal through this email: info@lexispublisher.com.
Although the National Library of Medicine rejected the journal for its collection, the journal's website proudly includes an NLM ID number. That number is merely for cataloguing. It identifies the journal as published in Iran by Marvdasht : Masoud Negahdary. The journal's ISSN also comes from the Iranian National Library and Archives.

The results of further efforts to track down who is responsible for these journals and conferences are given on the Flaky Academic Conferences blog.

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Vision Science Research and Universe Scientific Publishing

Many people have been getting variations on the following spam:

From: Academic Cooperation [angela@usp-pl.net]
Date: Feb. 21, 2019, 6:50 PM [and 2/22/19 2:06 AM]
Subject: Invitation letter to join the VSR
Dear Dr.
Vision Science Research is a global scientific research institute located in Malaysia. It has a professional team of multinational experts and academic intellectuals. It is with great honor and most respect that we invite you to partake in the research projects within your field of study.
With the ambition to improve the image of our institution we intend to invite scholars from various scientific fields to make an alliance with us. Without any doubt on your competence and experience and years of research in your predilected field of study, Vision Science Research sincerely desire to have an opportunity to collaborate with you.
We patiently await for a favorable respond.
Yours sincerely
Angela
Vision Science Research Sdn Bhd.

Registration data on usp-pl.net suggests a Chinese origin. The domain name usp-pl.com is registered to WhoisGuardProtected, a company in Panama. The .net website talks a lot about cooperation and lists a couple of conferences.

The .com website houses Universe Scientific Publishing journals such as "Nature·Science·Human" (ISSN: 2251-2594), which is "aiming at the reality of the rise of China" by "introducing China's academic achievements to the world." The contact address is Universe Scientific Publishing Pte. Ltd., Editorial Office, 35 Hougang Avenue 7 #04-07, Singapore 538802, 0065-6753-8753, contact@usp-pl.com.

JScholar wants "to curve the future of scientific world"

The "JScholar Vision" is "[e]merging on a custom of editorial excellence for framing the network that brings together the specialized journals to provide enhanced access to the research, reviews and to curve the future of scientific world." The journals promise publication within 28 days. At least, I think that is what the publisher means by "The duration for publishing an article is 28 days." The "Author Guidelines" also state that the articles will be plagiarized -- "The received manuscripts will undergo plagiarism (copying text or results from other sources) for its uniqueness and also self-plagiarism (duplicating substantial parts of authors' own published work without giving the appropriate references) by Quality Analysts.".

The ownership of JScholar is not obvious. Under "CONTACT INFO," the homepage has the address of JScholar Publishers, 185 E Homestead Rd, Sunnyvale, CA 94087, +1 (607) 523-4092. But the "CONTACT US" page uses 18170 Dallas Pkwy Suite 104, Dallas Texas 75287, +14692832220. An apartment house is located at the Sunnyvale address.

That address, by the way, is also the address of Clerisy Publishers. The websites have remarkable similarities. For example,

JScholar website Clerisy website
JScholar is multidisciplinary open access publisher of manuscripts covering the fields of Science, Technology and Medicine. Clerisy is multidisciplinary open access publisher of manuscripts covering the fields of Science, Technology and Medicine.
JScholar, a modern and innovative publisher of scientific journals ... . Clerisy publishers is a modern and innovative publisher of scientific journals ... .
Pages with the same layout of boxes, check marks, etc.
Same "SUBMIT MANUSCRIPT" icon (size, colors, graphics, and hover effect)
Same images for CiteFactor, Google Scholar, and DRJI juxtaposed in same order near bottom of pages

The domain jscholaronline.org was registered in India, but not much else was disclosed. However, the domain jscholarpublishers.com (used in the spam from an IP address in India) is registered to "paul" with the address "begumpet, Hyderabad 500016 India, +91.739690499, bigrock@jscholarpublishers.com."

UPDATE
3/1/19: "Smut Clyde" pointed to https://www.zaubacorp.com/company/JSCHOLAR-SCIENTIFIC-COMMUNICATIONS-OPC-PRIVATE-LIMITED/U22300TG2018OPC127452 for information on the company. It is registered as "Jscholar Scientific Communications (opc)private Limited, ... a Private(One Person Company) incorporated on 05 October 2018. ... Veeraboina Ashok is director .... Its Email address is ashok.b1389@gmail.com and its registered address is C/O- K RAMA DEVI, FLAT NO. HIG- 35 K P H B COLONY, KONDAPUR HYDERABAD Hyderabad TG 500072 IN."
Email
  • From: jcap@jscholarpublishers.com
    Date: Feb. 21, 2019, 12:54 AM
    Subject: Call for Paper: JCAP Volume 3, Issue 1
    Dear Dr. David H Kaye
    Greetings from Journal of Clinical and Anatomic Pathology...!!
    We are contacting you based on your expertise in the field of Clinical and Anatomic Pathology. [& larr; Which is none.] JCAP (Journal of Clinical and Anatomic Pathology) is an endeavour to promote research, innovation in Journal of Clinical and Anatomic Pathology for Journal Publication. It is a scholarly online, open access, peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary, bi-monthly, and fully refereed journal focusing on theories, methods and procedures and relevant fields for Journal Publication.
    JCAP is accepting manuscripts for its upcoming edition Volume 3, Issue 1. We are writing this proposal to endorse your research in the particular field.
    Journal publication contains research papers which deal with the contemporary issues of international relevance in the education theory, methodology and practice of mankind. It welcomes Scientists, Researchers and Scholars to submit their work in the form of Case Study, Research Papers, Review Articles or Short communications. All manuscripts submitted will undergo evaluation by independent peer reviewers based on initial screening by a subject expert from the large Editorial Board. ...
    If this proposal is agreeable to you and does not conflict with your current professional and research interests, please let us know by writing to us as an acknowledgment of you looking forward to publish your work
    Best regards,
    Editorial team
    Jscholar Publishers

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

International Journal of Engineering Research and Development (IJERD)

The International Journal of Engineering Research and Development (IJERD)'s website is replete with danger signs:
⊘ No address
⊘ No publisher
⊘ Domain names hidden by Privacy Protect
⊘ "PEER REVIEWED JOURNAL" on the logo (and incredible promises in the email of 5-7 day peer review and 12 days from submission tom publication)
⊘ Claims to be listed in Index Copernicus but isn't
⊘ Large "impact factor" displayed
⊘ Frequently asked questions begin with "Whether it provide hard copy of Journal or not?"
⊘ A tab for a "Copy Right" form that does not assign any rights to the journal but assumes that it has them and purports to restrict the author's "proprietary rights"//
My efforts to track the journal down were mostly unsuccessful. I only found that the ISSN database lists it as an Indian journal and that the email (2/20/19) originated from Global Ra Net Services Pvt., Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh, India.

The website lists the following as U.S. members of the editorial board:
⊖ Dr. H. U. Akay - Purdue University at Indianapolis (IUPUI)
⊖ Dr. J. S. Chen - University of California
⊖ Dr. J. Fish - Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
⊖ Dr. D. K. Gartling - Engineering Sciences Center, Sandia National Laboratories
⊖ Dr. S. Ghosh - Ohio State University
Email
From: data [editor-impac123@daum.net]
Date: Feb. 20, 2019 1:04 AM
Subject: We publish original research articles
International Journal of Engineering Research and Development (IJERD) Impact Factor 4.61
IJERD is an open access peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary international platform for disseminating results of relevant research related to all the disciplines of engineering, science, technology etc. IJERD invites all research, review articles, short communications & technical notes that describe significant advances research in the areas of Engineering, Technology, Science & more…..

IJERD publish paper online as well as print versions (hard copy) of the Journal. Its publication frequency is 12 issues per year. ...
-Manuscript Submission 28th February, 2019
-Manuscript Review Feedback Within 5 to 7 days ...
-Date of Publication 10th March, 2019 ...
-Indexing & book delivering Within 7 days ...
e-ISSN: 2278-067X p-ISSN: 2278-800X
For More Detail Website ... Through simply mailing as an attachment & any query, mail us at "ijerd@editormails.com"
With Best Regards
IJERD team
International Journal of Engineering Research and Development (IJERD)