Sunday, January 13, 2019

We Are Syntax Publishers -- spreading information throughout the universe

The About Us page on Syntax Publishers website reads (1/13/2019) as follows (with emphasis added):
Syntax publishers is an open access, peer reviewed journals. These are free to Read and download throughout the world. The online journal covers all major areas of science, medicine, financial management, technology and engineering. We promote rapid publishing and strict manuscript handling and editorial process. Our aim is spreading quality scientific information to the research community throughout the universe. Syntax publishers is a stage for all types of professors and researchers who crave to give out quality information based on their research and area of expertise, we support the scholars/researchers in their field of interest with latest information. Syntax publishers assure originality and integrity of each published article with respect to the Publication Ethics and Probity. We strictly do not rely on any funds from any external source such as universities, research centers etc ... .
The accompanying photo banner shows torsos with stethoscopes. The website clearly was not prepared by a native English speaker -- "With an undisputed connection, updating yourself and being at knowledge about diverse fields becomes faster and easier." The contact address is 500 Delaware Ave, Ste 1 #1960, Wilmington- 19899. Other firms with the identical address include All American Payday Loans, AFCO American Fire Products Co., Blue Oil Energy, IASISLAB, Intello Group, and Rocksolar Technology. That is only a sampling. It must a very crowded suite.

The domain names for Syntax Publishers are hidden behind proxies. UPDATE (1/14/19): The domain, which is registered to Rakesh Tripathy in Delhi, now redirects to Thanks to "Clyde Smut" for this discovery connecting Syntax to Sryahwa Publications.

The editorial board members from the US are said to be
Alejandro Suarez-Pierre, Johns Hopkins University
Chioma T Amadi, University of New York
DeMonica Latrice Junious, Walden University
Kenneth R. Pelletier, University of California School of Medicine in San Francisco
Kush Sharma, New York University Langone Medical Center
Mohammadhossein Amini, Kansas State University
Prabir K Mandal, Edward Waters College
Pradeep L. Menezes, University of Nevada Reno
Premkumar Saganti, Texas A&M University
Robert J Gatchel, The University of Texas at Arlington
Sharon S Stoll, Yale University School of Medicine
Waqas Ullah, SUNY Downstate Medical Center
  • From: Syntax Journal of Criminology and Forensic Science []
    Sent: Friday, December 7, 2018, 6:48:00 PM EST
    Subject: Requesting Submissions for Our Journal Upcoming Issue
    Dear Dr. David H Kaye,
    Hope you are doing well!
    Syntax Journal of Criminology and Forensic Science (SJCFS) an online open access and peer reviewed journal. the motive of the journal is to encourage the researchers and scientists who are aspired towards innovations in Criminal studies and forensic research.
    we consider your profession based on your records that you are an eminent author to publish your research works in our journal.
    Syntax Journal of Criminology and Forensic Science which publishes Research Articles, Reviews and Letters and all types of articles are accepted in areas of Forensic Genetics & DNA Analysis, Finger-printing & Techniques, Environmental Forensics, Forensic Clinical Medicine, Criminal Cases physical evidence, sexual medicine Etc.. Based on your record of contributions in this field, we would like to invite you to submit an article for the Inaugural issue of the journal.
    Note: You were also invited to be as Reviewer to our journal if you accept this invitation please send us your CV/Biography with Recent Photograph. ...
    Please send us on or before December 24, 2018.
    Looking for your reply.
    With Regards,
    Editorial Office
    You are receiving this email because of your [nonexistent] relationship with the sender. ...

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Phoenix Journals

The "Call for Paid Reviewers" from "Phoenix Journals" lists nearly 50 nonexistent "Phoenix (Scholarly) Journals Of" this and that. I say "nonexistent" because a search "Phoenix Journals Of" and "Phoenix (Scholarly Journal Of" uncovered no such publications. The sender's address domain ( belongs to a company that makes BIOS firmware. Querying ICAAN whois for the registrant of the domain "" (given in the email for replies) yields no name for the registrant and an address of "delta NG." NG might stand for Nigeria. I wonder if this is another scam to harvest information on bank accounts.
  • From: Phoenix Journals []
    Date: Dec 13, 2018, at 4:01 AM
    Subject: Call For Paid Reviewers
    The Phoenix Journals welcomes and encourages articles from practitioners and academics.
    We are currently seeking high profile researchers/scholars to join our editorial team as paid editors/reviewers/chief editors. Send your resume (containing your photograph) as an email attachment indicating your journal of interest from the list provided below to the following email address:
    Phoenix (Scholarly) Journal Of Accounting And Taxation
    Phoenix (Scholarly) Journal Of African Studies And Development
    Phoenix (Scholarly) Journal Of Agricultural Extension And Rural Development
    Phoenix (Scholarly) Journal Of Agricultural Research
    Phoenix (Scholarly) Journal Of Biodiversity And Conservation
    Phoenix (Scholarly) Journal Of Biomedical Research
    Phoenix (Scholarly) Journal Of Business And Finance Management Research
    Phoenix (Scholarly) Journal Of Cancer Research And Experimental Oncology
    Phoenix (Scholarly) Journal Of Clinical Pathology And Forensic Medicine
    Phoenix (Scholarly) Journal Of Clinical Reviews And Opinions
    Phoenix (Scholarly) Journal Of Dentistry And Oral Hygiene
    Phoenix (Scholarly) Journal Of Developmental Biology And Tissue Engineering
    Phoenix (Scholarly) Journal Of Ecology And The Natural Environment
    Phoenix (Scholarly) Journal Of Economics And International Finance
    Phoenix (Scholarly) Journal Of Educational Research And Reviews
    Phoenix (Scholarly) Journal Of Engineering And Manufacturing Technology
    Phoenix (Scholarly) Journal Of English And Literature
    Phoenix (Scholarly) Journal Of Entomology And Nematology
    Phoenix (Scholarly) Journal Of Fine And Studio Art
    Phoenix (Scholarly) Journal Of Food Science And Technology
    Phoenix (Scholarly) Journal Of General And Molecular Virology
    Phoenix (Scholarly) Journal Of Genetics And Molecular Biology
    Phoenix (Scholarly) Journal Of Geography And Regional Planning
    Phoenix (Scholarly) Journal Of Geology And Mining Research
    Phoenix (Scholarly) Journal Of History And Culture
    Phoenix (Scholarly) Journal Of Horticulture And Forestry
    Phoenix (Scholarly) Journal Of Infectious Diseases And Immunity
    Phoenix (Scholarly) Journal Of Internet And Information Systems
    Phoenix (Scholarly) Journal Of Languages And Culture
    Phoenix (Scholarly) Journal Of Law And Conflict Resolution
    Phoenix (Scholarly) Journal Of Library And Information Science
    Phoenix (Scholarly) Journal Of Mathematics And Computer Science Research
    Phoenix (Scholarly) Journal Of Media And Communication Studies
    Phoenix (Scholarly) Journal Of Medical Laboratory And Diagnosis
    Phoenix (Scholarly) Journal Of Medicinal Plant Research
    Phoenix (Scholarly) Journal Of Medicine And Medical Sciences
    Phoenix (Scholarly) Journal Of Microbiology And Biotechnology Research
    Phoenix (Scholarly) Journal Of Neuroscience And Behavioral Health
    Phoenix (Scholarly) Journal Of Nursing And Midwifery
    Phoenix (Scholarly) Journal Of Nutrition And Metabolism
    Phoenix (Scholarly) Journal Of Pharmacy And Pharmacology
    Phoenix (Scholarly) Journal Of Physical Sciences
    Phoenix (Scholarly) Journal Of Political Science And International Relations
    Phoenix (Scholarly) Journal Of Pure And Applied Chemistry
    Phoenix (Scholarly) Journal Of Research In Environmental Studies
    Phoenix (Scholarly) Journal Of Sociology And Anthropology
    Best regards,
    Dr. George J.
    Phoenix Journals

Saturday, December 8, 2018

American Journal of Engineering Research (AJER)

I have not been able to determine the publisher of the American Journal of Engineering Research (AJER). A reputable journal would have the publisher's name and address on its website. This journal's email to me came from an account on a South Korean web portal and had no signature line or other identification of the individual who wrote it. The domain name is registered to Chetan Sharma, Publishing, Shri Ram Colony, Devi Mandir road, Dasna, Ghaziabad (201015), Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh 201015, India, +91.9313171903, The name or email address is associated with various other flaky journals or publishers.The address on AJER's website belongs to National State Research, a private company in Connecticut. Its Vice President of R & D, Moinuddin Sarker, is the managing editor of the journal. Dr. Sarker has four publications in OMICS journals.

Other red flags are evident. First, aside from Moinuddin Sarker, the editorial board of this "American Journal of Engineering" is devoid of editors from the United States. (Good journals need not have US editors, but one has to wonder about the honesty of an "American journal" that has such tenuous connections with America.)

Second, it is not clear how many of the editors are engineers. One is a postdoc (polymer science) at Shah abdul Latif University in Pakistan. Others specialize in such subjects as animal breeding, genitourinary tumors, health and epidemiology, hypoxia, and "Logic, Philosophy of Maths and African Science."

Third, the journal touts its inclusion in the American National Engineering Database (and in no other indexing service). ANED has been described as a "fake database by fake publisher" in India.

Fourth, the journal promises peer review within a week. Competent peer review within a week is not routinely possible.

Finally, AJER insists that it is an "official international journal," whatever that means.
  • From: index []
    Date: Thu 12/6/2018 11:57 PM
    Subject: Explore your Research Globally
    Welcome to AJER
    American journal of Engineering Research (AJER Journal is indexed in American National Engineering Database)
    Current Issue December, 2018 (Volume 07 - Issue 12)
    LAST DATE OF SUBMISSION – 10th December 2018
    DATE OF PUBLICATION –20th December 2018
    We are pleased to inform you that AJER is going to launch its next issue
    (Volume 07, Issue 12). We would like to invite you to contribute your Research Paper for publication in AJER. Papers published in AJER will receive very high publicity and acquire very high reputation. 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. ...
    Authors are required to submit the full paper (PDF and Word format) to the

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Invention Journals are "Open Aaccess"

Five journals, all ending with the word "Invention" in their name, are listed on the website (10/10/2018). They are "Open Aaccess To All Researchers" with "Online As Well As Print Version Both" and "Doulble Blind Peer Review." (Evidently, line editing remains a challenge to the editors.)

These journals have posted a copyright assignment form that is incoherent. It states that the author "understand[s] that the Editor-in-Chief IJESI may transfer the Copyright to a publisher at his discretion" yet asserts that "[t]he author(s) reserve(s) all proprietary rights ... ."

The spam and the web sites provide no address or telephone numbers, but India is the probable location. The registrant information on the domain is limited to the location of Uttar Pradesh. The registrar is Net 4 India, Ltd. The "Editorials Board Members" of the International Journal of Engineering and Science Invention, which spammed me, include "Dr. Salawu .O.W", an "Inorganic Chemist, Federal University of Agriculture Makurdi , Benue State Nigeria" with three years of "Experience."
  • From:
    Date: Wed 10/10/2018 2:51 AM
    Subject: Indexed International Journal
    Dear Author/Researcher
    IJESI is peer reviewed International Journal which publishes paper online as well as print version. IJESI is indexed in major indexing like EBSCO HOST, CABELL’s library, ULRICH web, Jour Info etc. ... IJESI follows the rapid publication process.
    Important dates are as follows: Last Date for paper Submission: 25TH October 2018. Publication Date: 05TH November 2018. Hard copy will be dispatch within 7 days after online publication. Please submit your paper ... .
    With warm regard
    [The nameless] Editor-In-Chief
  • From:
    Date: Tue 10/23/2018 5:58 AM
    Subject: Instant Review
    Dear Sir/Madam,
    Sub: Publish paper in Best Impact Factor Journal
    Invention Journals have following different open access Journals: ... International Journal of Engineering and Science Invention (IJESI) ... International Journal of Pharmaceutical Science Invention (IJPSI) ... International Journal of Business and Management Invention (IJBMI) ... International Journal of Humanities and Social Science Invention (IJHSSI) ... International Journal of Mathematics and Statistics Invention (IJMSI) ...
    Invention Journals are indexed in Google Scholar, Jour Info, Open J Gate, American National Engineering Database (ANED) etc.
    All Invention Journals are monthly based Journals which used to publish on exact date since last 6 years. Important Dates for October 2018 Issue: Manuscript Submission Last date: 25th October 2018 Acknowledgment Notification: Within 24 hrs Review Report Notification: Within 7-8 days Paper publication: 05th November 2018 For further clarifications, mail us at INVENTION.JOURNALS@GMAIL.COM www.inventionjournals.Org
    Thanking you,
    Invention Journals ARE (UGC Approved Journals)
    Thanking You. © Best Regards
    Editorial Board (Invention Journals)

Friday, October 5, 2018

Gece Academy: Pay to Publish Your Dissertation or Thesis

It is easy to have a dissertation published. In addition to outfits that help with the construction of any e-book from any paying author who wants to self-publish, there is ProQuest Dissertations & Theses, which boasts "[t]he largest collection of electronic theses and dissertations available worldwide ... 4 million works from more than 3,000 universities, [with] more than 130,000 works [added] annually" (10/5/18). (On the perils of publishing with ProQuest, see Kathryn Hume's remarks in

Another option for avoiding the screening process or criteria of traditional, relatively selective academic publishing houses is to turn to publishers who are less picky or who use different criteria. Obviously, these publications will carry little brand-name prestige, and expecting high quality line and copy editing could well be unrealistic.But you have to pay for them anyway with Gece Academy.

Gece's email suffers from the absence of such editing, and its Park Avenue address apparently comes from Regus, a virtual office supplier used by many of the publishers whose emails appear in this blog. Gece Publishing House also publishes papers from conferences -- with payment up front from the authors.
  • From: Publish your thesis []
    Date: Thu 10/4/2018 3:26 PM (also 10/18/2018)
    Subject: Gece AcademyPublish your thesis []
    Dear Stakeholders,
    please visit our page to examine the academic package prepared for publication and to get detailed information about, various thesis and academic studies of academicians (Academic Package - A) by Gece Kitaplığı, which is an internationally recognized publisher.
    Academic Package - A (Individual)
    In the academic package, the various thesis and academic studies of academicians are published by "Gece Kitaplığı" which is an internationally recognized publisher. In this package, the first edition of the book is made as 500 copies and 25 books are given to the author free of charge. Following the completion of the first edition of the book, the author receives 7% royalties from this sale.
    After the typesetting and layout is completed, the cover design of the book is submitted to the author's approval. After approval, the printing process is started. The editing service is provided by Gece Akademi for experienced academicians working in various universities in Turkey and around the world. The presentation of your work is made by professional advertising companies via e-mail, catalogue and social media coats.
    Your books are sent to major distributors of Turkey (Amazon, D&R, Emek, Kitapyurdu, İdefix, Final, Alfa, İnsancıl etc.) and sold in the bookstore where the Publisher works. All the services such as composition, graphic, cover design, printing, ISBN, banderol is done in our publishing house and the package fee is 600 Euro. You can send your work by e-mail ... .
    USA OFFICE: 387 Park Avenue South, 5th Floor, New York, 10016, USA.
    TURKEY OFFICE: Meşrutuiyet Mah. Atatürk Bulvarı, Bulvar Palas ÇArşı İş Merkezi, C Blok No: 141/127, 06420, ÇAnkaya, Ankara, Turkey. Phones: +90 555 888 24 26; +1 347 355 10 70

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 for the principals behind TAPH. The address on the contact page is "27, George Street, Bloomfield NJ 07003-4329." 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
  • From: TAMPH Materials Res.Int []
    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 ....
    Mike Chotavia
    Manuscript Management Dept.
    The American Publishing House, Publisher's Website

Friday, September 14, 2018


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