Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Allied Academies' Journal of Forensic Genetics and Medicine

It appears that this North Carolina publisher is allied with the more notorious OMICS group. For example, its Journal of Forensic Genetics and Medicine uses the Los Angeles street address that is in OMICS' contact information; Beall's page has more on this association. (Update 11/1/17: Allied Academies' website now has an address of "40 Bloomsbury Way, Lower Ground Floor" in London. This address also is used by Pulsus -- an OMICS company.) It spams for conference speakers with absolutely no qualifications (such as the one sent to me, a lawyer, "because of your eminence in the diabetes").

As the emails of 11/23/16 and 6/13/17 show, Allied cannot even keep the names of its journals straight. It thinks its "confidential" advertising has "work product immunity," and it denies that its emailed promises and claims are "given or endorsed by the company."

After about a year of spamming for articles, the journal has an issue -- consisting of a single article that has nothing to do with forensic genetics and medicine. (It concludes that "For T2DM patients, clinicians has to recommend for testing hsCRP at regular intervals as a preventive measures to reduce morbidity and mortality due to complications like CVD and Stroke.")

The editorial board, if the website is to be believed, consisted of the following individuals as of 11/23/16:
J. Thomas McClintock, Department of Biology and Chemistry, Forensic Science Program, Liberty University, Lynchburg, Virginia, USA
James P Landers, Commonwealth Chaired Professor Dept. of Chemistry, Mechanical Engineering and Pathology Jefferson Scholar Faculty Fellow Co-Director of the Center for Nano-BioSystem Integration University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, United States
Robert W. Allen, Professor of Forensic Science and Chairman, School of Forensic Sciences, Center for Health Sciences, Oklahoma State University,1111 West 17th St.Tulsa, OK 74107, USA
Susan A. Greenspoon, Forensic Molecular Biologist, Virginia Department of Forensic Science, 700 North Fifth Street Richmond, VA 23219, USA
James Jabbour, Program Director, Assistant Professor, Applied Forensic Science,School of Applied Sciences, Forensic Sciences at Mount Ida College,777 Dedham Street, Newton, MA 02459, USA
As of 3/16/17, the editorial board was down to four names: McClintock, Allen, Jabbour, and "Francesco Massoni, Forensic Pathology (cardiology, pneumology, neurology),Legal Medicine and Public Health, Risk Management. PhD in Public health sciences University Sapienza of Rome." Dr. Massoni's name also appears on the editorial boards (3/16/17) of
NESSA Journal of Forensic Sciences & Crime (NJFSC), "an idle platform for your research thoughts."
International Archives of Integrated Medicine (IAIM), an Indian journal that publishes in the fields of "Herbal medicine, Homeopathy, and Allied Sciences."
EC Orthopaedics, an "Internationally profound journal" published by "The society of E-Chronicon ... dedicated towards ... research that reduces the frontier to assess the dossier needed."
On 9/2/17, the board still had no editor-in-chief but was back to full strength with these names:
Severino Rey, President and CEO of Foundation for sciences and research (FORESC), Florida, USA.
J. Thomas McClintock, Department of Biology and Chemistry, Forensic Science Program, Liberty University, Lynchburg, Virginia, USA.
Robert W. Allen, Professor of Forensic Science and Chairman, School of Forensic Sciences, Center for Health Sciences, Oklahoma State University,1111 West 17th St.Tulsa, OK 74107, USA.
James Jabbour, Program Director, Assistant Professor, Applied Forensic Science,School of Applied Sciences, Forensic Sciences at Mount Ida College,777 Dedham Street, Newton, MA 02459, USA.
Francesco Massoni, Forensic Pathology (Cardiology, Pneumology, Neurology), Legal Medicine and Public Health, Risk Management. PhD in Public health sciences - Sapienza University of Rome, Italy
Takaki Ishikawa, Chief Professor, Department of Legal Medicine, Osaka City University Medical School, Osaka-shi, Japan
Jian Zhao, Secretary of Key Laboratory of Forensic Pathology, Ministry of Public Security, Guangzhou Forensic Science Institute, P.R. China
Dr. Allen also is listed as editor-in-chief of the Avens Journal of Forensic Investigation.

Email

Invitations to my "research allies" for the inaugural issue
  • 10/24/16: It gives us great pleasure to invite you and your research allies to submit a manuscript for the Journal of Forensic Genetics and Medicine. We are delighted to announce that we are planning to release Inaugural Issue for our newly launched Journal. Your contribution adds more value to our inaugural issue. ... Moreover, we are pleased to inform you that COMPLETE WAIVER will be provided on the articles submitted on or before October 30th, 2016 for the inaugural issue. ... We Look forward for our long lasting scientific relationship. With Regards, Solomon Ebe, Editorial Assistant, Journal of Forensic Genetics and Medicine, Allied Academies, P.O.Box670, Candler, NC28715, USA, Call: (828) 214-3944
  • 11/23/16: Greetings from Journal of Forensic Genetics and Medicine. It gives us great pleasure to invite you and your research allies to submit a manuscript for the Journal of Forensic Genetics and Medicine. We are delighted to announce that we are planning to release Inaugural Issue for our newly launched Journal. Your contribution adds more value to our inaugural issue. ... Your contribution will help Journal of Sinusitis and Migraine establish its high standard and facilitate the journal to be indexed by prestigious ISI soon. ... We Look forward for our long lasting scientific relationship. With Regards, Solomon Ebe, Editrial Assistant, Journal of Forensic Genetics and Medicine, Allied Academies, P.O.Box670, Candler, NC28715, USA
    This message is confidential. It may also be privileged or otherwise protected by work product immunity or other legal rules. ... [Y]ou 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.
Another solicitation for "our inaugural issue" of Journal of Forensic Genetics and Medicine "by January 30, 2017"
  • 1/11/17: "Papers may be submitted from any discipline related to ... Forensic applications, Legal Issues, ... and suggested content areas which include but are not limited. There is no restriction for the length of the paper. Kindly send us your manuscript ... by January 30th, 2017. If it is not feasible for you in January, please let us know your possible date to contribute. ... Do not hesitate to contact for further queries. Please provide me your acceptance for the same! With Regards, Solomon Ebe, Editorial Assistant, Journal of Forensic Genetics and Medicine, Allied Academies, P.O.Box670, Candler, NC28715, USA, Call: (828) 214-3944. This message is confidential. ...
OK, maybe January 30 was not critical. February 20 will do.
  • 1/31/17: Dear Dr. David H. Kaye, Greetings from the Journal of Forensic Genetics and Medicine. It gives us great pleasure to invite you and your research allies to submit a manuscript ... . We are delighted to announce that we are planning to release Inaugural Issue for our newly launched Journal. Your contribution adds more value to our inaugural issue. Papers may be submitted from any discipline related to Forensic Genetics, Forensic Medicine, Forensic Autopsy, Forensic toxicology, DNA analysis, DNA fingerprinting, Gene Cloning, Crime Scene investigation, DNA polymorphisms, Forensic applications, Legal Issues, DNA structure, Genome and suggested content areas which include but are not limited. ... Kindly send us your manuscript ... by February 20th, 2017. If it is not feasible for you in January, please let us know your possible date to contribute. ... Please provide me your acceptance for the same! With Regards, Solomon Ebe, Editorial Assistant, Journal of Forensic Genetics and Medicine, Allied Academies, P.O.Box670 Candler, NC28715, USA, Call: (828) 214-3944.
    This message is confidential. It may also be privileged or otherwise protected by work product immunity or other legal rules. ... 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.
Does the editor even know which journal she is editing?
  • From: Journal of Forensic Genetics and Medicine (forensicgenetics@alliedacademies.org)
    Sent: Tuesday, June 13, 2017 8:07 AM
    Subject: Forensic Genetics and Medicine
    Greetings from Journal of Forensic Genetics and Medicine. We are pleased to inform you that Journal of Theoretical and Computational Science is under the process of accepting articles from the experts like you for Upcoming Issue. We will be grateful if you submit a paper for the upcoming issue, the submission due date for the article is 28th June 2017. We request you to let us know your possibility of submitting an article. Regards, Catherine Darley, Journal Manager, Journal of Forensic Genetics and Medicine, 5716 Corsa Ave, Suite 110, Westlake, Los Angeles, CA 91362-7354, USA
Perhaps not. The journal launched with an "issue" consisting of a single article on a topic in clinical medicine. That has not stopped the spam, though.
  • From: Journal of Forensic Genetics and Medicine (forensicgenetics@alliedacademies.org)
    Sent: Thursday, July 6, 2017 6:55 AM
    Subject: Forensic Genetics and Medicine
    Greetings from Journal of Forensic Genetics and Medicine. We are pleased to inform you that Journal of Forensic Genetics and Medicine is under the process of accepting articles from the experts like you for Upcoming Issue. We will be grateful if you submit a paper for the upcoming issue, the submission due date for the article is 28th July 2017. ... We request you to let us know your possibility of submitting an article.
    Regards, Catherine Darley, Journal Manager, Journal of Forensic Genetics and Medicine, 5716 Corsa Ave, Suite 110, Westlake, Los Angeles, CA 91362-7354, USA

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