Friday, December 23, 2016

Gavin Publishers

Would you trust this individual or group with your words? The startup website (viewed 11/17/16) includes remarks such as these?
  • "Gavin Publishers is a newly launched international open access organization with all its journals are in the initial stages of developments."
  • "Gavin Publishers ... publishes all kinds of manuscripts ... from the fields related to CLinical, Biology and Medical especially. Our passion to serve the scientific community drove us ... . We strive hard to spread the knowledge ... . We welcome ... people involved in and around the fields of Clinical, Biological and Medical, with open arms to come forward to share and to gain the knowledge on an open access platform. [W]e can build a huge platform ... ."
  • Although "[a]rticle processing charges are required for accepted manuscripts in order to manage the publication costs," the charges are not listed.
Like the Academicians Research Center email, some of Gavin's emails close with an inspiring "Looking forward for long lasting scientific relationship. With Regards, ..." Maybe there is a connection, maybe not. The people behind Gavin Publishers are not easily traced. The domain gavinpublishers.biz was registered by Domains by Proxy (a GoDaddy company dedicated to shielding the operators of websites from discovery). Gavinpublishers.org was registered by the Australian company, Privacy Protection Services.
Journal of Forensic Studies
A webpage explains (or tries to) that Forensic Studies "covers various aspects like criminal and civil laws. Forensic Studies including Fingerprints collect, preserve, and analyze scientific evidence during the course of an investigation. Forensic Studies provides a unique platform that forensic scientists testify asexpert [sic] witnesses in both criminal and civil cases and can work for either the prosecution or the defense and related discipline."

Another webpage reads (9/1/17) "Forensic studies is a scientific journal which covers high quality manuscripts which are both relevant and applicable to the broad field of" -- wait for it -- "Forestry. This journal encompasses the study related to the majority of forensically related cases."

The journal spams for an editorial board. It lacks a named editor-in-chief, but the board members from the US (9/1/17) are said to be Steven A. Koehlera, University of Pittsburgh; Kathryn C Seigfried-Spellar, Purdue University; Robert Green, University of kent; Peter R Stout, Houston Forensic Sciences Center; Deborah K Circo, Northcentral University; Kọ́lá Abímbọ́lá, Howard University, Washington; Duane L. Dobbert, Capella University; Kiran Bano, University of Connecticut; Josh Brunty, Marshall University.

I looked for some information on the first name in the list. Dr. Koehlera is an associate professor in Pitt's department of epidemiology who is also listed an an editor of an OMICS journal and a journal I had not encountered before -- the Scholarena Journal of Forensic Science. -- which seems to have stalled with Issue 1 of  Volume 1 in May 2015 (now listed under the "Current Issue" link.)..
Email
Journal of Forensic Studies
Inaugural issue to appear in November:
  • 11/17/16: Dear Dr. David H. Kaye, Greetings! We would like to invite you to submit a paper for publication for the Inaugural Issue for Journal of Forensic Studies. ... We are planning to launch the inaugural issue in the month of November 2016. ... The quick submission will result in fast review process and publications. [Considering that there are less than two weeks left in the month, that would be fast indeed for a peer-reviewed journal.] The accepted articles will be shelved for new issue release according to the editors and reviewers response. Note: If you are interested to join in our Editorial Board, kindly let us know your thoughts. We look forward to your quick response for the good scientific approach and study. Thanks & regards, Emily Olivia, Gavin Publishers, 5911 Oak Ridge Way, Lisle, IL 60532, USA
Inaugural issue to appear in January?
  • 12/2/16: [Identical except for two changes:] ... We are planning to launch the inaugural issue in the month of December 2016. Also we would like to publish your article in the upcoming issue with a Special publication charge(50% Discount) for the Christmas offer on/before 25th December, 2016.
  • 12/13/16: Dear Dr. David H. Kaye, Greetings! Gavin Journal of Forensic Studies which is newly started and mainly focused on publishing quality research from eminent scholars to serve for the betterment of Scientific Community. Thus we request you to submit any kind of article (Research Article, Review Article, Short Commentaries, Case Reports, Image Articles, etc.) for our first issue. [O]ur journal office decided to publish the quality Articles on Forensic Studies and related fields of our journal with (50% Special discount on publication) for the Christmas offer. ... If you are ready with manuscript, kindly submit the manuscript on or before 30 December, 2016. Hope to have a quick and positive response from your end. Looking forward for long lasting scientific relationship. With Regards, Emily Olivia
  • 12/14/16: Dear Dr. David H. Kaye, Greetings! We ... did not receive any response from you as ... might have our mail not reached to you, so we take the privilege to resend you. ... With Regards, Emily Olivia ...
Inaugural issue to appear in February?
  • 1/20/17: Dear Dr. David H. Kaye, Greetings! Gavin Journal of Forensic Studies which is newly started and mainly focused on publishing quality research from eminent scholars to serve for the betterment of Scientific Community. Thus we request you to submit any kind of article ... for our first issue. As we are in the final stage of releasing the first issue, ... Special publication charge for the upcoming issue for the New Year. ... kindly submit ... on or before 30 January 2017. Hope to have a quick and positive response from your end. Looking forward for long lasting scientific relationship With Regards, Emily Olivia
Or whenever
  • 1/23/17: Dear Dr. David H. Kaye, Greetings from Journal of Forensic Studies! We have contacted you earlier by mail but we did not receive any response from you as you may be engaged in some other activities or might have our mail not reached to you, so we take the privilege to resend you. Journal of Forensic Studies is an open access journal which provides quality articles with peer review process with rapid publications. All articles are available in the PDF and HTML format. The Journal welcomes Research/ Review/Short Commentaries/Editorials/Case Reports/Mini Reviews, Images etc. Journal publishes articles related to the research areas of Forensic Medicine, Forensic Pharmacy, Forensic Chemistry, DNA- Fingerprinting technology, Forensic Drugs, Criminal investigation, Forensic Biology, Evaluation and Analysis, Applications of Forensic Criminal Acts etc. Submit your articles before 30 January to avail the Discount. Hoping for your positive response at the earliest. With Regards, Emily Olivia, Journal Coordinator
Inaugural issue now to appear in April? And maybe you did not receive all our spam?
  • 3/22/17, 12:40:04 AM EDT, from forensic.gp@gavinpublishers.biz: Dear Dr. David H Kaye, Greetings! We have contacted you earlier by mail but we did not receive any response from you as you may be engaged in some other activities or might have our mail not reached to you, so we take the privilege to resend you. Gavin Journal of Forensic Studies which is newly started and mainly focused on publishing quality research from eminent scholars to serve for the betterment of Scientific Community. Thus we request you to submit any kind of article (Research Article, Review Article, Short Commentaries, Case Reports, Image Articles, etc.) for our first issue. As we are in the final stage of releasing the first issue, so our journal office decided to publish the quality Articles on Forensic Studies and related fields of our journal with Special publication charge for the upcoming issue for the Month of March 2017. ... Note: If you are ready with manuscript, kindly submit the manuscript on or before 30 March 2017. Hope to have a quick and positive response from your end. Looking forward for long lasting scientific relationship. With Regards, Emily Olivia
Inaugural issue to appear in May?
  • 4/6/17, 2:36 AM, from forensic@gavinpublishers.biz: Dear Dr. David H Kaye, Greetings! We have contacted you earlier by mail ... . [W]e take the privilege to resend you. Gavin Journal of Forensic Studies which is newly started ... to serve for the betterment of Scientific Community. Thus we request you to submit any kind of article ... for our first issue. As we are in the final stage of releasing the first issue, so our journal office decided to publish the quality Articles on Forensic Studies and related fields of our journal with Special publication charge for the upcoming issue for the Month of April 2017. ... Note: If you are ready with manuscript, kindly submit the manuscript on or before 20 April 2017. Hope to have a quick and positive response from your end. Looking forward for long lasting scientific relationship. With Regards, Emily Olivia
Maybe not.
  • 5/317, 4:40:53 AM EDT: Dear Dr. David H Kaye, Greetings! Gavin Journal of Forensic Studies which is newly started and mainly focused on publishing quality research from eminent scholars to serve for the betterment of Scientific Community. Thus we request you to submit any kind of article ... for our first issue. As we are in the final stage of releasing the upcoming issue, so our journal office decided to publish the quality Articles on Forensic Studies and related fields of our journal with Special publication charge for the upcoming issue for the Month of May 2017. ... Note: If you are ready with manuscript, kindly submit the manuscript on or before 20 May 2017. Hope to have a quick and positive response from your end. Looking forward for long lasting scientific relationship. With Regards, Emily Olivia
Nope. But never fear, the website (6/13/17) maintains that its Articles in Press, Current Issue, and Archive of Articles all "will be updated soon."
  • 6/13/17, 4:54 AM; 7/3/17 4:47 AM:
    Subject: Share Your Valuable Research/Friendly Reminder
    Greetings from Journal of Forensic Studies.
    We have chosen selective scientists who have contributed excellent work, to help us release best quality articles for the upcoming issue. Thus I kindly request you to contribute any kind of article ... We look forward to your quick response for the good scientific approach and study. Note: If you are interested to join in our Reviewer Board, kindly let us know your thoughts. With Kind Regards, Emily Olivia, Editorial Assistant
The journal received a manuscript! The website (9/1/17) lists an article in press -- from Ralph and Lyn Haber -- and its current solicitation does not offer a discounted fee. Darn it!
  • From: forensic@gavinpublishers.biz
    Sent: Friday, September 1, 2017 2:07 AM
    Subject: Share Your Valuable Research/Friendly Reminder
    Greetings from Journal of Forensic Studies!
    We have contacted you earlier but we did not receive any response from you may be engaged in some other activities or might not our mail reached to you, so we take the privilege to resend you.
    Ours is an open access journal publishes articles related to Forensic Studies. We are in the process of releasing our upcoming issue in this month and so would like to invite you to contribute your valuable article to our journal which may advance our current knowledge about Forensic studies and its related researches.
    We appreciate your submission on/before 20th of September 2017 to this Email, so that we can process for our issue release.
    Hope your thoughts would help the scientific community globally. [Me too, but I have seen little evidence of that.] Thank you for your time. We are looking forward to hearing from you soon.
    With Regards, Emily Olivia, Editorial Coordinator
    Note: If you are interest to join ourReviewer Board member, kindly submit your CV.
    Disclaimer: You have received this email because of your eminence and expertise. However, if you do not want to receive any email in the future from Journal of Forensic Studies, and then please reply us with the subject "unsubscribe/remove"
The emails are growing shorter.
  • From: forensic.gp@gavinpublishers.biz
    Sent: Friday, October 13, 2017 5:42 AM
    Subject: Share Your Valuable Research
    Hope you are doing well!!! We are in the process of releasing our upcoming issue in this month and so cordially inviting you to contribute your valuable research work to our journal which may advance our current knowledge about Forensic studies and its related researches. We appreciate your submission on/before 30th of October 2017 to this Email, so that we can process for our issue release. Hope your thoughts would help the scientific community globally. Thank you.
    Note: If you are interest to join our Reviewer Board member, kindly submit your CV.
    Kind Regards, Emily Olivia, Editorial Coordinator
    Disclaimer: You have received this email because of your eminence and expertise. However, if you do not want to receive any email in the future from Journal of Forensic Studies, and then please reply us with the subject "unsubscribe/remove".
International Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
Month after month, another "newly started" journal also promises a discount for its inaugural issue:
  • 1/26/17: Dear Dr. David H. Kaye, Greetings! International Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research which is newly started and mainly focused on publishing quality research from eminent scholars to serve for the betterment of Scientific Community. Thus we request you to submit any kind of article (Research Article, Review Article, Short Commentaries, Case Reports, Image Articles, etc.) for our upcoming issue. Our journal Editorial office decided to publish the quality Articles on Clinical Research, Clinical Trial Management System, Clinical biostatistics, Medical writing and other related fields for the upcoming issue of our journal with Special discount on publication fee for the New Year. If your manuscript is ready, Kindly submit the manuscript for the Inaugural issue. Hope to have a quick and positive response from your end. NOTE: If you are interested to join in our Editorial Board, kindly let us know your thoughts. We look forward to your quick response for the good scientific approach and study. With Kind Regards, Christina Joy, Associate Managing Editor, International Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research USA, Gavin Publishers2689fs, 5911 Oak Ridge Way, Lisle, IL
  • And again, you can apply for the editorial board
  • 2/1/17: Dear Dr. DavidH.Kaye, Greetings! International Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research which is newly started and mainly focused on publishing quality research from eminent scholars to serve for the betterment of Scientific Community. Mini Reviews/Research/ Review/ Case Reports/ Short Communication/ Conference proceedings/ Rapid Communications/ Commentaries/ Editorials/ Book reviews etc., are welcome for possible publication in this issue. We would like to invite you to submit a paper for publication in the Inaugural issue for International Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research. If you are interested to join in our Editorial Board, kindly let us know your thoughts. We look forward to your quick response for the good scientific approach and study. With Kind Regards, Christina Joy, Associate Managing Editor, International Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
  • 4/3/17, 4/7/16: Dear Dr. DavidH.Kaye, Hope you are well! Consider this as a friendly remainder from the editorial office of International Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research. We have contacted you earlier through email. Since we have not received any response from you regarding your decision in submitting the manuscript, we are taking the liberty of resending e-mail as we are aware that you may be engaged in other activities or my message may not have successfully reached you. ... Journal publishes articles related to the research areas of International Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research. On the eve of upcoming issue to welcome authors to share their valuable articles for new issue release. Hoping for your positive response at the earliest. With Kind Regards, Christina Joy, Associate Managing Editor, International Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
  • 5/8/17, 2:27 a.m., from ijeacr.ga@gavinpublishers.net:
    Dear Dr. David H. Kaye, Greetings from International Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research.
    We would like to invite you to submit a paper for publication in the Inaugural Issue of International Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research. Mini Reviews/Research/ Review/ Case Reports/ Short Communication/ Rapid Communications/ Commentaries/ Editorials/ Image Article etc., are welcome for possible publication in this issue. Related Topics: please view our journal: http://gavinpublishers.com/international-journal-of-experimental-and-clinical-research. Please submit your article online ... . NOTE: If you are interested to join in our Editorial Board, kindly let us know your thoughts. We look forward to your quick response for the good scientific approach and study. With Kind Regards, Christina Joy, Associate Managing Editor, International Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research

12 comments:

  1. I was searching for them on the web after receiving an email on my academic adress. Glad I found your post. Definitly not to trust. Just have a look at the website. Lot of journals, fancy covers, but searching for papers point to an error 404.

    Here is the email I got, with personnal info removed:

    Dear XXXXXXXXXXXX,

    Warm Greetings from our journal “Earth and Environmental Sciences”

    Gavin Publishers is successfully publishing quality open access articles in various fields with the support of eminent scholars like you. We are aware of your reputation for quality of research and trust worthiness in the field of "Environmental Science and its Human Environments" and so we would like to invite you to be Editorial Board Member of our newly launched “Earth and Environmental Sciences”.

    If you are interested, kindly send your updated C.V, Biography (150 words), Research Interests and working details (Department, University and telephone number) for our records.

    We look forward for a close and lasting scientific relationship for the benefit of scientific community.

    For any queries kindly contact via

    Regards
    Cathy Williams

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  2. I came across your blog after googling Gavin Publishers, after receiving an email from them out of the blue that I couldn't quite believe. Prepare yourself for the gushing sentimentality of this beauty:

    Dear Xxxx Xxxx,

    Warm Greetings from our journal “Earth and Environmental Sciences”

    Gavin Publishers is successfully publishing quality open access articles in various fields with the support of eminent scholars like you. We are aware of your reputation for quality of research and trust worthiness in the field of "Environmental Science and its Human Environments" and so we would like to invite you to be Editorial Board Member of our newly launched “Earth and Environmental Sciences”.

    If you are interested, kindly send your updated C.V, Biography (150 words), Research Interests and working details (Department, University and telephone number) for our records.

    We look forward for a close and lasting scientific relationship for the benefit of scientific community.

    For any queries kindly contact via

    Regards
    Cathy Williams

    Hmmm. Where to start?

    “Earth and Environmental Sciences”. I see what you did there. Top tip when setting up your journal - just the name it after the first thing you see when you walk past the door of the university department you are aiming it at.

    'Eminent scholar' - well, they say flattery will get you anywhere, so top marks for trying. I somehow doubt their sincerity on the matter though.

    'trust worthiness'. Sigh.

    "Environmental Science and its Human Environments" Or, as we might call it in the trade, Earth Sciences. Or Environmental Science. Just not.. what you guys said.

    Editorial board member?! Wow! Where do I sign up? Please, let me give you ALL OF MY DETAILS, INCLUDING MY CV AND FULL CONTACT INFORMATION.


    "We look forward for a close and lasting scientific relationship for the benefit of scientific community." So profound.

    The question I have is who falls for these things? So badly written and unbelievable, full of hyperbole and nonsense. Maybe they are targeting those without English as a first language. If so, it's astonishingly callous.

    I'm guessing they've harvested my name, email address and *rough* field of study from a paper or conference appearance.

    Anyway, thanks for shedding light on the mysterious Gavin Publishers (if that is their real name)!

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  3. I got a similar email asking to join their prestigious Editorial Board.

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  4. I also got a similar request and I got confused about its credibility. Thanks for listing the details for us.

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  5. Haha, me too! "We have gone through your biography & basing on your expertise we would like to honor you by giving the position as a Scientific Committee Member Invitation for this conference. Also, we would like to honor you by giving an opportunity as a plenary speaker at this conference. As Scientific Committee Member Invitation, the privileges would include an honorable position as the chair/co-chair for the session of your interest."

    I'm like, what? That sounds like someone's talking on my memorial service...........

    Really, I'd die for those comments from my peers or NIH panel reviewers. LOL

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  6. This seems to be analogous to the Microsoft scam calls. The people behind Gavin are one Abdul Reddy Gudipati and one Venkata Ramanamma Gudipati, based in Hyderabad. This blog post - http://retractionwatch.com/2017/05/04/publisher-backs-dispute-society-journal-name/ - suggests that they are defunct but I just received a "call for paper" this morning.

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  7. As above but for my "reputation for quality of research and trust worthiness in the field of “'Anthropology'," which, I can assure you, is on fleek.

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  8. And another invitation just now from Lucy Charter representing another open access publication, International Journal of Textile Science & Engineering.

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  9. This blog post - http://retractionwatch.com/2017/05/04/publisher-backs-dispute-society-journal-name/ - suggests that they are defunct but I just received a "call for paper" this morning

    My impression from the RetractionWatch report is that the scammers are changing the name of that particular journal, but they remain very much non-defunct.

    Zaubacorp records agree about the couple behind Gavin.
    https://www.zaubacorp.com/company/GAVIN-PUBLISHERS-PRIVATE-LIMITED/U74999TG2016PTC109519

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  10. I was foolish enough to accept an invitation to the review board. Now they want to charge me for a paper. How do i report them?

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    1. You might complain to the Federal Trade Commission about deceptive practices, but I doubt that will have much effect.

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  11. Nov. 17, 2017
    Just got an invitation today to join review board. Our class has been studying about Predatory journals so I looked up Gavin and found they are a fraud. Thanks for your website. Keep up the good work.
    Professor Kass, WVU, Morgantown, WV

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