Monday, December 26, 2016

Herald Scholarly Open Access (HSOA)

Herald International Research Journals and Herald Scholarly Open Access are on Beall's list of "potential, possible, or probable predatory scholarly open-access publishers." The publisher's website (12/26/16) is consistent with this assessment. Despite a Virginia address, it has this mission statement:
Herald Scholarly Open Access is a leading, internationally publishing house in the fields of Sciences. Our mission is to provide an access to knowledge globally. We provide high-quality articles to the scientific community and we strive for your research improvement and distinguishment throughout the world.
We all could use some distinguishment, but if that is not enough, HSOA's vision includes "A Platform to highlight quality exploration work to the biggest possible swarm over development points secured under the field of medicine."

Journal of Forensic, Legal & Investigative Sciences

The website of the Journal of Forensic, Legal & Investigative Sciences describes it as "a comprehensive, factual reference for anyone interested in learning about the topics in forensic sciences and legal medicine from a lay perspective."

The long list of editors omits an editor-in-chief but as of January 2016 includes the following prominent names in forensic science: Sue Black, Ranajit Chakraborty, Henry Lee, and Lawrence Kobilinsky. Other faculty of academic institutions in the US listed as members of the editorial board (and given nice certificates attesting to their membership) are Brion Benninger (Western University of Health Sciences), Franklin Dorman (Penn State), Artem Domashevskiy and Gloria Proni (John Jay College of Criminal Justice), Matthew J Delisi (Iowa State), Evgeny Katz (Clarkson University), Brooke Kammrath and Claire Glynn (University of New Haven), Eve Lowenstein (University of SUNY HSC Brooklyn Downstate), Igor Ovchinnikov (University of North Dakota), Sheree Hughes-Stamm (Sam Houston State), Charles Boyd (Radford University), Gisela Bishler (California State), Baneshwar Singh and Marilyn Miller (Virginia Commonwealth University).

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  • Hope this mail finds you in good health! ... I would be grateful if you would review a paper entitled “Impact of Background Noise in Mobile Phone Networks on Forensic Voice Comparison” with the manuscript references no HFLIS-15-007 for the Journal of Forensic, Legal & Investigative Sciences. If you wish to review this paper, kindly go through the abstract given below and if you do not want to review this paper, kindly let us know your opinion on the same so that we can send you full length article. [Hmm, looks like a Catch 22. I did not reply, but the paper was published on 2/16/16 as a "case report" by Esam Alzqhoul, Balamurali Nair, and Bernard J Guillemin of the University of Auckland.]
  • 2/19/16: Dear Dr. David H. Kaye, Greetings from the Journal of Forensic, Legal & Investigative Sciences! With reference to our previous mail, I am writing to follow up on the manuscript submission for our upcoming issue. Regards, Paul Schiller, Herald Scholarly Open Access, Herndon, Virginia USA

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