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." One of its medical journals had a dog on its board of editors.

Journal of Forensic, Legal and 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).

  • 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

1 comment:

  1. Warm greetings from the Journal of Alternative, Complementary & Integrative Medicine!

    We would like to take an opportunity and introduce the Journal of Alternative, Complementary & Integrative Medicine as one of the journals of Herald Scholarly Open Access. We are in the process of releasing an upcoming issue.

    We would like to invite you to peer review a manuscript for the Journal of Alternative, Complementary & Integrative Medicine. The manuscript entitled “Benefits of Dream Work for the Dying” with the reference number HACIM-17-019 abstract is given below; please let us know your opinion to review it. If you accept to review the manuscript, then we will send you the full length article.


    This paper provides an examination of the effects of dream work on patients facing end of life. The literature reviewed is an exploration of the value of interaction with dreams though guided dream work techniques as well as using surveys and interviews. Quality of life, comfort, and psychological well-being associated with dream work will also be explored. Additionally, the author will review the research on how dreams and dream content help to mediate the existential crisis faced by those at end of life. The author's goal is to provide evidence to support the integration of dream work into the existing complementary and integrative practices for palliative care and to highlight the need for further research.

    Please feel free to contact us for any queries.

    Anticipating your reply

    With Best Regards
    Emma Lynch
    Herald Scholarly Open Access
    2561 Cornelia Rd
    #205, Herndon, VA 20171
    Tel: +1-646-661-6626