Saturday, December 30, 2017

Ivertis Journals "Wishing You With Mighty Heart"

Invertis University, Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh, 243123, India, is spamming for a couple of subscription-fee journals.
Email
From: IJRE Invertis [mailto:ijre2011@gmail.com]
Sent: Saturday, December 30, 2017 3:23 AM
Subject: Happy New Year 2018
Dear All,
All of us at “Invertis Journal of Renewable Energy and Invertis Journal of Science and Technology” would like to wish you, your colleagues and family.
To End Something Old,
Will Start Something New,
Wishing You With Mighty Heart,
Though The Words Are Very Few!
Happy New Year 2018
Thanks and Regards
Editors
Invertis Journal of Renewable Energy,
Invertis Journal of Science and Technology.
Ph No- 011-42430358,9811193210.
Email -ijre2011@gmail.com, zh_zaidi@rediffmail.com
Sent with Mailtrack

Monday, December 25, 2017

Immense Pleasure from Open Access Text (OAT)

Open Access Text (OAT) seems to another collection of manuscripts from India. Why do I say that? 
⊗ 113 journals at www.oatext.com/journals with titles ranging from "Mouth and Teeth" to "Translational Brain Rhythmicity".
⊗ A known spammer (see http://www.scientificspam.net/?p=139) that takes "immense pleasure contact an eminent person" like me to publish in a radiology journal, even though I am neither an MD, a radiologist, or anything else connected with the field.
⊗ A lot of blather on the website, such as "OA Text galvanizes a community of scientists that collaboratively advances and communicates science and its power to ensure a sustainable future."
⊗ Journals publish trivial articles. E.g., Zięba-Palus J (2017) Forensic examinations of micro-traces. Forensic Sci Criminol 2, doi: 10.15761/FSC.1000113.
⊗ Email omitted an address for the journal, but it came from an Indian server.
⊗ The domain oatext.com is registered to Ranjith Donthi, 114A Billet Road, Romford, Essex RM6 5PR, UK, +44.7734963575, Ranjithdonthi@gmail.com. The email address is also connected to oatext.org, oatext.info, openaccesstext.info, openaccesstext.org, telanganareddysociety.com, telanganareddysociety.org, telanganareddyassociation.com, telanganareddyassociation.org.
⊗ The domain oatextjournals.com is registered to Journals Directory, Gachibowli, Hyderabad Telangana 500032 India, +91.7799886448, journals.directory@yahoo.com.
⊗ The domain oatext-news.com is registered to Camp RW, Gachibowli, Hyderabad Telangana 500089 Indica, +91.7799886448, camprw@yahoo.com.
Email
  • From: Mia Ashley [mailto:editor@oatext-news.net]
    Date: Thursday, December 7, 2017 2:29 AM
    Subject: Pediatric Radiology, Diagnostic Radiology - Radiology, and Diagnostic Imaging
    It is an immense pleasure to contact an eminent person like you. Radiology and Diagnostic Imaging Journal is an international peer-reviewed journal; it publishes high quality open access research articles with a special emphasis on Medical imaging, Radiotherapy, Musculoskeletal Radiology, Pediatric Radiology, Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology, Abdominal Radiology, Cardiovascular Radiology, Chest Radiology, Diagnostic Radiology, Surgical Radiology and spreads the knowledge to everyone across the globe. You can submit your article from any discipline related to Radiology and Diagnostic Imaging in our upcoming issue of the journal. You are welcome to contribute your article to radiology@oatextjournals.com on or before 15th December 2017. Anticipating your quick response. ...
    Regards,
    Mia Ashley
    Editorial Assistant, Radiology and Diagnostic Imaging
    You are receiving this email because of your relationship with the sender [← which is to say none]

    Note: The journal's editor-in-chief is said to be "Yi-Hwa Liu, Ph.D. Senior Research Scientist/Scholar in Cardiovascular Medicine at Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT, Associate Professor (Adjunct) of Biomedical Imaging and Radiological Sciences at National Yang-Ming University, Taipei, Taiwan, and Professor (Adjunct) of Biomedical Engineering at Chung Yuan Christian University, Taoyuan, Taiwan."
  • From: Mia Lucas [editor@oatextjournals.info]
    Date: Wednesday, July 18, 2018, 9:11 am
    Subject: Waiver on publication fee | GMT
    Dear Researcher,
    Authors are cordially invited to submit papers for publication in Global Medicine and Therapeutics (GMT). We are requesting you to please give it a wider publicity by circulating it to Faculty member, Research scholars and encourage their active participation and submissions. Kindly submit your valuable research work by mailing us at editor.gmt@oatext.com on or before July 30th, 2018 or let us know your feasible time can avail 50% discount on the publication fee.
    Thanking you,
    Mia Lucas [← Has Mia changed her name, or are there multiple Mias?]
    Editorial Assistant

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Is Frontiers Media a Predatory Publisher?

Frontiers Media (frontiersin.org) is an open access publisher in Lausanne, Switzerland, founded by serious neuroscientists. I looked around to learn what people were saying about it after receiving a request to review a manuscript for Frontiers in Genetics. The associate editor who wrote me as well most of the large board of "chief editors" seem to be serious and published researchers, but I do not know what to make of the journal's claim to have 5,689 editors. Zooming in on the field of "ELSI in Science and Genetics" yielded a list of 131 "associate editors." Frontiers notes the number of articles these editors have written; 27 had no publications of their own (or if they did, Frontiers neglected to mention them).

Naturally, Frontiers claims that all of its 59 journals covering more than 460 specialties conduct transparent and rigorous peer review. It also states that "We publish all papers that are scientifically correct." (Emphasis in webpage). This asservation is hardly transparent. What is a "scientifically correct" paper? One that reports true results? No journal can guarantee that. Does it mean that every article that meets some methodological criteria will be published? What about those that do not meet these criteria? How many of the 65,000 papers published in the profusion of journals are not only incorrect, but reflect poorly conceived or executed research?

Wikipedia lists various controversies about Frontiers articles and resignations of editors. Individuals have complained about the shallowness of the review process (e.g., 1, 2) and allegedly heavy-handed or unscrupulous tactics by Frontiers to shut down Beall's list of predatory journals (e.g., 3, 4). One Frontier editor wrote an interesting description of "How to create a top journal by accepting (almost) everything" (5).

So what is the verdict on the Frontiers collection of articles? I am not prepared to pin the label "predatory" on them, but given the nonscientific polling and anecdotal reports that abound (6), it seems doubtful that publishing in these journals would be regarded as a coup.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

SciHuβ's "American Journal of ..."

Sci-Hub is best known as a pirate site for scientific papers. Articles on its spectacular success in this regard -- and the lawsuits against it by Elsevier and ACS -- have appeared in Nature, Atlantic, Wikipedia, the blog TorrentFreak, and elsewhere. The site co-opts university library servers to reach behind "paywalls." There is a Robin Hood quality to the site's founder and function that has garnered support, the blatant illegality notwithstanding.

In the original version of this posting, I wrote that
It also has six online journals of its own, named "American Journal of ... " The American Journal of Biotechnology and Molecular Sciences has no editorial board (11/26/17). Ditto for the American Journal of Medical and Dental Sciences. Its "current issue" is from 2013. The American Journal of Social and Management Sciences has more than 50 editors and no editor-in-chief. Only a handful are in America. They are
Stan Weeber, Ph.D., McNeese State University, (There is such a Professor of Sociology at McNeese State U., which proudly reports that "he received a Certificate in Social Justice Studies from the Oxford Roundtable at Oxford University." The Oxford Roundtable is not affilated with Oxford University and apparently awards certificates to anyone who will come to its conferences.)
Tetsuji Yamada, Ph.D., Rutgers University (an economist who is an editor-in-chief of journals for OMICS and Sciforschen as well).
⊗ Dr. Sohail Mahmood, Independent Political Analyst (the author of at least six books on Pakistan),
Moustafa Abu EL Fadl, Ph. D., Old Dominion University (not listed in the university directory, but he received his Ph.D. there and is a visiting assistant professor at Clark University).
A reader pointed out that these journals are not associated with Sci-Hub -- that they are run by someone else using the name Science Huβ (for the homepage at https://scihub.org). The domain name is registered to Science Hub, LLC, P. O. Box 3423, Milford, Connecticut 06460, with the phone number (724)909-0482 and email url email@scihub.org.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Predatory Publishers Doing Well But Not Good, Reports Nature

Excerpts from a Comment in Nature (notes omitted) follow. The full comment is well worth reading.
... Frequent, aggressive solicitations from predatory publishers are generally considered merely a nuisance for scientists from rich countries, not a threat to scholarly integrity. [¶] Our evidence disputes this view. We spent 12 months rigorously characterizing nearly 2,000 biomedical articles from more than 200 journals thought likely to be predatory. More than half of the corresponding authors hailed from high- and upper-middle-income countries as defined by the World Bank


Of the 17% of sampled articles that reported a funding source, the most frequently named funder was the US National Institutes of Health (NIH). The United States produced more articles in our sample than all other countries save India. Harvard University (with 9 articles) in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and the University of Texas (with 11 articles across all campuses) were among the eight institutions with the most articles. ...

Articles in our sample consistently failed to report key information necessary for readers to assess, reproduce and build on the findings. ...

Just the subset of articles that we examined contained data from more than 2 million individuals and over 8,000 animals. By extrapolation, we estimate that at least 18,000 funded biomedical-research studies are tucked away in poorly indexed, scientifically questionable journals. Little of this work will advance science. It is too dodgily reported (and possibly badly conducted) and too hard to find.

In our view, publishing in predatory journals is unethical. Individuals who agree to be studied expect that their participation could benefit future patients. Use of animals in biomedical research is rationalized on the assumption that experiments will contribute valuable information. ...
The Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota (7 papers), sent a note to Nature that articles in predatory journals are not considered for academic advancement. D. Y. Patil University in India, which, with 20 papers, had the most in our sample, did not reply. Nor did the University of Tehran ...
Our experience with these journals is that they provide both poor vetting and poor access. Their websites and archiving systems are unstable. Although some articles appear in PubMed (often after a delay), the titles are not indexed by Medline and are difficult to find. ...

Even without Beall's list, savvy authors should know when to suspect that a journal is predatory. Our research group has identified 13 characteristics of predatory journals; these include low article-processing fees (less than US$150); spelling and grammar errors on the website; an overly broad scope; language that targets authors rather than readers; promises of rapid publication; and a lack of information about retraction policies, manuscript handling or digital preservation. Manuscript submissions by e-mail and the inclusion of distorted images are also common.
However, predatory journals are becoming increasingly adept at appearing legitimate, and little is being done to warn authors away from them. Just one of the ten most common funders reported in our study, the University Grants Commission, India, provides guidance about journal selection on its website. ...

Funders and research institutions should increase the funds that they make available towards open-access publication; prohibit the use of funds to support predatory journal publications; make sure that researchers are trained in how to select appropriate journals when submitting their work; and audit where grantees, faculty members and research staff publish. When seeking promotion or funding, researchers should include a declaration that their CV is free of predatory publications. Publication lists could be checked against lists such as the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) or the Journal Citation Reports. Developing automated tools to facilitate the proposed audits would also be valuable. ...

Substandard publications have permeated authentic electronic databases. A problem largely unknown a decade ago, there are now a roughly estimated 8,000 predatory titles that collectively 'publish' more than 400,000 items a year.
Source: David Moher, Larissa Shamseer, Kelly D. Cobey, Manoj M. Lalu, James Galipeau, Marc T. Avey, Nadera Ahmadzai, Mostafa Alabousi, Pauline Barbeau, Andrew Beck, Raymond Daniel, Robert Frank, Mona Ghannad, Candyce Hamel, Mona Hersi, Brian Hutton, Inga Isupov, Trevor A. McGrath, Matthew D. F. McInnes, Matthew J. Page, Misty Pratt, Kusala Pussegoda, Beverley Shea, Anubhav Srivastava, Adrienne Stevens, Kednapa Thavorn, Sasha van Katwyk, Roxanne Ward, Dianna Wolfe, Fatemeh Yazdi, Ashley M. Yu and Hedyeh Ziai, Stop This Waste of People, Animals and Money, 549 Nature 23 (2017), http://www.nature.com/news/stop-this-waste-of-people-animals-and-money-1.22554

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Spring Journals, An Academic Caterer

The journal that spammed me does not seem to exist. As of 11/23/17, it is not listed among the journals on the website for Spring Journals. It came from an "Editorial Officer" named "OE" and gave no physical address. The domain registration for springjournals.net lists Francis Ekevere, 2 Idahor St. Off Iyobo Off Uwelu, Benin, Nigeria, +234.7034247920, email@gmail.com, as a contact

The website offers the following description of the publisher: "Spring Journals is an International Academic Research Institute where all research issues are catered for ... ." Nothing beats a good academic caterer. The editorial boards of the two journals I clicked on had names only -- no titles or affiliations.
Email
From: Spring Journals  (articles@springjournal.net)
Sent: Nov 12 at 4:06 PM
Subject: CALL FOR PAPERS
Dear Colleague, Spring Journal of Agricultural Biological Sciences invites Scientists, Academicians and Researchers to submit their original research/review articles for publication after a thorough review with eminent professionals in the same field. All articles published by Spring Journals will be peer-reviewed. Our goal is to inform authors of the decision on their manuscript(s) within two weeks of submission. We invite you to kindly support this initiative by:
♦ Sending us your paper
♦ Joining as a member of editorial team (send your cv to review@springjournals.net)or,
♦ By telling a colleague about us. ...
Best regards, Francis OE, Editorial Officer, Spring Journals (SJ), E-mail: springjournals@live.com , sj@springjournals.net, www.springjournals.net

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Sryahwa Publications Hordes Journals

This Hyderabad publisher triple spammed me in one day. Its website announces (11/19/17) that "We horde internationally-recognized, peer-reviewed journals ... ." The horde includes articles on such topics as "the Dynamics Faced by Females as they Transition ... into the Abyss of Entrepreneurship." Checking out an article on "The New Universe Model" in the Open Access Journal of Physics (1:1, 2017), I learned that
[T]here is tardyonic centrifugal force and tachyonic centripetal force coexistence. It is the universe foundations. All matter has the tachyonic gravity. We should establish new cosmological theory and new particle physics theory. ... The Einstein field equations are wrong..Dark matter, dark energy, observable gravitational waves and black holes do not exist. Multiverse and inflation are mistake.
Because "Sryahwa Publications strictly opposes the plagiarism," it requires "author’s to submit a signed statement that ... no part ... are not copied ... ." That'll do it.

The physical address on the website (16192 Coastal Highway, Lewes, Delaware 19958) is that of a single family residential house apparently used by Harvard Business Services, which describes itself as "the leading provider of Delaware business formations, [offering] the lowest Registered Agent Fee in the industry."

The domain sryahwapublications.com is registered to Jagadesh Babu, Madhuranagar, Hyderabad Other 500016 India, +91.995144340, jagdeshbabus@gmail.com. The domain spjournals.com is registered to Rakesh Tripathy, Ram Nagar, Delhi Bihar 558899 India, +91.9898989898, spjournals.com@mail.com.
Email
Journal of Law and Judicial System
  • From: Sindhu B (newsletter@spjournals.com)
    Sent: Mon 5/14/2018 7:46 AM (and again 7:56 AM; also 5/30/18 8:33 am, with a submission date of the next day, 5/31)
    Subject: Article Submission- Journal of Law and Judicial System
    Dear Esteemed Professor,
    Greetings from Sryahwa Publications. It is our immense pleasure to invite you to submit your articles towards Journal of Law and Judicial System is an open access; peer-reviewed academic journal serves as a worldwide forum to publish original and internationally significant contributions from all fields of Research Journal of Library and Information Science We would like to invite you to submit your valuable articles such as research articles, review articles, short communications etc., towards our journal. We assure you quick response and quality publication.
    We wholeheartedly invite you to submit your articles/papers to our journal. ... Papers may be submitted from any discipline related to suggested topics which include but are not limited. ... Article processing charges are waived of for this Issue. So we request you to submit your articles on or before May 10, 2018.
    Thank you
    With Best Regards
    Sryahwa Publications
  • From: Editor (newsletter@spjournals.com)
    Sent: Thu 11/16/2017 5:43 AM
    Subject: Requesting Free Articles - Law and Judicial Systems
    Esteemed Researcher,
    Journal of Law and Judicial System is an international journal that intends to publish most quality research papers in the fields of socio-legal studies and the psychology of law, criminology and social justice studies. We expect all the articles or papers to be original which are not published previously or submitted to any journal for the consideration for publication. We Wholeheartedly invites you to submit your articles/papers through jljs@sryahwapublications.com Here we can mentioned the scope of our journal which is included but not limited.
    Administration in Criminal Justice | Advanced Taxation: International Taxation | Advocacy | Animals, Culture and the Law | Bioethics, Personhood and the Law | Business Association | Business Law Clinic | Children and the Law | Civil Liberties and the Charter | Crime and Delinquency | Criminology | Environmental Law Centre Clinic
    Article processing charges are waived off for this issue. We request you to submit your papers on or before November 30, 2017. Kindly inform about our journal to your Friends / Students/ Colleagues / Associates and Fellow Researchers who may utilize this opportunity as a platform for their new research inventions.
    Thanking you
    Best Regards
    Editorial Office, Sryahwa Publications

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Six Publishers with a Pit Bull on Their Editorial Boards

Dr. Olivia Doll has ample academic credentials on her C.V. She holds a doctorate in Canine Studies from the Subiaco College of Veterinary Science (Dissertation: Canine Responses to Avian Proximity); a master’s degree in Early Canine Studies from Shenton Park Institute for Canine Refuge Studies; and a bachelor’s degree from the Staffordshire College of Territorial Science. Her research includes such topics as the relationships between Doberman Pinschers and Staffordshire Terriers in domestic environments, the role of domestic canines in promoting optimal mental health in ageing males, the impact of skateboards on canine ambulation, and the benefits of abdominal massage for medium-sized canines.

However, the Shenton Park “Institute” is the animal shelter in which she lived as a pup, and there is no College of Veterinary Science in Subiaco. Her expertise in canine studies comes strictly from her skill, experience, and training (not to mention her instincts) as a five-year-old Staffordshire Terrier, AKA Ollie.

Nevertheless, this tongue-in-jowl record was sufficient to induce the following flaky academic journals to add the pit bull from Perth to their editorial boards:
■ *EC Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine, Echronicon Open Access
■ Journal of Community Medicine and Public Health Care, Herald Scholarly Open Access
■ Journal of Tobacco Stimulated Diseases, Peertechz
■ Journal of Alcohol and Drug Abuse, SMGroup
■ Alzheimer’s and Parkinsonism: Research and Therapy, SMGroup
■ *Journal of Psychiatry and Mental Disorders, Austin Publishing Group
■ *Global Journal of Addiction and Rehabilitation Medicine (Associate Editor), Juniper Publishers
■ Austin Addiction Sciences, Austin Publishing Group
Ollie's exploits received international coverage in newspapers and in Science in May. Yet, Dr. Doll remains on the websites of the journals marked with an asterisk (accessed November 18, 2017). I do not know if she is still reviewing papers for the Journal of Community Medicine and Public Health Care, for that journal does not list names of editors or reviewers.

REFERENCES

Friday, November 10, 2017

Siya Publishing House "assures you of taking the onus"

Siya Publishing House has one positive features. It does not pretend to have offices in the US or Europe. It lists no journals as yet, but does "Welcome proposals for authors/ institutes/ societies for publication of books/e-books/ Journals /e-journals/ proceedings in all subjects ranges" and does "all type of publishing work National International level."
Email
  • Sent: Fri 11/10/2017 5:06 AM
    From: Siya Publishing House, Delhi (India) [editorial@siyapub.in]
    Re: Publishing Your Book/Thesis/Manual with Us
    Respected Authors,
    Greeting from Siya Publishing House-Delhi, We invite you for publishing your manuscript with us. We firmly believe that authors build the pillars for our organization. We offer attractive terms, compensation for your time and efforts contributed by you. We appreciate and value quality in content and the presentation of the books we produce. On our part, we assure you of quality production, wider distribution and publicity. ... All work completes under supervision of expert panel. We assure you of taking the onus, having the readiness of our expert panel of editors, of giving the utmost justice to your work. In the process we aim at providing you with the best terms, the best possible quality, timely production and wide circulation.
    Looking forward to your kind reply.
    Thanking you
    with best regards, Team, Siya Publishing House, B-311, Block-B, Street No. 9, Near Tyagi Farm House
    Amrit Vihar, Burari, Delhi-110084, Mobile & Whatsup No.: +91-9654906121, Email: info@siyapub.com

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI) expect you reply

The website of the Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute states (10/25/17) that
MDPI.com is a platform for peer-reviewed, scientific open-access journals operated by MDPI AG, based in Basel, Switzerland. Additional offices are located in Beijing and Wuhan (China) as well as in Barcelona (Spain).
However, the domain mdpi.com is registered to Perfect Privacy, LLC, of Jacksonville, Florida, making it hard to know who is really behind this megapublisher.

MDPI crows that
Our publishing activities are supported by more than 15,700 active scientists and academic editors on our journals' international editorial boards, including several Nobelists. More than 263,500 individual authors have already published with MDPI.
I guess it is better to have active rather than passive scientists working for you.The journals that attract these Nobelists have names such as Actuators, Algorithms, Axioms, Atoms, Animals, and Ads. Those are just a few of the ones that start with A. Alas, there are no entries for K, X, Y, and Z. W is for Water, and U is for Universe (and Urban Science). There is a Toxins and a Toxics, a Pharmaceuticals and a Pharmaceutics. Nevertheless, some MDPI journals may be sincere efforts to publish meaningful work. From 2010-2016, the editor in chief of Laws was Larry Gostin, a preeminent scholar of global public health law, and the journal includes some articles from mainstream law faculty, particularly in the health-law field.

If the emails to me are any indication, MDPI is scrounging for material with the by writing authors of articles appearing in bona fide journals whose titles suggest that they could prepare some related article for one of their journals. Indeed, they are even offering to waive publication charges for the recipients of their personalized spam.
Email
  • From: Risks Editorial Office
    Subject: [Risks] Invitation to Publish a Paper Free of Charge in Risks (ESCI - Web of Science) - expect you reply
    Sent: Oct 24 at 9:30 PM
    Dear Dr. Kaye, We noticed you published the following outstanding manuscript: Beyond uniqueness: the birthday paradox, source attribution and individualization in forensic science testimony. Law Probab. Risk 2013, 12, 3-11.
    On behalf of the Editor-in-Chief, Prof. Dr. Mogens Steffensen, of Mathematical Sciences, University of Copenhagen (Denmark), we would like to invite you to contribute a research article or review article for publication in our journal Risks. If you could submit an article by the end of 2017, the article processing charges (APCs) will be fully waived. Your submission will be paid high priority during processing. Please visit the Instructions for Authors before submitting a manuscript: http://www.mdpi.com/journal/risks/instructions/. Once your manuscript is ready, please submit it through our online submission system at http://www.mdpi.com/user/manuscripts/upload/.
    *About Risks* ...*Rapid publication*: manuscripts are peer-reviewed and a first decision provided to authors approximately 41 days after submission; acceptance to publication is undertaken in 9 days (median values for papers published in this journal in 2016).
    In order for us to plan for the whole project, please kindly inform us within 3 weeks as to whether you would be willing to accept our offer. We look forward to hearing from you.
    Kind regards, Daria Shi, Assistant Managing Editor, Email: daria.shi@mdpi.com
    On behalf of Editor-in-Chief, Prof. Dr. Mogens Steffensen, Department of Mathematical Sciences, University of Copenhagen, Universitetsparken 5, DK-2100 Copenhagen Ø, Denmark
    --MDPI Branch Office, Beijing, Risks Editorial Office, Tel. +86 10 6193 4609, Fax +86 10 6193 4609, E-mail: risks@mdpi.com, http://www.mdpi.com/journal/risks/
    MDPI AG, Postfach, CH-4020 Basel, Switzerland, Office: St. Alban-Anlage 66, 4052 Basel, Tel.: +41 61 683 77 34; Fax: +41 61 302 89 18
  • From: Risks Editorial Office [risks@mdpi.com]
    Sent: 11/10/2017 1:46 AM
    Re: Gentle Reminder: [Risks] Invitation to Publish a Paper Free of Charge in Risks (ESCI - Web of Science) - expect you replyDear Dr. Kaye, We invited you to submit a free Paper to the journal Risks in October 2017. In case you missed our previous email, we would like to renew our invitation for you. We noticed you published the following outstanding manuscript: Deadly statistics: quantifying an 'unacceptable risk' in capital punishment. Law Probab. Risk 2017, 16, 7-34. On behalf of the Editor-in-Chief, Prof. Dr. Mogens Steffensen of Mathematical Sciences, University of Copenhagen (Denmark), we would like to invite you to contribute a research article or review article for publication in our journal Risks. If you could submit an article by the end of 2017, the article processing charges (APCs) will be fully waived. Your submission will be paid high priority ...We look forward to hearing from you.
    Kind regards, Janine Li, Assistant Managing Editor, Email: janine.li@mdpi.com On behalf of Editor-in-Chief, Prof. Dr. Mogens Steffensen, Department of Mathematical Sciences, University of Copenhagen, Universitetsparken 5, DK-2100 Copenhagen Ø, Denmark
    --MDPI Branch Office, Beijing, Risks Editorial Office,Tel. +86 10 6193 4609, Fax +86 10 6193 4609, E-mail: risks@mdpi.com, http://www.mdpi.com/journal/risks/
    --MDPI AG, Postfach, CH-4020 Basel, Switzerland, Office: St. Alban-Anlage 66, 4052 Basel, Tel.: +41 61 683 77 34; Fax: +41 61 302 89 18
  • From: Risks Editorial Office (risks@mdpi.com)
    Sent: 11/2617, 10:46:19 PM
    Subject: Gentle Reminder: [Risks] Invitation to Publish a Paper Free of Charge in Risks (ESCI - - Web of Science) - expect you reply
    Dear Dr. Kaye, We invited you to submit a free Paper to the journal Risks in October 2017. In case you missed our previous email, we would like to renew our invitation for you. We noticed you published the following outstanding manuscript: Beyond uniqueness: the birthday paradox, source attribution and individualization in forensic science testimony. Law Probab. Risk 2013, 12, 3-11.
    On behalf of the Editor-in-Chief, Prof. Dr. Mogens Steffensen of Mathematical Sciences, University of Copenhagen (Denmark), we would like to invite you to contribute a research article or review article for publication in our journal Risks. If you could submit an article by the end of 2017, the article processing charges (APCs) will be fully waived. Your submission will be paid high priority during processing. Please visit the Instructions for Authors before submitting a manuscript: http://www.mdpi.com/journal/risks/instructions/. Once your manuscript is ready, please submit it through our online submission system at http://www.mdpi.com/user/manuscripts/upload/.
    *About Risks* ... *Rapid publication*: manuscripts are peer-reviewed and a first decision provided to authors approximately 41 days after submission; acceptance to publication is undertaken in 9 days (median values for papers published in this journal in 2016).
    In order for us to plan for the whole project, please kindly inform us within 3 weeks as to whether you would be willing to accept our offer. We look forward to hearing from you.
    Kind regards, Daria Shi, Managing Editor, Email: daria.shi@mdpi.com
    On behalf of Editor-in-Chief, Prof. Dr. Mogens Steffensen, Department of Mathematical Sciences, University of Copenhagen, Universitetsparken 5, DK-2100 Copenhagen Ø, Denmark
    -- MDPI Branch Office, Beijing, Risks Editorial Office, Tel. +86 10 6193 4609, Fax +86 10 6193 4609, E-mail: risks@mdpi.com, http://www.mdpi.com/journal/risks/
    -- MDPI AG, Postfach, CH-4020 Basel, Switzerland, Office: St. Alban-Anlage 66, 4052 Basel, Tel.: +41 61 683 77 34; Fax: +41 61 302 89 18

Monday, October 23, 2017

Journal Publishers Attack ResearchGate

Although ResearchGate is not a journal publisher, and hence not within the usual scope of this blog, it does send a lot of spam to induce authors to post reprints or verify their authorship of previously published articles. It also sends a ton of poorly matched job announcements, but these are balanced to some extent by some useful notices of new papers citing one's work.

Apparently, ResearchGate has been quite successful in amassing a digital depository of publications. A Science news article of October 6, 2017, reports that
Scholarly publishing giants Elsevier and the American Chemical Society (ACS) have filed a lawsuit in Germany against ResearchGate, a popular academic networking site, alleging copyright infringement on a mass scale. The move comes after a larger group of publishers became dissatisfied with ResearchGate’s response to a request to alter its article-sharing practices.

ResearchGate, a for-profit firm based in Berlin that was founded in 2008, is one of the largest social networking sites aimed at the academic community. It claims more than 13 million users, who can use their personal pages to upload and share a wide range of material, including published papers, book chapters, and meeting presentations. Science funders and investors have put substantial funds into the firm; it has raised more than $87 million from the Wellcome Trust charity, Goldman Sachs, and Bill Gates personally.
An article in the news section of Nature provides more background on the publishers' concerns.

OMICS Journal of Forensic Psychology: "It is merely an extrasensory perception"

OMICS has long been criticized for aggressively and deceptively promoting conferences and journals of dubious quality. In 2012, the Chronicle of Higher Education reported that although OMICS began publishing in 2008, "only about 60 percent of [its 200] journals have actually published anything."  In that year, NIH informed OMICS that PubMed Central would not accept any OMICS Publishing Group journals because the "[National Library of Medicine's] selection group has raised serious concerns about the publishing practices of your organization." A letter demanded "that you cease and desist from employing our name or the name of any of our agencies institutes or employees on your website for other than true factual statements."

The Journal of Forensic Psychology (visited 10/23/17) "publishes a wide range of article in this discipline covering all modern trends in ... Legal Psychology, Organizational Psychology, ... Paranormal activity, ... and creates a platform for the authors to contribute towards the journal. ... The editorial office promises to peer review the submitted manuscripts and ensures quality." Such quality comes from review that takes no more than two weeks and publication days later. Ironically (considering the diction in the email), the journal's email touts "language correction services for authors from non-English speaking regions."

The website's page on paranormal activity is definitely beyond the normal. It explains that
The paranormal Activity refers to as the beyond the range of normal experience of or pertaining to the events or perceptions occurring without any scientific explanation. It is merely an extrasensory perception. It is used to describe a variety of activity and phenomenon. It is also referred to as the phenomenon that in one or more prospects exceeds the limit of what is physically impossible according to scientific assumptions.
The page lists "Expert PPTs" and "Speaker PPTs" on topics ranging from "Development of a new predisposition SNP-panel focused on customized diet and physical activity setting" to "Emotional reactivity."

The journal has no editor-in-chief -- at least, the link to that position leads to a blank page. The US members of the editorial board are said to be
Scott A. Johnson, American College of Forensic Examiners International
Jonathan K. Appel, Professor, Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences, Tiffin University
Gordon Arthur Crews, Tiffin University
Sheila Jane Foley, Assistant Professor, Bay Path University Longmeadow
Bryanna Hahn Fox, Assistant Professor, Department of Criminology, University of South Florida
Christophe Le Dantec, Assistant Professor in Psychology and Neuroscience, Department of Psychology , La Sierra University
Robert A. Leark, Professor, Alliant International University
Gordon E. Taub, Licensed Psychologist, Licensed School Psychologist, University of Central Florida
Clicking on the word "biography next to the names pops open a bubble that says "biography."And the email even has a "disclaimer" cautioning against relying on its content.

The emails do not make the fact the fact that the journal is part of Omics very clear. The registrant contact information for the domain "neurologyinsights.org" used in the journal's email is "Whois Agent, Domain Protection Services, Inc., PO Box 1769, Denver, CO 80201." However, the name servers are in India, and "omicsonline.org" is part of another email address that is included.
E-mail
  • From: Journal of Forensic Psychology
    Sent: October 23, 2017, 5:44 AM
    Subject: Forensic Psychology Research Submission
    Dear Dr David H. Kaye,
    Greetings! “Journal of Forensic Psychology” (ISSN: 2475-319X) aims to provide an Open Access platform for the researchers to share their expert knowledge in basic, clinical and applied studies related to Forensic Psychology. We have chosen selective scientists who have contributed excellent work in related field, your contribution help us release best quality articles.
    As we celebrate Open access week from October 23-29. Considerable Discount will be given on the publication fee for articles submitted in between this stipulated period (October). ... Article submitted on or before 31 October, 2017 will be highly appreciated. Submit your manuscript by e-mail at editor.jfps@omicsonline.org Or forensicpsy@neurologyinsights.org ... If it is not feasible for you to submit paper in this month, then kindly let us know your feasible time for contribution for further issue submissions. ... Hope to receive a positive reply and submission.
    With kind regards, Ahamed Bilal M, Journal Editor and Coordinator, Journal of Forensic Psychology, Kemp House, 152 City Road, London EC1V 2NX, Fax: +1-650-618-1414, Phone: +44-2035-1423-46/ +1-650-268-9744,Phone: +1-702-714-7001(ext: 9040)
    Disclaimer: This message is confidential. It may also be privileged or otherwise protected by work product immunity or other legal rules. This email and any files transmitted with it are confidential and intended solely for the use of the individual or entity to which they are addressed. If you have received it by mistake, please let us know by e-mail reply and delete it from your system; you 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.
  • From: Journal of Forensic Psychology (forensicpsy@neurologyinsights.org)
    Sent: Fri 1/12/2018 5:04 AM
    Subject: Experts in Forensic Psychology
    Hearty Wishes and Greetings from Journal of Forensic Psychology (ISSN: 2475-319X)
    We have chosen selective scientists who have contributed excellent work, to help us release best quality articles. Your published papers has appended value to the existing literature, thus I kindly request you to contribute any kind of article (Research, Review, Short Commentaries, Case reports, Mini Review, etc.)
    If possible we would appreciate receiving by on or before 28th January 2018.
    If it is not feasible for you to submit paper in this month, then kindly let us know your feasible time for contribution for further issue submissions.
    You may submit your manuscript by e-mail at forensicpsy@neurologyinsights.org or editor.jfps@omicsonline.org or submit the manuscript to the journal online at: Sexual Offenders [http://www.editorialmanager.com/medicalsciences/default.aspx]
    Publication Benefits:
    • 14 days rapid review process.
    • Publication within 7 days of acceptance.
    • Fast, fair and constructive peer-review.
    Language-correction services for authors from non-English speaking regions.
    To visit our Current issue page
    Hope to receive a positive reply and submission.
    With kind regards, Ahamed Bilal M, Journal Coordinator, Journal of Forensic Psychology
    Kemp House, 152 City Road, London EC1V 2NX, Phone: +44-2035-1423-46/+1-650-268-9744
    [Same inane disclaimer]
    Please ignore if you have received this mail previously.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Crimson Publishers and Purple Prose: "what you read here could change life, as we know it"

You've got to love 'em. They are active
♥ keep[ing] the knowledge flowing
♥ ensuring the quality by reputed editors
♥ striv[ing] towards betterment of societal conditions benefitting global humanity
♥ nurturing the essential temper
♥ chang[ing] life, as we know it..
They do all this from the peculiar address of "Third Avenue, 2nd floor, New York - 10016, USA." (The website may be referring to 600 Third Ave, which houses "virtual offices and addresses.") Their domain, crimsonpublishers.com, is registered to Perfect Privacy, LLC," a Florida company.

The journal that spammed me -- based on my "innovative profile which would apt to our Journal proficiency" -- is named Forensic Science & Addiction Research. It "aims to showcase advanced research in the field of forensic science, addiction research and other related areas."Apparently,  "related" is construed liberally. The "latest articles" have such titles as "Effect of Strength Training on Physical Variable of College Men Cricket Players," "Lack of Job Satisfaction Among Nurses," and (my favorite) "Pedagogy Integrated with Information Technology to Promote Its Effectiveness Should be Keen on Humanities." The US members of the editorial board are said to be
Richard H Martin, Mercer University
David P Keys, New Mexico State University
Robert L Clegg, California Health Sciences University
Ronn Johnson, Creighton University
Alireza Heidari, California Southern University
Update (6/19/18): The logo on the Crimson website is "Wings to the Research," but this does not mean that they are about to fly away. Today's spam came from a biomedical journal with no apparent connection to Crimson. The email used a different domain, as did the journal's website. Neither identified Crimson as the publisher. However, the telephone number leads to two publishers (or is it one?) at the same fake address -- Crimson and Lupine Publishing. Of the two websites, only Crimson's lists the journal.
Email
  • From: Forensic Science and Addiction Research
    Date: 10/17/17
    Subject: Intervention in Review
    Good Morning! Your time is my preference to confer about our Journal’s concern. While I was in process of framing the review panel, I found your innovative profile which would apt to our Journal proficiency, so I request you to be a part of our Forensic Science & Addiction Research. I am confident that your association with us will be an asset to our Journal. If you wish to fulfill our journal requirements, Drop your CV, Short biography and recent photograph at addiction@crimsonpublishers.com. Hope you won’t disappoint us. #fff2cc;">Kindly acknowledge to this email for further queries.
    Best Regards, Christina Fern
  • From: Kaye, David
    Date: Wed 10/18/2017 10:49 AM
    Subject: Re: Intervention in Review
    Dear Ms. Fern, Why don’t I stop by when I am in New York? What is the street number of the office building? Best, DHK
    [Note: Wisely, perhaps, Fern never replied.[
  • From: nutri@openaccessjournal.us
    Date: Tue 6/19/2018 8:48 AM [and 6/25, from the sender biosensors@openaccessjournal.us and with the title "In shortfall of one Article"]
    Subject: Request for one Article
    Good Morning! Can we have your article for successful release of Volume 5 Issue 4 in our Biomedical Journal of Scientific & Technical Research (BJSTR) (ISSN: 2574 -1241) Impact Factor: 0.548. In fact, we need one article to accomplish the Issue prior 28th June; we hope that the single manuscript should be yours. If this is a short notice please do send 2 page opinion/mini review/case report, we hope 2 page article isn’t time taken for eminent people like you. Your trust in my efforts is the highest form of our motivation, I believe in you that your eminent manuscript brings out the best citation to our Journal. We do hope you will feel able to respond positively to this invitation, and we look forward to hearing from you shortly. Anticipate for your promising response.
    Best Regards,
    Angela Roy [emphasis and color in original]

Friday, October 6, 2017

Scientific Federation Wants You To "avail this opportunity to share your scientific excellences"

Scientific Federation is "taking the step to transform the technology" that is "now-a-days ... growing in rapid way in all aspects of medical, physics, clinical and pharma." How? Primarily through "proficient and international scientific conferences worldwide with associating the world class researchers." (For more on Scientific Federation's conference business, see http://flakyc.blogspot.com/2017/01/scientific-federation-sf.html and http://flakyc.blogspot.com/2017/04/greetings-from-forensic-science.html.) Operating out of Hyderabad (judging by the domain registration), this "abode for researchers" also publishes some journals (or wants to). 
SciFed Journal of Forensics
Among SciFed's laundry list of journals is the SciFed Journal of Forensics. The journal "encourages genuine, non-plagiarized ... submissions [that's good to know!] such as research article, ... image article, videos & graphical presentations ... ." If you like to write papers that drag on and on, it may be the place for you, as it "aims in publishing enormous esteemed manuscripts."
The editor-in-chief is Lawrence A. Presley of Liberty University. Mr. Presley is an Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice. He also works for Juniper Publishers' Journal of Forensic Sciences and Criminal Investigation, another flaky journal. The 27-member editorial board has no US members. One member is a Nigerian graduate student who is "an editor to handful of journals." Another is a cancer researcher with no forensic science (or other) publications mentioned, but he "has peer-reviewed many journals."

The undesired email  includes
  • Sent: Friday, November 3, 2017, 7:31:11 AM EDT
    From: Journal of Forensics
    Re: Call for Papers -- Forensics
    Dear Dr. David H. Kaye,
    Thank you for your valuable time in reading this mail! Based on your expertise in “Forensics”, we warmly solicit your participation in the Inaugural Edition for SciFed Journal of Forensics, which we are planning to release on December 2017. Being impressed, by your quality work, we are contacting you to know if you can associate with us by submitting your upcoming research work. Last date for submission: November 30th 2017. If a need arises, we will extend the date of submission as per your convenience.
    Publication Fee: In order to meet rigorous academic standards, articles needs graphics, formatting, and the editing services for which we charge a minimal amount of 649 US Dollars as a publication fee for Scientists and for students we charge 299US Dollars for this Inaugural Issue. Please do not hesitate to mail us for any queries.
    Best Regards,
    Paul Stephen,
    Assistant Scientific Editor, E: editorial.sfjof@scifed.com, T: +44-20-3477-8009
SciFed Journal of Intellectual Property Rights
The US members of the editorial board are said to be
⊗ Brij Mohan, Louisiana State University
⊗ James A Mitchell, California State University
⊗ Paul Brace, Rice University
⊗ Khaled Abou El Fadl, University of California Los Angeles
⊗ Ann Bartow, University of New Hampshire
⊗ Malinda Wilson G, Alabama A&M University
⊗ Jeff D Dailey, Angelo State University
⊗ Xuebing Yang, Penn State Altoona
⊗ Jon R Cavicchi, University of New Hampshire School of Law
⊗ Steven D Roper, Florida Atlantic University
The undesired email includes
  • From: SciFed Journal of Intellectual Property Rights
    Sent: 10/6/17, 10/20/17
    Subject: Reminder : SciFed Intellectual Property Rights-Call for Papers
    Dear Dr. David H Kaye,
    Greetings from SciFed. Recognizing your very busy schedule, As we haven't received your response yet, We are sending you this note as a reminder to remind you that, We ... invites you to submit a paper in the area of your research, academic or professional interest related to any of the topics included in the Journal of Intellectual Property Rights.
    Kindly avail this opportunity to share your scientific excellences and be a part of our esteemed organization. Would you please have your assistant drop us a note. If you require further information. We are sincerely looking forward to receiving your acceptance.
    Best Regards,
    John Anthony
    Assistant Scientific Editor, SciFed Journal of Intellectual Property Rights, Scientific Federation, editorial.sjipr@scifed.com, T: +44-20-3477-8009
  • From: SciFed Journal of Intellectual Property Rights [editorial.sjipr@scifedgroup.net]
    Date: Tuesday, August 7, 2018 8:47 AM
    Subject: Reg: SciFed Journal of Intellectual Property Rights - Call for Papers
    Dear Dr. David H Kaye,
    Greetings of the day..!! SciFed Group cordially invites you for the submission of manuscripts in the SciFed Journal of Intellectual Property Rights for Volume 2 Issue 1. Our Eminent Editorial Board Members will process all the articles submitted, in an unbiased manner.
    Publication fee: In order to meet rigorous academic standards, articles needs graphics, formatting, and the editing services for which we charge a minimal amount 299 USD for this issue.
    Kindly let us know your opinion regarding submission of your valuable work. We will be glad to assist you, if you have any concerns. Finally, we appreciate your patience in reading this mail.
    Kind Regards,
    Maisie Jayne
    SciFed Journal of Intellectual Property Rights
    SciFed Publishers, E: editorial.sjipr@scifedgroup.net T: +1-302-549-2192
Other Email
See the entry for Scientific Federation on Flaky Academic Conferences

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Lambert Academic Journals: OmniScriptum, OmniWaste

Lambert Academic Publishers (LAP) is "an imprint of OmniScriptum." It seeks to publish as many of the "invaluable" "5,000,000 theses [that] are written worldwide in the research industry" that it can get its hands on. According to an article in Slate, with the aid of Amazon.com, it also sells collections of Wikipedia articles as its own books. For additional adverse reports, see
⊡ Warning from Bond University Library about "Your Thesis and the Predatory Publisher"
⊡ Blog reporting use of stock photos as pictures of editors
⊡ Same blogger claiming LAP is "a company based in Mauritius and Eastern Europe" rather than Germany, as advertised
Email
  • From: Dyviah Ramnatsing (d.ramnatsing@lap-publishing.com)
    Sent: Sep 7, 2017 at 5:42 AM
    To: Kaye D
    Re: Kaye D’s work at the Penn State University
    Dear Kaye D,
    I am Dyviah Ramnatsing from Lambert Academic Publishing. Your work « KINSHIP MATCHING WITH DNA DATABASES (AKA “FAMILIAL SEARCHING”): LEGAL AND ETHICAL ARGUMENTS » from Penn State University would be of interest to an international audience, and that is why I am writing to you. We know it is not conventional for a publisher to pro-actively reach out to authors, but we are not a conventional publisher. ... We are looking for authors in the field you have researched and your work has caught our interest. We are interested to publish it as a printed book. Let me know how this sounds to you and I can get back to you with a detailed brochure.
    Sincere regards,
    Dyviah Ramnatsing
    Editor, e: d.ramnatsing@lap-publishing.com
    LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing is managed by: OmniScriptum AraPers GmbH, Bahnhofstraße 28, D-66111 Saarbrücken, Germany
    Managing Directors: Dr. Wolfgang Philipp Müller
    Toufic El Hajji
    Benoit Novel, Amtsgericht Saarbrücken · HRA 18918
  • From: Dyviah Ramnatsing [d.ramnatsing@lap-publishing.com]
    Sent: September 14, 2017, 6:09:35 AM EDT
    Re: Inquiry regarding Kaye D’s work at the Penn State University
    Dear Kaye D,
    I wanted to confirm if you received my previous email about the free-of-charge publishing of your work « KINSHIP MATCHING WITH DNA DATABASES (AKA “FAMILIAL SEARCHING”): LEGAL AND ETHICAL ARGUMENTS » [an obscure 2011 talk that never was reduced to writing]. Just in case you need additional information to decide – here is an overview of what we do and who our authors are - http://brochure.omniscriptum.com/info-lap/0537275001445433253. Please give me a short feedback if you are interested in getting your work published. We would surely be sad to see your work's full potential go un-explored, and you would give us a hard time finding something similar in your field of research, so please take a moment to consider before blindly saying no. Thank you in advance!
    Sincere regards,
    Dyviah Ramnatsing
    Editor
  • From: Dyviah Ramnatsing [d.ramnatsing@lap-publishing.com]
    Sent: Oct 7 at 6:08 AM
    Dear Kaye D,
    I hope you are doing well! I wanted to ask if you had a look at our brochure? If you have some questions (and I am sure you do because publishing your work is a major achievement), let me know if we can arrange a phone call to discuss further. If publishing your work is not interesting for you, just drop me a short reply.
    Sincere regards,
    Dyviah Ramnatsing
    Editor
    LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing is managed by: OmniScriptum AraPers GmbH, Haroldstraße 14, D-40217 Düsseldorf, Germany, Managing Directors: Dr. Wolfgang Philipp Müller, Toufic El Hajji, Benoit Nove
  • From: Tatiana Melnic [mailto:t.melnic@lap-publishing.com]
    Date: Monday, November 6, 2017 7:10 AM
    Subject: Publication of your book based on "Deadly statistics: quantifying an ‘unacceptable risk’ in capital punishment"
    I am Tatiana Melnic from OmniScriptum Publishing Group. We would be interested to publish a printed book based on your research entitled "Deadly statistics: quantifying an ‘unacceptable risk’ in capital punishment". In brief, OmniScriptum is dedicated to scientific works written in English. Our books are distributed worldwide through well known shops such as Amazon, Morebooks, Barnes & Nobles. In addition, we bear all costs related to the production, marketing and distribution of our books. David H. Kaye, would you agree to receive more information? I am looking forward to your reply.
    Sincere regards,
    Tatiana Melnic
    Editor, e: t.melnic@lap-publishing.com
  • From: Tatiana Melnic [mailto:t.melnic@lap-publishing.com]
    Date: Monday, November 13, 2017 9:36 AM
    Subject: "Deadly statistics: quantifying an ‘unacceptable risk’ in capital punishment"
    One week ago I sent you an email regarding the free-of-charge publication of your work. Are you interested in pursuing this opportunity? The topic of your research is of current interest to us and we will be glad to consider publishing it in book format. For more details about our Publishing House, feel free to access our website, Facebook page and the following e-brochure: http://brochure.omniscriptum.com/info-lap/0537275001445433253
    Thank you!
    Sincere regards,
    Tatiana Melnic
    Editor
    e: t.melnic@lap-publishing.com
    LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing, is managed by: OmniScriptum AraPers GmbH, Haroldstraße 14, D-40217 Düsseldorf, Germany Managing Directors: Dr. Wolfgang Philipp Müller, Toufic El Hajji, Benoit Novel Amtsgericht Düsseldorf · HRB 81623
  • From: Dyviah Ramnatsing [d.ramnatsing@lap-publishing.com]
    Date: Tue 9/18/2018 6:29 AM
    Subject: David Kaye’s work at the Arizona State University
    I am Dyviah Ramnatsing from Lambert Academic Publishing. Our attention has been caught by your research «Forensic Statistics: Intelligence, Evidence, and Law». We would be interested in publications on this topic with you. In case you have other unpublished research works (thesis, monograph) in this field, would you be interested to publish it with us?
    Here is what we offer you: - free of charge publishing - simplified and fast publishing process - worldwide sales of your work - no commitments - you and only you remain the copyright holder of your work - access to eco-friendly Print-on-Demand technology
    Would you agree to receive more information?
    I am looking forward to your reply.
    Sincere regards,
    Dyviah Ramnatsing
    Editor
    e: d.ramnatsing@lap-publishing.com
    LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing is in cooperation with: MoreBooks! Marketing SRL, Balti, 4 Industriala street, Moldova, Europe Management: Ina Bordeainu, Registration No. 1011602004108
  • From: Dyviah Ramnatsing [d.ramnatsing@lap-publishing.com]
    Date: Tue 9/25/2018 9:24 AM
    Subject: Inquiry regarding David Kaye’s work at the Arizona State University
    I wanted to confirm if you received my previous email about the free-of-charge publishing of your work « Forensic Statistics: Intelligence, Evidence, and Law »? Just in case you need additional information to decide – here is an overview of what we do and who our authors are - http://brochure.omniscriptum.com/info-lap/0537275001445433253
    Please give me a short feedback if you are interested in getting your work published. We would surely be sad to see your work's full potential go un-explored, and you would give us a hard time finding something similar in your field of research, so please take a moment to consider before blindly saying no.
    Thank you in advance!
    Sincere regards,
    Dyviah Ramnatsing
    Editor
    e: d.ramnatsing@lap-publishing.com LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing is in cooperation with: MoreBooks! Marketing SRL Balti, 4 Industriala street, Moldova, Europe Management: Ina Bordeainu Registration No. 1011602004108
  • From: Dyviah Ramnatsing [d.ramnatsing@lap-publishing.com]
    Date: Thu 10/18/2018 9:57 AM
    Subject: Publishing inquiry for David Kaye’s work - Phone Call Appointment
    I hope you are doing well!
    I wanted to ask if you had a look at our brochure? If you have some questions (and I am sure you do because publishing your work is a major achievement), let me know if we can arrange a phone call to discuss further.
    If publishing your work is not interesting for you, just drop me a short reply.
    Sincere regards,
    Dyviah Ramnatsing
    Editor
    e: d.ramnatsing@lap-publishing.com LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing is in cooperation with: MoreBooks! Marketing SRL Balti, 4 Industriala street, Moldova, Europe Management: Ina Bordeainu Registration No. 1011602004108

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Cambridge Scholars Publishing

Cambridge Scholars Publishing's putative link to Cambridge is that it was "Founded by former lecturers and researchers from the University of Cambridge." According to the website's description of the 67 advisory board members (9/2/17), exactly one has a current or former connection to the University of Cambridge. (Terri Apter is a Fellow Emerita of Newman College.) The mailing address is in Newcastle. [UPDATE (10/13/18): An email of 12 October 2018 notes that "we remain proud of our roots, and maintain a representative office in Cambridge, the city of our foundation.]

The website states that "We ... do not require any fees be paid to us for publication purposes." Hence, characterizing the business as predatory -- it was on Beall's list of possible predators -- would seem extreme. The quality of the books is debated at Political Science Rumors. A few respondents comment (mostly adversely) on what they have read.

The journals do not look stellar. No editorial boards are listed, although the "editorial advisors" may serve that function. "The International Journal of American Studies is a peer reviewed journal to be launched in spring/summer 2013 ... All manuscripts should be sent electronically to: Irakli Tskhvediani (iraklitskhvediani@yahoo.com; jdpag2012@yahoo.com) by the 30th of April, 2013." The journal is said to be "supported by" the US Embassy in Georgia.This seems to mean that "In 2012 US Department of State and Public Affairs Section of the US Embassy in Tbilisi, Georgia, granted him a Federal Assistance Award to set up the publication of a peer-reviewed journal of American Studies." Five years later, the journal is still "awaiting book cover" and has no content

Addendum (9/30/18) in Defense of Cambridge Scholars

In August 2018, I received an email maintaining that CSP's "presence in your ‘flaky journals’ list seems unwarranted." It came from John Peters, who stated that he was "doing some advisory work with Cambridge Scholars Publishing." I offered Mr. Peters the opportunity to present his views in "a guest posting ... providing further information on the publisher and fully disclosing your relationship to Cambridge Scholars." He submitted the following "comment on behalf of Cambridge Scholars Publishing":
Dear all
    I act as an advisor to Cambridge Scholars Publishing (CSP), and Professor Kaye has kindly invited me to post some information on the publisher. I have spent many years in publishing and on the fringes of academia (mostly with visiting posts); I spent 10 years as Director, then CEO, of Emerald Publishing in the UK; founded GSE Research and acquired Greenleaf Publishing (sustainability and responsible business books and journals), which we sold to Taylor & Francis/Routledge in 2017. I am still associated with T&F, and hold a few other consulting/advisory posts, including CSP, who I first met several years ago. I’m fortunate enough to be able to choose my clients, and not to work for people I don’t care for.
    A couple of preliminary points. Firstly I deeply, deeply dislike predatory journal publishers. They are thieves and con-artists. I am wholly in favour of exposing predatory academic journals which solicit money from academics to publish ‘open access’. My friends at Cabells have done some sterling work there, picking up Jeffrey Beall’s baton, in addition to the good work done by this and other blog sites.
    Secondly, debate is good, and debate about quality, impact, inclusion, diversity etc is vital. So please read this in the spirit in which it is intended; not to shut down debate, but to encourage it.
    Much of the discussion on here is about outbound solicitation of authors to publish books. Of course, all publishers ‘commission’ (that’s what Commissioning Editors do) but that tends to be done very selectively, ie publishers talk to people they have heard of, or who they meet at conferences, or – particularly - who have sold well in the past. CSP’s commissioning works quite differently, and I will try to explain why, and how.
    A few words on the CSP business model. There are no charges to publish. There is no requirement on authors for a buy-back in return for publication. Royalties are accrued to the author from the first sale of a title. Decisions to publish are not taken on likely sales or profitability (which is unusual in a commercial publisher). The commercial risk to publish rests entirely with CSP. Some titles succeed, some do not, but the business model is predicated on the portfolio succeeding in aggregate.
    This is interesting, and quite liberating, in terms of publishing philosophy. From a publisher’s point of view (as opposed to an academic’s) ‘quality’ in a title is a proxy for likely commercial success. Publishers like to pick winners. That means they tend to navigate away from marginal interest, unheralded authors and second-tier institutions. CSP’s approach reverses that, because it isn’t predicated on a few big-sellers carrying the portfolio, but on enough titles selling enough copies to make the thing work as a whole. That means an author who is very niche is as welcome (more or less) as one who is mainstream; an author from Latvia or Laos as welcome as one from USA or UK. Which is why CSP talk about an ‘ecology of knowledge’ – the stirring-in of a diversity of material, ideas and people.
    A business model like CSP’s allows for the net to be cast wider, which means that solicitation moves away from pre-selection of ‘winners’. It isn’t reliant on a few big-sellers to drag the rest over the line. CSP’s invitations to publish are generally drawn from a combination of repeat and referred authors, plus desk research into who is researching or has previously published. All mailers have a clear unsubscribe/opt-out option.
    And regarding some of the comments about ‘robots’ or ‘spam-bots’, I can assure you that the people on the end of the mailers are real people, who will reply cheerfully and politely if you contact them; will generally be upset if you are rude, abusive or obscene (yes, sadly, that does occasionally happen); and will take you off a mail-list if you ask them to.
    Many people in both publishing and research think the traditional system is not completely fit for purpose. There are any number of innovative models, from Faculty of 1000 in London to Social Science Research Network (now part of Reed Elsevier) in New York State, to self-publication with Lulu.com. CSP publish hardback books and ebooks with a relatively short turnaround time, by asking lots of people, both likely and unlikely, to submit proposals, and publishing many (though not all) of proposals received, at their own commercial risk.
    I welcome those innovations. We need, in my view, to encourage different voices in the corpus of knowledge. The status quo should be challenged. We also should, I believe, encourage smaller, independent, non-traditional publishers who operate outside the confines of multinational industries and giant corporations. Bio-diversity works better than mono-culture in most spheres of life, and that includes scholarly research and publishing. There is room for all sorts.
    Finally, the name. Cambridge Scholars Publishing were founded in 2002 by University of Cambridge alumni and faculty, in Cambridge. The business relocated to Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, Northern England, when the then Managing Director took a faculty post at the University of Durham. The current CSP operates from a converted early 1900s public library in quite a deprived area, Walker, in Newcastle, where employment, and particularly ‘knowledge work’ is not easy to find. They also maintain a contact address in Cambridge, with a view to, at some stage, opening an editorial office there. CSP have opened representative offices in Berlin, Barcelona and are about to do so in Hangzhou, China. There is no association, official or otherwise, made or implied with the University of Cambridge or Cambridge University Press.
    Thanks for reading. True to my comments about debate and discourse I should probably offer the opportunity to contact me directly with questions or comments, so please feel free to do so: jvpeters@btconnect.com.
In the interest of full disclosure, it should be noted that Mr. Peters is paid for his advice to CSP and posted -- anonymously (8/8/18) -- a comment expressing puzzlement over the criticism of CSP. The comments submitted to this blog range from praise for CSP, to skepticism, to harsh criticism. Only a few seem to be based on experience with CSP. Click on "comments" at the bottom of the page to see them.

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Soliciting in Decision Science
  • From: Adam Rummens (adam.rummens@cambridgescholars.com)
    Sent: Aug 31, 2017, at 9:03 AM
    Subject: Decision Science Books
    Dear Dr. Kaye,
    Firstly, please excuse this unsolicited email. I’m sure that like me you receive too many as it is and so I’ll keep it brief. I was recently appointed as Commissioning Researcher for Cambridge Scholars Publishing (see below) with a brief to expand the subject areas in which we publish books. As such I am in the process of developing collections within the decision sciences. As I believe you already have some experience of academic and scientific writing, I wondered whether you would consider us as your publisher should you decide to put ‘pen to paper’ and write a book at some point in the future?
    We are also developing Editorial Advisory Groups to help ensure that we only publish high quality texts. If this is something that you would like to learn more about, please do let me know.
    As I promised, I have kept this message short, but would be delighted to talk or correspond more if you feel you would like to explore possibilities.
    Kind regards,
    Adam Rummens
    Commissioning Researcher
    About Cambridge Scholars Publishing:
    Cambridge Scholars Publishing (CSP) is an independent academic publisher, founded in 2001 by former lecturers and researchers from the University of Cambridge who felt existing publishing companies took too long to publish academic books, monographs, conference proceedings and textbooks.
    CSP has its own printing facility, now publishes 750+ titles each year in both electronic and print formats and is committed to providing a forward-thinking publishing service that champions original thinking, whilst ensuring we put our authors at the heart of everything we do. Our back list catalogue contains approximately 7,500 titles.
    Cambridge Scholars Publishing Ltd is registered in England. Reg. No: 4333775; VAT No: 108280727
    Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this message do not necessarily represent those of Cambridge Scholars Publishing Ltd. The contents of this message are intended for the addressee only. They are confidential and may contain private information. Cambridge Scholars Publishing is not responsible for any damages resulting from the unauthorised use, forwarding or disclosure of this message, and will not be held liable for damages or loss caused by any viruses.
  • From: Adam Rummens [adam.rummens=cambridgescholars.com@mmail1.co.uk]; on behalf of; Adam Rummens [adam.rummens@cambridgescholars.com]
    Date: Wed 3/28/2018 9:36 AM (and at 9:51 AM)
    Subject: Publishing Enquiry - Decision Sciences
    Dear Dr. Kaye,
    Cambridge Scholars Publishing are pleased to invite you to consider submitting a proposal to publish a monograph or edited collection in the area of Decision Sciences. As part of our wider expansion as a publisher, we are now accepting book proposals in the categories of Life Sciences, Health Sciences and Physical Sciences, as well as our traditional base in Humanities and Social Sciences.
    We offer:
    • Fast, fair and friendly proposal review.
    • A handsome hardback printed book, as well as eBook formats.
    • Worldwide distribution via our international network of booksellers including Amazon, Blackwell, Baker & Taylor, YBP and Ingram.
    • Our titles are always in stock, with our unique, in-house Print on Time global distribution system.
    • An escalating royalty payment from the first copy sold – the more we sell, the higher the royalty rate.
    • We never charge a fee for publication.
    We work hard to give our authors a great publishing experience. We know we succeed most of the time because our authors tell us so, and because, in many cases, we have authors who have written two, three or more titles with us. But here are some things you may not know about us:
    • Our books have been endorsed by Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney and “The world’s leading public intellectual” Professor Noam Chomsky of MIT, amongst many others.
    • We are always pleased to hear from first-time authors, but nearly 60 per cent of our monograph authors are full professors or associate professors.
    • In the past few years, we have published authors from 110 different countries. About 33% of our authors are based in the USA and the UK.
    • We are advised and guided by more than 1400 advisory board members across more than 250 different disciplines.
    You can find lots of information on our website ... where you can download a Book Proposal Form and review our Author Promises. Alternatively, contact me and I will be pleased to send a proposal form to you.. And we are always glad to add to our Editorial Advisory Board network across our publishing fields, including Decision Sciences. If this is something that you would like to learn more about, or apply to join, please do let me know. You can also find more details regarding this on our website.
    I look forward to hearing from you.
    Kind regards,
    Adam Rummens
    Commissioning Editor
    ... Email: adam.rummens@cambridgescholars.com, Social Media: Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Blog
    About Cambridge Scholars Publishing (www.cambridgescholars.com): Cambridge Scholars Publishing (CSP) is an independent academic publisher, founded in 2001 by former lecturers and researchers from the University of Cambridge who felt existing publishing companies took too long to publish academic books, monographs, conference proceedings and textbooks. CSP has its own printing facility, now publishes 750+ titles each year in both electronic and print formats and is committed to providing a forward-thinking publishing service that champions original thinking, whilst ensuring we put our authors at the heart of everything we do. Our back list catalogue contains approximately 7,500 titles.
    Cambridge Scholars Publishing - Reg. No: 4333775; VAT No: 108280727 Registered Address: Lady Stephenson Library, Welbeck Road, NE6 2PA
Soliciting in Life Sciences, Health Sciences and Physical Sciences
  • Sent: Feb 27, 2018, at 8:52 AM
    From: Adam Rummens [adam.rummens@cambridgescholars.com]
    Subject: Further expansion for Cambridge Scholars
    Dear Dr. Kaye,
    Cambridge Scholars Publishing are now accepting book proposals in the categories of Life Sciences, Health Sciences and Physical Sciences, as well as our traditional base in Humanities and Social Sciences. This is part of our wider expansion as a publisher, which includes the recruitment of subject-based Editorial Advisory Boards, and the opening of new representative offices in Berlin and Barcelona, to add to our UK operational offices.
    We would be pleased if you would consider submitting a proposal to publish a monograph or edited collection in the area of Decision Sciences.
    We offer a fair, friendly and fast proposal review. Our titles are all published with a handsome hardback cover, as well as in eBook formats. We distribute worldwide via our international network of booksellers, including Amazon, Blackwell, Baker and Taylor, YBP and Ingram. A title published with Cambridge Scholars Publishing will never be out of stock, with our unique Print on Time global distribution system. We offer an escalating royalty payment—the more we sell, the higher the royalty rate. In addition, we never charge for publication.
    You can find lots of information on our website, www.cambridgescholars.com, where you can download a Book Proposal Form. Alternatively, contact me directly, and I will be pleased to send one to you.
    We are also developing Editorial Advisory Boards across our publishing fields, including Decision Sciences. If this is something that you would like to learn more about, or apply to join, please do let me know. You can find more details regarding this on our website.
    I look forward to hearing from you.
    Kind regards,
    Adam Rummens
    Commissioning Editor
    Email: adam.rummens@cambridgescholars.com, Cambridge Scholars Publishing - Reg. No: 4333775; VAT No: 108280727 Registered Address: Lady Stephenson Library, Welbeck Road, NE6 2PA
Soliciting in Social Sciences and Humanities
  • From: Adam Rummens [adam.rummens=cambridgescholars.com@mmail1.co.uk]; on behalf of; Adam Rummens [adam.rummens@cambridgescholars.com]
    Date: Wed 6/13/2018 11:18 AM
    Subject: Invitation to submit a book proposal in Social Sciences and Humanities
    Dear Dr Kaye,
    Cambridge Scholars Publishing are now accepting book proposals in Social Sciences and Humanities. To help guide our work, we have established more than 90 subject-based Editorial Advisory Boards in Social Sciences ... . We would be pleased if you would consider submitting a proposal to publish a monograph or edited collection. ... We work hard to give our authors a great publishing experience. We know we succeed most of the time because our authors tell us so ... .
    With over 7,500 publications, we are always adding new titles to the field of Social Sciences. ... [W]e are currently offering a time limited discount of 35% on all of our titles, which will expire at the end of June. ... I look forward to hearing from you.
    Kind regards,
    Adam Rummens
    Commissioning Editor
    Cambridge Scholars Publishing publishes in Health Sciences, Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, and Social Sciences. Established in 2001, our operational headquarters are in the historic Lady Stephenson Library, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom, with representative offices in Berlin, Germany, and Barcelona, Spain. We maintain an office in the city of our foundation, Cambridge, UK. Cambridge Scholars Publishing Ltd is registered in England. Reg. No: 4333775; VAT No: 108280727 ... Registered Address: Lady Stephenson Library, Welbeck Road, NE6 2PA
  • From: Adam Rummens [adam.rummens=cambridgescholars.com@mmail1.co.uk]; on behalf of; Adam Rummens [adam.rummens@cambridgescholars.com]
    Date: Mon 7/30/2018 9:15 AM (and again 11:17 AM)
    Subject: Invitation to submit a book proposal in Social Sciences and Humanities
    Dear Dr Kaye,
    Cambridge Scholars Publishing are now inviting book proposals in Social Sciences and Humanities.
    Cambridge Scholars Publishing dates from 2001, when a group of graduates from Cambridge University decided to come together to start a publishing firm, intending to offer a different type of publication opportunity to a wide range of scholars, not just those from elite institutions. Over the years, we have grown and expanded, resulting in the restoration of our operational HQ, the historic Lady Stephenson Library in Newcastle.
    This year, we opened regional representative offices in Barcelona and Berlin, and we will soon be opening our first offices in Asia, based at the historic Zhejiang Gongshang University in Hangzhou, China.
    We would like to invite you to consider submitting a proposal to publish a monograph or edited collection. You can download a proposal form here. Alternatively, contact me directly, and I will be pleased to send one to you.
    We offer a fast, fair and friendly proposal review. Our titles are distributed worldwide via our international network of booksellers including Amazon, Blackwell, Baker & Taylor, YBP and Ingram, in handsome hardback, as well as eBook formats. We offer an escalating royalty payment—the more titles we sell, the higher the royalty rate. Your book will never be out of stock, with our unique Print on Time global distribution system. Furthermore, we never charge for publication.
    To help guide our work, we have established over 100 subject-based Editorial Advisory Boards in Social Sciences and Humanities, which you can see here.
    I look forward to hearing from you.
    Kind regards,
    Adam Rummens
    Commissioning Editor ...
  • From: Adam Rummens [adam.rummens@cambridgescholars.com]
    Date: Oct 12, 2018, at 12:15 PM, Nov. 29, 2018, at 8:45 AM
    Subject: Invitation to submit a book proposal
    Dear Dr Kaye,
    Cambridge Scholars Publishing are now accepting book proposals in Humanities and Social Sciences, and we would be pleased if you would consider submitting a proposal to publish a monograph or edited collection.
    With more than 750 titles due to be released this year, and sales in more than 120 countries worldwide, Cambridge Scholars Publishing is one of the world’s leading academic publishers. We publish in all major fields of scholarly research and practice, namely Humanities and Social Sciences, Physical Sciences, Life Sciences and Health Sciences. You can find more information on our website, www.cambridgescholars.com.
    We put our authors first in everything we do. We offer a fast, fair and friendly proposal review, and we aim to use this as part of the process to encourage and improve. Our titles are all published in handsome hardback, as well as eBook formats. We distribute worldwide via our international network of booksellers including Amazon, Blackwell, Baker & Taylor, YBP and Ingram. A title published with Cambridge Scholars Publishing will never be out of stock, with our unique Print on Time global distribution system. We offer an escalating royalty payment—the more we sell, the higher the royalty rate, from the first copy sold. We make no charge for publication.
    To help guide our work, we have established more than 100 advisory boards in Social Sciences, and more than 300 Advisory Boards across all our areas of publication. We are always pleased to consider additions to our Editorial Advisory Boards. If you would like to learn more, or apply to join one, please let me know.
    Cambridge Scholars Publishing was founded in 2001 by University of Cambridge alumni and faculty, and relocated to the historic Lady Stephenson Library in Newcastle upon Tyne a few years later.
    Though not connected to Cambridge University in any way, we remain proud of our roots, and maintain a representative office in Cambridge, the city of our foundation. This year, we also opened regional representative offices in Barcelona, Berlin, and Hangzhou, China.
    Please visit our website, where you can download a Book Proposal Form, and find out more information about our Advisory Boards.
    I look forward to hearing from you.
    Kind regards,
    Adam Rummens
    Commissioning Editor
    Cambridge Scholars Publishing publishes in Health Sciences, Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, and Social Sciences. Established in 2001, our operational headquarters are in the historic Lady Stephenson Library, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom, with representative offices in Berlin, Germany, and Barcelona, Spain. We maintain an office in the city of our foundation, Cambridge, UK. Cambridge Scholars Publishing Ltd is registered in England. Reg. No: 4333775; VAT No: 108280727

Friday, September 1, 2017

Are Drug Companies Supporting Predatory Journals and Conferences?

An article in Bloomberg Businessweek,,August 29, 2017, and reprinted in the September 4, 2017, issue of Bloomberg BNA’s Expert Evidence Report (a resource for lawyers) includes a detailed exposé of the pharmaceutical industry’s participation in flaky medical journals and conferences. It focuses on OMICS International, which threatened a librarian who called it “predatory,” with a billion dollar lawsuit. (An example of the articles OMICS publishes is here.) Excerpts from the BNA report follow, but the article is worth reading in full.
... Omics [claims] 1,000 open-access journal titles that post 50,000 articles annually in fields including medicine, technology, and engineering. It has also built a robust conference division that will hold about 3,000 events worldwide this year. ... Professors and researchers have identified [its CEO and founder, Srinubabu] Gedela as the progenitor of a fraudulent empire that's eroding public trust in scientific inquiry. He denies it all, continuing to extend his global reach from Hyderabad. And he has received help from an unexpected source: the pharmaceutical industry, which regularly publishes in the company's journals and attends its conferences, bringing Omics both credibility and the funds to grow.

... The National Institutes of Health ... banned Omic's journals from indexing in PubMed Central, one of the world's primary databases for medical research, given “serious concerns” about its practices. In 2013, HHS accused Omics of trademark infringement and using the names of employees at the NIH and PubMed Central “in an erroneous and/or misleading manner.” ...
According to financial documents filed with the Indian government, Omics's fiscal 2016 revenue was $11.6 million and profit about $1.2 million. ...

The online journals featured on the Omics home page are rife with grammar glitches and low-resolution headshots. Despite such obvious red flags, Bloomberg Businessweek found that researchers at major pharmaceutical companies, including AstraZeneca, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Gilead Sciences, and Merck, submit to Omics journals and participate in their conferences. Pfizer, the biggest U.S. drugmaker, has published at least 23 articles since 2011, including two since the FTC's lawsuit [accusing OMICS of fraud].

Pfizer wouldn't respond to study-specific questions and declined interview requests. “Our priority is to publish Pfizer-sponsored clinical research in a transparent, accurate, and fair manner,” spokesman Steven Danehy wrote in an email. “We are concerned by the allegations brought forward by the FTC and await the outcome of the investigation.”

AstraZeneca Plc, the second-biggest drugmaker in the U.S., has published at least five articles in Omics journals since 2011 ... When contacted by Bloomberg Businessweek, spokeswoman Abigail Bozarth said AstraZeneca has asked staff to no longer publish in “identified predatory journals,” yet declined to say when that policy change was made. ...

Drugmakers have fueled Omics's rise by also sponsoring and attending conferences, which Gedela says generate 60 percent of Omics's revenue. In a meeting room at the company, photographs taken at conferences, beginning in 2010, show the names of Novartis, Axis Clinicals, and Agilent Technologies as sponsors on screens behind speakers. Drugmaker employees often lead workshops at the events ... Agilent, Axis, and Merck didn't respond to requests for comment. Eli Lilly declined to discuss its involvement with the conferences. Novartis spokesman Eric Althoff declined to comment specifically on Omics, saying his company reviews quality of agenda and “legitimacy of the organization” when conferences seek its sponsorship. GlaxoSmithKline spokeswoman Mary Anne Rhyne says the company allows authors to pick their own journals, though in-house experts suggest reputable publications when asked. Omics conferences “were not on our radar as problematic,” she says, adding: “It's not always easy to spot questionable outlets. Staff training in this area is ongoing.”
Any claim that it is not easy to spot OMICS conferences as “problematic” is preposterous. Five minutes of Googling would do it. Any suggestion that these companies need to await the outcome of an FTC complaint to determine that OMICS (or other publications) are not appropriate venues for publishing their research is silly. The websites of (and the spam from) many of these journals give lip service to peer review and quality editing, but they are filled with obvious warning signs that belie these protestations.


Of course, big pharma is hardly the only source of revenue for OMICS, BIT Group Global, and the flotilla of other flaky publishers and conference organizers. Universities need policies that discourage their faculty from padding CVs with membership on the editorial boards of certain journals; from resorting to publishing in these journals; and from dallying in Dalian.