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.
Email
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)

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.

Unfortunately, MDPI is scrounging for material with the now common ploy of writing authors of articles 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 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: 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
    --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.

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 dite and physical activity setting" to "Emotional reactivity."

The journal has no editor-in-chief -- at least, the link ro 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.
Email
  • From: Journal of Forensic Psychology
    Sent: Octolber 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.

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

From: Forensic Science & Addiction Research
Date: 10/17/17
Subject: Intervention in Review
Dear Dr. David H Kaye, 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. Kindly acknowledge to this email for further queries.
Best Regards, Christina Fern

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 SciFed Journal of Intellectual Property Rights 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, http://scifed.com/journal-of-intellectual-property-rights/, T: +44-20-3477-8009

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: Thursday, 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]
    Sent: 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]
    Sent: 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, w: www.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

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, not Cambridge.

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.
Email
From: Adam Rummens (adam.rummens@cambridgescholars.com)
Sent: Aug 31 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 (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 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.

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.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

The Pulsus Group Is an OMICS Company

The Pulsus Group of journals were sold to OMICS in 2016. The domain cmesocietyconferences.com, which Pulsus used in the email to me is registered to Srinubabu Gedela, CEO and founder of the OMICS Group. Incredibly, the email denies that it is a promotional message and refers to my "eminence in the field" of osteoporosis.The the email promises to publish all abstracts from a conference on osteoporosis in a journal.on trauma surgery.
Email
From: Osteoporosis Congress 2017 (osteoporosis@cmesocietymeeting.org)
Sent: Tuesday, August 29, 2017 1:49 AM
Re: Gentle Reminder: Abstract submission | Osteoporosis Congress
Dear Colleague, We take the pleasure of inviting you to attend and present at the Eleventh International Conference on Osteoporosis, Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Disorders which is slated to hold from December 4-5, 2017 in Madrid, Spain. The purpose of this 2-day conference is to bring together physicians and researchers from around the world who are interested in exploring the link between Osteoporosis, Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Disorders with a broad theme Osteoporosis and Musculoskeletal Disorders as the primary health concern. The conference will focus on topics such as Juvenile Arthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Orthopedic Surgeries, Musculoskeletal Regenerative Medicine, Orthopedic Nursing and many other important topics. The conference is hosted by Pulsus Group which is an ardent supporter of international medical research, and publishes 50+ journals in association with 20+ International medical and scientific societies. All the accepted abstracts will be published in the conference proceedings and in the special edition of JOURNAL OF ORTHOPAEDICS TRAUMA SURGERY AND RELATED RESEARCH with ISSN: 1897-2276 and e-ISSN: 2449-9145. ...
We believe this congress will be a highly rewarding educational and networking experience for all. To know more about the congress and like to submit your abstract or registrations please visit our Osteoporosis Conferences Website ... Thank you for reading, and we very much look forward to hearing from you.
Sincerely Yours,
Dwane Harrison | Program Director, Osteoporosis Congress 2017, PULSUS Medical Meetings, 40 Bloomsbury Way, Lower Ground Floor, London United Kingdom WC1A 2SE Ph.: +44-203-769-1765, Customer Service: 0-800 014 8923 (Toll-free)
Disclaimer: This is not a promotional message, and has been sent to you because of your eminence in the field. If, however, you do not want to receive any email in future from Osteoporosis 2017 then reply us with the subject “remove /unsubscribe”. We concern for your privacy.

Where In the World Is ... Academia Publishing (AP)?

Academia Publishing's About Us web page (8/30/17) begins with a 50-word sentence that boils down to "Academia Publishing  ... includes broad interest titles through the publication of online quality scholarly journals." The page assures readers that
Academia Publishing are using the best available technology ... All articles ... are assign with a DOI number ... Academia Publishing production offers the gold standard in article production, assuring authors of a consistently high quality service across all areas. We are accredited to provide standardized framework for the processes by which high-quality products are created and service given, to the satisfaction of all customers. Academia Publishing aims to demonstrate to societies, editors, authors, and students that there is a robust methodology in place for the management of quality in relation to its operational processes.
Twelve journals are listed on the website (8/30/17) -- a smll number compared to some of the other flaky publishers. The agricultural journal spammed me although my knowledge of agriculture is limited to eating. The email promises that "The editorial board will re-review manuscripts that are accepted pending revision." This will be no mean feat, since the journal lists no editorial board.

The people behind Academia Publishing are not in plain view. The domain academiapublishing.org was registered in 2012 to Contact Privacy Inc. Customer 0135138784, 96 Mowat Ave, Toronto, Canada.The "North America" address on the Contact Us page is the undeliverable "10005, Wall Street, New York, USA." The number is not a location on Wall Street. It is a zip code for hundreds or thousands of addresses.
Email
From: journals.academiapublishing@gmail.com
Sent: Monday, August 28, 2017 5:20 PM
To: journals.academiapublishing@gmail.com
Cc: journals.academiapublishing@gmail.com
Subject: call for paper
We invite you to submit your manuscript(s) for publication. Our objective is to inform authors of the decision on their manuscript(s) within four weeks of submission. Following acceptance, a paper will normally be published in the next issue.
Academia Journal of Agricultural Research (AJAR) is an International High Ranking, open access journal that publishes high-quality articles, in English, in all areas of agricultural science. The journal is covered by CABI, CAB ABSTRACTS in partnership with Thomson Reuters ISI Web of Science.  AJAR is archived in Institutional Library of University of Glasgow, University of Cambridge, University of California, University of Kentucky, University of Edinburgh, University of Groningen - Netherlands, University of Texas,  Ghent University - Belgium, Colorado State University, University of Saskatchewan, University of Oregon, The University of Georgia, University of Southern California, Cornell University, The University of Western Australia and more.
Publication and peer-review process: All manuscripts are reviewed by the Editorial Board and qualified reviewers. Decisions will be made as rapidly as possible, and the journal strives to return reviewers' comments to authors within 2 weeks. The editorial board will re-review manuscripts that are accepted pending revision. All accepted articles will be published online immediately after proof reading and formatting process.
All articles published in AJAR are peer-reviewed. ...
Best regards,
Prof. Jude A, Editor,ajar.academiapublishing@gmail.com
North America: Academia Publishing House, 10005, Wall Street, New York, USA, Tel:  +1 (530) 341-3920, Fax: +1 (877) 289-3847
Europe: Academia Publishing House, King Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, England, LS1 2HQ 35 094, UK, Tel:  +44 (7087) 626-473, Fax: +44 (8435) 594-498

Friday, August 25, 2017

Avens Journal of Forensic Investigation Checks for Genuinity

The Avens Publishing Group (discussed in a separate posting) is another flaky online publisher pretending (or striving) to be "a vast database of journals." Unlike many of its competitors in India, it solicited me to buy space in a journal on a subject that I do know something about. This Journal of Forensic Investigation is interested in "science and technology elevating the facts, ensuring social justice and well being." The website (8/25/17) explains that
Once a manuscript is submitted, it is assigned to one of our Eminent Editorial Board members to check the genuinity, novelty and quality of research. The manuscript is evaluated by the respective editor within two days of submission. If the manuscript meets the standards of Avens, further proceeding of the manuscript is carried out. The status of acceptance/rejection will be intimated by the editorial office.
Leading the "Eminent Editorial Board" as editor-in-chief is "Dr. Robert W. Allen, Head of the School of Forensic Sciences, Oklahoma State University, USA." Dr. Allen, whose name appears on the boards of other flaky journals, oversees a huge editorial board, A partial list follows. An asterisk by the name indicates that the individual is busy editing other journals of this ilk as well (if their lists of members are to be believed).
Dr. Henry C. Lee, the Director of Forensic Research and Training Center & Distinguished Chair Professor in Forensic Science of University of New Haven, USA.
Dr. Frederic Zenhausern, a Professor and Director of the Center for Applied Nanobioscience and Medicine at the University of Arizona, College of Medicine at Phoenix, USA
Dr. Marcus Rogers, a Professor of Cyber Forensics, University Faculty Scholar and Fellow of the Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance and Security at Purdue University, USA
Dr. John Zheng Wang, a Professor of Criminal Justice and Forensic Science and Director of Applied Forensic Science, Crime Analysis and High Tech Crime Investigation certificate programs, California State University-Long Beach, USA.
Dr. Greg Hampikian, Professor of Biology, and Criminal Justice at Boise State University (BSU), USA.
Dr. Alejandro Del Carmen, a Professor and Chair of the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of Texas, USA
Dr. Richard C. Li, an Associate Professor of Forensic Biology of John Jay College of Criminal Justice, USA
Dr. Jianye Ge, the Algorithm Leader in the Human Identification Division of Life Technologies
Dr. Alja Videtič Pask, a biochemist with PhD in biochemistry and molecular biology and with 10 years of experience in genetics and epigenetics of psychiatric disorders, ... [no affiliation given]
JFI itself list two special issues: Use of DNA Technology in Forensic Dentistry, edited by "Dr. Lori Baker, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Baylor University, USA," and Forensic Medicine and Pathology, edited by "Dr. Long Jin, Assistant Professor in Clinical Pathology, Louisiana State University Health Science Center, USA." No other information on these issues is present. They have no content. The Articles in Press link returns a blank page. Not a good sign of progress. The Current Issue (5:1) has three articles. A 2013 article labors to reach the conclusion that "understanding of practitioners can be enhanced through continued education at conferences, workshops and other training opportunities." Henry C. Lee & Elaine M. Pagliaro, Forensic Evidence and Crime Scene Investigation, J Forensic Investigation 1(1): 5 (2013).
Email
From: editor.jfi@avenspublishers.com [mailto:editor.jfi@avenspublishers.com]
Sent: Thursday, August 24, 2017 10:01 AM
Subject: Submit your next Article in: Forensic
Dear Dr. David H Kaye,
On behalf of Editors of our JFI, we would like to invite you to make your contribution in the upcoming Summer issue of our journal to spread your research and to disseminate knowledge to the global scientific community by the means of Avens Publishing Group. Journal of Forensic Investigation is an international standard scholarly peer-reviewed journal which means that your paper is available to anyone in the world to download for free directly from our website. It encompasses fostering and enhancing research focuses mainly on forensic medicine, genetics, criminal justice, forensic investigation technology, molecular validation of unknown and controversial relationships, legal proceedings and medical ethics. ...
Submission deadline: 30th September 2017, Issue release date: 25th October 2017
• For Article Processing & Publishing Charges please follow the link below:http://www.avensonline.org/processing-fee/
• All articles are peer-reviewed by our Editorial experts.
• Articles that are found to have been plagiarized or duplicated will be rejected immediately.
If you wish to submit a paper for possible publication in this issue, please contact us and we would be delighted to hear from you.
With regards, Faustina, Managing Editor, Journal of Forensic Investigation, Avens Publishing Group, 47 Hemlock Dr, Northborough MA 01532 USA.

Avens Publishing Group Is "Alive to the Rapidly Growing Research"

Avens Publishing Group looks like another spammer pretending to have a US office. According to Zillow (8/24/17) and other websites, its US address (47 Hemlock Dr, Northborough, MA 01532) is that of a home for sale "in desirable Hemlock Estates" that features a "[m]aple kitchen with center island, granite counters, stainless steel appliances."

The domains avenspublishing.com and avensonline.org are some of a long list registered by
Ashwin Kumar
plotno:505,jyothiraditya apartments,
srinagar colony,
Hyderabad
Andhra Pradesh 5000073 India
Phone: +91.9177734525
The site is hosted in India by Hostgator Asian Operations Division. The domain for the website was purchased through Go Daddy on May 8, 2014. It describes "a vision to encourage the existing scientists, experts and young scientists to enlighten the common society."Although "newly started," Avens' About Us page claims (8/25/17) a "vast database of journals"-- "46 international Open Access peer-reviewed journals with our aim of Inviting Innovations." But this aim, not to mention the enlightment of conmon society, cannot be achieved costlessly. Avens is "seeking for the support from individuals, institutes, libraries, universities, funding agencies, and others" by asking for "a fair price" (that depends on the country of origin).

A webpage on "collaborations" asserts that "over 1400 experts from Industry and Academia provide editorial support to our journals." Moreover, "[w]e, the team at Avens Publishing Group, are alive to the rapidly growing research and believe in developing mutually beneficial relationships to share our good will with other academic institutions, research organization, scientific international ssociations and societies." Alas, this feeling does not seem to be mutual; no such relationships are listed.

The journal that contacted me with regards from "Faustina, Managing Editor" is the Journal of Forensic Investigation. Promising to meet Avens rigorous peer review and publication standards in less than a month, this journal is discussed here.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Norcal Open Access Is "Here to Become the Language of Modern Science"

The About Us page (8/23/17) claims that
NorCal Open Access Publications is an international open access journals publisher based at California, United States of America. All our Journals follow peer review process and publish manuscripts on an open access platform. Our Journals fall in the scope of Medical, Clinical, Life sciences, Pharmaceutical and Engineering.
NorCal Open Access Publications strategy is to provide 24/7 access to the scientific data freely for all our readers across the planet and will guarantee scientific community that we provide high data availability in most updated digital formats.
Our main aim is to provide a solid platform for all the scholars around the globe to showcase their research work online. We are here to become the language of modern science and promise that we maintain a trustworthy relationship with the scientific community. We would like to be as a communicator between scientists and readers by disseminating research work on an online platform.
But it will hard to maintain "a trustworthy relationship" by hiding the identity and location of the individuals behind this website. The domain norcaloa.org was registered by GoDaddy's Domains By Proxy in Scottsdale, Arizona. The California connection is limited to a building in Santa Clara rented from Mindrome (and a picture of the Golden Gate Bridge is on the website). "Mindrome provides a shared, community-driven works and meetup for location-independent workers. ... Mindrome is a coworking space with shared desks, dedicated desks, private offices, meeting spaces and virtual office services." There is nothing like a "virtual office services" for firms that want to have a U.S. address without or without a physical presence in the U.S.

The journal that asked me for a paper (8/23/17) has no editorial board. The journals -- at the least the first five on which I clicked -- have no content, no editors, and no editorial boards. Norcaloa looks like an empty shell designed to collect money from gullible researchers who do not look inside.
Email
  • From: forensicsciences@norcaloa.com (forensicsciences@norcaloa.com)
    Sent: Wednesday, August 23, 2017 11:37 AM
    Subject: Call for Papers - Forensic Science Journal
    Greetings from Journal of Forensic Sciences and Digital Investigation! NorCal Open Access Publications is an open access organization that publishes journals from Clinical, Medical, Life sciences, Pharmaceutical sciences and Engineering fields. We follow double blind peer review process to publish research articles, review articles, mini reviews, case reports, short commentaries, brief reports, perspectives, etc. We are planning inaugural issue for the Journal of Forensic Sciences and Digital Investigation. We would like to invite you to submit your valuable research/review work as manuscript for the journal’s inaugural issue. You can submit your manuscript at: www.norcaloa.org Kindly let us know your opinion to submit the manuscript, so that we can discuss further. Your contribution and support can help us to serve the scientific community in a better way. I will be happy to assist you for any further queries. I look forward to hearing from you. Thank you in advance and have a great day.
    Regards, Gilly Flaherty, NorCal Open Access Publications, 4701 Patrick Henry Drive, Bldg. 22, Suite 133, Santa Clara, CA 95054, USA, Telephone: +1-408-609-3061, Email: contact@norcaloa.org
  • From: forensicsciences@norcaloa.com [mailto:forensicsciences@norcaloa.com]
    Sent: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 9:01 AM
    Subject: Follow Up Call for Papers - Forensic Science Journal
    Dear Dr. David Kaye, Hope this mail finds you in good shape! We are writing this mail to remind you regarding call for paper invitation for the Journal of Forensic Sciences and Digital Investigation. We are planning to launch inaugural issue for Journal of Forensic Sciences and Digital Investigation. We would like to invite you to submit your valuable research/review work as manuscripts for the journal’s inaugural issue. You can submit your manuscript at: www.norcaloa.com Kindly let us know your opinion to submit the manuscript, so that we can proceed further. We hope to receive positive response from your end. Looking forward to hearing from you. Thanks and have a great day Doctor,
    Regards, Gilly Flaherty, NorCal Open Access Publications, 900, Lafayette Street, Suite 407, Santa Clara, CA 95050, USA, Telephone: +1-408-609-3061, E-mail: contact@norcaloa.org

Austin Publishing Group

Austin Publishing Group sports an unbelievable number of journals, from the Austin Journal of Allergy to the Annals of Yoga and Physical Therapy..How real they all are is a question I do not have the time the answer. Austin Statistics, for example, has only one issue. It consists of three articles. One is a page about the journal itself, which begins, "It's a real privilege and high honor for me to write for the Inaugural issue of Austin Statistics. The publication of Austin Statistics is indeed welcomed news! I also wish to extend my congratulations to the Austin Publishing Group and the Editor for assembling a diverse group of talented professionals to serve on the editorial board of the journal." 1/ If the journal has an editor, it prefers to keep his or her identity a secret. This slim ouvre of June 27, 2014, continues to be the "current issue" (8/23/17) on the website.

In addition to these telltale signs, Austin Publishing Group made it onto Beall's list of predatory journals and has been the subject of complaints for its spam.. It is not obvious who is behind this enterprise. The domain austinpublishinggroup.com is registered to www.crazydomains.com. To hide the actual registrant, Crazy Domains named the registrant as "Domain Administrator." More revealing is the address -- Level 4 Dynasty, A Wing, Andheri-kurla Road, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400069, India, +64.800128128.

The Austin Journal of Forensic Science and Criminology, which contacted me, lists no editor on its website. The editorial board (8/22/17) is huge, and has the following names from US institutions on it:
⊗ Frank Dorman, The Pennsylvania State University
⊗ Mohammed Al-Tikriti, Western University of Health Sciences
⊗ Ron Thrasher, Oklahoma State University
⊗ Chenxu Yu, Lowa State University
⊗ Peter Valentin, University Of New Haven
⊗ Erica Hutton, Trine University
⊗ Raymond Hsieh, University of California
⊗ Andra Lewis, University of North Texas
⊗ Justin N. Crowl, Mansfield University of Pennsylvania
⊗ Scott M. Moody, Ohio University
⊗ Igor Ovchinnikov, University of North Dakota
⊗ A Midori Albert, University of North Carolina Wilmington
⊗ Lori E Baker, Baylor University
⊗ Victoria Beck, University of Wisconsin
⊗ Steven Lee, San Jose State University
⊗ Anthony Tu, Colorado State University
⊗ David Bradley Rivers, Loyola University Maryland
⊗ Stetler, Dean A., The University of Kansas
⊗ Heo Chong Chin, Texas A&M University
⊗ Jagdish Khubchandani, Ball State University
⊗ Michael Lamport Commons, Harvard Medical School
⊗ Mahua Choudhury, Texas A&M Rangel College of Pharmacy
⊗ Francis Stephen Bridges, The University of West Florida
⊗ Panagiota Korenis, Bronx Lebanon Hospital Center
⊗ Kenneth Blum, University of Florida
⊗ Julia M. Mack, Gannon University
⊗ Natalie R. Langley, Lincoln Memorial University
⊗ Matthew Owen Howard, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
The journal has one "special issue" so far -- on "Forensic Case Studies." It has a grand total of three articles, none of which is a case report. Other Austin journals have had a dog on their editorial boards.
Email
  • From: Austin Journal of Forensic Science and Criminology [ajfsc@austinjournals.com]
    Sent: Monday, August 21, 2017 11:55 PM
    Subject: Invitation: Call for Special Issue on Forensic Dentistry
    Greetings! At the onset, we cordially invite you to submit a manuscript to the upcoming special issue on “Forensic Dentistry” to be published in the journal Austin Journal of Forensic Science and Criminology. This special issue of the journal will contain Original Research, Review, Case Report, Short Communication, Case series, Clinical Image, Perspective manuscripts. The aim of the special issue is to advance the state of knowledge and expertise in the field “Forensic Dentistry”. Timeline for manuscript submission would be on or before September 25, 2017. All manuscripts will undergo a meaningful scrutiny and review by eminent experts in the field. Editing and publishing will be of course of a very high standard. I do look forward for your positive response. Please respond to this invitation within 48 hrs.
    Best regards, Emily Hammerl, Editorial Manager - Austin Journal of Forensic Science and Criminology Austin Publications LLC, 2500 Plaza 5, Harborside Financial Center, Jersey City, New Jersey, 07311, USA, Tel: +1-201-655-7075, Fax: +1-201-603-6413, E-Mail: ajfsc@austinjournals.com, www.austinpublishinggroup.org
    This is not a Spam E-mail - if you do not want to get any further emails from the journal, please unsubscribe by sending us a confirmation email.
  • From: Austin Journal of Forensic Science and Criminology
    Sent: Sept. 6, 2017
    Subject: Invitation: Call for Special Issue on Forensic Anthropology
    Dear Dr. David H Kaye,
    Greetings! We are pleased to announce a special issue focused on “Forensic Anthropology”. With reference to your previous publications and expertise in the subject, I cordially invite you to submit a manuscript for publication in the upcoming special issue of Austin Journal of Forensic Science and Criminology. We are inviting leading authors and researchers to submit an Original Research Article or Review or Case Report or Clinical Image for publication in the upcoming special issue.
    Deadline for manuscript submissions would be on or before October 15, 2017. All manuscripts will undergo a meaningful scrutiny and review by eminent experts in the field of Forensic Anthropology.
    We are looking forward to your positive response. Please respond to this invitation within next 48hrs.
    Regards, Emily Hammerl, Editorial Manager - Austin Journal of Forensic Science and Criminology, Austin Publications LLC, 2500 Plaza 5, Harborside Financial Center, Jersey City, New Jersey, 07311, USA, Tel: +1-201-655-7075, Fax: +1-201-603-6413, E-Mail: forensic@austinjournals.com, www.austinpublishinggroup.com
  • From: Austin Journal of Forensic Science and Criminology [ajfsc@austinpublishers.info]
    Sent: Tue 11/14/2017 5:51 AM
    Subject: Follow up Email: Request to Submit Manuscript on Forensic Science
    Dear Dr. David H Kaye,
    Greetings for the day! We would like to invite you to submit a manuscript to our open access journal Austin Journal of Forensic Science and Criminology ... related to original and latest advancements in the field of Forensic Science. The journal accepts Original Research Articles, Review Articles, Case Reports, Short Communication, Editorial and Clinical Image on all the aspects of Forensic Science and its Research. Timeline for manuscript submission would be January 10, 2018. ... Please respond to this Email within 48 hours. We are looking forward to your positive response.
    Best Regards, Emily Hammerl, Editorial Manager - Austin Journal of Forensic Science and Criminology, Austin Publications LLC 2500 Plaza 5, Harborside Financial Center, Jersey City, New Jersey, 07311, USA, Tel: +1-201-655-7075, Fax: +1-201-603-6413, E-Mail: ajfsc@austinpublishers.info, www.austinpublishinggroup.com
Note
  1. At least one of these talented professionals is misidentified in the list of names and affiliations that Austin advertises. "Nina Wang, Arizona State University" appears to be an ASU alumna who has never held a faculty position there and was appointed to the editorial board within a year or so of earning her doctoral degree in industrial engineering..

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Subverting Peer Review at Reputable Journals

"[M]assive peer-review fraud" prompted "disciplinary action" from the Chinese government against "more than 400 researchers listed as authors on some 100 now-retracted papers." In "an all-too-common scam," the "Chinese authors suggested 'experts'" to a Springer journal, Tumor Biology, that allowed authors to propose reviewers. The authors "provided email addresses that routed messages from the journal back to the researchers themselves, or to accomplices—sometimes third-party firms hired by the authors—who wrote glowing reviews ... ."

"Overall, 80 of the papers reported actual research results, investigators found. But nine were fraudulent, and 12 of the papers had been purchased outright from third parties by the supposed authors. The remaining six papers have various other problems or are still under investigation."

The journal itself does not garner much praise. "Tumor Biology, which is owned by the International Society of Oncology and BioMarkers, has a history of problems. In 2016 it retracted 25 papers all at once for similar peer-review problems. ... An investigation by ScienceInsider found that several scientists listed on its editorial board had no relationship with the journal and one had even passed away several years ago."

"SAGE took over responsibility for publishing the journal 'with the agreement that there would be a complete overhaul of the editorial structure and peer review practices of the journal, specifically the use of preferred reviewers,' a SAGE spokesperson wrote in an email to ScienceInsider.

Reference

Dennis Normile, China Cracks Down After Investigation Finds Massive Peer-review Fraud, Science, Jul. 31, 2017 , 2:30 PM; Dennis Normile, China crack down on Fraud, 357 Science 435 ( 2017) DOI: 10.1126/science.357.6350.435

Monday, June 19, 2017

ISaMed Journals Aspire to Inherit the Research Globally

ISaMed Journals website (6/19/17) is full of danger signs -- a vacuous slogan, empty webpages, a fake address, and a domain name registered by proxy to hide the real parties. The About Us page reports that
ISAMED Journals publishes Open Access Journals in the research of science and medical fields. ISAMED ... does not have any funding source. ISAMED Journals acts as a connecting link between researchers and readers across the scientific community. ISAMED Journals inspires the scientific community by publishing quality research that attracts the readers and researchers all around the world.
ISAMED empowers the readers to read, share and download the content freely via open access. All the ISAMED publications are into Open Access , which will be regularly archived within the respective journal. These can access through web all around the world.
We aspire to improve, innovate, inspire and inherit the research in Science and Medical fields.
The website advertises 20 journals named "Open Access Journal of X." For example, the Open Access Journal of Biostatistics "publishes all aspects of Biostatistics. ... All manuscripts are peer-reviewed by experts ... that improves the quality of the manuscript. All manuscripts undergo peer review process ... ." Clicking on "Editorial Board" returns a blank page except for the promise that "Editorial Board Will Be Updated Soon." The "Article in Press"  does not exist. The "Current Edition" and "Archive" are empty.
Email
  • From: Editor-Open Access Jornal of Forensic Science (forensic@isamedjournals.net)
    Sent: Monday, June 19, 2017 8:53 PM
    Subject: Forensic Science Editorial/Reviewer Board Invitation
    Dear Dr. David H Kaye,
    Thank you for taking the time to read this email. We are pleased to invite you to join the Editorial board/Review Board of our new journal, the "Open Access Journal of Forensic Science". The journal is being established by ISaMed Journals with a goal to innovate, inspire and inherit the research globally. We intend to establish a high-quality, peer-reviewed Open Access Journal of Forensic Science that can be viewed worldwide. ... Please let us know your interest via an email (forensic@isamedjournals.org) by submitting your CV(updated), Biography, Research interests, and HD clarity passport size photograph ... . If you are unable to participate in our Editorial Board, we cordially invite you to submit papers to the upcoming edition Inaugural Edition. We are planning to release Inaugural Issue at the end of August 2017, for this we need the support of renowned people like you. ... We anticipate your earliest response to be a part of our Journal.
    Regards, Stacy Shireen, Open Access Journal of Forensic Science, IsaMed LLC. 8 The Green, Suite #4939, Dover, DE 19901, USA, E-mail: forensic@isamedjournals.org
    *Note: If you are not interested to participate, please mail Unsubscribe to unsubscribe@isamedjournals.com
  • From: Editor- Open Access Journal of Forensic Science [criminology@isamedjournals.net]
    Sent: Wednesday, August 2, 2017 1:15 PM
    Subject: Manuscript Submission-Inaugral Edition
    ISaMed Journals Lead the way to innovate, inspire and inherit the research globally!
    The ISaMed Journals invites the submission of manuscripts on Forensic Criminology in Open Access Journal of Forensic Science (OAJFS). The OAJAS will be published by the ISaMed Journals on a quarterly basis, to bridge the gap between academic research and policy in the field of Forensic Science. The OAJFS focuses on all areas of interest include but are not limited to Forensic Criminology.
    Authors are invited to submit high quality articles/papers for the Open Access Journal of Forensic Science, Volume 1, Issue 1, October- 2017. ...
    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 399USD as publication fee for Scientists and for students we charge 199USD for this Inaugural Edition.
    Last Date of Submission: August 30, 2017.
    Best regards, Stacy Shireen, Open Access Journal of Forensic Science, IsaMed LLC, 8 The Green, Suite #4939, Dover, DE 19901, USA, E-mail: forensic@isamedjournals.org 
    *Note: If you are not interested to participate, please mail Unsubscribe to unsubscribe@isamedjournals.com
    The information transmitted is intended only for the person or entity to which it is addressed and may contain confidential and/or privileged material. Any review, retransmission, dissemination or other use of, or taking of any action in reliance upon, this information by persons or entities other than the intended recipient is prohibited. The views expressed may not be official policy, but the personal views of the originator. If you received this in error, please contact the sender and delete the material from any computer. Please note that neither ISaMed Journals nor the sender accepts any responsibility for viruses and it is your responsibility to scan this message and attachments (if any). 

Friday, June 2, 2017

Forum on Public Policy

The Oxford Round Table Symposium publishes a Forum on Public Policy in connection with conferences at buildings it rents for these occasions in Oxford. As of 6/2/17, it was not on "the whitelist of reputable titles" maintained by JournalGuide.com. For information on the identities of and spam from the conference organizers, see the flaky conference website.

The Forum editor is "Andy Boyle, D.Phil, Oxford, England." The board of editors consists of "Isobel Hurst, D. Phil., Oxford England; Richard Salmon, Ph.D., Virginia Tech, Blacksburg , Virginia; Chris Watkins, M.D., Norton Health Care, Louisville , Kentucky; and Trevor Davies, Ph.D., University of Reading, United Kingdom." Whether any of them have any academic appointments is unclear.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Blacklist of academic publishers nears release

Cabell's International specializes in rating academic publications and supplies (for a fee) information and ratings of academic journals. A news report in Nature states that this Texas firm "will launch its own list of predatory journals: those that deceive their authors or readers, for example by charging fees to publish papers without conducting peer review." It might make the list freely available "eventually." "White lists" such as JournalGuide.com's "list of reputable titles" are more common than such blacklists. It would be interesting to have a list not only of the names of flaky journals, but also of their editors.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Jyoti Academic Press

Does the world need another set of "international" journals that "may be downloaded/printed as many times without any charge"? Yes, Jyoti Academjc Press is yet another Indian open access journal, but you cannot download an article without submitting a form giving a name, email address, telephone number, etc. The domain name of this startup was registered in 2015 by Anurag Gupt, Spine Infoway (P) Lt, 3, Leader Road, Allahabad UP 211001 India, +91.9415305632, spineinfoway@gmail.com. The publisher's home page reveals that
Jyoti Academic Press is an institution with a distinction having a mission to empower the high level academic activities by utilizing every available opportunity. With a vast majority of skilled professionals it has molded itself in a way that fast dissemination cannot affect the quality of work.
Who publishes in journals advertised with such drivel? The first issue of the International Journal of Statistics: Advances in Theory and Applications has two articles (so far), both by US psychology professors (David Trafimow, New Mexico State University, and Rand Wilcox, University of Southern California).

Among the many names listed as editors of Research and Communications in Mathematics and Mathematical Sciences are three in the US: Zhuang-Dan Daniel Guan, Department of Mathematics, University of California at Riverside; Paul Thomas Young, Department of Mathematics, College of Charleston; and Hoda Bidkhori, MIT. A search turned up a Hoda Bidkhori who is an assistant professor in the industrial engineering department at the University of Pittsburgh (and who received her Ph.D. at MIT).
Email

  • From: journal@japjournals.co
    Sent: Wednesday, May 24, 2017 2:31 AM
    Subject: Call for Papers - Transnational Journal of Mathematical Analysis and Applications
    It is our pleasure to inform you that Jyoti Academic Press invites original research papers in all areas of Mathematical Analysis and its Numerous Applications. The Transnational Journal of Mathematical Analysis and Applications is an interdisciplinary journal ... . It is published online only in 2 issues per 1 volume annually. ... The honorable Editorial Members and the Publisher are very committed to build the journal as one of leading multidisciplinary international journal in the next few years. Besides the basic aim of publishing high quality peer-reviewed research articles, sufficient care is given to the timely disposal of the articles received for publication. Generally, we make decision on an article received in two months time and publish the same if duly recommended by the experts within one month of acceptance. ... Accepted papers get duly edited and typeset in the style of our journal by the publisher and the galley proofs are sent to the submitting authors, unless requested otherwise, without the original manuscript, for corrections. ... We, hereby, invite you to consider submitting an original research paper or review/survey article of your interest in the Jyoti Academic Press for consideration of possible publication.  Thanking you, Yours sincerely, Rashmi Agrawal, General Manager, Jyoti Academic Press, 53A/51 Chowk Ganga Das, Allahabad 211003, Uttar Pradesh, India, rashmi@jyotiacademicpress.org
  • From: submission@japjournals.co
    Sent: Friday, August 18, 2017 11:43 PM
    Subject: Call for Papers - Research and Communications in Mathematics and Mathematical Sciences
    It is our pleasure to inform you that Jyoti Academic Press invites original research articles, communications as well as review articles, with emphasis on unsolved problems and open questions in mathematics and mathematical sciences. All areas listed on the cover of Mathematical Reviews, such as pure and applied mathematics, mathematical physics, theoretical mechanics, probability and mathematical statistics, and theoretical biology are included within the scope of the Research and Communications in Mathematics and Mathematical Sciences. The Research and Communications in Mathematics and Mathematical Sciences is published in two volumes annually each comprising of two issues. It is a quarterly journal. The Number 8 of Volume 1 (2017) issue, of the Research and Communications in Mathematics and Mathematical Sciences is in circulation. ... The honorable Editorial Members and the Publisher are very committed to build the journal as one of leading multidisciplinary international journal in the next few years. Besides the basic aim of publishing high quality peer-reviewed research articles, sufficient care is given to the timely disposal of the articles received for publication. Generally, we make decision on an article received in two months time and publish the same if duly recommended by the experts within one month of acceptance. ,,,
    Article Processing Charges: Authors are requested to arrange print charges of their papers @ USD 30 per page for USA and Canada, and EURO 25 per page for rest of the world from their institutions/research grants, if any. However, for authors in India this charge is Rs. 1000.00 per page. No extra charges for colour figures. ... We, hereby, invite you to consider submitting an original research paper or review/survey article of your interest in the Jyoti Academic Press for consideration of possible publication.
    Thanking you, Yours sincerely, Rashmi Agrawal, General Manager
    Jyoti Academic Press, 53A/51 Chowk Ganga Das, Allahabad 211003, Uttar Pradesh, India, http://jyotiacademicpress.org/, rashmi@jyotiacademicpress.org

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Journals with the Imaginary Dr. Szust (aka Dr. Fraud) as an Editor

The Polish word "szust" means "fraud." In this case, it meant a sting.

In 2015, researchers at the University of Wrocław "created a profile of a fictitious scientist named Anna O. Szust and applied on her behalf to the editorial boards of 360 journals." 1/ The good doctor, whse professed Ph.D. was in "Social Sciences History,"
was dismally inadequate for a role as editor. Szust's 'work' had never been indexed in the Web of Science or Scopus databases, nor did she have a single citation in any literature database. Her CV listed no articles in academic journals or any experience as a reviewer, much less an editor. The books and chapters on her CV did not exist and could not be found through any search engine. Even the publishing houses were fake.
The journals were "a mix of legitimate titles and suspected predators." One third were bona fide -- they had "an official impact factor as indexed on Journal Citation Reports" (JCR). None of these journals accepted Dr. Szust as an editor.

One-third of the journals were in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ). Journals on this list "must meet certain standards of quality, including ethical publishing practices [and] be fully open access." Seven percent of these journals accepted Szust.

The remainder of the journals were on Jeffrey Beall's now defunct "blacklist [of] potential predatory journals ... that, in his opinion, exploited researchers and failed to meet basic standards of scholarly publishing." A full forty (33%) of the predatory titles accepted Szust.

"At least a dozen journals appointed Szust as editor conditional on, or strongly encouraging, some form of payment or profit." One publisher wrote that "If you want to start a new journal...you will get 30% of the revenue earned thru you." Another expressed its "pleasure to add your name as our editor in chief for this journal with no responsibilities."

All the journals that accepted Szust were notified that she "kindly withdraws her application." Yet, "her name still appears on the editorial boards listed by at least 11 journals' websites. In fact, she is listed as an editor of at least one journal to which we did not apply. She is also listed as management staff [and], a member of conference organizing committees."

The researchers did not reveal any journal titles. They offered two reasons for shielding these journals: "in part because predatory publishers often choose names confusingly similar to reputable titles, and in part because we believe the problem is much larger than the journals we sampled." Could there be an additional reason? Fear of litigation?

A quick search (5/9/17) of the web turns up the fictitious Anna Szust as an editor of the following journals:
International Journal of Current Research and Review (ICJRR), Radiance Research Academy (Regd.), 148, IMSR Building, Ayurvedic Layout, Near NIT Complex, Sakkardara, Nagpur-24, Maharashtra State, India, +91-7709956456
Nova Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences, Nova Explore Publication INC., 5453A Yonge Street, ON, Canada, info@novaexplore.com, +1-647-875-7225
International Journal of Art and Humanity Science, 13/28 Vikas Nagar, First Floor, Lucknow-226022 India, (Call us during 11 A.M - 2 P.M on Weekdays only), Mobile : +91-9451380794
Global Journal of Sociology, SciencePark Science, Organization and Counseling LTD., 13 Subat Street, No: 17, 99030, Kyrenia – Cyprus, info@sproc.org, Tel: +90 533836699
International Journal of Psychology and Cognitive Science, no address (the publisher is the mysterious "American Association for Science and Technology.
The nonexistent social sciences historian is not merely a member of the editorial board of the last journal. She is the editorial board -- there are no other members and no reviewers listed as of 5/14/17. She also is a member of the advisory board of the Jabalpur Management Association, which advertises an MBA program and international conferences (5/10/17).

NOTE
  1. Piotr Sorokowski et al., Predatory Journals Recruit Fake Editor, Nature 543:481–483, Mar. 23, 2017, http://www.nature.com/news/predatory-journals-recruit-fake-editor-1.21662