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).
Email
From: journal@japjournals.co
Sent: Wednesday, May 24, 2017 2:31 AM
Subject: Call for Papers - Transnational Journal of Mathematical Analysis and Applications
Dear Professor Kaye,
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

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

Sunday, May 7, 2017

International Knowledge Press

International Knowledge Press spams for articles and reviewers. Its website (5/7/17) gives no information on when it was founded. Although it imposes page charges on authors, it publishes no open access journals.

The website for the Asian Journal of Current Research, which solicited me , promises that a "Complete list of Editors will be published soon." For now, the journal has no named editor-in-chief, and its editorial board includes one US scholar: "Prof. Palle E. T. Jorgensen, Department of Mathematics, The University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa, USA, palle-jorgensen@uiowa.edu, https://math.uiowa.edu/people/palle-jorgensen."

The latest issue (2017:2) is sparse. It consists of two articles for a total of 14 pages. The articles would cost $30 each to download. They come from authors in India. The scope of the journal in literally unlimited. A webpage states: "Scope of this journal includes (but not limited to): ... all other science and engineering disciplines, etc."

IKP's server is in India. The domain ikpress.org was registered to P. Mondal of Hoogly, West Bengal, India 712410, +91-9434356957, pinakibckv1@yahoo.com, in 2013.
Email
  • Sent: May 4, 2017, 5:44:44 PM EDT,
    From: Ms Rina Basu <editor09@ikkpress.org>
    Greetings!! We are contacting you from Asian Journal of Current Research. This is a subscription based Hardcopy journal. We follow robust and neutral double-blind peer review system. We are committed to provide Quality and Fast publication. Please see our editorial board. Some of our journals are covered by respected indexing services (in process) like: ... . Extremely nominal page charge is applicable ... . This special page charge also covers the cost of complimentary PDF copy of the article, one complimentary journal hard-copy and international postage charges. ... with regards, Ms. Shyamali Basu
    EUROPE: International Knowledge Press, S107, 3 Hardman Square, Spinningfields, Manchester, M3 3EB, UK, Fax: +44 (0)161 667 4459
    ASIA PACIFIC: International Knowledge Press, N. S. Road, Tarakeswar, Hooghly, PIN-712410, West Bengal, India

Thursday, May 4, 2017

InTechOpen, Intech, Sciyo

InTechOpen's main web pages site are devoid of the usual solecisms and grammatical errors seen on the websites of many smaller and plainly questionable publishers preying on academics. The About Us page describes the group as "the world's largest Science, Technology and Medicine Open Access book publisher." It claims InTechOpen "has published 2,977 books and 46,833 scientific works total by 100,665 international scientists" (whatever "international"means in this context). That would be about 2 books every 3 days and 11 articles every day, 7 days a years, for the 12 years of InTechOpen's existence.

The invitations (4/24/17, 5/1/17, 5/8/17) from InTechOpen were to pay the company 1,200 Euros to have a small chapter in "'Post Mortem Examination and Autopsy - From Death Scene to Laboratory Analysis,' edited by Dr. Kamil Hakan Dogan." Dr. Dogan also edits the Journal of Cardiovascular Diseases & Diagnosis for the disreputable OMICS International. That InTech finds it necessary to write the following description of "death scene and autopsy" for would-be authors is cause for concern:
Death scene and autopsy may be horrifying for some people. Death scene investigation, post mortem examination, and autopsy are generally performed for the benefit of the living. A death investigation begins with body examination and evidence collection at the scene and proceeds through history, post mortem examination and autopsy, laboratory tests, and determining the cause and manner of death. Although forensic pathology is the oldest branch of the forensic sciences, today many branches of forensic sciences play a role in solving criminal death cases.
InTechOpen was on Beall's list of predatory publishers. The website www.intechopen.com is not registered to its founders. Instead, they use a proxy company in Arizona, obscuring their identities. The email came from "Teo Kos, from InTechOpen Publishing Process Manager, kos@intechopen.com, +385 (51) 770 447, Janeza Trdine 9, 51000 Rijeka, Croatia."

Other reports indicate that InTechOpen is another name for the venture known as InTech or Sciyo that had a serious reputation problem. See
http://retractionwatch.com/2013/10/17/fallout-from-sciences-publisher-sting-journal-closes-in-croatia/
http://blog.pokristensson.com/2010/11/04/academic-spam-and-open-access-publishing/
http://ask.metafilter.com/167606/A-chapter-of-my-very-own
http://poynder.blogspot.com/2011/10/interview-with-nicola-rylett-intechs.html
Email
  • 5/8/17, 5/14/17, from kos@intechopen.com: Dear Dr. Kaye, I just wanted to check in with you regarding the book project on "Post Mortem Examination and Autopsy - From Death Scene to Laboratory Analysis" edited by Dr. Kamil Hakan Dogan. If there is anything I can help with, like answer any questions, or provide some additional information, please let me know. I hope to hear from you soon,
    Teo Kos, from InTechOpen, Publishing Process Manager, http://www.intechopen.com/, +385 (51) 770 447, Janeza Trdine 9, 51000 Rijeka, Croatia
    The information contained in either this email and, if applicable, the attachment, are confidential and are intended only for the recipient. The contents of either the email or the attachment may not be disclosed publicly. If you are not the intended recipient(s), any use, disclosure, copying, or distribution is prohibited and may be unlawful. If you have received this communication in error, please notify us by e-mail at info@intechopen.com then delete the e-mail and all attachments and any copies thereof. This communication is part of InTech's publishing activity and is not intended for unauthorized use or distribution
    .

Sunday, April 30, 2017

OMICS Journal of Forensic Medicine

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."  As of 2012, 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 website of its Journal of Forensic Medicine includes such morsels as "Forensic Medicine is a multidisciplinary subject ... used to for the scientific assessment of DNA, blood samples, and so on. Forensic plays an important role in criminal investigations and it is equally used in archeology, Anthropology, Astronomy, Biology, Geology and Victimology." All OMICS journals advertise a "21 day rapid review process."

Who edits the journal and what researchers will pay $519 to avail themselves of this "platform to the authors to publish their research outcome"? No editor-in-chief is listed. The US members of the editorial board are said to be
Bruce A. Jackson, Professor and Chair, Biotechnology Department, MassBay Community College, 50 Oakland Street, Wellesley Hills
John Zheng Wang, Professor of Forensic Science, School of Criminal Justice, Criminology and Emergency Management, California State University-Long Beach (a crime scene technician who later became an instructor at China Criminal Police University according to the pop-up biography; also a featured speaker at OMICS conferences)
Ronn Johnson, Associate Professor, University of San Diego (in the School of Leadership and Educational Sciences according to the pop-up biography)
Jon P Ver Halen, Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Department of Surgery, Texas A&M School of Medicine
Alireza Heidari, Faculty of Chemistry, California South University (CSU), Irvine, California (a postdoc according to the pop-up biography)
Email
  •  From: Editor-Journal of Forensic Medicine <forensic@clinicalmedicaljournals.com>
    Sent: Friday, April 14, 2017 4:22 AM [duplicating an email of 4/12/17]
    Subject: Forensic Research Publication
    Dear Dr. David H Kaye,
    Greetings from “Journal Of Forensic Medicine”! We appreciate your contribution in the similar research field as “The good, the bad, the ugly: the NAS report on strengthening forensic science in America.”. We would like to take this opportunity to invite you to contribute paper in our journal. We believe that our journal will soon be getting a very good reputation in scientific community with your valuable submission. We are assuring 14 days rapid review process. Journal of Forensic Medicine ISSN: 2472-1026. If your next article is ready kindly forward it as an attachment directly to this mail or online at www.editorialmanager.com/medicalsciences/ on or before 19th April 2017. If submission is not possible in the given timeline, kindly let us know about your feasible time regarding submission. Please feel free to ask for any further queries if any. Looking forward for your kind response. Thanks and regards,
    Parrish MP, Journal Coordinator | Journal of Forensic Medicine, Office: +1-650-618-9889
    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 whom 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: Editor-Journal of Forensic Medicine [mailto:forensic@clinicalmedicaljournals.com]
    Sent: Monday, April 17, 2017 11:39 AM
    Subject: Forensic Research Updates
    Dear David H   Kaye, Greetings from Journal Of Forensic Medicine! Explore the journal for interesting articles that covers all departments of Forensic. Articles that have great impact on Forensic research are available in our volume sector. We are greatly impressed with your research interests and previous work. If you would like to be a part of our journal, kindly forward your next article (if it is ready) for possible publication in our journal or you may also review article based on your previous article. Journal of Forensic Medicine ISSN: 2472-1026.If your next article is ready kindly forward it as an attachment directly at forensic@clinicalmedicaljournals.com or via Online tracking system on or before 25th April 2017.Please feel free to ask for any further queries if any. Thanks and regards, Parrish MP, Journal Coordinator | Journal of Forensic Medicine, Office: +1-650-618-9889,
    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 whom 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.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

2425 Publishers Is Delighted to Invite Me

Among the slogans scrolling on the website of 2425 Publishers (4/29/17) are the following:
⊗ Our aim is to maintain connectivity of science to all of our customers, researchers, students and professionals and enable them to ... burgeon.
⊗ We value a rich humanistic tradition.
⊗ Your vision is our dream & will give hope for a better future and work together for science.
⊗ Your success is our success.
⊗ Your money is our money. (Just kidding about this one.)
The About Us section explains that "2425 publishers cross-discipline's and platform to you for the support in research journey ... ." One journal, Clinica Press, "also emphasize on publishing the recent and current research findings to help the scientific community in its high class Journal." It adds that "We encourage quality submissions ... and thus with an aim of being to make it an high quality journal our team work for your success which is our motto ... ."

The website is hosted at a server in Tempe, Arizona (198.15.116.243, gains.arrowbigapps.com) that is said to be malicious. The domain name 2425PUBLISHERS.ORG was registered through GoDaddy.com by Prabhakara Kuna of Hyderabad, India, prabha2425@gmail.com.
Email
From: 2425 Publishers [mailto:editorialoffice@2425publishers.org]
Sent: Tuesday, April 18, 2017 1:42 PM
Subject: Editorial Board Invitation
Dear DAVID H. KAYE,
Greetings! 2425 Publishers which provides information and support in research journey, career management and empower you to make a greater impact in your field. To advance the reputation of our Journals, we are delighted to invite you to collaborate by serving as Editorial Board member for our journals – Medica Press, Clinica Press, Life Science Press & Medica, Clinica and Life Science Imaging. Hence, we request you to please send your CV, recent passport sized photograph & research interests to update it on our website.. We are looking forward to hearing from you. Have a nice day. Best Regards, Anna Lisa, Managing Editor, 2425 publishers

Friday, April 28, 2017

International Organization of Scientific Research (IOSR) Publishing

The website (4/28/17) of the International  Organization of Scientific Research displays many danger signs. For example,
  • "IOSR Journals follow peer review process. It takes 7-10 days."
  • "[A]ll authors would be awarded hard copy of acceptance certificates after the publication of paper."
  • "Research Areas ... Lightning and Ear thing works ... ."
  • "In the present days International Organization of Scientific Research (IOSR) publishes research articles related to various streams of Technology and Engineering."
  • "IOSR Board Member[s]" are "formely" this and "formealy" that. 
  • No address, no telephone number.
Email
  • 4/28/2017 6:51 AM, jen.editor@mail2inv.com: Dear Researcher, IOSRJournal of Engineering (IOSR-JEN) is ISO 3297:2007 certified open access and peer reviewed refereed international Journals. IOSR Journals invites articles that illustrate research results, projects, surveying works and industrial experiences ... IOSR JEN has released 07 Volumes and 04 Issues . IOSR-JEN published papers in last issue from more than 13 Countries including Nigeria, Malaysia, Iran, Iraq, China, New Zealand, India, Bangladesh. Submission Deadline: 20th May 2017. Acceptance notification: After One week of paper submission Paper Publication: 30th May 2017. For any query, feel free to mail us to jen@iosrmail.org . Regards, Editor-In-Chief IOSR Journal of Engineering, International Organization of Scientific Research www.iosrjen.org
The journal's editorial board includes "Dr. Madison Luke, Havard University, USA," and "Dr. Augustine Ahorght, Boston University, USA." The faculty directories (4/28/17) of Harvard and BU. do not contain these names. Note also that IOSR-JEN has authors give it full copyright to their work via a "Copy Right Form."

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

DEStech Publications

The website (4/25/17) reports that "DEStech Publications, Inc., founded in 2001 and located in Lancaster, Pennsylvania (U.S.), is an independent academic STM publishing company that develops and publishes original professional books and university textbooks written and edited by scientific researchers." Sounds good, but the email I get is all for conferences in China, with admonitions like "academic moral is required" and promises of publication even if I do not attend the conference.

More unflattering information on DEStech was at Beall's website.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Xia & He Publishing and Medjaden in Texas?

The Xia & He Publishing website (4/24/17) "company information" page states that the company is a "publisher of topical English language journals on all aspects of biomedical research." It promises "peer review and education regarding the scientific process, achieved through workshops, lectures, and our editorial interactions with authors." The directors are Hua Xiang Xia and Hua He. Although "headquartered in Texas, USA," only one of the eight company "members" is in Texas. The other seven are in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Florida, and China (Wuhan, Chongqing, and Beijing). Director Hua He also is an executive editor of an Omics journal.

That Xia & He would offer someone like me, with zero expertise in pharmacology, $200 for an article for the Journal of Exploratory Research in Pharmacology because of "your significant contributions to the field of pharmacology" (see below) is a bad sign.

So is the company's address -- 11415 Ashford Willow, Sugar Land, Texas, 77478, USA. The building at this address is a single family dwelling. A couple of real estate websites give a variety of names for the occupants (with a little overlap): Vinay S Kantak, Rekha S Puranik, Sudhir Puranik, B Salunkhe, and Amy Verga. Directors Xia and He use the same address for Medjaden, Inc., incorporated in Texas in 2015. This company may be the same as Medjaden Biosciences, Ltd, a Hong Kong company founded in 2005.
Email
  • 4/16/17, 4:34:26 AM EDT: Dear Dr. Kaye, We are pleased to inform you Journal of Exploratory Research in Pharmacology (JERP) published the first issue in November 2016. JEPR ... focus[es] on novel findings and the most recent advances in basic and clinical pharmacology, covering topics from drug research, drug development, clinical trials and application. The exploratory research published in JERP may not necessarily be conclusive, but the study design must be solid, the methodologies must be reliable, the results must be true, and the conclusions must be rational and justifiable with evidence. ... As an open access journal, JERP guarantees a fast process in the editorial response, peer review, and online publication. ... Based on your significant contributions to the field of pharmacology, I am honored to invite you to write an article, which you believe to be appropriate for this journal. If you are able to provide a submission to JERP, please confirm within one week by e-mail. ... Additional time can be provided if needed. To acknowledge your contribution and valuable support, we will provide a modest honorarium of USD 200 upon acceptance of your manuscript for publication. Moreover, there will be no article processing fees or other related charges for this invited article as well as any additional articles subsequently submitted to JERP in which you are the first or corresponding author until 2020. ... Look forward to hearing from you with a positive response. ... With kind regards, Prof. Jide Tian, Prof. Ramón Cacabelos, Editors-in-Chief, Journal of Exploratory Research in Pharmacology, http://www.xiahepublishing.com/, editorialoffice@jerp-xh.com

Sunday, April 23, 2017

The Global Scientific Library (GSL) Journal of Forensic Research

"Global Science Library (GSL) is one of newly start-up publishers [that] aims at making access to knowledge FREE for ALL." Its website (4/23/17) sports the names of 34 journals. The one I heard from, the GSL Journal of Forensic Research, purports to have 19 editors but apparently needs more (see the email below). These editors include
⊖ Dr. Kristin Holland, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, United States
⊖ Dr. Heath Grant, John Jay College of Criminal justice, United States
⊖ Dr. Judge Mary A Celeste, National Judicial College, United States
The "Dr. Judge" is a retired Denver County judge who is a consultant "designated as an expert witness on marijuana and driving in a Court of Law" with one article in a peer reviewed journal listed on her C.V. The affiliation with the National Judicial College is "Adjunct Faculty."

"Newly start-up" seems to be a euphemism as well as a solecism. Apparently, there is no editor-in-chief, and the links for "current issue" and "archives" reveal nothing.

GSL gives its address as 1320 Willow Pass Road Suite 600, Concord, California. So do various lawyers and other businesses. The property is advertised as a place to "[b]uild a local business presence with professional, tech-powered workspace" where "You can meet up with clients in our convenient, fully equipped meeting rooms" and "Work confidently in private or shared office space."
Email
  • 4/17/17 from forensic@gslpublishers.com: Dear Dr. David H Kaye, We hope this mail finds you in good health & activity. I'm writing today to extend an invitation to you to serve on GSL Journal of Forensic Research Editorial Board. The GSL Journal of Forensic Research is an international, peer reviewed, open access journal, committed towards publishing most recent and innovative advancements in the area of Forensic Research. The main aim of the journal is to provide a common access platform to all academicians and scientists from all over the world to share, discuss and promote various latest developments in Forensic Research. Since you have already served in this capacity I thought you might be interested in continuing your relationship with us in this capacity. I hope that you will consider joining the Editorial Board. If you accept this appointment, please forward a copy of your curriculum vitae and photograph. I look forward to your reply. Yours sincerely, Nancy, GSL Journal of Forensic Research

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Science Domain International

I would guess that Science Domain International is another Indian venture. If there is a main address on the website, it is well hidden. Emails for the Journal of Scientific Research and Reports give three addresses -- London, Delhi, and New Castle (in Delaware). But SDI does not seem to have an office in Delaware. The New Castle address actually is for Agents and Corporation, Inc., a "remote agent" firm that provides cheap incorporations in Delaware.Wherever it may be located, however, SDI has a "thirst for excellence" and "top innovation."
Email
  • 4/16/17 (sender: Dr. Monami Das <editor05@sdjournals.net>): Dear Colleague, Journal of Scientific Research and Reports (ISSN: 2320-0227) is an OPEN peer-reviewed INTERNATIONAL journal. ... We hope that you will appreciate this Advanced OPEN peer-review system, which is expected to give doubtless scholarly benefit and impact to the authors in long run. ... We have more than 35 journals in different areas ... Manuscript submitted within this month will be eligible for discounted 55 USD Article Processing Charge (APC). Original Article Processing Charge is 500 USD. ... Journal hard copies and article reprints are available at extremely nominal cost. ... Best regards, Ms. Isita Sen, Journal of Scientific Research and Reports : An OPEN peer reviewed journal
    Reg. Office: UK: Third Floor, 207 Regent Street, London, W1B 3HH,UK,Registered in England and Wales, Company Registration Number: 8988029, Fax: +44 20-3031-1429
    USA: One Commerce Centre, 1201, Orange St. # 600, Wilmington, New Castle, Delaware, USA, Corporate File Number: 5049777, Fax: +1 302-397-2050
    India: U GF, DLF City Phase-III, Gurgaon, 122001, Delhi NCR, Corp. Firm Registration Number: 255 (2010-11), Fax: +91 11-66173993
  • 5/18/17 (sender: Dr. Chaitali Pal <editor01@sdjournals.net>): Dear Colleague, Journal of Scientific Research and Reports (ISSN: 2320-0227) is an OPEN peer-reviewed INTERNATIONAL journal. ... Article Processing Charge is only 55 USD as per present offer. ... We hope that you will appreciate this Advanced OPEN peer-review system, which is expected to give doubtless scholarly benefit and impact to the authors in long run. Additionally we strongly encourage “Post-publication Peer review” by our comment section. ... Our journals have been chosen by academicians of many famous universities ... We have more than 35 journals in different areas ... Manuscript submitted within this month will be eligible for discounted 55 USD Article Processing Charge (APC). Original Article Processing Charge is 500 USD. ... Best regards, Ms. Isita Sen  ...

Monday, April 10, 2017

The Manuscripts of MedCrave

The MedCrave Publishing Group's About Us page contains the vacuous hyperbole typical of journals that are best avoided. Here we learn that MedCrave is
dedicated to make original valuable scientific content available freely to the global population. ... amazed by science and its wonderful forms and we now bring this beauty to you too. ... a collection of ... works of pure significance. ... relevant to science ... open for all interested members around the globe ... .
Not only that,but
The manuscripts of MedCrave have overcome all the barriers that lay in the way of knowledge.
With the insight of a Chinese fortune cookie, MedCrave "considers the will to tear up your ignorance as the best price you could pay" and gushes that "there is no best price for knowledge except the will to learn." As to what one might learn, well, it could be anything "from the traditional divisions to contemporary works."

It could even be a faux study of "uromycitisis poisoning" -- a disease created for an episode of Seinfeld -- submitted by a nonexistent "Arthur Vandelay Urological Research Institute" to MedCrave's Urology & Nephrology Open Access Journal. It took three days for the journal to complete its favorable peer review of an article with a references to nonexistent sources such as a putative New York Times report that "New Public Urination Passes Approved for Uromycitisis Sufferers." The author of the uromycitis article describes the incident in The Scientist (in a report by the article's author).

Medcrave considers itself "one of the finest Online Publishing Groups" and has a scrolling banner of "NIH funded and indexed articles." I clicked on three of them. None were published by MedCrave.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

OMICS Journal of Forensic Research

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."  As of 2012, 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 website of its Journal of Forensic Medicine includes such morsels as "Forensic Medicine is a multidisciplinary subject ... used to for the scientific assessment of DNA, blood samples, and so on. Forensic plays an important role in criminal investigations and it is equally used in archeology, Anthropology, Astronomy, Biology, Geology and Victimology." All OMICS journals advertise a "21 day rapid review process."

Who edits the journal and what researchers will fork over $3,019 (or $1,719 as of 4/30/17) to avail themselves of its "platform for the authors to make their contribution towards the journal and the editorial office promises a peer review process for the submitted manuscripts for the quality of scholarly publishing"? The three editors-in-chief are said to be
Jian Tie, Nihon University School of Medicine, Oyaguchi, Japan
Jianye Ge, Institute of Applied Genetics, University of North Texas Health Science Center, and
Sheila M Willis, Director, Forensic Science Laboratory, Ireland
The names given for editors include
Rick Wyant, CRT Less Lethal Inc, and
Peter Gill, Professor of Forensic Genetics, Norwegian Institute of Public Health, University of Oslo.
A "special issue" on "Criminology Forensic," edited by Thomas Holt and Jianye Ge, consisted of a grand total of four articles such as Modern Trend of Country Made /Improvised Pistols Used in the Capital of India. Other letters or articles in various issues are
The Usage of Polygraph Method in Bulgaria, by Todor Todorov (noting that "Participating in a 10 week course with APA standards in Sofia is a lot cheaper and easier than to apply for a USA visa, paying expenses for accommodation and travel costs");
Reality Bites Demystifying Crime, by Gurveen Gill (noting that "Some scientist recommends that thorough analysis of the size, position and other features of bite marks be completed before any comparison with a suspect’s dentition is made."); and
When Good DNA Goes Bad, by Mark Perlin (maintaining that "TrueAllele computer mixture interpretation is thorough, objective, sensitive, specific, and reproducible; human review methods are not.").

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Avid Science

Avid Science apparently is located in Hyderabad, although its email and website (3/15/17) list an "international mailing address" in Berlin. Its journals have a cookie-cutter appearance -- same graphic for the title page, and almost all journal titles are "Prime Research in ... ." No journal has a designated editor-in-chief. Editorial board members receive 50% off Avid's usual fee for the privilege of publishing online.

I stopped looking into the qualifications of the editorial board members after the first two I picked out from Prime Research in Oncology (namely, Payal Mittal, UConn Health School of Medicine, and Oorvashi Roy, University of Texas) turned out to be postdocs rather than more experienced and accomplished faculty.
Email
From: Avid Science [mailto:ebooks.cfbc@avidsciences.org]
Sent: Tuesday, March 14, 2017 4:02 AM
Subject: Forensic Science: Call for Book Chapters

Avid Science Publications is pleased to announce the launch of its new open access eBook “Forensic Science"
Theme: Recent Research and Review works in the field of Forensic Science.
Tentative Submission Deadline: May 05, 2017
Indexing: Google Books and Google Play
Mode of Publication: Open Access eBook
Publication Fee: A nominal publication fee of USD 350 is charged per chapter upon acceptance to cover the production and maintenance costs.
Kindly respond to this email within a week, to confirm your participation. We look forward to hear from you.
Regards,
Avid Science
Borsigstr. 9, 10115 Berlin, Berlin, Germany.
3-6-462/4-8, Level 2, Street No 5, Himayat Nagar, Hyderabad 500029, Telangana, India
On 3/15/17, I wrote Avid that "I am very interested in this book. Who is the editor? I would like to discuss the volume with him or her." The next day, I received this reply:
Greetings! ... We will be glad to receive your book chapter for our eBook. ... Unlike traditional eBooks, our eBooks do not have an editor in specific. All the submissions will be reviewed by our internal review team which would check for novelty, scope, presentation of the chapter along with basic editorial checks such as plagiarism, grammar, etc ... We look forward to hear from you. Regards, Jayashree, Avid Science, 3-6-462/4-8, Level 2, Street No 5, Himayat Nagar, Hyderabad 500029, Telangana, India

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Eureka Science

Email
Until recently, the publishing arm of Eureka Science had neglected me. (Eureka's conference organizing branch was more aggressive.) Then I received this letter (2/10/17) offering copy editing to "correct my abruptly presented ideas":
Dear Dr.Kaye., The essence of any literary composition is the coherency of expression, the clarity in presenting ideas and strong command of writing skills. Professional editors at Eureka Science ensure that your document meets international publishing standards. Eureka Science provides fast and reliable copy-editing services to address language discrepancies, correct abruptly presented ideas and refine any loosely structured sentences in your document. Our services come with fast turn-around times and dependable services, at an affordable price. We look forward to providing you quality services to give your compositions a competitive edge.
With best regards, Yours Sincerely, Hasina Habib, Manager Marketing, Eureka Science

Monday, February 27, 2017

Medwin's Vaccine Journal Is Interested in My Runny Nose

The following exchange helps explain how Medwin Publishers (discussed here) "aspires to bring eminent original findings of research information across the globe into light."

Received 2/21/17:
Dear Dr. David H Kaye,
Greetings from MedWin Publishers!We have contacted you earlier through email. Since we have not received any response from you regarding your valuable manuscript submission, we are taking the liberty of resending the invitation as we are aware that you may be engaged in other activities or our message may not have successfully reached you. We are very pleased to announce that submissions for upcoming issue are now being accepted for Vaccines & Vaccination Open Access (VVOA). We have chosen eminent scientists, who have significant involvement in the advancement of research in their field and have the potential to give best quality articles for upcoming issue of our journal. We gently request you to submit any kind of article for publication and to help us in releasing the issue at the designated time. ... We hope that your articles will help us in the growth of our Journal and kindly follow the below link for online submission ... .
Also, we request you to submit your manuscript by March 15th, 2017 to enable swift process of peer review and publication. Kindly acknowledge this email receipt within 24 hours. Await your prompt response.
Kind Regards,
Monica Kathryn, Assistant Managing Editor, Vaccines & Vaccination Open Access (VVOA, MedWin Publishers
Sent 2/24/17:
Dear Monica,
Would VVOA be interested in a paper reporting that I still got some colds after being vaccinated against the flu?
From: vaccines@medwinpublishers.com, Sunday, February 26, 2017 11:26 PM
Dear Dr. David H Kaye,
Thank you for your prompt reply. We are glad with your positive response towards our journal. As time being an important factor towards the issue release. We request you to submit your valuable manuscript as soon as possible. Could you let us know your feasibility to submit your manuscript. Hope to hear from you soon.
Kind Regards,
Monica Kathryn, Assistant Managing Editor, Vaccines & Vaccination Open Access (VVOA, MedWin Publishers
Followed on April 15, 2017, 12:24 a.m., by this "Reminder for Manuscript Submission: VVOA" sent with "high importance" from vaccines@medwinpublishers.com:
Dear Dr. David H Kaye,
Greetings for the day!
This is a friendly reminder regarding the submission valuable manuscript as soon as possible As time being an important factor towards the issue release. We request you to submit your valuable manuscript as soon as possible. So that we can publish it in upcoming issue. Kindly let us know your feasibility to submit your manuscript.
Kind Regards
Monica Kathryn, Assistant Managing Editor, Vaccines & Vaccination Open Access (VVOA) MedWin Publishers

Sunday, February 26, 2017

From ScholarTown to Sciedu Press to the Canadian Center of Science and Technology

ScholarTown's email of 1/19/17 (below) promised to let me "Review Articles and Get PAID." Why me? Because "Having read your article, 'Book Review, The Right and the Power: The Prosecution of Watergate', we believe that you have considerable experience as an author or peer reviewer of scholarly articles." That this 40-year-old book review was published in a journal that does not use peer review suggests that ScholarTown is none too perceptive. Interestingly, its address in Toronto is identical to that for the Canada office of Sciedu Press, which describes itself as "a private scientific publishing house" with the "objective of excellence in science, education, and culture."

I checked out ScholarTown's short list of journal articles begging for reviewers. Apparently, would-be reviewers bid to review these manuscripts. The one I clicked on was for the International Journal of Psychological Studies (IJES), an offering of the Canadian Center of Science and Technology. CCSE has been accused of predatory publishing. IJES is offering $20 for a reviewer. The bids to do the work are coming in at $25.

CCSE referred to the same 40-year-old book review when it contacted me to contribute to one its journals. One of CCSE's addresses is, you guessed it, the same as ScholarTown's and Sciedu Press.
Email
1/19/17: Dear David H. Kaye, Having read your article, "Book Review, The Right and the Power: The Prosecution of Watergate", we believe that you have considerable experience as an author or peer reviewer of scholarly articles. The purpose of this email is to invite you to participate in a new model for conducting scholarly peer reviews that enables you to earn from reviewing articles. ... Using ScholarTown’s online platform, publishers/editors can post article review projects that registered scholars can bid for. Employers (publishers/editors) can then select appropriate scholars for conducting article reviews, and pay them for work that is completed to their satisfaction. In contrast to the traditional voluntary approach to peer reviewing, this model enables scholars to receive reasonable compensation and stimulating work to review. To review articles and get PAID, please register ... Sign up now!
... Yours sincerely, ScholarTown Team, 2235 Sheppard Avenue East, Suite 901,Toronto, Ontario, M2J 5B5, Canada

Monday, February 13, 2017

Center for Academic Research (CAR)

The spam from the Center for Academic Research (CAR) resembles that from RIPK. Indeed, CAR promises even more impressive review and publication times, asking for manuscripts five days before publication. Its categorization of subject areas is interesting. "Business" is part of "business," Law is part of "accounting and marketing." And so on.
Email
  • 12/17/16: Call for paper... International Journal of Social Science and Business (IJSSB) is an international peer-reviewed journal ... all fields of Social Science and Business. ... IJSSB publishes original papers, review papers, conceptual framework, analytical and simulation models, case studies, empirical research, technical notes, and book reviews. ...
    The journal is published both in print and online versions. The journal publishes research papers in the fields of: Business and Humanities: business, Humanities, Religious Studies, Public Administration, Psychology, Philosophy, hotel and tourism, development studies, population studies, international relations, Political Science, History, entrepreneurship development and so on. Accounting and marketing: economics, banking, accounting, commerce, human resources management, international business, finance, marketing, law, journalism and mass communication, corporate governance, cross-cultural studies, linguistics and so on. Management and Social science: management, human resource management, strategic management, e-business, services, information technology production & operations management, financial management and managerial economics, Social Science, Sociology, Social Welfare, Anthropology, Education, Women Studies and so on.
    Date of Publishing: IJSSB is inviting papers for Vol. 1 No. 4 which is scheduled to be published on December 30, 2016. Acceptance Notification: Within 7-10 days from the date of manuscript submission. Submission deadline: December 25, 2016. ...
    With Warm Regards, Chief Editor, Dr. Gerald Fontaine

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Centre of Excellence for Scientific & Research Journalism (COES&RJ)

A conference organizer (Turkey, Malaysia, UAE, and China, many cancelled) and publisher of oddly organized journals, CIES&RJ pretends to have a US address (that belongs to a warehouse and is used by international scammers). The email I received (2/1/17) was for the "Journal of Social Sciences." The website refers to a "Journal of Law," but that link goes to the other journal. The only editorial board listed (2/1/17) is for the "Journal of Business and Management," whose editor-in-chief is Dr. Ra'ed (Mo'hd Taisir) Masa'deh, Dean: Faculty of Management, University of Jordan, Aqaba, Jordan.

The domain coesnrj.com was registered by GoDaddy.com for Nasir Shamsi, 10685-B Hazelhurst Dr. # 16258, Houston, Texas 77043 (the warehouse address), +1-281-407-7509, shamsipnp@hotmail.com. According to the About Us page of the center's website, the center is a Texas corporation with legal name COES&RJ, LLC (same telephone number) for which "the governing persons are: Mrs. Farhat Tabbasum [and] Mr. Nasir Ali Shamsi."

An email of 4/29/17 entitled "Call for Paper" for the COES Journal of Social Sciences came from editor.jss@centreofexcellence.net (no name). This journal now has an editorial board. The editor-in-chief is Nasir Ali Shamsi. Dr. Neda Khan (with no stated affiliation) is the editor. US members are Dr. Michael F. Shaughnessy, Eastern New Mexico University, and Dr. Neuvic Kalmar Malembanie, PhD., Howard University. Dr. Shaughnessy is a Professor of Special Education in the ENMU Educational Studies department. Dr. Malembanie's biography, written while he was working toward a Ph.D. in literature, is at https://papers.ssrn.com/abstract_id=2152666.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Trade Science Inc.

See the discussion on Beall's list. Can any journal that spams for editors of between 10 and 18 journals at once, as Trade Science has done in 2013 and 2016 (and probably other years), be credible?The website (1/29/17) observes that the journals "The high-indexed has contributed significantly" to the "wide spectrum of audience."

It lists two addresses (with a single telephone number): 57 Ullswater Avenue, West End Southampton, Hampshire UK S018 3QS, and 6th Floor, Building No.6, Divyasree Orion, Raidurgam village, Serilingampally Mandal, Hyderabad-500081, Phone: 040-33432400/2421
Email
  • 2/23/16: Trade Science Inc seeks e-applications for the positions of Editors for below international journals commencing February 2016. To select Editors, the Trade Science Inc has created a Search Committee ... Accounts of Biotechnology Research, Analytical Chemistry, Applied Cell Biology, Biochemistry. Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Biotechnology, Biosciences, Chemical Technology, Electrochemistry, Environmental Sciences, Inorganic Chemistry, Macromolecules, Materials Sciences, Nano Science & Nano Technology, Natural Products, Organic Chemistry, Physical Chemistry, Polymer
  • 3/20/16: SUBMIT MANUSCRIPTS NOW !! New International Physics & Astronomy Journals Acoustics Research, Astronomy Research, Atomic & Molecular Physics, Chemical Physics, Condensed Matter Physics, Journal of Physics & Astronomy, Nuclear & High Energy Physics, Statistical & Nonlinear Physics, Surface Science

Time Journals

Eight subject-area journals were listed as of January 2016 and January 2017, with no address for the publisher. From the website (1/29/17):
⊡ "It arises from a reaction to the severe restriction of knowledge distribution imposed by subscription publishing models ... ."
⊡ "at the forefront of building the ultimate open journals platform."
⊡ "rapid publication (monthly) of manuscripts in virtually all fields of human endeavor."
⊡ "Customer-focused passion to win"
In a banner labelled "testimonials," the website reports that "Dr. Lu Qi has become the Founding Editor in Chief of Food & Nutrition: Current Research." It identifies Dr. Qi as "Adjunct Professor, Peking University, Beijing; Associate Professor of Medicine Harvard Medical School (HMS); Boston, MA, USA." The notorious Omics International lists Dr. Qi as a member of the editorial board of its Journal of Nutrition and Food Sciences, and he was listed as a speaker for Omics' 4th International Conference and Exhibition on Nutrition, Chicago, 2015.
Time Journal of Biological Sciences and Technology
In January 2016, the Time Journal of Biological Sciences supposedly was "Monthly published," yet its archive showed only three issues every year, often consisting of a single article (with the same article sometimes appearing in more than one issue). In January 2017, the most recent issue available was for January 2016. It consists of a single article, on "Effect of cooking on the antinutrient composition of dikanut," which really appears in Vol. 1(3) pp.17 -20, October 2013.
Email
  • Dear Dr., ... We cover all areas of scientific researches and we welcome the submission of manuscript(s) with a significance and scientific excellence ... We are indexed by well recognize database such as ... . Our objective is to inform author(s) of the decision on their manuscript(s) within 2 weeks of submission. Best Regards, Editor

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Scinzer Scientific Journals

These "scientific journals" include Accounting and Management, Humanities, and Medical. Yes, just the "Scinzer Journal of Medical." The editorial board includes two US members: "Assistant Professor. Dr. Qiuying Yang, UTSouthwestern Medical Center," and postdoc "Dr. Sunil Kumar Verma, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Texas Medical Branch, 301 University Blvd, Medical Research Building." Dr. Yang is also with Progressive Science Publications. If the journals have any content at all, I cannot find it at Scinzer's website. The postal address is "NO 178, Vienna, 1120 Meidling, Austria."
Email
  • 10/8/16: Fast track paper publication (3-10 Days) Dear Researcher, It is our great honor to invite you for submitting your papers to Scinzer Journals. Papers from your country are welcome for publication!
  • 10/3/16: Dear Researcher, It is our great honor to invite you for submitting your papers to Scinzer Journals. Papers from your country are welcome for publication! Scinzer Journals releases peer-reviewed scientific research journal that addresses both applied and theoretical issues. The scope of the journals encompasses research articles, original research reports, reviews, short communications and scientific commentaries in different fields of science. ... Unique Features and Tools ... All SCINZER journals are open access available. Journals are indexed in famous Abstracting/Indexing services. Publishing through SCINZER journals is fast and easy. SCINZER journal papers are highly cited in other researches. SCINZER Journals publishing looks forward to improve the facilities for better servicing to authors and researchers. Publication charges (Fee?) 40 USD per paper. All rights reserved for SCINZER Journals. EMail: editor@scinzer.com www.scinzer.com
  • 6/18/16: Dear Researcher, It is our great honor to invite you for submitting your papers to Scinzer Journals. Papers from your country are welcome for publication! ... Publication Time= 7 Days

Scientifica (Hindawi)

The "distinguished editorial board" is divided into 64 subject areas from "Allergy" to "Zoology" with no editor-in-chief listed for any group or for the overall mass. Cairo-based Hindawi Publishing claims to have "more than 30,000 internationally-recognized Editors". "Scientifica currently has an acceptance rate of 14%" and an "average time between submission and final decision [of] 22 days." See http://scienceblogs.com/aardvarchaeology/2013/01/09/hindawi-another-dodgy-oa-publisher/ for more comments.
Email
  • Excerpt: I am writing to invite you to submit an article to the Genetics subject area of Scientifica, which is a peer-reviewed, open access journal ... in a wide range of subjects within the life sciences and environmental sciences. ... The journal has a distinguished Editorial Board ... . ... Best regards, Ghada Salah, Editorial Office, Scientifica, Hindawi Publishing Corporation
  • 6/28/16: Dear Dr. Kaye, I would like to invite you to submit an article to Journal of Nucleic Acids, a peer-reviewed, open-access journal publishing original research articles and review articles related to all aspects of nucleic acids. Publishing an article in Journal of Nucleic Acids normally requires Article Processing Charges (APCs) of USD 1,000. However, all APCs will be waived for manuscripts submitted to Journal of Nucleic Acids during July 2016. [A]ll published articles will be made available on PubMed Central and indexed in PubMed at the time of publication. ... A current list of the journal's Editors can be found at http://www.hindawi.com/journals/jna/editors/. ... Best regards, Rana Khaled, Editorial Office, Journal of Nucleic Acids, Hindawi Publishing Corporation

    Note: As of 7/1/16, I could find no editor-in-chief for this journal and no articles in press. The advertised editorial board includes the following US members:
    Ashis Basu, University of Connecticut
    Ann L. Beyer, University of Virginia
    Emery H. Bresnick, University of Wisconsin-Madison
    Tapas Hazra, University of Texas Medical Branch
    Luis A. Marky, university of nebraska omaha
    Zucai Suo, The Ohio State University
    Yitzhak Tor, University of California, San Diego

Science Publishing Group (SciencePG)

SciencePG is one of the most brazen predatory publishers. Its website (5/13/17) advertises "200+ Journals, 10,000+ Papers, 50,000+ Registered Authors, 2,000,000+ Hits Per Month". It works "in media partnership" with the equally outrageous OMICS International. Here is a sampling of its journals:
  • The American Journal of Modern Physics has no editor listed, and the four-member editorial board of this "American Journal" hail from the Sudan, India, Russia, and the Ukraine. The published titles include "Modification of Einstein's E= mc2 to E =1/22 mc2/".
  • The American Journal of Physics and Applications has no editor either. The thirteen-member editorial board (5/13/17) of this "American Journal" includes no Americans. (Well, there is a South American in the Department of Basic Sciences, Maritime University of the Caribbean, Catia la Mar, Venezuela.) It published an article by Abdalla A. Jaber, of Tirana, Albania, on "Jaber's law," which "gives a new understanding of gravity and compares between stars and ball of lightning, and solves ambiguous matters in our understanding of stars, planets and moons behavior" and "explained the relation between gravity and temperature of objects, tying his theories with experimental discovery of repulsion between gravity and heat."
  • The American Journal of Applied Mathematics has no American editorial board members or reviewers and sports articles such as "Mathematical Proof of the Law of Karma."
  • The American Journal of Bioscience and Bioengineering has no editor. The two members (5/13/17) of this "American Journal" are in Saudi Arabia and India. Publications include "Use of Energy Healing Medicine Against Escherichia coli for Antimicrobial Susceptibility, Biochemical Reaction and Biotyping" by Mahendra Kuma Travedi, Dahryn Trivedi, and three other colleagues at Travedi Global Inc. (Henderson, Nevada), and Trivedi Science Research Laboratory Pvt. Ltd. (Bhopal, India). The article reports that "Overall, data suggested that Mr. Trivedi’s biofield energy treatment can be applied to alter the antimicrobial sensitivity, biochemical reactions and biotype number of E. coli."
  • The American Journal of Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine has no editor, but it does have two names with U.S. affiliations on its editorial board (5/13/17):  Dr. Duo Zhang, Pulmonary Center, Boston Unviersity School of Medicine, Boston, MA, and "Setu Patolia, School of Medicine, Saint Louis University, Saint louis, Missouri." No Duo Zhang is listed on the faculty of the BU Pulmonary Center, but he is with another flaky journal that identifies him as "a postdoc fellow at Boston University School of Medicine." That group, by the way, is Research and Reviews -- International Journals. It is "[c]ertified by American Montessori Council" and has "developed a unique education system that is a blend of our Ancient Vedic Educations with the practice equipment of Montessori system."
  • The European Journal of Biophysics has no one from Europe on the editorial board, but its board members and four peer reviewers supposedly include Khyati Dave, Department of Biodesign, Stanford University, and Peng Zou, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Harvard University.
SciencePG's home page (5/13/17) is entitled "Become Editor-in-Chief." Inasmuch as "Professor title or above will be preferred," you might well meet this publisher's high standards. The benefits are
Publish two papers for free per year.
20% discount for paper publishing.
Certificate is friendly offered.
I do not know what is at the professed address of 548 Fashion Ave, New York, NY 10018, 347-688-8931. The owners of the domain used for the website and email, kepconfter.org, are hidden by GoDaddy.com's Domains by Proxy company in Arizona. For more negative press, see https://scholarlyoa.com/2014/06/17/science-publishing-group-publishes-junk-science/; https://scholarlyoa.com/2016/05/24/science-publishing-group-a-complete-scam/; https://www.researchgate.net/post/Are_students_being_warned_about_Science_Publishing_Group ("I pointed out that my field is Ecology & Ethology, which none of their 'journals' covers. They wrote back offering to create that journal and make me editor in chief.").
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  • 5/19/16: Dear Professor/Researcher, Learned that you have made research findings in your research field, we now cordially invite all the scholars, experts and researchers to submit your papers to our journals and to enjoy the fast publication, which will also help you make more achievements.
  • 9/26/16, from Laila@hendleder.org: Dear Dear Scholar/Author, [W]e now sincerely invite you to propose a Special Issue related to the fields of social science, economics, management, education and linguistics as a Lead Guest Editor in our platform. Enjoy for your rest papers in Special Issue. Get one hard copy of your Special Issue when the Special Issue is finished successfully (if you need).
  • 10/4/16, from Kyah@peakconfor.org: Dear Author, With your witness of our development and rapid growth in recent years, we have obtained widespread attentions and supports from you respected authors, experts and researchers from all over the world. Now we welcome you to be our editorial member or reviewer of our academic journals in the fields of social science, education and economics. Become Editorial Member. This work can offer you a better way to create your identity as a famed specialist in your field. Thus it may lead to increasing invitations to speak at conferences or demand for invited research of your specialized area. Become Reviewer. As our reviewer, it opens doors to incredible opportunities for you. Review works will improve your knowledge of professional standards; and quickly earn the reputation among your peers.
  • On 11/10/16, elana@youerker.org sent much the same invitation with a list of "Some Commendatory Journals" and holding the tantalizingly obscure possibility that "If you make great contribution to our journal and you want to submit paper, we may consider giving you a special offer for paper publication
  • 11/13/16, from Ricardo@flossred.org: Dear Researcher or Scholar, [E]njoy the new activity for article publication from November 1, 2016 to February 28, 2017. ... One paper submitted ... can be published without publishing fee. ... More than 10000 papers have already been published online in our platform. ... [O]ur platform offer you author the opportunity of fast publication. We can publish a paper with good quality in a period of 30-50 days.
  • 11/16/16, from Dexter@tedareher.org: Enjoy Privilege for Publishing Article
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  • 12/15/16, from Joslyn@educonfer.org: Dear Scholar and Researcher, ... [N]ow we sincerely invite you to join us as an editorial member or a reviewer in our journals covering the disciplines of social science, economics, management, education and linguistics. ... Benefits ... 1. If you review papers submitted in our platform, your name will appear in our journal's editorial board website which provide a platform to let more people know you. 2. We will give you a special offer for paper publication, if you make great ontribution to our journal. 3. If your application for editorial member or reviewer is accepted, we can provide the certificate for you.
  • 1/25/17, from Renee (Renee@sdeartod.org): Dear Author or Scholar,  How is everything? Our platform is an international academic publisher which publishes open access, online, peer-reviewed journals. A paper submitted before Feb. 28, 2017 in the recommended new journal can be published without fee. Our recommended new journals cover a wide range of academic disciplines. Here are some of the recommended new journals: ... American Journal of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, International Journal of Dual Diagnosis. If you are not interested in our new journals, you can check our other journals. ... Published Paper: Many Infectious Human Diseases Can be Arrested with Oxygen; Author: Delik D. Gabaev ... Sincerely,  Susan Jones, Editorial Assistant. [The email avoids mentioning that SciencePG is the publisher.]
  • 3/30/17, 7:39:59 AM EDT, from Mark (Mark@yerconfole.org)
    Subject: Join Editorial Board/Reviewer Team
    Dear Sir/Madam, We hope our email finds you well. Join Us as the Editor-in-Chief. As an international academic publisher, our platform has obtained widespread attentions from all over the world in recent years. Currently, we earnestly invite you to become editor-in-chief, editorial member or reviewer in our journals to enjoy the privilege. If you are interested, you can apply for editorial members by clicking: http://www.kepconfter.org/20170219/home.html. ... Thank you! George Wells, Editorial Assistant

Research Institute for Progression of Knowledge (RIPK)

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  • 1/31/16: International Journal of Education and Social Science (IJESS) providing a platform for the researchers, academicians, professional, practitioners and students to impart and share knowledge in the form of high quality empirical and theoretical research papers, case studies, literature reviews and book reviews. ... publishes research paper in the field of: ... Philosophy, ... International Relations, Law, Development Studies, ... Tourism and Hospitality Management, ... Strategic Management Policy, ... Entrepreneurship Development, ... Public Administration, ... and so on. ... IJESS is inviting papers for Vol. 3 No. 2 which is scheduled to be published on February 29, 2016.
    Acceptance Notification: Within 5-7 days from the date of manuscript submission. Submission deadline: February 08, 2016
  • Repeated "with warm regards" from "Chief Editor, Dr. George Branner, Jr." May 28, 2016 (seeking submissions by June 5 for "Vol. 3 No. 6 which is scheduled to be published on June 30, 2016").
  • More spam on Dec. 14, 2016, from Dr, Branner (edgar.173@ijessnet.com) promising 5-7 days review and giving a submission deadline of Dec. 18 for publication in a Dec, 30 issue of this "peer-reviewed" journal.
  • 2/18/16: International Journal of Humanities and Social Science Review IJHSSR is inviting papers for Vol. 2 No. 2 which is scheduled to be published on March 31, 2016. Acceptance Notification: Within 5-7 days from the date of manuscript submission. Submission deadline: February 28, 2016.
  • Continuing to promise all but instant review and publication, an email of 4/3/16 specifies a submission deadline of April 10 for the April 30 issue of IJHSSR. Comparable email on 5/3/16. The 5-7 day promise, which obviously is incompatible with meaningful review, appears in an email of  7/26/16. No information on editor-in-chief Dr. Willard Nicholas is evident on the journal's webpage.
  • 4/5/17: ... International Journal of Humanities and Social Science Review (IJHSSR) is ... providing a platform for the researchers, academicians, professional, practitioners and students ... The Journal Publishes in both print and online version. International Journal ... publish research paper in the field of ... and so on. ... IJHSSR is inviting papers for Vol. 3 No. 2 which is scheduled to be published on April 20, 2017. Acceptance Notification: Within 5-7 days from the date of manuscript submission ... With Warm Regards, Chief Editor, Dr. Willard Nicholas, International Journal of Humanities and Social Science Review

Public Science Framework (PSF)

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  • 2/21/16: Continued Privilege: Publishing Papers with 50% Discount
    Dear Scholar, Public Science Framework is always devoted to offering the best circumstance for you authors to share your research findings. In order to show the sincerity for cooperation, Public Science Framework decides to make continued privilege for you--publishing papers with 50% discount in 7 journals: International Journal of Materials Chemistry and Physics, International Journal of Chemical and Biomolecular Science, Agricultural and Biological Sciences Journal, Journal of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering, International Journal of Life Science and Engineering, American Journal of Marketing Research, International Journal of Education and Information Technology. We learnt that you have published a paper The design of "the first experimental study exploring DNA interpretation" in SCIENCE & JUSTICE. We sincerely invite you to join Public Science Framework and submit the extended version of the published paper or new paper to our journal.
Epilogue: PSF must be doing better financially. An email of 5/2/16 only offered a 40% discount "to show the sincerity for cooperation." Now the list of "all journals" was the International Journal of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, International Journal of Mathematics and Computational Science, International Journal of Modern Physics and Applications, Physics Journal, American Journal of Circuits, Systems and Signal Processing, International Journal of Materials Chemistry and Physics, International Journal of Modern Physics and Applications.

Progressive Science Publications (PSCIPUB)

A cursory check of the website reveals some symptoms of pathology.
  • There are "+5000 active participants."
  • The postal address is "Near Sadia Farooq Masjid, Khalid Town, Okara-56300 Pakistan."
  • The editor of Applied Science Reports is "Professor. Dr. Raziuddin" (no full name, no affiliations). Editorial board members from the US and Western Europe are limited to Dr. Sunil Kumar Verma, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular, Biology University of Texas Medical Branch, 301 University Blvd, Medical Research Building, and Assistant Professor. Dr. Alfredomaria Lurati (Italy), Gaetano Pini Institute Chair, of Rheumatology, Hospital.
Email
  • 6/15/16: Fast track paper publication in DOI journals . It is our great honor to invite you for submitting your papers to PSCIPUB Journals. Papers from your country are welcome for publication! PSCIPUB Journals releases peer-reviewed scientific research journal that addresses both applied and theoretical issues. Advance in Agriculture and Biology, Applied Science Reports, Scientia Agriculturae, Progress in Management Sciences. Journals are indexed in famous Abstracting/Indexing services. Publication charges (Fee?) Free of Charges.

Scientific Research Publishing Inc. (SCIRP)

From Wikipedia (7/15/16): [I]ts journals duplicated papers which had already been published elsewhere, without notification of or permission from the original author and of the copyright holder. ... Some of the journals had listed academics on their editorial boards without their permission or even knowledge, sometimes in fields very different from their own. [O]ne of its journals ... accepted a paper written by a random text generator.

SCIRP organizes a huge number of conferences, predominantly in China.  The Flaky Academic Conferences blog has more on that.
Psychology (PSYCH)
PSYCH's website (7/15/16) defines the relevant areas, which include "National Psychology," "Traffic Psychology," "Scientific Psychology," and "Other." It lists Prof. Peter Walla, University of Newcastle, Australia, as the editor. The US members of the editor board as listed are
Dr. Matthew C. Costello, Indiana University South Bend
Dr. Jay R. Elliott, Yale University
Dr. Thomas Vincent Frederick, California Baptist University
Prof. Jay Friedenberg, Manhattan College
Dr. David M. Goodman, Harvard Medical School
Dr. Hong Jiao, University of Maryland
Dr. Michelle Y. Kibby, Southern Illinois University
Prof. Kenneth A. Kiewra, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Prof. Beth Kurtz-Costes, University of North Carolina
Prof. Tim F. McLaughlin, Gonzaga University
Dr. John T. Mitchell, Duke University
Dr. Jennifer Kim Plybon Penberthy, University of Virginia School of Medicine
Dr. Massimiliano Versace, Boston University
Dr. Berney J. Wilkinson, Webster International University
Dr. Patricia Gail Williams, University of Louisville
  • 7/15/16: Dear David H. Kaye, You are cordially invited to submit or recommend articles to Psychology (PSYCH, ISSN Print: 2152-7180), which is an international academic journal devoted to the publication of original contributions in relevant areas. ... Best regards, Ms. Ray Wong (Editorial Assistant), PSYCH Editorial Office, E-mail: psych@scirp.org
Open Journal of Statistics
  • 1/27/17: Dear David H. Kaye, Open Journal of Statistics (OJS, 2161-7198) is seeking papers for the upcoming special issue on "Design of experiments". We would like to invite you to submit papers to this issue through our Paper Submission System. ... Best regards, Editor-in-Chief, Prof. Qihua Wang (Chinese Academy of Sciences, China), OJS Editorial Office, E-mail: ojs@scirp.org, Principal Place of Business: Building 5, Headquarters Space of Optical Valley, Tangxun Lake North Road #38, East Lake High-Tech Development Zone, Wuhan 430223, Hubei Province, China. For ease of communication: Scientific Research Publishing Inc., P. O. BOX 54821, Irvine CA 92619-4821, USA.
  • 4/9/17, 2:36 a.m.: Same email, except for "Submission Deadline: April 15th, 2017"
The journal's understanding of the subject of experimental design is this:
Experimental design can be used at the point of the greatest leverage to reduce design costs by speeding up the design process, reducing late engineering design changes, and reducing product material and labor complexity. Designed Experiments are also powerful tools to achieve manufacturing cost savings by minimizing process variation and reducing rework, scrap, and the need for inspection.
Among the members of the editorial board listed on the website are
Prof. Qihua Wang, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China (Editor-in-Chief)
Prof. Junsoo Lee, University of Alabama
Prof. Tae-Hwy Lee, University of California, Riverside
Prof. Gengsheng Qin, Georgia State University
Prof. Kalyan Raman, Northwestern University
Prof. Sunil K. Sapra, California State University, Los Angeles
Prof. Siva Sivaganesan, University of Cincinnati
Prof. Jianguo Sun, University of Missouri
Dr. Florin Vaida, University of California, San Diego
Dr. Haiyan Wang, Kansas State University
Dr. Peng Zeng, Auburn University
Prof. Yichuan Zhao, Georgia State University
Miscellaneous
  • 7/21/16: Dear David H. Kaye, The Creative Education (CE), a peer-reviewed open-access journal, is seeking papers for the upcoming special issue on "Critical Pedagogy and Critical Thinking Research". We would like to invite you to submit or recommend original research papers to this issue through our Paper Submission System.Best regards, Dr. Cathy H. Qi (University of New Mexico, USA), Editor-in-Chief, E-mail: ce@scirp.org
  • 8/31/16: In view of your valuable publications in academic circle, we hereby invite you to submit your current scientific manuscripts to "Open Journal of Ophthalmology" (OJOph, ISSN Online: 2165-7416), a peer-reviewed open-access journal.
  • 12/16/16: Dear David H. Kaye, This e-mail is sent from Food and Nutrition Sciences (FNS). We are very interested in your study [even though you have never written anything on food and nutrition sciences]. If you have unpublished papers in hand and have the idea of making our journal a vehicle for your research interests, please feel free to submit your manuscripts ... Best regards, Prof. Alessandra Bordoni (Editor-in-Chief), FNS Editorial Office; E-mail: fns@scirp.org
  • 5/1/17, Journal of Biophysical Chemistry <jbpc@minuch.com>: Dear David H. Kaye,, This e-mail is sent from Journal of Biophysical Chemistry (JBPC). We are very interested in your study. If you have unpublished papers in hand and have the idea of making our journal a vehicle for your research interests, please feel free to submit your manuscripts ... . Published Articles in JBPC: The Physiological Model of Na+-Dependent Transporters for Glucose and Amino Acids in Rat and Turtle, Henk M. Buck. Best regards,
    Ms. Joy Wong (Editorial Assistant), JBPC Editorial Office, E-mail: jbpc@scirp.org. For ease of communication: Scientific Research Publishing Inc., P. O. BOX 54821, Irvine CA 92619-4821, USA.   
    Principal Place of Business: Building 5, Headquarters Space of Optical Valley, Tangxun Lake North Road #38, East Lake High-Tech Development Zone, Wuhan 430223, Hubei Province, China. 
  • 5/7/17, From: Theoretical Economics Letters <tel@demope.com>: Dear David H. Kaye, This e-mail is sent for soliciting papers for the special issue on "Experimental Economics", which is launched by Theoretical Economics Letters (TEL, ISSN Online: 2162-2086), a peer-reviewed open-access journal. If you have related papers ready for publication, please feel free to submit ... . Yours sincerely, Ms. DENG Jing (Joy), Editorial Assistant, tel@scirp.org, Scientific Research Publishing Inc., P. O. BOX 54821, Irvine CA 92619-4821, USA. Principal Place of Business: Building 5, Headquarters Space of Optical Valley, Tangxun Lake North Road #38, East Lake High-Tech Development Zone, Wuhan 430223, Hubei Province, China.
  • 5/20/17, 3:57:38 AM EDT, From: Open Journal of Geology <ojg@sipplly.com>: Dear David H. Kaye,
    The Open Journal of Geology (OJG, ISSN Online: 2161-7589), a peer-reviewed open-access journal, is seeking papers for the upcoming special issue on "Solid Geophysics". We would like to invite you to submit or recommend original research papers ... Best regards, Prof. Zhihong Wang (Chinese Academy of Sciences, China), Editor-in-Chief, OJG Editorial Office, E-mail: ojg@scirp.org, Principal Place of Business: Building 5, Headquarters Space of Optical Valley, Tangxun Lake North Road #38, East Lake High-Tech Development Zone, Wuhan 430223, Hubei Province, China. For ease of communication: Scientific Research Publishing Inc., P. O. BOX 54821, Irvine CA 92619-4821, USA.