Thursday, January 5, 2017

Elyns Publishing Group

Beall suggests that "the central idea of Elyns Publishing Group is to make an easy profit for its owner. This appears to be a one-man operation, and a Google search indicated that the man is Narasimharao Sadam. Only a few of the journals has any editorial board members, yet all are accepting manuscripts at this time." He reports that "The publisher is based in an apartment in a lower-middle-class neighborhood in Clifton, New Jersey." My own domain name search showed that it is registered to Narasimharao Sadam. 647 Cheryl Dr., Iseli NJ 08830, 732-781-5502, sadans188@gmal.com.

Elyns' website (5/2/17) describes Mr. Sadam's mission differently: "The central idea of ELYNS is to make the scholarly literature and scientific wisdom free and open to the scientific as well as the common world. ELYNS is committed to rationalize the disparities, neutralize the technical and economical constraints in the field of science, technology and medicine (STM) and development through its transparent peer review process supporting the Notion OPEN ACCESS Strongly."
Journal of Forensic Medicine and Legal Affairs
I examined one "short communication" entitled "Cheiloscopy -- An Overview of its Limitations and Future Perspectives." Authors can have such communications published for modest fees -- $150, $250, and $319 for residents of "low income," "middle income," and "high income" countries.  These authors should have gotten the low income price, being with the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, NIMS Dental College, Jaipur, India.

The article begins "In forensic identification, the mouth allows for a myriad of possibilities." It asserts that "[t]he grooves present on the human lips are unique to each person and can be used to determine identity [1]. ... Lip print analysis is a process that provides both qualitative and quantitative results thus its application in the forensic field should be widely accepted by both law enforcement and the legal professionals [1]." Reference 1 is "Bajpai M, Mishra N, Yadav P, Kumar S. Efficacy of lip prints for determination of sex and inter observer variability. Euro J Exp Bio. 2011;1(4):81-86." Clicking on the link for the reference leads to a web page of another flaky publisher, Insight Medical Publishing, that reads "No Volumes and issues availiable..!"

The article itself contains grammatical errors (for example, "Bajpai M and associates discussed the inter observer variability which may influences the lip prints recording [1]"). Its best feature is its brevity. It ends with a one-sentence section on "Future Perspectives" that speaks to the quality of the contribution and the editing it received:
Although lip prints are unique to individual like fingerprints but further studies are needed to address the uniqueness of lip grooves also more human characteristics should be included like post surgical scars, crusting of lips, congenital lip pits, clefts etc [10].
Reference 10 is a survey of the curricula in forensic odontology at five universities.

Given this level of scholarship and expressive ability, it was not a surprise to discover that the journal has an editorial board that is all across the map. (The list includes the ubiquitous Henry C. Lee, whose name appears in connection with many a flaky journal and conference.)
Email
  • From: Journal of Forensic Medicine and Legal Affairs [mailto:editor.jfml@elynsopen.org]
    Sent: Thursday, January 5, 2017 8:42 PM
    Subject: Regarding Manuscript Submission to the Journal of Forensic Medicine and Legal Affairs
    Dear Dr. David H Kaye,
    Greetings from the Journal of Forensic Medicine and Legal Affairs ! I cordially invite you to submit your manuscript for the upcoming issue (Volume 02, Issue 01) of the Journal of Forensic Medicine and Legal Affairs (ISSN: 2472-3800).
    The JFML is an international online open access peer reviewed journal aims to advance the knowledge and practice of forensic and legal medicine. This journal publishes reviews, original communications and case reports related to forensic pathology, forensic chemistry, anthropology, psychiatry, forensic toxicology, odontology, criminalistics, and forensic biology with emphasis on DNA analysis. Papers related to child abuse, malpractice, and ethics are also acceptable.
    ... Please go through the author guidelines before submitting manuscript.
    I look forward to receiving your submission.
    Best Regards, Esam Ali, PhD, Editor in Chief, Journal of Forensic Medicine and Legal Affairs, Elyns Publishing Group, 648 Cheryl Dr Iselin NJ 08830, USA
  • From: Journal of Forensic Medicine and Legal Affairs [mailto:editor.jfml@elynsonline.org]
    Sent: Tuesday, March 7, 2017 1:16 AM
    Subject: Reminder: Manuscript Submission to the Journal of Forensic Medicine and Legal Affairs
    Dear Dr. David H Kaye, Greetings from the Journal of Forensic Medicine and Legal Affairs !
    I am not sure that you have received my previous mail requesting you to submit manuscript to JFML (ISSN: 2472-3800). I would like to know if you have a manuscript to submit for the upcoming issue. ... Please go through the author guidelines before submitting manuscript. I look forward to hearing from you!
    Best Regards, Esam Ali, PhD, Editor in Chief, Journal of Forensic Medicine and Legal Affairs, Elyns Publishing Group, 26 foxtail LN, NJ 08852, USA, editor.jfml@elynsgroup.com

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  2. Man.... that was thorough, and at times, savage..... we need more like this fair, yet firm, assessment and treatment of "flaky" academic journals..

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