Saturday, January 21, 2017

Knowledge Enterprises, Inc. (KEI Journals)


Beall saw it as "a publisher to avoid". The emails do have a personal touch (if you happen to be "Dr. Dr. Kaye DH"). The true names behind the domain are hidden, as DomainsByProxy registered the domain name. LinkedIn (7/2/18) has the following entry for Katerina Bielka, M.D., whose name is on most of the spam: anaesthesiology and intensive care, pain management, Ukraine, Medical Practice, Bogomolets National Medical University, Clinic "Boris", Kiyv city hospital #17.

Update (5/3/18): Medical Research Archives' "confidential" spam now drops any mention of KEI, but the domain for its email, medicalresearcharchives.com, is registered by GoDaddy.com to KEI Journals NA, 340 S Lemon Ave #7750, Walnut California 91789 US, +1.7632441130, f@zel.li. The address, which also appears in the strange confidentiality notice, is useful to many businesses who want to make it appear that they have a physical presence in California. See How Scitech Central Fakes a US Address and Guide for Setting Up 'Virtual Office' (in US). According to Bizapedia,
Knowledge Enterprises Incorporated is a Minnesota Business Corporation (Domestic) filed on December 6, 2011. The company's filing status is listed as Active / In Good Standing and its File Number is 451950700027. The Registered Agent on file for this company is Dylan Fazel and is located at 3357 Aldrich Ave, Anoka, MN 55303. The company's principal address is 3357 Aldrich Ave, Anoka, MN 55303.
The Bizapedia entry also lists Mr. Fazel as "Chief Executive Officer, 340 S Lemon Ave #7750, Walnut, CA 91789." Some of the fonts in the emails are in the mso-fareast font family.

The the signature line of the MRA email concludes with the following flourish: "NLM (PubMed) ID: 101668511." The National Library of Medicine catalog does indeed have such an ID number -- for a journal that is "[n]ot in the NLM Collection" and "[n]ot currently indexed for MEDLINE" because the articles were not "deposited in PubMed Central (PMC) in compliance with public access policies." (Thanks to Catherine Arnott Smith, an associate professor at the University of Wisconsin's Information School (?), for pointing out this deceptive practice and providing the NLM link in a comment below).
Email re Medical Research Archives
  • 6/13/16: Dr. Kaye DH,
    I hope this email finds you well. My colleague Reni asked if I could get in touch with you about your paper titled The good, the bad, the ugly: the NAS report on strengthening forensic science in America.. Firstly thank you for taking the time to publish this, it was an interesting read. I am hoping to have the opportunity to discuss having a short followup or perhaps a review article published in one of the next issues of our journal. I think our readers could be interested in a paper with information from any continued research or new data since this was published. It would not have to be a long article, but if you don't have time for this perhaps you could also reach out to the co-authors or one of your students to collaborate. ... If you have any questions about whether or not a certain subject fits the scope of the Medical Research Archives I can put you in contact with Dr. Steven Lindheim from our editorial board. Could you please let me know your thoughts on this?
    Sincerely,
    Dr. Kateryna Bielka, M. D.
    Medical Research Archives, www.journals.ke-i.org/mra
  • Date: 12/31/16
    Dear Dr. Dr. Kaye DH,
    I hope you are enjoying the holidays. We were in contact a few months ago about your paper entitled "The good, the bad, the ugly: the NAS report on strengthening forensic science in America.". I wanted to check-in with you again about the possibility of publishing a followup/update to this paper in one of the next issues of the Medical Research Archives. I still think that such an article could be of much interest to our readers and am hoping that you are in a better position to write something now that the new year is starting. The length of the article and timing of submission are flexible. If there is any way I can assist in making this happen please do not hesitate to ask. Would you be available to proceed with this in the next 2-3 months?
    Sincerely,
    Dr. Kateryna Bielka, M. D.
    Senior Editor, Medical Research Archives, www.journals.ke-i.org/mra
    This email and any attachments sent with it are confidential and intended only for the use of the individual or entity to whom they are addressed. If you have received this email in error please notify the system manager. This message contains confidential information and is intended only for the individual named. If you are not the named addressee you should not read, distribute or copy this e-mail. Please notify the sender immediately by e-mail or at 340 S Lemon Ave #7750 Walnut CA 91789 USA. If you have received this e-mail by mistake please delete it from your system. If you do not wish to receive further emails from this address please contact us using the reply button or click here. If you are not the intended recipient you are notified that disclosing, copying, distributing or taking any action in reliance on the contents of this information is strictly prohibited.
  • From: Dr. Kateryna Bielka, M.D. [kateryna.bielka@journals.ke-i.org]
    Sent: Wednesday, April 26, 2017 2:09 PM
    To: [someone who wrote to me for advice on how to stop this spam]
    Subject: Re: Article submission
    Dear Dr. ____, I hope your year is going well. Perhaps you remember I emailed you last year about your paper "Human germ line _______.". If you ever have the occasion to write a followup to this article my invitation still stands. I wanted to contact you today because I will be editing a special issue this summer in which all articles will have free full-text available to readers. I would be very appreciative if you would consider submitting an article. More information is available on our website, and in our author guide which I am happy to send to you. The issue will be released in August, and submissions will be accepted through the end of July. Do you think you have time to contribute to this issue?
    Sincerely,
    Dr. Kateryna Bielka, M. D.
    Senior Editor, Medical Research Archives
  • From: Dr. Kateryna Bielka, M.D. [kateryna.bielka@journals.ke-i.org]
    Sent: Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017, 6:08 PM
    Subject: Manuscript Submission
    Dear Dr. Kaye DH,
    I hope all is well. An article you authored a while back entitled "The good - the bad - the ugly: the NAS report on strengthening forensic science in America." caught my interest and I thought I would contact you about it. I am wondering if you or any of your co-authors have continued working in this line of research because I think it would fit nicely into an issue of the Medical Research Archives. I will be editing the next few issues of the journal and would be delighted if we could include an article from you.
    The parameters of the article would be up to you of course but I was thinking an updated review article might be nice. I am happy to look at any material you have to let you know if it fits our scope. I am also including a link to the journal's previous issue below so you may get a sense of the kinds of articles we accept. Please let me know if this is a possibility for you.
    Sincerely,
    Kateryna Bielka, M. D.
    Senior Editor, Medical Research Archives
    This email and any attachments sent with it are confidential and intended only for the use of the individual or entity to whom they are addressed. If you have received this email in error please notify the system manager. This message contains confidential information and is intended only for the individual named. If you are not the named addressee you should not read, distribute or copy this e-mail. Please notify the sender immediately by e-mail or at 340 S Lemon Ave #7750 Walnut CA 91789 USA. If you have received this e-mail by mistake please delete it from your system. If you do not wish to receive further emails from this address please contact us using the reply button. If you are not the intended recipient you are notified that disclosing, copying, distributing or taking any action in reliance on the contents of this information is strictly prohibited.
  • From: Dr. A. Phiri (a.phiri@medicalresearcharchives.com)
    Sent: Wed 5/2/2018 2:05 AM (and 4/30/18)
    Subject: Update to "The good - the bad - the ugly: the NAS report on strengthening forensic science in America."
    Dear Dr. Kaye DH
    We are planning the next few issues of the journal and I thought I would get in touch with you. Your article from a while ago titled "The good - the bad - the ugly: the NAS report on strengthening forensic science in America." was an interesting read and I think another article from you would fit well into the journal. Would you consider submitting either an update to this article or something new? May I send along more information?
    Thank you,
    A. Phiri, M.D.
    Editorial Board, Medical Research Archives
    NLM (PubMed) ID: 101668511
    This email and attachments sent along with it are confidential and only for use by the person or business to whom they are addressed. This message is a solicitation. If you have received this email in error please notify the sender. If you are not the named addressee you should not read, forward, or copy this e-mail. Please notify the sender immediately by e-mail or at 340 S Lemon Ave Walnut California 91789. If you have received this email by mistake and delete this email from your system. Unless you are the intended recipient you are notified that disclosing, copying, distributing or taking any action in reliance on the contents of this information is strictly prohibited. If you no longer wish to receive emails from this address please reply to indicate such in the subject line.
  • From: Dr. A. Phiri [a.phiri@medicalresearcharchives.com]
    Sent: Sat 5/5/2018 7:04 PM
    Subject: Update to "The good - the bad - the ugly: the NAS report on strengthening forensic science in America."
    Dear Dr. Kaye DH,
    I don't think I got a reply to this yet, please let me know if you preparing an article is a possibility.
    Thank you,
    A. Phiri, M.D.
  • From: K. Bielka [k.bielka@medicalresearcharchives.com]
    Sent: Sun 7/1/18
    Subject: Writing an article
    Dear Dr. Kaye DH,
    I wanted to get in touch with you about the idea of preparing an article that is related to the article you published some time ago titled "The good - the bad - the ugly: the NAS report on strengthening forensic science in America.". I serve on the board of the Medical Research Archives and would be happy to work with you to get such an article published this year. Please let me know if this is of interest to you and I will send along all of the details.
    Sincerely,
    Dr. Kateryna Bielka, M.D.
    Editorial Board [← Poor Kateryna. Did she lose her position as Senior Editor?]
    Medical Research Archives
    ISSN: 2375-1924 NLM (PubMed) ID: 101668511
    This email and attachments sent along with it are confidential and only for use by the person or business to whom they are addressed. This message is a solicitation. If you have received this email in error please notify the sender. If you are not the named addressee you should not read, forward, or copy this e-mail. Please notify the sender immediately by e-mail or at 340 S Lemon Ave Walnut California 91789. If you have received this email by mistake and delete this email from your system. Unless you are the intended recipient you are notified that disclosing, copying, distributing or taking any action in reliance on the contents of this information is strictly prohibited. If you no longer wish to receive emails from this address please reply to indicate such in the subject line.
  • From: K. Bielka [k.bielka@medicalresearcharchives.com]
    Date: Mon July 2, 2:11 AM
    Subject: Re: Writing an article
    Dear Dr. Kaye DH,
    Please reply to my previous email when you get a chance. I am happy to answer any quesitons you may have.
    Sincerely
    Dr. Kateryna Bielka, M.D.

11 comments:

  1. I have received the same solicitation and am now discovering (disappointingly) that this appears to be a scam. Glad I did before spending valuable hours composing a manuscript! Thank you for sharing, this is important to educate researchers who are hungry for publications and can be vulnerable to scammers!

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  2. The same predatory Publisher.

    Dear Dr. XXX,

    A paper you authored a while back entitled "xxxx" caught my interest and I wanted to contact you about it. I am wondering if you or any of your co-authors have continued working in this line of research because I think it would fit nicely into an issue of the Medical Research Archives. I am editing the next several issues of the journal and would be very pleased if we could include an article from you.

    The parameters of the article would be up to you but I was thinking an updated review article might be good. I am happy to look at any text you have to let you know if it fits our editorial line. I am including a link to the journal's previous issue below so you may get a sense of the kinds of articles we publish.

    Could you or one of your students contribute an article?
    Sincerely,

    Kateryna Bielka, M.D.

    Editorial Board

    Medical Research Archives

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  3. Same excrement, different diem:

    Dear Dr. Hofmeyr,

    The article you authored some time ago titled "Preeclampsia in 2017: Obstetric and Anaesthesia Management" caught my interest and I wanted to contact you about it. I am wondering if you or any of your co-authors have continued working in this line of research because I think it would fit nicely into an issue of the Medical Research Archives. I am editing the next several issues of the journal and would be very pleased if we could include an article from you.

    The parameters of the article would be up to you but I was thinking an updated review article might be good. I am happy to look at any text you have to let you know if it fits our editorial line.

    Would you be able to prepare an article in the next few months?

    Sincerely,



    Dr. Kateryna Bielka, MD

    Editorial Board

    Medical Research Archives

    NLM (PubMed) ID: 101668511

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  4. MedDocs Publishers are dedicated to publish informative and professional journals covering (A to Z journals) various areas of science, medicine and latest technology. We follow open access policies.
    Visit: http://meddocsonline.org/contactus.php

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  5. I received today a similar request, but this was to write a review follow-up for an editorial I wrote in 2014 named: Presentation of the 2014 Morris F. Collen award to Charles Safran - MD. I receive these emails since 2016. When you reply to them, to do not respons. I got a similar email last year from the Internal Medicine Review. Similar wording, referring to the same editorial.

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    1. An additional note: the small print of the Internal Medicine Review contains an address in Washington DC

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  6. She is sending me the same email about a paper I wrote over 10 years ago.

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  7. Dear Dr. Rahman NA,

    We are planning the next few issues of the journal and I thought I would get in touch with you. Your article from a while ago titled "Serotyping of Brunei pneumococcal clinical strains and the investigation of their capability to adhere and invade a brain endothelium model." was an interesting read and I think another article from you would fit well into the journal.

    Would you consider submitting either an update to this article or something new? May I send along more information?


    Thank you,


    A. Phiri, M.D.

    Editorial Board

    Medical Research Archives

    NLM (PubMed) ID: 101668511

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  8. I'm presenting a study on predatory publishers' presence in databases, including PubMed, later this month so I was fascinated to see the "NLM (PubMed) ID" added to these highly personal messages. NLM states about this journal:

    "Not currently indexed for MEDLINE. Citations are for articles where the manuscript was deposited in PubMed Central (PMC) in compliance with public access policies. For further information, see Author Manuscripts in PMC." [https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/nlmcatalog/101668511]

    I feel like writing Dr Phiri and thanking him for the additional fodder for my presentation.

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  9. Dr. Kateryna Bielka, M.D. contacted me regarding my published paper on graphene electronics. Speaks volumes about their editorial policy...

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  10. I just replied with this email. Hopefully it will work!! :-)

    Dear Dr. Bielka,

    Thank you for the invitation, I will contribute with great pleasure! I charge $7,000 fee per article, plus $200 per manuscript page and $500 per image. I would thus estimate, with 15 pages and 2 figures, a total cost of $11,000. Of course, I expect the Journal to cover all publication costs.

    You can send the check to my address, I will have the manuscript completed approximately 6 months after receipt of the payment.

    I look forward to working with you, thank you for the wonderful opportunity

    Sincerely

    MM

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