Thursday, January 12, 2017

Medwin Publishers

Medwin Publishers' website (visited 10/19/16) has some pretty good lines:
☆ an open access, internationally peer-reviewed Publishers that are indulged in publishing original articles
☆ aspires to bring eminent original findings of research information across the globe into light
☆ The motto of MedWin is to intellectualize the global society by providing them with the advancements
☆ We strive with a mission to proliferate superiority knowledge
The enterprise claims to publish more than 30 journals bimonthly "in the fields of Dental, pediatrics, diabetes, ophthalmology, Orthopedics, Biotechnology, virology." The address provided is in Troy, Michigan, and corresponds to the Bytes and Mortar building on Crooks Road, which "offers private and virtual office space." The domain medwinpublishers.com is registered to Shravan Kumar Yeluvaka, 1411 Kirts Blvd, Apt 104, Troy MI 48084, (814) 566-5899, medwinpublishers@gmail.com.
International Journal of Forensic Sciences
Its International Journal of Forensic Sciences includes an article from Michael Hall (Roger Williams University) on "Concept Mapping, Social Value, and Public Administration: Public Administration in the Mind of the Public it Serves." Here, one learns that "[t]he United States is based on and operates societally and governmentally as a social contract" and that "[m]essages to establish Public Administration’s social value can be crafted and distributed to the public to reawaken what Public Administration contributes to the social contract, its history, and its education contributions." It would take a good detective to find a significant connection to forensic science. The names of the journal's editors are not to be found in the pages of the journal or on the website. The publication fee for an article like this is $1949.

The 24 members of the board of editors include the following U.S. experts: Ahmet S Yayla, George Mason University; Ronn Johnson, Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System; Richard P Conti, Kean University; Katherine Carolyn Turner, San Diego State University; Julia M Mack, Gannon University; Claire L Glynn, University of New Haven; and Zhu Dan, Iowa State University.
  • From: forensic@medwinpublishers.com
    Sent: Jul 13, 2017, 6:56 AM
    Subject: Manuscript submission: IJFSC
    Greetings…!! This is a kind email regarding the submission of your quality manuscript. We would like to let you know that we are about to release our upcoming issue by the mid of next month, quality articles from an eminent person like you will add scope to our journal. So we humbly request you to submit your valuable manuscript which will be more helpful to release our upcoming issue successfully. As you have supported to our journal by which we have succeeded in winding up our volume. Hope your assistance will be with us in near future also. We will be glad if you submit your valuable manuscript as early as possible. We request you to submit your work to the below link given below and hope you will contribute to our esteemed journal and support us. Await your optimistic reply.
    Kind Regards,
    Terri Katherine
    Assistant Managing Editor, International Journal of Forensic Sciences (IJFSC), MedWin Publishers
  • From: forensic@medwinpublishers.com
    Sent: Feb 23, 2018, 2:16 AM
    Subject: Call for paper:IJFSC
    Dear Dr. David H Kaye,
    Greetings from International Journal of Forensic Sciences (IJFSC)! All the authors are cordially invited to submit their valuable work for publication in the Upcoming Issue of our  https://medwinpublishers.com/IJFSC/ and kindly follow the below link ... .
    If you want to be an Editorial Board Member. ○ Biography (150 words) ○ Research interest ○ Recent photograph
    Also, we request you to submit your manuscript by on or before March 5th 2018 so that we can release upcoming issue successfully to enable swift process of peer review and publication.
    Note: If you want to be an Editorial board member please let us know. The eligibility is minimum Ph.D. or M.D Looking forward for a long lasting scientific association with you. Kindly acknowledge this email within 24 hours
    Kind Regards,
    Terri Katherine
    Assistant Managing Editor, International Journal of Forensic Sciences (IJFSC). MedWin Publishers, Email: forensic@medwinpublishers.us
Journal of Clinical Science and Translational Medicine

Although I have no degrees or experience in clinical science or medicine, my "profile is quite impressive and appropriate to our journal." Its email requests me "to kindly accept our invitation for being an honorable Editor in our Journal."
  • From: clinicalscience@medwinpublishers.org
    Sent: Mar. 7, 2018 at 6:41 AM
    Subject: Request for being an Eminent Editor: JCSTM
    Dear Dr. David H Kaye,
    Greetings from,Journal of Clinical Science and Translational Medicine. As we have gone through your profile which is quite impressive and appropriate to our journal. So we would like to cordially invite you to be a part of the Editorial Board for our journal.
    MedWin is interested to associate with well qualified people to increase the reach in the scientific community and request you to kindly accept our invitation for being an honorable Editor in our Journal.
    MedWin aspires to bring eminent original findings of research information across the globe into light and aims to build an efficient platform for the researchers/readers all over the world. It is the platform to bring the highest quality research over advance topics.
    Hope our Journal will offer you an enriching experience and hope to achieve great successful endeavors.
    If you are interested to be a part of our EB, Kindly submit: Present CV, Research nterest, Short biography (about 250 words) and Recent photograph. Hope you accept our invitation and look forward to receive from you at the earliest. Have a great day.
    Kind Regards,
    Colleen Tracey
    Assistant Managing Editor, Journal of Clinical Science and Translational Medicine, Med Win Publishers
  • From: clinicalscience@medwinpublishers.org
    Date: July 5, 2018 3:19 AM
    Subject: Followup: Editorial Board Member: JCSTM
    Dear Dr. David H Kaye,
    Greetings from Journal of Clinical Science & Translational Medicine (JCSTM)!!
    We have contacted you earlier through email. Since we have not received any response from you regarding Honorable Editor to our journal editorial board, 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 have gone through your profile, which is impressive and so, we are interested to introduce our Journal of Clinical Science & Translational Medicine (JCSTM) to you.
    JCSTM is the highly interdisciplinary field and especially focus on biomedical research field. Translation medicine aims to accelerate the discovery of new diagnostic tools and treatments by using a multi-disciplinary, highly collaborative Bench-to-Beside approach and also this journal is to promote enhancements in diagnosis, prevention, and therapies with combining disciplines, expertise, resources, and techniques. This journal emphasizes clinical potential and applications of new biotechnologies, structural Biology Techniques, molecular Genetic Test, etc.,
    We kindly request you to act as editor for our JCSTM. To know more, kindly go through below link for Editor Guideline ... We request you to kindly accept our invitation for being an honorable Editor in our Journal and kindly send us below particulars to upload your profile in our Journal website ... . Hope you accept our invitation and look forward to receiving from you at the earliest.
    Have a great day.
    Kind Regards,
    Colleen Tracey
    Assistant Managing Editor, Journal of Clinical Science & Translational Medicine, MedWin Publishers
Nanomedicine & Nanotechnology Open Access (NNOA)

This Medwin journal did not write me, but a German researcher did. He reported that when he replied to its spam with the words "Go AWAY!" and a link to this posting, he received the following reply:
Von: nanotechnology@medwinpublishers.com [nanotechnology@medwinpublishers.com]
Gesendet: Montag, 10. September 2018 13:23
Betreff: Re: AW: Support for Upcoming Issue: NNOA
Dear Dr. [name omitted],
Greetings..!!
Thank you for your e-mail.
This is to let you know that we totally disagree with your comments, because all the open access journals are facing this problem. Anyhow, we are growing rapidly with quality peer review process and producing quality articles to the readers, so we don’t bother about such comments and we totally depend upon author’s/editor’s belief. We believe that it is common for any organization that is running successfully.
Regarding the evidence kindly go through the below link, more than 40 of our journals have ISSN and we have applied for all the remaining Journals, we are indexed in Google scholar, Index Copernicus, ASI (Advanced Sciences Index), Research Bib, Publons, SIS and member in Crossref. Also, we are in the process of getting indexed in SCI.
Hope you understand us. We hope association with eminent people like you will help our publisher to reach greatest heights.
Have a great day.
Kind Regards,
Paula Annette
Assistant Managing Editor, Nanomedicine & Nanotechnology Open Access (NNOA), MedWin Publishers
Vaccines and Vaccination Open Access
Medwin invited me (10/19/16 and again 10/21/16) to "act as editor" for its journal on vaccines in this email:
  • Dear Dr. David H Kaye,
    Greetings from Vaccines and Vaccination Open Access! We have gone through your profile, which is impressive and so, we ... kindly request you to act as editor for our Vaccines and Vaccination Open Access. ... We request you to kindly accept our invitation for being an honorable Editor in our Journal and kindly send us below particulars to upload your profile in our Journal website: • Curriculum Vittae [sic] • Research Interest • Short Biography (about 250 words) • Recent Photograph. Hope you accept our invitation and look forward to receive from you at the earliest. Have a great day.
    Kind Regards,
    Monica KathrynAssistant Managing Editor, Vaccines and Vaccination Open Access (VVOA), MedWin Publishers
Maybe VVOA found its editors, for it then turned to more prosaic solicitations of manuscripts:
  • 1/12/17: 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 and 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 Feb 5th, 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 KathrynAssistant Managing Editor, Vaccines and Vaccination Open Access (VVOA, MedWin Publishers
Monica sent the same email on 2/21/17, modified only to propose March 15, 2017, for "swift process of peer review and publication" in the vaccine journal. I asked if this journal would interested in "a paper reporting that I still got some colds after being vaccinated against the flu." Monica replied, "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." The full correspondence appears on a page of its own.

19 comments:

  1. I got a similar email from Medwin for 'associate editor' for Petroleum & Petrochemical Engineering Journal (PPEJ). So, I thought of looking some online review about Medwin and found your article. Thanks for sharing your experience. I am not going to respond them.

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  2. Reviewed a paper for PPEJ, which was written in atrocious English. Subsequently, i was invited to be an honorable member of the editorial board by Carol. Oh well, I would have declined anyway, but this post made it easy.

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  3. Never agree to assist any journal in any way unless you have direct 1st-hand knowledge that it is 'kosher' from a colleague you trust. 3rd-rate journals are destroying science

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  4. It is still going on, and I appreciate your on-line article. It confirmed my suspicions. This kind of journal is a disgrace, but unfortunately with pressure from funding bodies, at least in the UK, to publish in Open Access journals, I think they will be with us well into the future. What a pity!

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  5. I thought as much! Thanx for the heads up, which of course I am very glad to back up, having received a similar message inviting me to be an editor of a "phantom journal" in the field of Ecology...

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  6. Just received an invitation to become an editor. Thank you for your post. Kindly continue your good work of highlighting such shady journals that are exploiting the scientific community.

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  7. Hi, thank you for sharing. I just received an invitation to publish in the "Psychology & Psychological Research International Journal". I'm glad I googled it first.

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  8. I got an email from "Psychology & Psychological Research International Journal" today, too. I googled it and I found you. Thanks a lot for this info session!

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  9. HI guys, today I got an email from Medi Publishers inviting me to write a review in two weeks (!) for publication in Physical Science & Biophysics Journal (PSBJ). Thank you very much for making my decision easy.

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  10. Their "Assistant Managing Editors" are probably randomly generated names. They all have an Anglo-American sounding first name, plus a last name that is also an Anglo-American sounding first name. Monica Kathryn, Colleen Tracey, Terri Katherine. I got one from "Martha Anna" yesterday.

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  11. I get this muck about 6-7 times a year, even though:

    1) I don't hold a doctorate, and
    2) I don't work in the field(s) the journal claims to be covering.

    They're just spamming academic email addresses.

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  12. Same today for Psychology & Psychological Research International Journal (PPRIJ)
    I apparently have an impressive record of publications in the field... but I never published in a psychology journal.

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  13. I got the same today for Psychology & Psychological Research International Journal (PPRIJ). Same as everyone else it says they want to publish my manuscript which I have never submitted, looks like a scam.

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  14. 3rd-rate journals are destroying science BUT the same are going on with 1rd rated-sponsored by farmaceutical industry... isn´t it true?

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  15. I got it too! Loooool!


    Greetings..!!
    We would like to take a minute to wish you peace and prosperity.
    All the authors are cordially invited to submit their valuable work for publication in the Upcoming Issue of our Psychology & Psychological Research International Journal. ISSN: 2576-0319

    The journal seeks to publish original research, reviews, perspectives, mini reviews, short communications, letter to editor, case reports, editorials, opinions, etc. on all aspects of Psychology & Psychological Research.
    Also, we request you to submit your manuscript on or before September 30th, 2018 so that we can release upcoming issue successfully to enable swift process of peer review and publication.
    You can submit your manuscript through online submission (or) Send as an e-mail attachment to the editorial office at psychology@medwinpublishers.com

    Note: If you want to be an Editorial board member please let us know. The eligibility is minimum Ph.D. or M.D
    We are requesting you to encourage your colleagues and friends to submit their papers for publication in PPRIJ. Please share this letter with them.

    We are looking forward to hearing from you. If you have any concerns, we will be glad to assist you.

    Have a great and healthy day ahead…!!

    Best regards,
    Martha Anna
    Assistant Managing Editor
    Psychology & Psychological Research International Journal (PPRIJ)
    MedWin Publishers

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  16. I got the same email today from pharmacology@medwinpublishers.com

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  17. Similarly, conference organisers who will extol your accomplishments in a field where you have published nothing, and will 'honor you' (rather than you honouring them) by being an organiser of one of their conferences. And check out mass-produced conferences such as those of https://www.conferenceseries.com/, which proudly boasts "Meet Inspiring Speakers and Experts at our 3000+ Global Conference Series LLC LTD Events with over 1000+ Conferences, 1000+ Symposiums and 1000+ Workshops on Medical, Pharma, Engineering, Science, Technology and Business". Can you believe it! scientificfederation.com is similar. Here's my own sample communication:

    "We are in the process of preparing 2nd International Conference on Atomic & Nuclear Physics ICANP-2019 which is scheduled to be held during July 25-26, 2019 in Rome, Italy. Considering your profile, and based on your excellent continuous research in the area of Physics we would like to take the privilege to enquire if you can join for a Keynote talk for ICANP-2019 It would be grateful, if you can accept our invitation and take up the privilege to make the conference more splendid.

    Based on your remarkable contribution and achievements in this field we would like to honor you with the Keynote Presentation"

    I wondered whether to offer to do this for expenses and a large honorarium, and see what I got back, but didn't do the experiment.

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  18. As someone never having medical education, I received an article for review (although there are some articles I wrote that are loosely related some medical problems related to the journal, so at least they search their reviewers using topic search).
    The article was simply attached to the letter, I could have used it (if it was worth), i.e., they don't protect the authors' right sufficiently.

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  19. I received a similar mail soliciting 'quality paper' for "International Journal of Oceanography & Aquaculture", as well as an invitation to join the Editorial board. Thanks to your website, I am forewarned not to destroy what little has been achieved so far.

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