Saturday, January 28, 2017

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:
  • American Journal of Modern Physics
    ⊖ No editor listed.
    ⊖ The four members of the editorial board of this "American Journal" hail from the Sudan, India, Russia, and the Ukraine.
    ⊖ Published titles include "Modification of Einstein's E= mc2 to E =1/22 mc2".
  • American Journal of Physics and Applications
    ⊖ No editor listed.
    ⊖ 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.)
    ⊖ 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."
  • American Journal of Applied Mathematics
    ⊖ No American editorial board members or reviewers
    ⊖ Sports articles such as "Mathematical Proof of the Law of Karma."
  • American Journal of Bioscience and Bioengineering
    ⊖ 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."
  • American Journal of Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
    ⊖ No editor.
    ⊖ 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."
  • European Journal of Biophysics
    ⊖ No one from Europe on the editorial board, but 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." "Professor title or above will be preferred." 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 and Ethology, which none of their 'journals' covers. They wrote back offering to create that journal and make me editor in chief.").
Email Not Identifying SciencePG as the Publisher
  • From: Maydim Malkov [submission@agricultureforestry.org]
    Sent: Fri 4/27/2018 1:19 PM (and again 4/28)
    Subject: Publish Article and Become Editorial Board Members or Reviewers
    Dear Kaye, DH
    Greetings from the assitant [sic] editor! We have read about your published precious paper in LAW PROBABILITY and RISK titled Deadly statistics: quantifying an 'unacceptable risk' in capital punishment, and the topic of the paper has impressed us a lot. The paper has drawn attention and interest from researchers and scholars specializing in [the article's keywords appear here].
    Contribute Your Research Paper
    ... Science Journal of Applied Mathematics and Statistics can make specialists in various ranges closer to the cutting-edge researches. In light of the novelty, advance, and possible wide application of your innovation, we invite you with sincerity to contribute other unpublished papers that have similar topics to the journal. We are also quite looking forward to receiving your further research on the published paper. ...
    Be the Member of the Editorial Board or Reviewer Team
    On behalf of the Editorial Board of the journal, it is privileged for us to invite you to join us as one of the editorial board members or reviewers of Science Journal of Applied Mathematics and Statistics. Taking your academic background and rich experience in this field into account, the Board believe that you may be the most suitable person for this position. It is believed that your position as the editorial board member or reviewer will promote international academic collaborations in the future.
    Your research has left a deep impression on us, the abstract of which is listed as follows: [yep, a mindless cut-and-paste of the abstract is here].
    Please let me know if you have any question.
    Yours truly,
    Jessie Wright 
    Assistant Editor of Science Journal of Applied Mathematics and Statistics
  • From: Maydim Malkov [mailto:submission@journalphilosophy.org]
    Sent: Sunday, February 4, 2018 5:02 PM
    Subject: Submit Article and Join Our Journal
    Dear Author, For the sake of spreading up to date scientific research findings and let you scholars learn from each other, we sincerely invite scholars and researchers to submit papers to the journals or to become one of our editorial board members or reviewers.
    Become an Editorial Member or a Reviewer. To expand the editorial board and reviewer team, we sincerely invite you to be our editorial member or reviewer of our journals. If you are eager for more information of the Benefits and Responsibilities of the editorial member or reviewer, please feel free to click the following link: http://www.urpjournal.org/journals
    We have a variety of journals with an editorial team comprising many of the world's leading researchers. If you have burst out some new ideas in your specialized or interested field, welcome to submit your papers to the corresponding Journals to share your ideas with people around the world. ... [No signature line]
Email Identifying the Publisher
  • 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
    Dear Researcher or Professor, ... We honestly ask you to submit your paper to newly launched journal in the fields of social science, economics, management and education and enjoy new activity for paper publishing before February 28th, 2017. ... For now, more than ten thousand papers have already been published online in our platform. ... For the sake of spread knowledge, and expand science and technology advancement, a quick publication procedure is now provided by our platform. Only in 30-50 days, paper with good quality can be published. ... [A]ll the papers published in our platform can be accessible by the public, which can gain high visibility.
  • 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
  • 5/10/17, 2:07:28 PM EDT, Laken (Laken@ghelysium.org):
    EDITORIAL MEMBER INVITATION
    Dear Author/Scholar, With our platform's development recent years, Science Publishing Group (SciencePG) has now expanding and obtain more extensive attention from all over the world. For fulfilling the expansion of our editorial board and reviewer group, we sincerely invite you to be our editorial member or reviewer of our journals in the fields of social science, economics, management, education and linguistics. ... This work can provide you a better way to create your identity as a famed expert in your field. Thus it may lead to increased invitations to speak at conferences or demand for invited research of your specialized area. ... Featured Journals: Philosophy, Hospitality & Tourism Management, Social Sciences, Cognitive Psychology
  • 5/11/17, 2:10:12 PM EDT, from Renee (Renee@assoutced.org):
    APPLY FOR EDITORIAL MEMBER
    Dear Professor, With several years' development, Science Publishing Group (SciencePG) is experiencing rapid growth and gaining widespread attention. To expand the editorial board and reviewer team, now 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. ... Certificate of Reviewer/Editorial Member is friendly offered for you if you need it. You can get the certificate as an editorial Member or a reviewer via downloads online.After becoming the editorial member/reviewer, you can obtain 20% off the Article Processing Charges if you make great contribution to the journal and want to publish papers. If you review papers submitted in our platform, your name will appear in our website which provide a platform to let more people know you. Furthermore, more academic communications are available to you. ... Commendatory Journals: Business, Journalism and Communication, Philosophy. Human Resource Management
  • 5/13/17, from Hendrix (Hendrix@assoutced.org)
    Subject: To Be Editorial Member or Reviewer
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  • 5/15/17, from Alyssia (Alyssia@dhypotenuse.org)
    Subject: To Be the Editorial Member
    Dear Researcher/Author, With several years' development and rapid growth, Science Publishing Group [SciencePG] has obtained widespread attentions from all over the world in different fields. To step farther with stronger support from you respected scholars, experts and researchers, we sincerely invite you to join us as an editorial member or a reviewer in our journals in subjects of social science, economics, management, education and linguistics. ... Certificate of Reviewer/Editorial Member is provided for you if you need it. ... As an editorial member or reviewer, you can 20% off to publish your papers if you make great contribution to the journal and want to submit papers. This work helps to add in and provides a better way to create your identity as a well known expert in your field and may lead to increased invitations to speak at conferences or demand for invited research of your specialized area. ... Some Featured Journals: Social Psychology, Sports Science, Elementary Education, Finance [no signature line]
  • 5/17/17, from Berenice (Berenice@cingbowknot.org): Invitation of Editorial Member
    Dear Scholar, With our platform's development recent years, Science Publishing Group [SciencePG] is now expanding and obtain more extensive attention from all over the world. To step farther and grow better, we sincerely invite you to join us as an editorial member or a reviewer in our journals, which include subjects of social science, economics, management, education and linguistics. ... Certificate of Reviewer/Editorial Member is offered for you if you need it. ... After becoming our editorial member or reviewer, you can enjoy 20% off to publish your papers if you make great contribution to the journal. ... This work helps to add in and provides a better way to create your identity as a well known expert in your field and may lead to increased invitations to speak at conferences or demand for invited research of your specialized area. ... To be an editorial member, please click here ... . Apply for reviewers, please click here: ... Recommendatory Journals: Secondary Education, Arts and Design, Teacher Education, Accounting 
  • Monday, July 24, 2017, 1:36:43 AM EDT, from Samara (Samara@assoutced.org): Invitation from Editorial Board: Dear Researcher/Author, With several years' development and rapid growth, has obtained widespread attentions from all over the world in different fields. For meeting the expansion of our editorial board and reviewer group, we sincerely invite you to be our editorial member or reviewer of our journals in the fields of social science, economics, management, education and linguistics. ... Certificate of Reviewer/Editorial Member is friendly provided for you if you need it. ... After becoming the editorial member or reviewer, you can enjoy 20% off the publication fee if you make great contribution to the journal and want to publish your papers. This work can give you a better way to create your identity as a celebrated specialist in your field. Therefore, it may lead to increasing invitations to speak at conferences or demand for invited research of your specialized area. ... Some Recommended Journals [are] Social Psychology, Applied Psychology, Hospitality & Tourism Management, Cognitive Psychology.
  • 7/26/17, from Hendrix (Hendrix@assoutced.org): Dear Professor/Scholar, With our platform's development recent years, Science Publishing Group has now expanding and obtain more extensive attention from all over the world. For fulfilling the expansion of our editorial board and reviewer group, we sincerely invite you to be our editorial member or reviewer of our journals in the fields of social science, economics, management, education and linguistics. ... Certificate of Reviewer/Editorial Member is provided for you if you need it. You can obtain the certificate for editorial member or reviewer via online downloads. ... After becoming our editorial member or reviewer, you can enjoy 20% off to publish your papers if you make great contribution to the journal. You will have more opportunities to know latest research achievements in your fields. In addition, more academic communications are available to you. ...
  • 8/29/17, from (Chace@vigilantly.org): Dear Researcher/Author, With our platform's development recent years, Science Publishing Group is now expanding and obtain more extensive attention from all over the world. To step farther and grow better, we sincerely invite you to join us as an editorial member or a reviewer in our journals, which include subjects of social science, economics, management, education and linguistics. ... Certificate of Reviewer/Editorial Member is friendly offered for you if you need it. ... After becoming the editorial member or reviewer, you can enjoy 20% off the publication fee if you make great contribution to the journal and want to publish your papers. ... You will have the priority to know more up to date research achievements in your fields. In addition, more academic communications are available to you. ...
  • 9/18/17, from Ricardo (ricardo retouchabd.org): Dear Professor or Researcher, For the purpose of advancing the journals' future development and supporting you scholars a better condition to share and transfer recent scientific achievements and findings, Science - Publishing - Group(SciencePG) sincerely invite you to submit papers to our newly launched journals and publish your paper with a favorable APC before Nov. 30, 2017. To further strengthen the communication of research works between scholars from all around the world, SciencePG presently offers a favorable APC to authors who submit papers to the newly launched journals. For paper submitted before Nov. 30, 2017, Article Processing Charges in the journals will be different from 170USD to 370USD. ... List of Recommended Journals: Journal of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, International Journal of Materials Science and Applications, International Journal of Nutrition and Food Sciences, Science Journal of Education, Earth Sciences ...
  • From: J. JPS [mailto:editorialboard@jplantsciences.org]
    Sent: Monday, December 18, 2017 10:52 PM
    Subject: Submit your article and join SciencePG as editorial board members/reviewers
    Dear Sir, SciencePG is an open access publisher which publishes open access journals in all aspects of academic disciplines. For the future development of our platform and providing you scholars more excellent condition to share and transfer up to date research results, we sincerely invite scholars and researchers to submit papers to the journals or join in the editorial board/reviewer team.
    Open Access. Open Access makes knowledge available to all readers, without the barrier of affordability and without restrictions on using it to develop related areas of research. 30-50 Days Paper Publication. Fast publication promotes scientific research and saves author's time. Papers submitted can be published within 30-50 days provided that the paper is of good quality and the authors' response is prompt.
    A List of Some Journals: American Journal of Management Science and Engineering, Psychology and Behavioral Sciences, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, International Journal of Materials Science and Applications, Journal of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, American Journal of Health Research, International Journal of Environmental Monitoring and Analysis, American Journal of Energy Engineering
    Invitation of Calling for Manuscripts
    As an international academic publisher, SciencePG has 200+ open access, online, peer-reviewed journals. SciencePG welcomes both scholars and practitioners to submit valuable papers to the related journals through the online system. ... Join Us as an Editorial Member or a Reviewer
    To fulfill the expansion of our editorial board and reviewer team, we sincerely invite you to be our editorial member or reviewer of our journals. If you are eager for more details of the Benefits and Responsibilities of the editorial member or reviewer, please feel free to visit the following link: http://www.ijsge.net/joinasaneditorialmember

5 comments:

  1. Received a similar email invitation:

    American Journal of Physics and Applications
    (ISSN Print: 2330-4286, Online: 2330-4308)
    http://www.ajphys.org

    Dear Subhasish Mitra; ,
    Happy New Year!
    Greetings from the editorial office of American Journal of Physics and Applications (http://www.ajphys.org), a multidisciplinary peer-reviewed journal devoted to advancements in all the related aspects.
    We get to know you have published a paper titled International Journal of Heat and Fluid Flow in Letter to the Editor | International Journal of Heat and Fluid Flow - Volume 67, Part A , and we are impressed by your paper.
    Physics and Applications have always been a hot topic, attracting the focus of many people. The journal welcomes all scholars and experts to found a special issue on the related scopes. You will be the Lead Guest Editor if your application is permitted.

    Initiate a Special Issue and Be the Lead Guest Editor:

    A special issue is a gather of papers on a particular theme within the scope of the journal. You can spread your new findings and researches through this platform.

    We sincerely invite you to cooperate with your colleagues or friends to initiate a special issue and be the Lead Guest Editor.

    Privileges of Becoming the Lead Guest Editor:
    Being the Lead Guest Editor, you can enjoy the privileges below:

    1. Release one paper without article processing charge in your special issue.
    2. Provide you the chance to be the Editor-in-Chief of the journal.
    3. Receive one hard copy free of charge when the special issue is ended smoothly.
    4. Form your own editorial team and share ideas with them in your research fields.
    5. Establish your Personal Column on the website and get a Certificate (electronic version).

    Scopes

    Dielectrics
    Crystal science
    Applied atomic & molecular physics
    Bulk materials
    Plasma and fluid physics
    Applied nuclear physics
    Superconductivity
    Spectroscopy
    Device physics
    Organic materials
    Molecular and cluster physics
    Spintronics
    Semiconductors
    Transport theory
    Nonlinear science

    Guideline for Proposing a Special Issue:
    You can download the proposal form in the following link if you want to propose a special issue and be the Lead Guest Editor: http://www.ajphys.org/specialissues

    Then send back the filled proposal form to us via this email directly.
    For more information, please feel free to contact us.

    Best Wishes,
    The Editorial Office of American Journal of Physics and Applications

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  2. Just received a very similar invitation to become reviewer, editor,or submit to their journals. Whenever I get emails like their's I google of someone has written about that - found tons of posts including your's. So thank you for your writing about them, everything is pretty clear and Science PG just seems to be another fraudulent publisher not worth bothering about.

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  3. I received a similar email, that might be useful for others.

    Dear Trovato F
    Warmest greetings from the editorial office!
    The paper published in Biophysical reviews with the title Molecular simulations of cellular processes. has impressed us deeply.
    It has attracted attention from scholars specializing in Coarse-graining, Diffusion in the cytoplasm, Facilitated diffusion, Genetic material, Hydrodynamic interactions, Integrative modeling, Macromolecular crowding, Molecular dynamics, Nuclear bodies, Soft interactions, Stochastic processes, Sub-diffusion.

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  4. Similar type of message came to my email box.


    Dear Surungan, T; Bansawang, BJ; Tahir, D
    Warmest greetings!
    We are writing to show our deepest impression on your previous article titled
    Search for the Heisenberg Spin Glass on Rewired Square Lattices with Antiferromagnetic Interaction published in 4TH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON THEORETICAL AND APPLIED PHYSICS (ICTAP) 2014.
    The paper has drawn widespread attention and interest from scholars in the field of Phase transition; Heisenberg Spin Glasses; Monte Carlo Simulation; Replica Exchange Algorithm.

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  5. How is it that so many of these "predatory" open journal exists? It seems that they are successfull which means that people publishing in these kind of journals gain recognition.

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