Monday, June 19, 2017

ISaMed Journals Aspire to Inherit the Research Globally

ISaMed Journals website (6/19/17) is full of danger signs -- a vacuous slogan, empty webpages, a fake address, and a domain name registered by proxy to hide the real parties. The About Us page reports that
ISAMED Journals publishes Open Access Journals in the research of science and medical fields. ISAMED ... does not have any funding source. ISAMED Journals acts as a connecting link between researchers and readers across the scientific community. ISAMED Journals inspires the scientific community by publishing quality research that attracts the readers and researchers all around the world.
ISAMED empowers the readers to read, share and download the content freely via open access. All the ISAMED publications are into Open Access , which will be regularly archived within the respective journal. These can access through web all around the world.
We aspire to improve, innovate, inspire and inherit the research in Science and Medical fields.
The website advertises 20 journals named "Open Access Journal of X." For example, the Open Access Journal of Biostatistics "publishes all aspects of Biostatistics. ... All manuscripts are peer-reviewed by experts ... that improves the quality of the manuscript. All manuscripts undergo peer review process ... ." Clicking on "Editorial Board" returns a blank page except for the promise that "Editorial Board Will Be Updated Soon." The "Article in Press"  does not exist. The "Current Edition" and "Archive" are empty.
Email
  • From: Editor-Open Access Jornal of Forensic Science (forensic@isamedjournals.net)
    Sent: Monday, June 19, 2017 8:53 PM
    Subject: Forensic Science Editorial/Reviewer Board Invitation
    Dear Dr. David H Kaye,
    Thank you for taking the time to read this email. We are pleased to invite you to join the Editorial board/Review Board of our new journal, the "Open Access Journal of Forensic Science". The journal is being established by ISaMed Journals with a goal to innovate, inspire and inherit the research globally. We intend to establish a high-quality, peer-reviewed Open Access Journal of Forensic Science that can be viewed worldwide. ... Please let us know your interest via an email (forensic@isamedjournals.org) by submitting your CV(updated), Biography, Research interests, and HD clarity passport size photograph ... . If you are unable to participate in our Editorial Board, we cordially invite you to submit papers to the upcoming edition Inaugural Edition. We are planning to release Inaugural Issue at the end of August 2017, for this we need the support of renowned people like you. ... We anticipate your earliest response to be a part of our Journal.
    Regards, Stacy Shireen, Open Access Journal of Forensic Science, IsaMed LLC. 8 The Green, Suite #4939, Dover, DE 19901, USA, E-mail: forensic@isamedjournals.org
    *Note: If you are not interested to participate, please mail Unsubscribe to unsubscribe@isamedjournals.com

Friday, June 2, 2017

Forum on Public Policy

The Oxford Round Table Symposium publishes a Forum on Public Policy in connection with conferences at buildings it rents for these occasions in Oxford. As of 6/2/17, it was not on "the whitelist of reputable titles" maintained by JournalGuide.com. For information on the identities of and spam from the conference organizers, see the flaky conference website.

The Forum editor is "Andy Boyle, D.Phil, Oxford, England." The board of editors consists of "Isobel Hurst, D. Phil., Oxford England; Richard Salmon, Ph.D., Virginia Tech, Blacksburg , Virginia; Chris Watkins, M.D., Norton Health Care, Louisville , Kentucky; and Trevor Davies, Ph.D., University of Reading, United Kingdom." Whether any of them have any academic appointments is unclear.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Blacklist of academic publishers nears release

Cabell's International specializes in rating academic publications and supplies (for a fee) information and ratings of academic journals. A news report in Nature states that this Texas firm "will launch its own list of predatory journals: those that deceive their authors or readers, for example by charging fees to publish papers without conducting peer review." It might make the list freely available "eventually." "White lists" such as JournalGuide.com's "list of reputable titles" are more common than such blacklists. It would be interesting to have a list not only of the names of flaky journals, but also of their editors.