Thursday, June 14, 2018

SciDoc is "spreading the knowledge from the desks to the doors of the masses"

From the SciDoc website: "SciDoc Publishers achievements till date includes: ... Special Issues, which is roaring high."

Among the many journal titles listed there is the "JBR Journal of Translational Space dentistry, Medicine and Exploration (JBR-TSME)." The editor-in-chief is "Balwant Rai, Director of Space dentistry, Kepler Space Institute, USA." The Kepler Space Institute's home page explains that the institute "is dedicated to the expansion of human civilization from Earth into space. We believe this is necessary, both to acquire resources – based on the Law of Space Abundance to provide the fundamental needs of preserving peace and prosperity for humankind on this planet – and to extend life through our solar system and beyond." Mr. Rai's name does not appear on this website, but he is editor-in-chief of OMICS' JBR Journal of Interdisciplinary Medicine and Dental Science. That speaks volumes.

The International Journal of Forensic Science & Pathology (IJFP), which spammed me, is not listed on the journals page of the website. A word search of the website returns a link that generates a smattering of articles from other journals. If there are editors of and articles in this journal, they are not easily found.

The enterprising chap behind SciDoc may be Hari Sarangam, 2542 Rockhampton Rd, San Ramon, California 94582, 302-703-1005, Phonehari.s@scidoc.org. Mr. Sarangam is the owner of the domains scidocopenaccess.com, i2itechsolutions.com, scidoc.biz, and scidocpublishers.biz.
Email
  • From: International Journal of Forensic Science & Pathology - SciDoc Publishers [forensic_sci_pathol@scidocopenaccess.com]
    Date: Thu 6/14/2018 12:59 AM
    Subject: Submission for Forensic Science Research
    Respected Dr. David Kaye,
    We hope this email finds you in good health. Myself Maddy Adams, Managing Editor at SciDoc Publishers- Open Access; managing the International Journal of Forensic Science & Pathology (IJFP). We would like to take this opportunity in congratulating you for getting the Research grant of National Science Foundation (NSF). [← Maddy seems to be confused. I have no such grant, although I am a co-PI on a recent grant application.]
    We are an Open Access publisher working to disseminate knowledge and to create an archival literature platform in Forensic Science & Pathology. We aim to publish high quality Open Access journals around the globe, with contributions from eminent authors like you. We would be very delighted to have your submissions in our journal, as your research work on “Forensic Science” fits well with the IJFP.
    We kindly request you to confirm us with respect to your interest of participation. Should you have any further queries, concerns or comments, please feel free to contact us, we will assist you. Looking forward to hearing from you soon.
    Best Regards
    Maddy Adams
    SciDoc Publishers, USA.

SPG Is Another "Science Publishing Group"

"Science Publishing Group" is a nice name. It is used by SciencePG, which boasts about its 200+ questionable journals, and now (6/13/18) by the more diminutive SPG Journals, with a mere four journals. The domain name spg.ltd was registered by Alibaba Cloud Computing Ltd. d/b/a HiChina, raising a question about the putative Zurich address on the website.

The content of the email displays an abysmal lack of awareness of "this field." Inasmuch as the journal has no editorial board, that is not surprising. I cannot find any article titles -- let alone any articles -- in these journals.
Email
  • From: P Stephane MSE [pstephane@spg-journals.org]
    Date: Wed 6/13/2018 3:19 PM
    Subject: Inquiry about "The good - the bad - the ugly: the NAS report on strengthening forensic science in America."
    Dear Dr. Kaye DH,
    I am editing the next several issues of SPG Open and am hoping I can discuss with you the idea of including an article from you. The paper you published entitled "The good - the bad - the ugly: the NAS report on strengthening forensic science in America." was interesting to me and I think another article related to this work would be valuable to our readership. If you could tell me more about your current work that would be very helpful. I think you will find that SPG Open is quite different from most journals in that we stay in communication with our authors during every step of the publication process and provide detailed feedback for each submission whether or not it is accepted for publication.
    If you have moved on from this field you could certainly prepare an article on a different topic. We don't have any theme issue in the near future so there is no restriciton [sic] on the scope of topics that may be submitted. The deadline for this is flexible and I am happy to answer any questions you may have.
    Please reply when you can and let me know whether or not this is feasible for you in the foreseeable future.
    Sincerely,
    Patrick Stephane M.S.E.
    Editorial Board, SPG Open
    Notice: SPG is committed to preventing fraudulent emails. If you receive an email or visit a website that does not contian our logo as pictured above, it is not affiliated with SPG. We have received reports of the existance of other publishers with similar names. If you suspect you have received a fraudulent email that claims to be from SPG please notify us by replying to this email our contacting us through our website.
    This message and any attachments to it are for use only by the addressee. If you are not the addressee please do not rely on the contents of this message and delete it from your computer immediately. To notify the sender write to Auf der Mauer 8, Zurich 8001, Switzerland. To stop future emails from this sender please reply and let us know. Do not open any attachments which you do not recognize as they may harm your computer. Copyright 2018 SPG. All rights reserved. This email is available both in HTML and plain text formats.

    Followed four days later by "Dear Dr. Kaye DH, Could you please let me know whether or not this if [sic] of interest to you? May I send along more information about the journal?"
  • From: K. Gyamdjyan, MD, Ph.D. [k.gyamdjyan@spg.eu.com]
    Date: Wed 4/25/2018 7:08 AM
    Subject: Your paper "The good - the bad - the ugly: the NAS report on strengthening forensic science in America."
    Dear Dr. Kaye DH,
    I am working on putting together the next few issues of SPG BioMed and wanted to get in contact with you because I think your work may be a good fit for the journal. The article you published titled "The good - the bad - the ugly: the NAS report on strengthening forensic science in America." was quite interesting and I think a new article that updates this research would be valuable. Or if you have moved on from this area you could certainly prepare an article on another topic.
    Are you still working in this field? I tried to find your Pennsylvania State University profile page but was unable to do so. [← It is hard to image how anyone could miss the Penn State page.] Could we discuss the idea of you preparing an article to submit?
    Sincerely,
    K. Gyamdjyan, MD, Ph.D.
    SPG BioMed, spg.ltd, k.gyamdjyan@spg.eu.com, +41 41 5082905

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Valley International Journals

From the Aboiut Us page (6/10/18): "Valley International are open access journals Publisher covering a wide range of academic areas. VIJ serves the world’s research and intellectual community... ." The address on the contact page is LIG 73 Megdoot Nagar Mandsaur, (M.P.) India - 458001.

At the moment, only two journals are listed.
Email
  • From: Aaradhya (aradhyapatidar01 gmail.com); on behalf of; Aaradhya (aradhyapatidar01 gmail.com)
    Date: Wed 3/21/2018 1:05 PM
    Subject: News Letter From THEIJSSHI (SOCIAL SCIENCE) JOURNAL
    The International Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities Invention .... Submission Window is Open between 25.02.2018 to 25.03.2018 ( For March issue, 2018 ) Volume 05 - Issue 03 March 2018 ... THEIJSSHI welcomes contributions on any topic in the field of social sciences and Humanity. We invite research papers, articles, case studies and book reviews etc. written in English for the volume 5 Issue 3 of The International Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities Invention. Theijsshi accepts both quantitative and qualitative studies, particularly those that focus on a interdisciplinary approach - on topics pertaining to the Social science and Humanity.
    Thanks Regards
    ,
    Editor-In-Chief, THEIJSSHI JOURNAL

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Donnish Journals

Donnish Journals has no address on its website or in its "journals." The person or people behind them cannot be found in the registration data for the domain donnishjournals.com (thanks to GoDaddy.com).

Looking into the Donnish Journal of Law and Conflict Resolution, one finds (5/29/18) highly sporadic "issues" usually consisting of single articles of about ten pages. The journal has no editor-in-chief, and as of May 29, 2018, "[a] detailed list of Editors, Associate Editors and Editorial team will be available shortly." All submissions "are made to undergo sectioning" -- which sounds ominous. "Thereafter they are double-blindedly peer-reviewed ... ." Authors can rest assured that "[m]ore than 100 reviewers are working diligently to shorten the review cycle of the academic research publication; and help researchers to pay more attention on the research itself, not waiting for too long, for suggestions from reviewers." They also are informed that "Manuscript submission and their accessibility is not an infringement of copyright." That's a relief.
Email
From: Donnish Journals [mail@academicpublishing.online]
To: dhanee121@gmail.com
Sent: 5/26/18 at 10:08 AM
Subject: Call for Paid Editors/Reviewers
All articles published Donnish Journals are peer-reviewed. We are currently seeking qualified and outstanding researchers to join its editorial team as paid editors or reviewers. Send your resume as an email attachment to the respective journals provided below ....
Best regards,
Dr. Richard F.K.
Donnish Journals

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Sciendo

Sciendo sounds suspicious. The name itself is a bit contrived; the emailed advertising invitation closes with the absurd warning that it might contain confidential information; and the missive refers to "over 1,100 academic journals, 35 databases, and 100,000 books, with more than 1,300 new book titles added to the platform each year."

But that cornucopia comes from De Gruyter, a German publisher that has been operating for centuries. Sciendo is a repackaging of De Gruyter Open, the publisher's previous open access business, now operating separately under the new name in Poland. It supports self-publishing but also publishes journals and works on conferences for universities.

Although Sciendo is a bona fide publisher, some flakiness mars its web site. For example, the list of law journals includes the Journal of Catalan Intellectual History, Economics and Culture, European Polygraph, and Scientific Bulletin. (The Scientific Bulletin, produced at the Land Forces Academy of Romania, "promotes the results achieved in the projects of national and international research, as well as the contributions of personalities from the academics.")
Email
  • From: Dr. Jakub Gasior / Sciendo [Jakub.Gasior@sciendo.com]
    Date: 5/24/2018 4:51 PM
    Subject: Publish Your book with Sciendo
    Dear Dr. David H. Kaye,
    We are pleased to invite you to consider submitting a proposal to publish a book with Sciendo. As part of our wider expansion as a publisher, we are now accepting book proposals and manuscripts in twenty-nine different categories. Sciendo is one of the world’s leading companies providing professional publishing services to the academic market. Sciendo can fulfil all publishing needs for authors of academic and professional books in the English language. To meet your expectations we can: ▸ publish all book types, i.e.: monographs, textbooks, edited volumes, and others; ▸ publish your book using two models you can choose from: using the Open Access model for the electronic version of the book or using the traditional Paid Access commercial model; ▸ publish your book in one of the two options: if you have funds from your affiliate institution or another sponsor for the book publication - publish in Full Publishing Services option; if not, you can enjoy the Sciendo Self-Publishing option.
    Although Sciendo is a completely separate entity – with its own publishing guidelines and its own editorial, production and marketing staff – it shares its approach to partnership and openness with its parent company, De Gruyter, a scholarly publisher with almost 270 years of experience. De Gruyter’s portfolio features over 1,100 academic journals, 35 databases, and 100,000 books, with more than 1,300 new book titles added to the platform each year. Sciendo provides world-class technology, production, editing and distribution services, as well as creative and focused marketing support designed to raise your book’s profile to help it find its natural audience.
    Benefits stemming from publishing services and solutions provided by Sciendo: ▸ Top publishing technology to enhance user experience; ▸ Complete editorial services: copyediting, language polishing and typesetting; ▸ Hardback and paperback printing, at the choice of the buyer; ▸ Effective indexation in A&I services (e.g. Clarivate Analytics, Scopus, PubMed); ▸ Worldwide distribution via our international network of booksellers including, for example: Amazon, Baker & Taylor and Ingram. ▸ Advanced marketing services: mailing to potential authors, targeted mailing campaigns or book press release.
    I look forward to hearing from you.
    Kind Regards,
    Jakub Gąsior, PhD
    Sales and Publishing Specialist, Books, Jakub.Gasior@sciendo.com, T: +48 728 922 285
    De Gruyter Poland, Bogumila Zuga 32a Str., 01-811 Warsaw, Poland, T: +48 22 701 50 15, info@sciendo.com, www.sciendo.com © De Gruyter Poland 2018
    Sciendo is a De Gruyter Company © De Gruyter Poland 2018
    This email and any attachment may contain information that is confidential, privileged or exempt from disclosure under applicable law. It is intended for the sole use of the legitimate addressee only. If you received this message in error, please let me know and delete the email and any attachments immediately. Thank you.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

InTechOpen, Intech, Sciyo

InTechOpen's main web pages site are devoid of the usual solecisms and grammatical errors seen on the websites of many smaller and plainly questionable publishers preying on academics. The About Us page describes the group as "the world's largest Science, Technology and Medicine Open Access book publisher." It claims InTechOpen "has published 2,977 books and 46,833 scientific works total by 100,665 international scientists" (whatever "international" means in this context). That would be about 2 books every 3 days and 11 articles every day, 7 days a years, for the 12 years of InTechOpen's existence.

In 2018, InTechOpen wanted me to pay them 1,400 Euros to write a chapter of between 14 and 20 pages for a book on "Trends and Challenges in Forensic Analysis ? New Frontiers in Forensic Science." I have to wonder about the question mark in the title, but there is not much doubt about likely quality. The subject areas include "nuclear physicists" and "testing." The book description reads:
Forensic Analysis is a field of Forensics to be explored and then executed with a hope to deliver better justice to the mankind. It includes a wide field of forensics unexplored and unearthed, which will be the prime reference for forensic researchers, diagnostic, chemists and physicists for their future practice in their respective fields. The book will visualize and primarily focus on the various aspects of new frontiers in forensic science associated with the production, collection or interrogation of such evidential sample. This will also amalgamate fundamental principles of forensic analysis, protocols and procedures needed for the better forensics. The principles and techniques detailed are then demonstrated and discussed in their applications to real-world investigations and casework conducted over the past several years so that it becomes an evaluation hardcover of all aspects of forensic analysis.
The editor of the book is B. Suresh Kumar Shetty. Dr. Shetty also is an editor for the disreputable OMICS International's Journal of Paediatric Medicine and Surgery.

Earlier invitations (4/24/17, 5/1/17, 5/8/17) sought 1,200 Euros from me for a small chapter in "'Post Mortem Examination and Autopsy - From Death Scene to Laboratory Analysis,' edited by Dr. Kamil Hakan Dogan." Dr. Dogan also edits the Journal of Cardiovascular Diseases and Diagnosis for OMICS International. That InTech finds it necessary to write the following description of "death scene and autopsy" for would-be authors is odd:
Death scene and autopsy may be horrifying for some people. Death scene investigation, post mortem examination, and autopsy are generally performed for the benefit of the living. A death investigation begins with body examination and evidence collection at the scene and proceeds through history, post mortem examination and autopsy, laboratory tests, and determining the cause and manner of death. Although forensic pathology is the oldest branch of the forensic sciences, today many branches of forensic sciences play a role in solving criminal death cases.
InTechOpen was on Beall's list of predatory publishers. The website www.intechopen.com is not registered to its founders. Instead, they use a proxy company in Arizona, obscuring their identities. The first emails came from Teo Kos, from InTechOpen Publishing Process Manager, kos@intechopen.com, +385 (51) 770 447, Janeza Trdine 9, 51000 Rijeka, Croatia.

Other reports indicate that InTechOpen is another name for the venture known as InTech or Sciyo that had a serious reputation problem. See
http://retractionwatch.com/2013/10/17/fallout-from-sciences-publisher-sting-journal-closes-in-croatia/
http://blog.pokristensson.com/2010/11/04/academic-spam-and-open-access-publishing/
http://ask.metafilter.com/167606/A-chapter-of-my-very-own
http://poynder.blogspot.com/2011/10/interview-with-nicola-rylett-intechs.html
In 2016, Sage Publishing, an Indian company, purchased five of Intechopen's journals.
Email
  • Sent: 5/8/17, 5/14/17
    From: kos@intechopen.com
    Dear Dr. Kaye
    I just wanted to check in with you regarding the book project on "Post Mortem Examination and Autopsy - From Death Scene to Laboratory Analysis" edited by Dr. Kamil Hakan Dogan. If there is anything I can help with, like answer any questions, or provide some additional information, please let me know. I hope to hear from you soon,
    Teo Kos, from InTechOpen
    Publishing Process Manager, http://www.intechopen.com/, +385 (51) 770 447, Janeza Trdine 9, 51000 Rijeka, Croatia
    The information contained in either this email and, if applicable, the attachment, are confidential and are intended only for the recipient. The contents of either the email or the attachment may not be disclosed publicly. If you are not the intended recipient(s), any use, disclosure, copying, or distribution is prohibited and may be unlawful. If you have received this communication in error, please notify us by e-mail at info@intechopen.com then delete the e-mail and all attachments and any copies thereof. This communication is part of InTech's publishing activity and is not intended for unauthorized use or distribution.
  • Sent: 5/21/18 (and half a dozen other times)
    From: IntechOpen (publishingdepartment@intechopen.com)
    Subject: Let's not lose contact
    Keep your mind open - stay in touch with IntechOpen
    the first native scientific publisher of Open Access books
    It’s our mission to help academics make a greater impact by giving free access to all published work – for advancement of knowledge among the scientific community. That’s why we want to make sure that you get all the latest news from us, including tidbits which can help your research career, invitations to scientific events where you can network with other like minds, or opportunities to collaborate with your peers on relevant chapter propositions. So, if you are happy to continue receiving our occasional updates, all you need to do is re-confirm by opting in so you can stay on our email list. *** Thank you for staying with us and continuing to participate in the scientific community's collaboration!
    IntechOpen
    www.intechopen.com
    You can, of course, unsubscribe. And if we don’t hear from you at all by the end of May, we will remove you from our database.
  • Sent: May 23, 2018, at 11:30 AM
    From: Nino Popovic | IntechOpen (popovic@intechopen.com)
    Subject: Contribute to Trends and Challenges in Forensic Analysis – New Frontiers in Forensic Science
    Dear Dr. Kaye,
    Due to your involvement in the field, and the research you published in your paper, "Beyond uniqueness: The birthday paradox, source attribution and individualization in forensic science testimony," IntechOpen invites you to extend your work and offer a more comprehensive overview of your studies. Contribute a chapter to "Trends and Challenges in Forensic Analysis – New Frontiers in Forensic Science," an upcoming Open Access book edited by Dr. B Suresh Kumar Shetty and Dr. Jagadish Rao Padubidri.
    Work with an internationally recognized peer group and gain increased visibility for your published work. Please visit the book project page to register your interest. We look forward to hearing from you.
    Kind Regards,
    Nino Popovic, from IntechOpen
    Author Service Manager
  • Sent: Wed 5/23/2018 11:32 AM and 5/26/18 at 6:31 PM
    From: Nino Popovic | IntechOpen (popovic@intechopen.com)
    Subject: Checking In - Trends and Challenges in Forensic Analysis – New Frontiers in Forensic Science
    Dear Dr. Kaye,
    I just wanted to check in with you regarding the book project on "Trends and Challenges in Forensic Analysis – New Frontiers in Forensic Science" edited by Dr. B Suresh Kumar Shetty and Dr. Jagadish Rao Padubidri ... . If there is anything I can help with, like answer any questions, or provide some additional information, please let me know. I hope to hear from you soon,
    Nino Popovic
    Author Service Manager
    IntechOpen, The Shard, 32 London Bridge Street, London SE1 9SG , United Kingdom, +385 (51) 770 447
    INTECHOPEN LIMITED, Registered in England and Wales No. 11086078
    We are IntechOpen, the first native scientific publisher of Open Access book
  • Sent: Wed 5/23/2018 11:32 AM
    From: Nino Popovic | IntechOpen (popovic@intechopen.com)
    Subject: Trends and Challenges in Forensic Analysis – New Frontiers in Forensic Science - Registration is Still Open
    Dear Dr. Kaye,
    In case you did not receive my previous email, I just wanted to follow up one more time regarding the book project on "Trends and Challenges in Forensic Analysis – New Frontiers in Forensic Science". There is still time to register: ... Let me know if you are interested, or if you have any questions or need some additional information. I hope to hear from you soon,
    Nino Popovic
    Author Service Manager
    IntechOpen, The Shard, 32 London Bridge Street, London SE1 9SG , United Kingdom, +385 (51) 770 447
    INTECHOPEN LIMITED, Registered in England and Wales No. 11086078
    We are IntechOpen, the first native scientific publisher of Open Access books

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Biocore

Biocore is on Beall's list of predatory journals, and it not hard to see why. Its web pages explain that:
⊘ "Biocore motto is to give the human era with better future. This can be achieved with our renowned editors, authors and reviewers with their exchanged views and knowledge."
⊘ "Biocore has been involved the knowledge on Science & technology to the access way of every individual."
⊘ "With the Open Access evolution, we are making the genuine and trustworthy contributions to the scientific environment without stopping the access to the readers for reading or even downloading the published papers/articles."
⊘ "[A]ll the eminent personalities can search our database."
⊘ "With the Editorial Board Members of 600, the number is increasing with the volume ... ."
And if you are interested in travel (to Dubai at least), "Biocore is going to conduct Scientific Conferences in near future for grouping all the eminent personalities in one lane." These "Scientific Conferences are conducting mail campaigns for getting the support from scientific societies to spread the open access culture." Translation: We are spamming you.

According to the website for BioCore Conferences (5/16/18), "Biocore group publishes 100+ Open Access Journals with over 10,000 renowned persons." The Biocore Journals homepage states that "Biocore Group hosts 30+ Open Access Scientific Journals." Whatever the exact number may be, they all seem to emanate, impressively, from an apartment at 3409 Grove Gate CT, APT-1712, Richmond-23233, Virginia.

The people behind the domain biocoreopen.org are hidden by a proxy registration. The Virginia address, according to homemetry is occupied by Jennifer M. Lappe, 804-934-0314.
Email
International Journal of Criminal and Forensic Science

Biocore's International Journal of Criminal and Forensic Science: An exhilarating approach

Biocore's International Journal of Criminal and Forensic Science " will emphasize high-level research of clinical relevance and exhilarating approach." It "deals with clinical case reports, mysterious incidents happens in the Forensic and Criminal research group." One not-so-exhilarating incident is the publication of a previously published paper on "Fingerprint Geometric Analysis." (Compare the IJCFS paper with the JFCI paper.)* The paper is mysterious indeed, but it ends with the promise that "Be assured, this method will provide a successful outcome!"

Biocore has been labelled a predatory publisher and conference organizer. This journal has no editor-in-chief named, but it lists an editorial with the following members as of 5/16/18:
Dobbert Duane, Professor, Division of Justice Studies, American College of Forensic Examiners International
Ismail M. Sebetan, Professor of Forensic Sciences, National University
Presley Larry, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice, Liberty University
Lee Ross, Associate Professor of Criminal Justice, University of Central Florida
Kim Simons, Chair of the Department of Physical Sciences Associate Professor, Emporia State University
Viviana Andreescu, Associate Professor, Department of Criminal Justice, University of Louisville
Julie Campbell, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Illinois State University
* JFCI is the acronym of the Journal of Forensic and Crime Investigation. The contribution of the flaky Science Inquest Publishers, it promises that "We accepts your manuscripts which are related to Forensic and Crime Investigation."
Email
  • Sent: Wed 5/16/2018 7:57 AM (and  5/15/2018 5:03 AM and 5/14/2018 6:51 AM)
    From: Criminal and Forensic Journal (ijcf@biocoreopen.info)
    Subject: Manuscript Submission @ Criminal and Forensic Science
    Dear Dr. DAVID HKAYE
    Biocore cordially invites researchers from all over the World to the platform where you can share, exhibit and explore all your views in the field of Criminal and Forensic Science. IJCF is inviting contributions for upcoming issues. IJCF welcomes and acknowledges high quality theoretical and experimental research articles, review articles, practice articles, editorials, short communications, case reports, blogs, letters(rapid responses), personal views, research methods and reporting articles from researchers, academicians, professionals, practitioners and students from all over the world. ... Suggested topics include but are not limited to • Fingerprints and identification, Accident investigation and mass disasters • Forensic entomology, Forensic psychiatry • Computational forensics, Tool marks • Contact traces, Jurisprudence • Criminalistics, Physical Anthropology • Pathology and Biology, Poisoning and Breath Analyzers • Forensic DNA analysis and DNA profiling. If you face problems with paper submission, please feel free to contact us. We look forward to receiving your proposals.
    With Regards
    Editors of IJCF, https://biocoreopen.org/ijcf/editorial_board.php

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Umesh Prasad's UK Education Consultancy Services


UK Consultancy Services publishes several journals of broad scope and runs conferences in Switzerland through a "division" named "World Conferences." The journals include
⊘ European Journal of Law and Management (EJLM)
⊘ European Journal of Medicine and Dentistry (EJMD)
⊘ European Journal of Sciences (EJS)
⊘ European Journal of Social Sciences (EJSS)
⊘ Scientific European (SCIEU)
  • The EJLM website states (5/15/18) that its "editorial board comprises of people from varied scholarly areas of law and management who are renowned in their own field and come from diverse geographies and backgrounds." No names are provided, but the editor-in-chief is Umesh Prasad. As befits a journal with no editors, there are no articles listed on the website for this "monthly" journal.
  • Likewise, EJMD's "editorial board comprises of people from varied scientific areas of medicine and dentistry who are renowned in their own field and come from diverse geographies and backgrounds."None are identified. The editor-in-chief is the peripatetic Umesh Prasad. Even though the journal has no content, you can subscribe to it. 
  • EJS also "comprises of people from varied academic areas of sciences who are renowned in their own fields and come from diverse geographies and backgrounds" -- not one of whom is identified. A Prof. (Dr.) Ravi Prakash is editor-in-chief. The one issue to date of this "European Journal" has five articles -- all from India. Neither the website nor the issue provides an affiliation for Prof. (Dr.) Prakash, but the Ravi Prakash who is a co-author of an article in it is with India's Amity University in Uttar Pradesh. The issue states that the journal's founder is Umesh Prasad.
  • The European Journal of Social Sciences (EJSS) should not be confused with the more firmly established European Journal of Social Sciences (Revue Europeennes des Sciences Sociales). The latter has managed to generate 58 volumes since its inception 13 years ago. Founder Umesh Prasad's upstart has no named editorial board (but never fear, it "comprises of people from varied academic areas of social sciences who are renowned in their own fields and come from diverse geographies and backgrounds"). It has another Amity University editor-in-chief, Prof (Dr) Nirupama Prakash (Amity International Business School, Amity, University, Noida, India). It has one issue to date with two authors outside of India and Sri Lanka: Maria Anita Stefanelli, Università Roma Tre, and Barbara Wejnert, SUNY (Buffalo).
  • SCIEU is "happy and proud to embark on the eternal journey to bring scientific advances to the living rooms of the people across the world!"The name of the article on the cover of the first issue (I declined to pay for access to the article itself) was "Editing Gene to Prevent Inheritable Disease."
Although press releases about UK Consultancy's journals describe them as open access, the FAQs on their websites indicate otherwise. They state that readers must register and that only "[a]s promotional offer, currently articles and the issues are available free of cost to all subscribers. ... However, this promotional offer can be withdrawn by the management at any time without prior notice."

The founder of these journals "hails from Ghorasahan village (East Champaran, Bihar (India)." A British national, he is the sole registered officer and the only person "of significant control" of UK Consultancy Services. It is hard to know what doctoral degree he holds. The company registration gives his occupation as "Director" and date of birth as May 1965.

All the organizations have the same address: 55 Smithy Lane, Lower Kingswood, Tadworth, England, KT20 6UA. It is the site of a three-bedroom, semi-detached residence. And a busy place it must be. In addition to UK Consultancy Services and its many divisions, the Centre for Advanced Dental Care Limited is there. Its director (who resigned last month) was Neelam Umesh Prasad, a dentist born March 1976. The other shareholder and director is, you guessed it, Umesh Prasad.

In addition, the residence houses UK-India Centre Ltd, yet another company incorporated (on 17 April 2018) and run by one director -- Umesh Prasad. The company's classifications are "publishing of newspapers," "activities of conference organisers," and "publishing of learned journals."

UPDATE (5/16/18): Umesh Prasad kindly provided a comment expressing disappointment in the "tone and presentation" of the information given above. He wrote that he comes "from clinical and academic background"; that he "recently quit the academia and took a plunge in journal sector to make a change"; and that the "business is a start-up, it’s a very new and things are still in flux taking shape – for example, boards are being reconstituted, websites being updated etc." Potential contributors to his journals are advised to read Mr. (or perhaps it it is Dr.) Prasad's full comment and to keep an eye out for improvements.
Email
Sent: Tue 5/15/2018 3:07 AM
From: EJS Editors (editors@ejsci.com)
Subject: European Journal of Sciences (EJS)
Dear Prof Kaye
Based on your academic and professional standing and your contributions to science, we invite you to contribute articles for publication and become a peer reviewer for European Journal of Sciences (EJS)®, a monthly academic journal of science (www.ejsci.com). We are a member of Crossref. Our DOI prefix is 10.29198. Upon publication, each article is assigned DOI (Digital Object Identifier) by us and metadata is submitted to Crossref. The articles are indexed based on their unique DOI in various databases including Google Scholar. ... For becoming a peer reviewer, please provide biographical details .... Please feel free to contact us should there be any query or clarification.
Thank you
Editorial Team
PS: Currently, Article Processing Charge (APC) is nil (subject to revision by the management).
(European Journal of Sciences (EJS)® is a division of UK EDUCATION CONSULTANCY SERVICES LTD, Company Number 10459935. Registered in England)
55 Smithy Lane, Lower Kingswood, Tadworth, Surrey KT20 6UA (United Kingdom), +44 (0) 1737 903 794, editors@ejsci.com
Disclaimer: This email and any attachments to it may be confidential and are intended solely for the use of the individual to whom it is addressed. Any views or opinions expressed are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of UK Education Consultancy Services Ltd. If you are not the intended recipient of this email, you must neither take any action based upon its contents, nor copy or show it to anyone. Please contact the sender if you believe you have received this email in error.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Vandeplas Publishing

I am not suggesting that Vanderplas Publishing is a scammer or a predatory publisher. Its publications include books by perfectly reputable authors. But there are a number of question marks:
  • It periodically solicits me in separate mailings to multiple email addresses.
  • A book has this review from Judge Alex Kozinzki (ret.): "If you’re holding this book in your hands – as you no doubt must be – just start turning pages and get ready for a treat.” That sounds good, but, hey, it it is an eBook. Still, at $9.95, the price is right.
  • The office address is one of those provided by Regus, a company that supplies "virtual offices" and "will receive and sign for mail and packages." It advertises a "professional company image without the cost of a physical office." However, it also leases spared space and rooms.
  • Buzzfile, a company database, estimates only "$114,590 in annual revenues" and "approximately 2 people at this [Lake Mary, Florida] location." I do not know how accurate these estimates are.
Email
  • Sent: Thu 5/10/2018 3:30 PM (and 5/10/2018 2:36 PM)
    From: Vandeplas Publishing (law@vandeplas.media)
    Subject: Book Proposal
    It has been some time since I last emailed you to inquire if you have any ideas or proposals for publishing a book with us. As you likely know we publish all types of academic books, including monographs, textbooks and readers. We offer a progressive publication agreement with attractive royalties and in some cases an advance royalty bonus and as always the copyright stays with the author. ... I would like to hear from you if you have a proposal, idea or questions about publishing a book with us. We offer a fast review process of proposals and manuscripts and there is never any cost for the author. Please contact me at the address below or by return email.
    Regards,
    Anton C. Van de Plas - Publisher
    anton@vandeplaspublishing.com
    Vandeplas Publishing, LLC, 801 International Parkway, 5th Floor, Lake Mary, FL 32746 - U.S.A., Phone: 407-562-1947, FAX: 407-218-8966

Monday, May 7, 2018

Sevas Publishing

The spam from the Journal of Biochemical Technology does not provide the name or address of a publisher, but it is Sevas Publishing of the Sevas Society. The Society wants "[t]o create interactive atmosphere among researchers, organizations, faculties, students, employees, merchants and farmers to develop villages." The domain jbiochemtech.com is registered to amit, Mayur Khandelwal, Nagpur Maharashtra 281001 India, +91.9358080226, mth.amit@gmail.com.
Email
  • Date: May 4 at 10:50 PM (twice)
    From: Editor jbiochemtech (submit@jbiochemtech.net)
    Subject: Contribute Your Research- Thomson Reuters-Web of Science (ESCI)-Releasing on 31 May, 2018
    Journal of Biochemical Technology (An Online Monthly Journal of Biochemical Technology) ISSN: 0974-2328 CAS CODEN (USA): JBTOB8
    Call for Papers: Volume 8, Issue 1, 2018 (Releasing on 31 May, 2018)
    Journal of Biochemical Technology is an online international journal to promote all aspects of biochemistry, biotechnology and bioinformatics and applications in biology and medicine. ...
    Journal of Biochemical Technology allowing full-text (open) access and also devoted to the promotion of all fields of Biochemical Research like ... Molecular Mechanisms, Biophysics, Biomolecular Associations, Systems Biology, Chemical Biology, Structure, Proteins, Nucleic Acids, Amino acids, System Biology, Biophysics, Chemical Biology, Biomolecules, ... .
    Abstracted/Indexed: Thomson Reuters-Web of Science (ESCI), Chemical Abstracts Service(CAS), CABI, CAS Source Index (CASSI) Search Tool, NCBI Database-National Library of Medicine Catalog, EBSCO host databases, OCLC-World Cat, Chemical Abstracts, CABI, Google Scholar, Genamics Journal Seek, Ulrich's, Research Gate, Academic Resources, Academic Journals Database, Switzerland.
    Publication Fee: 150 USD @ articleeditor@jbiochemtech.com
    In case of any query, please do not hesitate to contact us at: editor@jbiochemtech.com
    Note: If you would like to join as one of the honorary editorial board member then please send your latest updated CV/Biography to us. ...
    Disclaimer: This is an advertisement and a promotional mail strictly on the guidelines of CAN-SPAM act of 2003. We have clearly mentioned the source mail-id of this mail, also clearly mentioned the subject lines and they are in no way misleading in any form. If we have offended you by sending this to you by mistake, we apologize. Please click on above “Unsubscribe from this list” and we will take care that you do not receive any further promotional Email from us.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Scholarly Pages (previously The Scientific Pages?): "You can submit as you write"

All indicators are negative. The website text includes the following delicts:
⊘ "Scholarly Pages provide track for a variety of international scientific journals to access the latest updates in the interrelated fields”
⊘ “Each journal has the ... experts' team providing support and guidance ... to improvise the submitted papers ... .”
⊘ “Peer Reviewer carried out by the scholarly peers play a crucial role in ensuring the scientific integrity of the scholarly record entailed with us.”
⊘ “The individuality status and exertion habits of the lead editor play major roles in setting the editorial pitch.”
The Annals of Atoms and Molecules solicits papers on such topics as Bohr Model, Chemical Bonding Explained, and Formation. The entire journal consists of a five-page article from Hungary (László Nemes (2017) Carbon Vapor and Carbon Plasma Infrared Emission. Ann Atoms Molecules 1(1):1-5).

The publisher's alleged address is 1805 N Carson St, Carson City. Nevada. Zillo identifies that with “a single family home that contains 2,136 sq ft and was built in 2005.” It appears to be a mail drop used to provide an ersatz physical address to fraudulent and real businesses alike. See, e.g., IG MTP; Baktrak.

The domain schscipages.com is registered to the unlikely name of John David, V C L, 1805 N Carson Street, Suite S, Carson City, NV 89701, +1.3022940933, johndavid.ed1976@hotmail.com. Another one, scholarlypages.org, hides behind Privacy Protect, LLC, 10 Corporate Drive, Burlington MA.

The address and insipid logo match those of “The Scientific Pages launched [in 2016] with 65 worthless scholarly journals.” The new incarnation claims to have 114 journals. The generic spam to authors leaves it to them to guess which journal is soliciting their $655 payment (“[a]s per the annual board meeting held on April 01, 2018”).
Email
  • From: Ryan Henry [publications@scholarlyj.org]
    Sent: Tue 4/24/2018 1:04 PM
    Subject: Invitation | Publication in May 2018 Issue

    Greetings from editorial staff of Scholarly Pages. Scholarly Pages is an international publisher hosting 114 open access peer-review journals. Our review team has reviewed your previous publications that are available online. Based on the analysis of your citation reports and summarizing your publications, we hereby would like to invite you to publish your paper in our scholarly journals which have readers across the globe. ... review - Within 10 days (we consider for fast track, if you have important results to publish) No need to go through the author guidelines to arrange the manuscript content. You can submit as you write. ... Please mail me for any further details.
    Sincerely,
    Ryan Henry,
    Editorial Associate, Journals, Scholarly Pages, Open Access to Science, Technology and Medical Research
    1805 N Carson Street, Suite S, Carson City, Nevada 89701

Friday, April 20, 2018

Scholarena feels pleasure to publish names of toes

Scholarena promises to “enlighten your knowledge” with such journals as JMSA (Journal of Mathematical and Statistical Analysis), which “publishes significant and important research from all area [sic] of mathematical and statistical science fields such as pure and applied mathematics ... .”

It might not seem surprising that a mathematics journal would publish papers on pure mathematics, but the logos on the journal’s website show a nice microscope, test tubes and skeletal structural formulas for a few organic molecules. Maybe that is the publisher’s idea of mathematics, for the website states that this mathematics journal “aims . . for sharing new empirical findings and novel ideas in the emerging field of clinical, health and medical professions education.” The articles in press, the current issue, and the archive can be described by the null set {}. For all the graphics, the journal is empty. It has an editorial board of one person. Or does it? The editor is said to be “Mais Nijim, USA” — no link or institutional affiliation. There is an associate professor of computer science at a university in Kingsville, Texas by that name.

JPAR (Journal of Pancreas and Advanced Research) offers a similar story (and logos). It has an editorial board with two names and no links — this time “Athanasia Papazafiropoulou, Greece,” and “Vedat Goral, Turkey.” But, hey, for a journal with no contents, two editors are plenty.

The journal that spammed me is JFCS (Journal of Forensic and Crime Studies). Its website explains that “We accept manuscript [sic] related to a wide range of topics including Forensic analysis, Crime scene investigation, latent fingerprints, and so on.” It has a long editorial board (but no editor-in-chief). The following U.S. members are on this “eminent editorial board”:
Viviana Andreescu, Associate Professor, Department of Criminal Justice, University of Louisville
Lisa M Dadio, Full Time Forensic Science Lecturer Instructor, University of New Haven
Lisa Herzig, Associate Professor, Department of Food Science and Nutrition, California State University
Stephen T Holmes, Associate Professor, Department of Criminal Justice, University of Central Florida
Yingru Li, Assistant Professor of GIS, Department of Sociology, University of Central Florida Orlando
Catresa G Meyers, Assistant Professor, Department of Criminal Justice, Temple University
Brij Mohan, Dean Emeritus, School of Social Work, Louisiana State University
Mustapha Mouloua, Professor of Psychology and Human Factors, Director of the Transportation Research Group Laboratory, University of Central Florida
Lee E. Ross, Associate Professor, Department of Criminal Justice, University of Central Florida
Lisa L Sample, Reynolds Professor, University of Nebraska at Omaha, School of Criminology and Criminal Justice
Dennis M Savard, Assistant Professor, Department of Criminal Justice, Saginaw Valley State University
Teruya-Feldstein Julie, Professor, Department of Hematopathology, Icahn School of Medicine Mount Sinai Health System
There are several articles in press and one 22-page issue to date. The most impressive article (in a way) is a two-page item, “Human Body Via Art,” with insights such as “The composition of the human body shows to be composed of a number of certain elements such as Ca2, Na+, K+, C, etc. in different proportions.” And — catch this — “human leg fingers ... are big toe, second toe, middle toe, fourth toe, and pinky toe.” Oh, just in case you did not know, “Legs are used for standing, walking, jumping running, and similar activities.

Scholarena has a great flow chart of the peer-review process for all its journals. The box “MS accepted for publication” leads directly to “Reject for Publication.” Scholarena also is in the medical conference business, almost entirely in “Vegas USA.”

The domain name scholarenagroup.com is registered to “praveen” in Begumpet, Hyderabad Andhra Pradesh 500016 India, +91.8686461603, scholarena@gmail.com. The domain name scholarena.com is better hidden, having been registered by Privacy Protect, LLC. Journalhub.online belongs to reportsgmail1, Marathahalli Colony Bangalore, Bangalore Karnataka 560037 India, +91.9502027733, reportsgmail1@yahoo.com.
Email
  • From: Forensic Studies (jfcs@journalhub.online)
    Date: Thu 4/19/2018 4:26 AM
    Subject: Submit your novel research Paper- JFCS
    Dear Dr. Kaye David H,
    Good wishes for you. Journal of Forensic and Crime Studies (JFCS) is an open access journal that comprises [sic] the studies of various sectors of forensic analysis, crime scene investigation, latent fingerprints, etc. JFCS publishes the articles which are unique and explore new information in the research of Forensic Science.
    As a researcher in the fields of Forensic/Criminology, we feel pleasure in inviting you to publish your work in our JFCS. Your contribution may help in bringing awareness, sharing knowledge to readers across the globe through our journal. Hope to receive a positive response from you! Thank You
    With Best Regards,
    Reuben Mark, Associate Managing Editor
  • Sent: Fri 5/4/2018 1:12 PM
    From: Forensic Studies (jfcs@scholarcfp.com)
    Subject: Submit your novel research Paper- JFCS
    Dear Dr. Kaye DH,
    Warm wishes from Criminology Journal! On behalf of Journal of Forensic and Crime Studies (JFCS) we would like to take the pleasure to appreciate your research work especially, your article entitled "The good, the bad, the ugly: the NAS report on strengthening forensic science in America” is very interesting and after reading it, we felt that it will definitely be a great source of information to a wide range of research community.
    JFCS is an open access, multidisciplinary journal which aims to serve the scientific community by delivering the most up-to-date and novel academic, topical, and scientific articles. We accept manuscript related to a wide range of topics including Forensic analysis, Crime scene investigation, latent fingerprints, so on. We would like to cordially invite your original article, review articles, case reports, short communications, clinical images etc, towards the upcoming issue of our journal. ... JFCS desires publishing quality research and ensures authors with: • Rapid onset of article processing • Providing timely update of article status • Thorough peer review process through potential reviewers • Increased visibility of the research work. If you need any further information, please do not hesitate to contact us.
    With Best Regards
    Reuben Mark, Associate Managing Editor

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

SOAOJ Publishing, where "outstand care is taken"

SOAOJ Publishing advertises "Medical Science Open Access Open Journals" and "Engineering Open Access Open Journals" with titles as "Accident Anaesthetic and Critical care Open Access Open Journal (AACCOAOJ)" and "Mathematics and Humanities Engineering Open Access Open Journal (MHEOAOJ)." I guess that is better than publishing open access closed journals.

The homepage floridly explains (4/4/18)
S Open access Open journals-(SOAOJ) ... provides a platform to publish ... in all areas of sciences. We accept scientifically rigorous research, regardless of novelty. ... It is accomplished to carry out the highest excellence ... . It belongs to an intellectual group ... reflecting ethos of plumbing the deepest details and unexplored region of fields. ... S Open access Open journals-(SOAOJ) empowers you with endless scientific research information and helps you in your progress of discovering the world around you. According to our belief, there is no best price for knowledge expect the will to learn. ... Our Estimable editorial and advisory panel members of well known various countries universities and experts on those subjects, we ... strive to become a top notch provider ... to the subject related people. Outstand care is taken for quick review and we also provide the tracking system to trace the article processing for all authors who submitted their precious papers to the S Open access Open journals-(SOAOJ). We aspire ... to compress the time between Submission, and Acceptance of Manuscript in our prestigious journal. The extent of videos will be published ... .
The website is registered to Domains By Proxy, but the group (if it is a group effort) is said to have offices in India at #12-6-2/137/1, Vivek Nagar, Kukatpally, Hyderabad – 500072, and in the US at N92W17643 White Oak Circle, Apt #14, Menomonee Falls, WI 53051. The US "office" is a 2-bedroom, 2-bath unit that Zillo prices at about $250,000.

Email
  • Sent: Tue 4/3/2018 11:59 PM
    From: SOAOJ (ptpoaoj@soaoj.com)
    Subject: Editorial Board Invitation:Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics Open Access Open Journal
    Greetings. We are glad to introduce you to our journal Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics Open Access Open Journal (PTPOAOJ) which provides data on the research and advancements in Pharmacology, Toxicology, Pharmaceutics and its related fields. It is freely accessible over the internet to the readers/audience worldwide. We are in process of selecting few professionals who are well experienced and eminent scientists/researchers for our Journal Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics Open Access Open Journal – Editorial Board and we shall be pleased to extend our proposal for your valuable collaboration with our journal by serving as one of the highly valued members of our Editorial Board. If you are interested to join our editorial board kindly upload the following documents in this link, or you can send your details like CV, photo to msoaojpublishing@soaoj.com. We look forward to your confirmation in reply to proceed further.
    Thanks and regards,
    Lydia
    Editorial Assistant S Open Access Open Journals Publishing N92W17643 White Oak Circle, Apt #14, Menomonee Falls, WI 53051 E-mail: msoaojpublishing@soaoj.com

Monday, April 2, 2018

Pegasi Media Group's Parasitic Spam


This posting is not directed at a publisher -- flaky, predatory, or otherwise. Its subject is Pegasi Media Group. The group seems to sell specialized email lists to spammers. Like a parasite, it advertise these lists through thinly disguised comments in blogs. (The ones I purged from this blog are at the end of this posting.)

The firm's prose is reminiscent of some flaky journals. The webpage on "Our Obligations" includes the following promise about "Integrity and Clarity":
Transparent in our business, transactions and honest in our research studies. As clarity is one of the major issues that prick the minds of both website owners and customers, we assure you that we are transparent and honest with our work. We do not keep our customers or clients in the dark but make them aware of every progress.
For all this talk of transparency, the individuals behind Pegasi and the location of the firm are hidden by domainsbyproxy.com. But Pegasi is correct about one thing:
Unfortunately in today's world of marketing, it usually is hard to find ethical people when it comes to work ... [S]taff motivation and positivity in the internal environment of the organization is as important as the good health of the external environment ... .

The comment-spam follows:
Beautifully written article! You have covered all the points. The language that is used is very easy to understand. Whatever is mentioned in this article is absolutely correct and realistic. Pegasi Media Group provides you the precise, apt, and the most accurate email list pertaining the industries that you wish to target. Our services provide you the customer's additional information which gives you a clear insight about their requirements. We perform a stringent process to verify and validate the customer information that is gathered from the trusted sources. That is the reason why we are the most preferred database vendors worldwide.
Medical Oncology Specialists Email List on Internal Medicine Review

The article is well-written, well-framed and very much informative. A lot more can be learned from this write-up. Pegasi Media Group is the world’s leading database vendor that provides you the email list that you want. It is a well-reputed database vendor in the market or industry. The organizations all over the world prefer to work with Pegasi Media Group to expand their businesses. The organizations that are working with us are very much delighted with our services. We aim at rendering best services to our clients. For further information, or to give your suggestions, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Internal Medicine Email List on Internal Medicine Revie
Posted by pegasimediagroup to Flaky Academic Journals at April 2, 2018 at 2:07 AM

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Who Put the "American" in "American Research Journals"?

According to the American Research Journal of Genetics, “[g]enetics is theoriginal [sic] study of all aspects of human and animal genetics ... .” Oh well, I never cared for plant genetics anyway. The named editors include “Dr. Niels Morling, MD, DMSc, Professor of Forensic Genetics, Department of Forensic Medicine, University of Copenhagen, Denmark.” Although the website reports no articles in press and no editor-in-chief, it assures us that “the current issue edition will be published shortly.”

The American Journal of Nanotechnology is in the same boat — no articles in press, and no editor-in-chief. Yet, it too maintains that “the current issue edition will be published shortly We highly appreciate and encourage the Professors, Research scholars, Students, Research fellows etc, to globally publish their articles in our Journal.”

The American Research Journal of Mathematics has no articles in press, but it has a couple of past issues.

The non-US affiliations of most of the editors of these “American Research Journals” invite the question of where the American part comes from. An About Us webpage states that "[w]hile ARJ caters to authors from all around the world, its American roots are not to be forgotten." It (conveniently?) omits any mention of what those roots are, but it is good to know that ARJ is "[w]orking towards a brighter future in terms of creative, qualitative and quantitative research" and that "[t]he organization motivates its members towards achieving a vision of 'Total Egalitarian Research'."

A webpage on “membership” amusingly—or candidly—refers to “reputed Editorial Board members.” It tells us that “[a]ll submissions are reviewed by a panel of reputed Editorial Board members from many international locations worldwide.” It would be hard to find many members in international locations outside of this world, but the nanotechnology journal lists some editors from NASA, so who knows?

The US addresses for the reputed publisher could be bogus. The “Arkansas Office” at “1120 S Walton Blvd, Suite 138 Bentonville, Arkansas” is in a hotel and spa. but the South Walton Suites and Spa does provide “office units beginning at 750 square feet.” The “Chicago Office” (at “8770 West Bryn Mawr Ave, Suite 1300 Chicago, Illinois - 60631-3515, USA”) could be one the “[v]irtual offices and addresses in O'Hare Airport” supplied by the Regus Company. The domain name arjonline.org does not lead to the names or locations of the real people behind the 54 journals—just to the firm Privacy Protect, LLC (PrivacyProtect.org), 10 Corporate Drive, Burlington, Massachusetts.
Email
  • Sent: Thu 5/18/2017 1:17 AM
    From: ARJ (info@sciencespapers.online)
    Subject: American Research Journal of Nursing
    Submit Paper: arjn_editor@arjonline.org
    Sir/Madam,
    American Research Journal of Nursing ISSN-2379-2922 is an online journal that publishes manuscripts in the research area of Addiction and Rehabilitation. Authors are invited to submit their Research Papers, Review Papers, Case Reports, and Short Communications to “American Research Journal of Nursing” which helps in promotion of your research work. The Scientists, Professors, and Research Scholars can publish their high quality papers for global scientific visibility on our online platform.
    Submission Deadline: Open
    We apologize for the inconvenience caused if you have received multiple emails from us.
    Thanks and Regards,
    Editorial Office, American Research Journal of Nursing, American Research Journals, Inc. 8770 West Bryn Mawr Ave, Suite 1300, Chicago, IL - 60631-3515. www.arjonline.org

Pearl Research Journals

Pearl Research Journals lists (3/31/18) seven online journals covering almost anything you can imagine -- from a "Journal of Scientific Research and Essays" to a "Pearl Journal of Management, Social Sciences, and the Humanities." Although none of the websites gives a physical address for Pearl or its journals, the domain pearlresearchjournals.org is registered to Pearl Research Journals, Emu lane off Old ogorode Road sapele, sapele Delta 234, Nigeria, Phone: +234.8039782940, Fax: +234.8039782940, Email:SAKPOGHENETA@GMAIL.COM.

Authors are advised that

⊙ they should "Precise the introduction in a significant manner ... ."
⊙ "Introduction should be briefly justifies the research ... ."
⊙ "Postal submission will only be accepted in electronic format. Submissions ... by post are not acceptable."
⊙ "Acknowledgement section may be included if author wants to acknowledge to the funding agency of to an scientist (s)."
Email
  • From: jmbsr@pearlresearchjournals.org
    Sent: March 17, 2018, at 1:45 AM
    Subject: Journal of Medical and Biological Science Research
    Dear Colleague,
    The Journal of Medical and Biological Science Research (JMBSR) (ISSN: 2449-1810) is an international peer-reviewed open access journal dedicated to publishing high-quality research articles in the field of medicine and biological sciences. The journal publishes review, original papers, conferences reports, book review, editorials, laboratory reports and short communication. JMBSR is indexed by Google Scholar, Open J-gate journals, OAJI, Academic Resource Index, Cite factor, DRJI etc Manuscripts are invited for publication in JMBSR and can be submitted as an email attachment in MS-Word format to jmbsr@pearlresearchjournals.org or jmbsr.pearlresjourn@gmail.com for publication.
    Best regards,
    Dr. Xiaochuan Liu, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Rutgers University, Newark, NJ, USA, Editor, Journal of Medical and Biological Science Research (JMBSR)

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Copernicus Publishers

Not to be confused with Copernicus Publications in Germany, Copernicus Publishing is just entering a crowded field of pretenders. Copernicus Publishing's website (copernicuspublishing.com) identifies two academic journals -- Archives of Psychology and Clinical Medicine Review (CMR).

The link to the latter does not work, but the website (such as it is) can be found at www.clinicalmedicinereview.org). The solicitation spam fails to mention that there is no such journal -- at least, not yet. Clicking on "current" and "archives" triggers the response "This journal has not published any issues." Clicking on "Authors Guidelines" yields "File not found." The website lists neither an editor nor an editorial board. The publisher's motto ought to be, "After they come, we'll build it."

The domain names copernicuspublishing.org and copernicuspublishing.com were registered by GoDaddy's Domains By Proxy on Feb. 7, 2018, masking the identity of the principals. The address on the website belongs to Back Office Plus:
Back Office Plus located at 4607 Library Rd Suite 220, Bethel Park PA is the go-to resource for packing, shipping, printing and business service needs for the residents and businesses of the South Hills. Our team of dedicated, professionally trained experts understands the meaning of Super-Star Customer Care—we focus on saving you time and money by ensuring you get the right products and services at the right price—in a single, quick visit.
The March 27th spam purports to be confidential and legally privileged. "Legally challenged" might be more apt.
Email
  • From: A. Umana, MD. [a.umana@copernicuspublishing.org]
    Sent: Tue 3/27/2018 3:12 PM
    Subject: Manuscript
    Dear Dr. Kaye DH, I recently read the paper you had written "The good - the bad - the ugly: the NAS report on strengthening forensic science in America." and thought that perhaps you could write a paper for the upcoming issue of CMR which I have been assigned to edit. Are you still at Pennsylvania State University ? If you could send me more information on your current work that would be nice. The submission could be either a followup research article or a review. I would be happy to read any of your current work to see if it is within the scope of the journal. Are you potentially interested in contributing such a paper?
    Sincerely,
    A. Umana, MD, Clinical Medicine Review
    If you are not the names [sic] recipient of this email, please return to sender. The information contained in this communication may be confidential, is intended only for the use of the recipient named above, and may be legally privileged. This message is a solicitation. If the reader of this message is not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any dissemination, distribution, or copying of this communication, or any of its contents, is strictly prohibited. Notice: You may decline to receive future messages from this e-mail address. If you wish to do so, please send notice to sender via email or to 4607 Library Rd Suite 220-1048 Bethel Park, PA 15102.
  • From: A. Umana, MD. [a.umana@copernicuspublishing.org]
    Sent: Sun 4/1/2018 12:38 AM
    Subject: Manuscript
    Dear Dr. Kaye DH,
    I didn't get a reply to this so I am following up. Would you have time to prepare an article next month? Woould [sic] you like me to send you more information about the journal?
    Sincerely,
    A. Umana, MD

Saturday, March 24, 2018

SMGroup: "Hello Researcher"

SMGroup has a US address: SM Online Scientific Resources LLC, # 160 Greentree Drive, Suite 101, Dover, DE 19904, USA. That is the address of National Registered Agents, Inc., a company that lends its address to corporations. The domains smjournals.org, smjournals.com, and sm-international.net are not registered to the true principals, but only to GoDaddy.com's Domains By Proxy. Why would a reputable publisher not reveal its physical location? Or appoint a dog to an editorial board?
Email
  • From: SM Journal of Clinical Pathology [clinicalpathology@sm-international.net]
    Sent: Mar 15 at 12:03 PM
    To: Researcher
    Hello Researcher, I am pleased to invite you to submit your manuscript to our Journal. SM Journal of Clinical Pathology maintains the quality of research by double-blind peer review process. Areas of interest are Hematology, Cytology, Transfusion medicine, Cancer pathology, Forensic pathology, Dermatopathology and related areas of clinical pathology. ... The last date to submit your manuscript is on March 30, 2018.
     ... I appreciate your immediate reply. Kindly forward this invitation to your colleagues.
    Sincerely,
    Debora Loso, Managing Editor: SM Journal of Clinical Pathology, SM Online Scientific Resources LLC, 160 Greentree Drive, Suite 101, Dover, DE 19904, USA, Tel: +1-469-647-3601

Friday, March 23, 2018

Scientific Advances Publishers (SAP)

To its credit, Scientific Advances Publishers makes no effort to hide its location. But this "open access publisher" demands the copyright and spams at will. One has to wonder about the quality of the editing when a "FAQ's" page notes that "SAP journals decide to adjust the article processing charges since January 1, 2015 so as to make it more fairness and rationality."

And what is the point of publishing three journals -- a Journal of Mathematical Sciences: Advances and Applications, a Journal of Pure and Applied Mathematics: Advances and Applications, and a Journal of Statistics: Advances in Theory and Applications -- when the first one alone "is devoted to the publication of articles of current interest in the field of Pure and Applied Mathematics, Statistics, Computer Science and Application"?
Email
  • From: contact@sapjournal.org
    Sent: Fri 3/23/2018 9:20 AM
    Subject: Call for Papers - Journal of Mathematical Sciences: Advances and Applications
    ... The SCIENTIFIC ADVANCES PUBLISHERS invites original research papers and critical survey articles for consideration of possible publication in its established journal namely the Journal of Mathematical Sciences: Advances and Applications. The journal is devoted to the publication of articles of current interest in the field of Pure and Applied Mathematics, Statistics, Computer Science and Application. The Journal of Mathematical Sciences: Advances and Applications is published in six volumes annually and each volume consists of one issue in the January, March, May, July, September and November. I am happy to inform you that the March issue of Volume 50 (2018) of the JMSAA is in circulation. [That is hard to believe, since the volume that is allegedly circulating consists of a single article that cannot be downloaded and does not display an abstract.] ...
    As per present policy papers received for consideration of publication are processed immediately and members of the Editorial Board and the referees are requested to arrive at a decision on a paper within three months and in case of a clear recommendation for publication an effort to accommodate the paper in the forthcoming issue of the journal is made.
    To defray the publication cost authors of accepted papers are requested to arrange page charges of their papers at the rate of USD 25 per page for USA and Canada, and EURO 20 per page for rest of the world from their institutions/research grants, if any. However, for authors in India this charge is Rs. 800.00 per page. Contributors will receive twenty-five reprints of their papers ex-gratis. Authors may order offprints of articles prior to publication.
    With above background, it is a pleasure for me to request you to contribute papers of your interest for possible publication in the Journal of Mathematical Sciences: Advances and Applications and to promote our journals among your fellow-workers and colleagues.
    With kind regards,
    Yours sincerely
    (ATUL AGARWAL)
    Chief Executive Officer, Scientific Advances Publishers, 71/52 Bhusoli Tola, Khuldabad, Allahabad 211 006 (INDIA), atul@scientificadvances.co.in, http://scientificadvances.co.in/

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Mathews Wants To "Share Your Any Research Work"

Mathews Open Access Journals' home page informs readers that
Mathews is devoted to spread all the original research articles across thorough online open access to all groups of scientific and research community. We have wide range of medical discipline journals to publish with us.
The page of "FAQ's" encourages "Self registered peer reviewers.
Q: What is the eligibility do I need to review a manuscript?
Ans: The reviewers are assigned by the Editors as per the research matching to the topic field of manuscript. Self registered peer reviewers must be having a few published papers in the field of interest they mentioned.
The domain mathewsopenaccess.com is registered to mathewsopenacess, Begumpet, Hyderabbad 500016, India, +91.9550613873, mathewsopenaccess@gmail.com. The Contact Us page includes two addresses:
Mathews International Publishers LLC, 40 Clinton ST, STE L #32250, Newark, New Jersey, USA, 07102, Email: info@mathewsopenaccess.com; and
Mathews International Publishers LLP, Srinivasa Colony, Hydernagar, Kukatpally, Hyderabad, Telangana, 500072, India, Email: support@mathewsopenaccess.com
Mapquest reports that the international publisher's 40 Clinton Street office address is a U.S. post office building. It must be hard to get much editorial work done there. Nevertheless, the journal that spammed me "publishes vast topics of forensic discoveries." If it has an editor-in-chief, he or she is not listed on the journal's website. The only U.S. editor listed for this forensic-science journal is Dr. Evan T. Keller, Department of Urology and Pathology, University of Michigan. If he has conducted any research in forensic medicine or science, it is not mentioned.
Email
  • From: Mathews Journal of Forensic Research
    Sent: Mon 3/5/2018 9:37 AM
    Subject: Article Invitation
    Dear Dr. David H Kaye,
    Warm Greetings from Mathews Journal of Forensic Research! It is our pleasure to introduce ourselves as an open access publishers with a motto to serve the scientific community. We publish peer-reviewed articles related to different aspects.
    We are planning to release Inaugural Issue by first week of April 2018, under the esteem guidance of our Editorial board members. We welcome you to submit your manuscripts and extend our invitation to your colleagues and subject experts in the field of your research. Kindly submit your articles on or before 16th March 2018 to forensicresearch@mathewsopenaccess.net                  
    NOTE: If it is not feasible to you at this time, please allow us to grasp your feasible time to contribute.
    EB Invitation: It would be our pleasure to have you on the Editorial board of the journal. Kindly send us your biography, research interest and photograph to the above mentioned email-id.
    We will be waiting for a positive response from you. Please be at liberty to approach us regarding any queries and concerns.
    Warm Regards,
    Alice Jessy, Editorial Coordinator
    You are receiving this email because of your relationship with the sender. ...
  • From: Mathews Journal of Forensic Research
    Sent: Thu 3/22/2018 4:38 AM
    Subject: Share Your Any Research Work
    Dear Dr. David H Kaye,
    Warm Greetings from Mathews Journal of Forensic Research! It is our pleasure to introduce ourselves as an open access publishers with a motto to serve the scientific community. We publish peer-reviewed articles related to different aspects. We are planning to release Inaugural Issue by 16th April 2018, under the esteem guidance of our Editorial board members. We welcome you to submit your manuscripts and extend our invitation to your colleagues and subject experts in the field of your research.
    Kindly submit your articles on or before 30th March 2018 to forensicresearch@mathewsopenaccess.net NOTE: If it is not feasible to you at this time, please allow us to grasp your feasible time to contribute.
    EB Invitation: It would be our pleasure to have you on the Editorial board of the journal. Kindly send us your biography, research interest and photograph to the above mentioned email-id. We will be waiting for a positive response from you. Please be at liberty to approach us regarding any queries and concerns.
    Warm Regards,
    Alice Jessy, Editorial Coordinator, Mathews Journal of Forensic Research

Friday, March 9, 2018

Too Many IJARs

So many low quality and predatory journals have sprung up that they are having trouble finding unique names. Today (9 Mar. 2018), I heard from “International Journal of Advanced Research (IJAR)” — “an open access, peer-reviewed, International Journal, that provides rapid publication (monthly) of research articles, review articles and short communications in all subjects.” That’s all subjects. Not just all of science, or all of engineering, or all of the arts, or all of the humanities. Nope, this one “journal” gives you all of the above. And it does so with nearly instant, double-blind peer review:
All the Submitted papers will be assigned Unique Manuscript Number with in 24 hours after submission. ... The Reviewing process is completed with in 10 days after submission.
What could be better than a manuscript with a Unique Manuscript Number? As for content, suffice it to say that IJAR’s most frequently downloaded “article” is a 107-page chemistry Ph.D. thesis penned by a graduate of Dravidian University (Kuppam, India). See http://www.journalijar.com/ (3/6/18).

In any event, when I searched for discussion of IJAR on the web, I hit upon another IJAR — the International Journal of Academic Research, said to be from Sucharitha Publications (which does not have an easily discoverable website). This IJAR is equally comprehensive (or unfocused). It “seeks to promote original research and cultivate fruitful dialogues between previous and innovative thoughts.” http://ijar.org.in/aboutus.php. Some of its articles are in Sanskrit (I think), some have broken links (“not found”), and an abstract in the latest issue (January 2018) begins as follows: “The majority and minority in India problematic issues and have its long roots in the history.”

A journal by the same name (presumably unrelated) was published by the Progress Publishing Company, located in Baku, Azerbaijan. According to Uli Kozok, Predatory Publishing: A Case Story, Dec. 15, 2017, it had a fake editorial board and went out of business.

Yet a fourth IJAR is the Indian Journal of Applied Research. The website of this IJAR -- the acronym is the website's -- has a scrolling banner with the slogan "Have a happy publishing." The publisher is World Wide Journals, which "was founded in Ahmedabad (India) in 2011 by Dr. Khansa Memon."

And the list of IJARs goes on. The "Welcome to IJAR" webpage for the International Journal of Anatomy and Research (IJAR) explains that this IJAR "aims to provide an international forum for encouraging nobel discussions ... providing maximum access to advanced current academic and clinical information of the god's finest architecture."
Email
  • From: noreply IJAR
    Sent: Thu March 8, 2018, 10:00 PM
    Subject: Submit your paper for Febuary 2018 Issue
    ... International Journal of Advanced Research (IJAR) is an open access, peer-reviewed, International Journal, that provides rapid publication (monthly) of research articles, review articles and short communications in all subjects. ... Email us at: journalijar@gmail.com.
    Inviting Article For Febraury 2k18: www.journalijar.com
    Every article published in IJAR is provided with unique DOI and the metadata is submitted to CrossRef. and Google Scholar. For details Check Indexing link of Journal.
    Regards, [unnamed] Editor in Chief: International Journal of Advanced Research (IJAR) [no address]

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Al-Nahda and Al-Sham Post Publishing House

Five emails from the same journal of the Al-Nahda Publishing House graced my inboxes today. They came from "Editor of JOAAABR" in Palestine -- no individual name or address. Facebook lists Al Nahda Publishing House as a local business in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. A whois lookup shows the joaaabr.com domain's primary IP address is 160.153.129.26. Established in November 2017, it is registered only to GoDaddy.com.

The email promises "very fast, highly rigorous" peer-review -- "it takes just three weeks." At the moment (2/11/18), however, the only article on the newly launched journal's website is "Evolving of Selected Integrated Reporting Capitals among Listed Bahraini Banks." There is a named editor and editorial board (mostly assistant professors).

More spam (4/29/18) indicates that the publisher's name has changed to "Al-Sham Post Publishing (AAP)." Still no individuals and no website for the publisher. However, there are now five articles in Issue 1.
Email
  • From: Call for papers [editor@joaaabr.com]
    Sent: Sunday, February 11, 2018 3:58 AM [and Mar. 3 (three of them), Mar. 4, and Mar. 14 (six more)]
    Subject: Call for paper
    Dear Colleague, Journal of Accounting and Applied Business Research (JOAAABR) publishes research in accounting, finance and management with a special emphasis given to the interaction between these areas of research in an international context and in either the private or public sectors. Aiming to bridge the knowledge gap between researchers and professionals who are conducting research, the journal covers issues arising in ... Management, Marketing, Finance, Other. ...
    We kindly use this opportunity to welcome and invite you to submit your manuscript(s) for publication in the March 2018 Edition, (Volume 1, Number 1) and request that you disseminate these information to Fellow Colleagues, Scholars, and Researchers. Our peer-review is very fast, highly rigorous and it takes just three weeks, and authors are carried along adequately in all the publication processes. Submission must be well researched, informed and demonstrate familiarity with the relevant literature, concept and theoretical perspective in the study. Following acceptance, a paper will be published in the issue of that month. ...
    Note: there is no submission or publication fee.
    Best regards,
    Editor of JOAAABR, Al-Nahda Publishing House, Palestine, joaaabr@hotmail.com, editor@joaaabr.com
  • From: Al-Nahda Publishing House (editor@joaaabr.com)
    Sent: Wed 3/28/2018 7:25 AM (5 of them starting at 7:17 am) and again Sat 3/31/18 (5 of them starting at 6:00 AM)
    Subject: Journal of Accounting and Applied Business Research
    Dear Colleague,
    Journal of Accounting and Applied Business Research (JOAAABR) publishes research in Accounting, Finance and Management with a special emphasis given to the interaction between these areas of research in an international context and in either the private or public sectors. Aiming to bridge the knowledge gap between researchers and professionals who are conducting research, the journal covers issues arising in:
    Journal of Accounting and Applied Business Research (JOAAABR) has been indexed by Open J-Gate, Academickeys, Journalseek, Drji, Researchbib, Citefactor, Google Scholar.
    We kindly use this opportunity to welcome and invite you to submit your manuscript(s) for publication in the April, 2018 Edition, (Volume 1, Number 2) and request that you disseminate these information to Fellow Colleagues, Scholars, and Researchers. Note: there is no submission or publication fee.
    Best regards,
    Editor of JOAAABR. Al-Nahda Publishing House, Palestine, editor@joaaabr.com, www.joaaabr.com
  • From: Al-Sham Post Publishing (APP) [editor@jaaabr.com]
    Sent: Sun 4/29/2018 4:10 AM [two of them] and Thursday 4/26/18 [three of them starting at 4:44 AM]
    Subject: Journal of Accounting and Applied Business Research
    [Same text for Volume 1, Number 2, with April changed to May]
    Best regards,
    Editor of JAAABR.
    Al-Sham Post Publishing (AAP)
  • From: JAAABR Journal (joaaabr@hotmail.com)
    Sent: 5/26/18 at 3:14 PM and at 4:04 PM
    Subject: Publish with DOI
    Dear Colleague,
    Journal of Accounting and Applied Business Research (JAAABR) (ISSN:2616-7751) publishes research in Accounting, Finance and Management with a special emphasis given to the interaction between these areas of research in an international context and in either the private or public sectors. Aiming to bridge the knowledge gap between researchers and professionals who are conducting research, the journal covers issues arising in: Journal of Accounting and Applied Business Research (JAAABR) has been indexed by Open J-Gate, Academickeys, Journalseek, Drji, Researchbib, Citefactor, Google Scholar. JAAABR publushies the accepted papers with DOI.
    We kindly use this opportunity to welcome and invite you to submit your manuscript(s) for publication in the June, 2018 Edition, (Volume 1, Number 3) and request that you disseminate these information to Fellow Colleagues, Scholars, and Researchers. ...
    Best regards,
    Editor of JAAABR.
    Al-Sham Post Publishing (AAP), editor@jaaabr.com

Friday, February 2, 2018

OMICS' Domains

In addition to the obvious three -- omicsgroup.org, omicsonline.com, and omicsonline.org -- as of January 2018, the following domains are associated with OMICS

⊗ alliedacademies.org
⊗ conferenceseries.com
⊗ conferenceseries.net
⊗ euroscicon.com, euroscicononline.org
⊗ global-summit.com
⊗ imedpub.com
⊗ lifescienceevents.com
⊗ openaccessjournals.com
⊗ pulsus.com
⊗ pharmaceuticalconferences.com
⊗ rroij.com
⊗ scholarsresearchlibrary.com
⊗ scitechnol.com
⊗ tsijournals.com
OMICS also is using the domains
⊙ annualconferences.org
⊙ conferenceeurope.com, and
⊙ meettheglobalexpert.com
to send emails. Finally, the following domains are registered (3/22/18) to OMICS' founder, Srinubabu Gedela or OMICS:
⊗ biotechnologycongress.com
⊗ conferencesamerica.org
⊗ metabolomicsconference.com
⊗ meetingsint.com
⊗ nutritionalconference.com
⊗ oceanographyconference.com
⊗ omicsgroupconferences.com
⊗ scientificmeet.com
⊗ srinubabu.com
The last site states (3/22/18) that "Dr Gedela is a serial entrepreneur and a scientist [with a] Post Doctorate from Stanford University." It explains further that
As part of expansion Omics International Pvt Ltd acquired several small and medium size companies in publishing and events sector. These companies are majorly from Europe, Canada and United States and ru. Today, Omics International Pvt Ltd is an ever expanding publishing group ....
There's no disputing that. At least, not majorly.

For other reports of Omics brand names, see the comments to this posting and Graham Readfearn, All those OMICS linked companies in one place, Jan. 12, 2018.