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. This 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
SM Journal of Forensic Research and Criminology
  • From: SM Journal of Forensic Research and Criminology [forensic-science@currentresearch.net]
    Date: Thu 8/30/2018 8:33 AM
    Subject: Integrate your research in our upcoming issuse
    Dear Researcher,
    Greetings from SM Journal of Forensic Research and Criminology!
    We are inviting researchers in the field to contribute their valuable work for the possible publication in the upcoming issue. Benefits with us: • High Quality articles in all formats • High Visibility of global researchers • High Quality and fastest double blind peer-reviewed • Qualified Editor and Reviewer Board
    We accept research/review/mini review/short communication/case reports & other article types under journal scope which suitable for your research interest. If interested, please send us your valuable submissions ... on or before Sep 20, 2018.
    We request you to refer SM Journal of Forensic Research and Criminology to your colleagues to submit their research/review works for our upcoming issue. If you have any quires, do not hesitate to ask. We look forward to hear from you.
    Best Regards,
    Maria Joseph.
    Editorial Office: SM Journal of Forensic Research and Criminology
    SM Online Scientific Resources
    160 Greentree Drive, Suite 101Dover, DE 19904, USA Tel: 469-647-3601; Fax: 469-464-1784
SM Journal of Clinical Pathology
  • From: SM Journal of Clinical Pathology [clinicalpathology@sm-international.net]
    Date: 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
  • From: SM Journal of Clinical Pathology [clinicalpathology@sm-international.net]
    Date: Aug 21, 2018 at 4:08 AM; Aug 23, 2018 (twice the same day)
    To: Researcher
    Subject: Manuscript Submission for Journal Next Edition
    Dear Researcher,
    Hope you are doing well.
    In view of your scientific reputation and trustworthiness in your field, we would like to invite you to submit a short communication/perspective/ Research/Review on your research area for publication in our upcoming issue of September.
    SM Journal of Clinical Pathology is ardent to promote erudite, pragmatic, and contemporaneous research in the fields of Pathology through open Access platform. This open access journal facilitates rapid publication with unlimited dissemination of knowledge to readers.
    Areas of interest: • Cytopathology • Hematopathology • Histopathology • Forensic Pathology • Dermatopathology • Neuropathology • Immunopathology • Molecular Pathology • Chemical Pathology • Cancer Pathology
    The deadline to submit is on September 03, 2018. Anticipating your kind positive response within 24 hours.
    Sincerely,
    Debora Loso

    SM Journal of Clinical Pathology, SM ONLINE SCIENTIFIC RESOURCES LLC, 160 Greentree Drive, Suite 101, Dover, DE 19904.

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
    Date: 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
    Date: 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
  • From: Mathews Journal of Forensic Research [forensicresearch@mathewsopenaccess.net]
    Date: Wed 10/10/2018 6:00 AM
    Subject: Submit One Article for Upcoming Issue
    Dear Dr. David H Kaye,
    Warm Greetings from Mathews Journal of Forensic Research! It is our honour to invite eminent scientists like you to publish your quality research work in the form of manuscripts to support global scientific community.
    We are planning to release Inaugural Issue by 26th October 2018, under the esteem guidance of our Editorial board members. Considering you as Potential Author we are pleased to invite you to submit a Research, Review, Commentary, Opinion articles, Short commentaries, Case report towards the journal.
    Mathews Open Access is been indexed in J-Gate, Genamics, Google Scholar other sites too.
    Kindly submit your articles on or before 19th October 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.
    Warm Regards
    Alice Jessy
    Editorial Coordinator
    You are receiving this email because of your relationship with the sender. ...

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]