Tuesday, July 31, 2018

AND Media, a "Google Partner Network"

Today's email is not from a journal publisher -- flaky, predatory, or otherwise -- at least, not one that I can locate. It purports to be from Google News, Google News (Partnered Company), and AND Media Ltd ( Google Partner Network). The message has the deceptive title "You are Featured in Google News" -- no such luck. The claims are rather silly -- "you can even apply for grants from the government or university by publishing your work in Google News"!

The domain name oasispub.co.in suggests an Indian origin. ICANN does not show registration data, but a whois search on domaintools.com shows registration to "Student" in India in June 2018. The website oasispub.co.in is a blog (with no content) called "Oasis Cart – One shopping destination." Neither Mapquest nor Google Maps recognizes the email's street address in Massachusetts.

Under these circumstances, it is difficult to imagine why anyone would send "your opinion article" or "your research work" to this "Google Partner Network." I submitted an inquiry to Google News and will supplement this posting if I learn more.

UPDATE (August 23, 2018): Apparently Google could not care less who advertises itself as a "Partnered Company." So far, I have received no reply to my inquiry there. In response to a second spam on Aug. 19, I asked Jennifer Ballard, "Before I send an article, could you provide more information about AND Media Ltd – who is on the editorial board, whether you pay for articles, what subjects are of interest, etc.?" No reply so far.
Email
  • From: Google News [google-news@oasispub.co.in]
    Sent: Sunday, July 29, 2018 3:39 PM [and again
    Subject: You are Featured in Google News
    Hello Dr.David H Kaye,
    I am Jennifer Ballard, Editorial Assistant for Google News contacting you with the reference from our Editorial Board.
    We are looking for experts like you in the medical field. Many top medical researchers are going unnoticed due to predatory journals are taking up the lead. You would get nothing but a published article in that journal and they don't add any value to your hard work.
    We at Google News (Partnered Company) are going to take your research to the world by publishing your opinion article in our news website. This way, your research will get noticed by many people and you can even apply for grants from the government or university by publishing your work in Google News
    Google News receives millions of visitors daily from all over the world, and it is one of the top news websites in America. If you think that your research work is not getting enough exposure, we can help you feature you and your research work in Google News. All we need is a news article especially written for Google News by explaining in detail about your research, so that common people can understand it and send it to us so that we can publish your article with us. If you want us to write the news article for you, just send us your articles, so that our editors can write about you and your work and will publish the same in our news website.
    This will help you in getting high impact factor and more citations for your articles and also increases your credibility.
    If you are interested in our proposal, just send us your articles or published article link, so that we can send you more details.
    All the best
    Jennifer Ballard, | Editorial Assistant,
    AND Media Ltd ( Google Partner Network)
    3164 Christie Way Salem,
    Massachusetts 01970, USA
  • From: google news [google-news@webgroup.in]
    Date: Sun 8/19/2018 1:29 PM [and Sun 7/29/2018 3:39 PM]
    Subject: Your are Featured in Google News
    Dear DR.David H Kaye,
    I am Jennifer Ballard, Editorial Assistant for Google News contacting you with the reference from our Editorial Board. We are looking for experts like you in the Scientific field. Many top Researchers are going unnoticed due to predatory journals are taking up the lead. You would get nothing but a published article in that journal and they don't add any value to your hard work.
    We at Google News (Partnered Company) are going to take your research to the world by publishing your opinion article in our news website. This way, your research will get noticed by many people and you can even apply for grants from the government or university by publishing your work in Google News. We believe that publishing with Google News will be of great value to you, and will help you reach your research with a world-wide recognition. It is going to impact your profession in a major way.
    Google News receives millions of visitors daily from all over the world, and it is one of the top news websites in America. If you think that your research work is not getting enough exposure, we can help you feature you and your research work in Google News. All we need is a news article especially written for Google News by explaining in detail about your research, so that common people can understand it and send it to us so that we can publish your article with us. If you want us to write the news article for you, just send us your articles, so that our editors can write about you and your work and will publish the same in our news website.
    This will help you in getting high impact factor and more citations for your articles and also increases your credibility.
    If you are interested in our proposal, just send us your articles or published article link, so that we can send you more details. Nothing is more important to us than the satisfaction of those we work with. I’m sure we will live up to your expectations.
    The package includes publishing in Google News along with 300+ major news outlets. Here I am attaching you report of 300+ major news outlets in which your work gets published.
    All the best
    Jennifer Ballard, | Editorial Assistant,
    AND Media Ltd
    (Google Partner Network)
    3164 Christie Way Salem, Massachusetts 01970, USA

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Iris Publishers, "your one-stop-place for latest scientific!"

The About Us webpage of Iris Publishers (7/12/18) has such ringing phrases as "your one-stop-place for latest scientific!" "aiding the growth of learners ... for the prosperity of science." They want "to exploit the scientific information"and "to unfold the quality research globally." To exploit and unfold, IRIS uses a "potential Editorial team" and a "highly qualified and expert Editorial committee [that] is indulged in scrutinizing articles with stringent peer review process ensuring that it follows our policies." Who could ask for anything more?

Iris has pictures of 35 journals on its website -- 36 you count the World Journal of Yoga and Natural Therapy twice -- because it "is an ambidextrous journal."

The domain name irispublishers.org is registered to New Dream Network, LLC dba DreamHost Web Hosting. The telephone number on the contact page, 914-407-6109, also is used by Lupine Publishers, which is "focused on ... Remedial missions in relation with Technical Knowledge." Virtual office supplier, Regus, could be the source of the address of the office building in San Francisco. Clearly, there is reason to wonder where Iris is actually located. The spam inviting me "to join your hands with us in this instigate" suggests that the handshake would be quite a stretch.

UPDATE: Two comments of July 13, 2018, provide more information. One from "Smut Clyde" reveals that the common telephone number for Lupine and Iris (not to mention the flowery association) is no accident. He (or she) found that
Iris Publishers LLC is a Colorado Domestic Limited-Liability Company filed on May 18, 2018 .... The company's principal address is 7865 S Grand Baker St., Aurora, CO 80016. That Aurora street address is also the home of Lupine Publisher, Crimson Publisher, "Biomedical Research Ltd", and Sudheer Kaku (the scammer who registered the corresponding domains).
The address on the spam from the Global Journal of Forensic Science & Medicine is that of an office building with space rented by Regus. This company provides a "Virtual Office, The right image for your business, with a prestigious address and a range of supporting services."
Email
  • From: Global Journal of Forensic Science & Medicine [forensic@irispublishers.com]
    Date: Fri 9/21/2018 8:58 AM
    Subject: Looking for CV
    Dear Dr. David H Kaye,
    Good Morning!
    I am sure you're quite busy, but I would appreciate if you could take a moment to my below request.
    We are glad to inform you that, we are in the process of framing Editorial/review committee for our journal. So, we respectfully invite you to join your hands with us in this instigate.
    I trust you’ll provide your valuable time and interest towards our journal and we are looking forward to inaugurate our GJFSM with the eminent people like you.
    If you are interested to join as an editorial board member in our journal, please send your CV ...
    Sincerely,
    Amber Smith
    Managing editor
    Global Journal of Forensic Science & Medicine
    315 Montgomery Street, San Francisco, CA 94104, USA
  • From: Open Access Journal of Archaeology and Anthropology [archaeology@irispublishers.org]
    Date: Fri 9/21/2018 5:35 AM
    Subject: Contribution for Open Access Week
    Dear Dr. David H Kaye,
    Greetings from Iris Publishers!
    Happy Open Access Week!
    We are happy to celebrate Open Access Week and we are welcoming your submissions for our OAJAA.
    In this Occasion we have chosen eminent scientists, who have significant involvement in the advancement of research in their field and have the potential to give best quality articles for the open access issue of our journal.
    We anticipate that you will support and make our celebration more joyful by sharing any type of manuscript towards our journal.
    Please acknowledge this email receipt within 24 hours.
    Regards,
    Carlo Alvaro
    Open Access Journal of Archaeology and Anthropology
  • From: Open Access Journal of Archaeology and Anthropology [archaeology@irispublishers.org]
    Date: July 12, 2018, 3:59 AM
    Subject: Evaluation
    Good Morning!
    I am sure you're quite busy, but I would appreciate if you could take a moment to my below request.
    We are glad to inform you that, we are in the process of framing Editorial/review committee for our journal. So, we respectfully invite you to join your hands with us in this instigate.
    I trust you’ll provide your valuable time and interest towards our journal and we are looking forward to inaugurate our OAJAA with the eminent people like you.
    If you are interested to join as an editorial board member in our journal, please send your CV ... Kindly acknowledge this email for further queries.
    Sincerely,
    Carlo Alvaro
    Open Access Journal of Archaeology and Anthropology