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.
  • From: Google News [google-news@oasispub.co.in]
    Sent: Sunday, July 29, 2018 3:39 PM
    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


  1. Thanks for posting this BS. I also received the same invitation today.

  2. I also received this email. Searching the email address on google linked to me to your blog. It is very useful.
    Thank you.

  3. Thank you for this post. This is very helpful (I received the same confusing email today). We need more initiatives like this!