Thursday, February 21, 2019

Vision Science Research and Universe Scientific Publishing

Many people have been getting variations on the following spam:

From: Academic Cooperation [angela@usp-pl.net]
Date: Feb. 21, 2019, 6:50 PM [and 2/22/19 2:06 AM]
Subject: Invitation letter to join the VSR
Dear Dr.
Vision Science Research is a global scientific research institute located in Malaysia. It has a professional team of multinational experts and academic intellectuals. It is with great honor and most respect that we invite you to partake in the research projects within your field of study.
With the ambition to improve the image of our institution we intend to invite scholars from various scientific fields to make an alliance with us. Without any doubt on your competence and experience and years of research in your predilected field of study, Vision Science Research sincerely desire to have an opportunity to collaborate with you.
We patiently await for a favorable respond.
Yours sincerely
Angela
Vision Science Research Sdn Bhd.

Registration data on usp-pl.net suggests a Chinese origin. The domain name usp-pl.com is registered to WhoisGuardProtected, a company in Panama. The .net website talks a lot about cooperation and lists a couple of conferences.

The .com website houses Universe Scientific Publishing journals such as "Nature·Science·Human" (ISSN: 2251-2594), which is "aiming at the reality of the rise of China" by "introducing China's academic achievements to the world." The contact address is Universe Scientific Publishing Pte. Ltd., Editorial Office, 35 Hougang Avenue 7 #04-07, Singapore 538802, 0065-6753-8753, contact@usp-pl.com.

JScholar wants "to curve the future of scientific world"

The "JScholar Vision" is "[e]merging on a custom of editorial excellence for framing the network that brings together the specialized journals to provide enhanced access to the research, reviews and to curve the future of scientific world." The journals promise publication within 28 days. At least, I think that is what the publisher means by "The duration for publishing an article is 28 days." The "Author Guidelines" also state that the articles will be plagiarized -- "The received manuscripts will undergo plagiarism (copying text or results from other sources) for its uniqueness and also self-plagiarism (duplicating substantial parts of authors' own published work without giving the appropriate references) by Quality Analysts.".

The ownership of JScholar is not obvious. Under "CONTACT INFO," the homepage has the address of JScholar Publishers, 185 E Homestead Rd, Sunnyvale, CA 94087, +1 (607) 523-4092. But the "CONTACT US" page uses 18170 Dallas Pkwy Suite 104, Dallas Texas 75287, +14692832220. An apartment house is located at the Sunnyvale address.

That address, by the way, is also the address of Clerisy Publishers. The websites have remarkable similarities. For example,

JScholar website Clerisy website
JScholar is multidisciplinary open access publisher of manuscripts covering the fields of Science, Technology and Medicine. Clerisy is multidisciplinary open access publisher of manuscripts covering the fields of Science, Technology and Medicine.
JScholar, a modern and innovative publisher of scientific journals ... . Clerisy publishers is a modern and innovative publisher of scientific journals ... .
Pages with the same layout of boxes, check marks, etc.
Same "SUBMIT MANUSCRIPT" icon (size, colors, graphics, and hover effect)
Same images for CiteFactor, Google Scholar, and DRJI juxtaposed in same order near bottom of pages

The domain jscholaronline.org was registered in India, but not much else was disclosed. However, the domain jscholarpublishers.com (used in the spam from an IP address in India) is registered to "paul" with the address "begumpet, Hyderabad 500016 India, +91.739690499, bigrock@jscholarpublishers.com."

UPDATE
3/1/19: "Smut Clyde" pointed to https://www.zaubacorp.com/company/JSCHOLAR-SCIENTIFIC-COMMUNICATIONS-OPC-PRIVATE-LIMITED/U22300TG2018OPC127452 for information on the company. It is registered as "Jscholar Scientific Communications (opc)private Limited, ... a Private(One Person Company) incorporated on 05 October 2018. ... Veeraboina Ashok is director .... Its Email address is ashok.b1389@gmail.com and its registered address is C/O- K RAMA DEVI, FLAT NO. HIG- 35 K P H B COLONY, KONDAPUR HYDERABAD Hyderabad TG 500072 IN."
Email
Journal of Forensic Research and Crime Studies

Journal of Clinical and Anatomical Pathology
  • From: jcap@jscholarpublishers.com
    Date: Feb. 21, 2019, 12:54 AM
    Subject: Call for Paper: JCAP Volume 3, Issue 1
    Dear Dr. David H Kaye
    Greetings from Journal of Clinical and Anatomic Pathology...!!
    We are contacting you based on your expertise in the field of Clinical and Anatomic Pathology. [& larr; Which is none.] JCAP (Journal of Clinical and Anatomic Pathology) is an endeavour to promote research, innovation in Journal of Clinical and Anatomic Pathology for Journal Publication. It is a scholarly online, open access, peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary, bi-monthly, and fully refereed journal focusing on theories, methods and procedures and relevant fields for Journal Publication.
    JCAP is accepting manuscripts for its upcoming edition Volume 3, Issue 1. We are writing this proposal to endorse your research in the particular field.
    Journal publication contains research papers which deal with the contemporary issues of international relevance in the education theory, methodology and practice of mankind. It welcomes Scientists, Researchers and Scholars to submit their work in the form of Case Study, Research Papers, Review Articles or Short communications. All manuscripts submitted will undergo evaluation by independent peer reviewers based on initial screening by a subject expert from the large Editorial Board. ...
    If this proposal is agreeable to you and does not conflict with your current professional and research interests, please let us know by writing to us as an acknowledgment of you looking forward to publish your work
    Best regards,
    Editorial team
    Jscholar Publishers

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

International Journal of Engineering Research and Development (IJERD)

The International Journal of Engineering Research and Development (IJERD)'s website is replete with danger signs:
⊘ No address
⊘ No publisher
⊘ Domain names hidden by Privacy Protect
⊘ "PEER REVIEWED JOURNAL" on the logo (and incredible promises in the email of 5-7 day peer review and 12 days from submission tom publication)
⊘ Claims to be listed in Index Copernicus but isn't
⊘ Large "impact factor" displayed
⊘ Frequently asked questions begin with "Whether it provide hard copy of Journal or not?"
⊘ A tab for a "Copy Right" form that does not assign any rights to the journal but assumes that it has them and purports to restrict the author's "proprietary rights"//
My efforts to track the journal down were mostly unsuccessful. I only found that the ISSN database lists it as an Indian journal and that the email (2/20/19) originated from Global Ra Net Services Pvt., Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh, India.

The website lists the following as U.S. members of the editorial board:
⊖ Dr. H. U. Akay - Purdue University at Indianapolis (IUPUI)
⊖ Dr. J. S. Chen - University of California
⊖ Dr. J. Fish - Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
⊖ Dr. D. K. Gartling - Engineering Sciences Center, Sandia National Laboratories
⊖ Dr. S. Ghosh - Ohio State University
Email
  • From: data [editor-impac123@daum.net]
    Date: Feb. 20, 2019 1:04 AM
    Subject: We publish original research articles
    International Journal of Engineering Research and Development (IJERD) Impact Factor 4.61
    IJERD is an open access peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary international platform for disseminating results of relevant research related to all the disciplines of engineering, science, technology etc. IJERD invites all research, review articles, short communications & technical notes that describe significant advances research in the areas of Engineering, Technology, Science & more…..
    IJERD publish paper online as well as print versions (hard copy) of the Journal. Its publication frequency is 12 issues per year. ...
    -Manuscript Submission 28th February, 2019
    -Manuscript Review Feedback Within 5 to 7 days ...
    -Date of Publication 10th March, 2019 ...
    -Indexing & book delivering Within 7 days ...
    e-ISSN: 2278-067X p-ISSN: 2278-800X
    For More Detail Website ... Through simply mailing as an attachment & any query, mail us at "ijerd@editormails.com"
    With Best Regards
    IJERD team
    International Journal of Engineering Research and Development (IJERD)
  • From: maker paper [factorr56dates@excite.com]
    Date: 6 June 2019 2:21 AM
    Subject: Invitation for good research
    IJERD is an open access peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary international platform for disseminating results of relevant research related to all the disciplines of engineering, science, technology etc. IJERD invites all research, review articles, short communications & technical notes that describe significant advances research in the areas of Engineering, Technology, Science & more….. All scientific engineering research & technology area i.e. (Electrical, Electronics and Computer Engineering, Information Engineering and Technology, Mechanical, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, Automation and Mechatronics Engineering, Material and Chemical Engineering, Civil and Architecture Engineering, Biotechnology and Bio Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Petroleum and Mining Engineering, Marine and Agriculture engineering, Aerospace Engineering & more relevant fields). ijerd@editormails.com IJERD publish paper online as well as print versions (hard copy) of the Journal.
    Its publication frequency is 12 issues per year.
    ... Through simply mailing as an attachment & any query, mail us at ... .
    With Best Regards
    IJERD team

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Biomedical Conferences Claims the Journals of Other (?) Publishers

One would imagine that Biomedical Conferences is just a conference organizer. But its website features "our journals" as "a singular repository" for "acclaimed scientific authors" seeking to reach "like-minded peers." There are more journals than I care to count on the list of "our journals." Some have ISSNs; some don't. Almost all (based on a sample of clicks) are published by three ostensibly separate publishers -- Crimson, Iris, and Lupine Publishers. Examples from the Biomedical Conferences list include
Name Contact information
Biomedical Journal of Scientific and Technical Research Biomedical Research Network+, LLC, 1 Westbrook Corporate Center, Suite 300, one Westchester, IL 60154, USA +1 (720) 414-3554 Fax - (720) 367-5187 info@biomedres.co angelaroy@biomedres.co
Interventions In Gynaecology And Women's Healthcare Lupine Publishers, LLC, 57 West 57th Street, 3rd floor, New York - NY 10019 +1 (914) 407-6109 Fax - (914) 465-7596 info@lupinepublishers.com Editorial Office : 7865 S. Grand Baker St, Aurora CO 80016, USA support@lupinepublishers.com
(Website has a link to Lupine)
Open Access Journal Of Oncology And Medicine same
Psychology and Psychotherapy Research Study Crimson Publishers, LLC Third Avenue, 2nd floor, New York - 10016, USA +1 (929) 600-8049 Fax +1 (929) 447-1137 info@crimsonpublishers.com support@crimsonpublishers.com
(Website has a link to Crimson)
COJ Reviews and Research same
Journal of Textile Science & Fashion Technology Iris Publishers, LLC 315 Montgomery Street San Francisco, CA 94104, USA +1-628-201-9788 Fax - +1-415-962-0669 info@irispublishers.com
(Website has a link to Iris)
Modern Concepts in Material Science same
The only journal in my quick sample that does not belong to another publisher, the Biomedical Journal of Scientific and Technical Research has the following underpunctuated "aim and scope" for "rendering a global podium" of "scientific knowledge on science":
The only motto of Biomedical Journal of Scientific & Technical Research (BJSTR) Publishers is accelerating the scientific and technical research papers, considering the importance of technology and the human health in the advanced levels and several emergency medical and clinical issues associated with it, the key attention is given towards biomedical research. Thus, asserting the requirement of a common evoked and enriched information sharing platform for the craving readers. BJSTR is such a unique platform to accumulate and publicize scientific knowledge on science and related discipline. This multidisciplinary open access publisher is rendering a global podium ...
Is it a coincidence that the webpages of both this flaky journal and the Biomedical Conferences webpages are copyrighted by Lupine Publishers LLC and that the spam for Biomedical Conferences came from Lupine Publishers? The Aurora, Colorado, "editorial offices" of Lupine Press are a four-bedroom house at the registered address of both Crimson and Lupine Publishers. Postings on Crimson, Iris, and Lupine Publishers have more information about them and one man, Sudheer Kaku, who may be behind them.
Email
  • From: From the Editorial office: BJSTR [minkaacosta@biomedres.us]
    Date: May 14 at 6:27 AM
    Subject: Need of One Article: BJSTR
    Dear Dr. DH Kaye,
    Hope you had a pleasant morning.
    We are in short of articles for successful issue release of Volume 18- Issue 1 in our Biomedical Journal of Scientific & Technical Research (BJSTR) (ISSN: 2574 -1241) having Impact Factor 0.548.
    Is it possible for you to support us with a 2 page opinion/mini review/case report, we hope a 2 page article isn’t time taken for an eminent author like you.
    We are confident that you are always will be there to support us.
    Await your response.
    Regards,
    Minka Acosta | Associate Editor | Biomedical Journal

Lupine Publishers "craves to select scientific connotation"

Lupine Publishers describes itself (on its website, 2/19/19) as
a multidisciplinary, scholarly Open Access publisher focused on Genetic, Biomedical and Remedial missions in relation with Technical Knowledge as well. We crave to select ground-breaking research based on modernism, aptness, scientific connotation, prospective spectator’s interests, etc. We endeavor to provide by far and liberally accessible belvedere to researchers and practitioners in support of their novel and valuable ideas. We already have 2000+ Editorial Board members along with 5000+ Published articles in our box. Our Journals maintain a scrupulous, methodical, fair peer review System. Besides, quality control is riveted in each step of the publication process.
This description raises the question of how many editors and articles can fit in one box. The box contains such articles as Association of Blood Group with Tea Likeliness, Bitter Gourd Relish and Blood Group Relationship, and Is There Any Fluctuation in Normal Blood Pressure While Watching Horror Movies?

The company information database Buzzfile provides, inter alia, these questions and answers (2/19/19):
Q. How big is Lupine Publishers?
A. Lupine Publishers is estimated to generate $37,589 in annual revenues, employs approximately 1 people [sic] at this location
Q. Where is Lupine Publishers located?
A. Lupine Publishers is located at 7865 S Grand Baker St, Aurora, CO 80016.
Q. How long has Lupine Publishers been in business?
Lupine Publishers has been in business for approximately 2 years.
Although Lupine purports to operate out of New York City, Buzzfile's address for it is a four bedroom home at 7865 S Grand Baker St., Aurora, CO 80016.

Lupine Publishers spams for OMICS-related conferences. An email from the subtly named Peer Reviewed Journal of Forensic & Genetic Sciences (below) advertised a production of the Biomedical Conferences LLC, which seems to be a name used by Conference Series, which is an OMICS domain. Conference Series, Lupine Publishers, Iris Publishers, and Crimson Publishers are just some of the enterprises whose domains are registered to Sudheer Kaku, "Software Engineer and Web Developer in Aurora, Colorado."

The peers involved in the Peer Reviewed Journal of Forensic and Genetic Sciences do not seem to care too much about whether the articles concern forensic science or genetics. For example, A New Demographic Situation and Problems of Employment in Uzbekistan describes the disturbing rate of unemployment in the country but sounds an optimistic note: "The country leader based on the adopted state programs completely stimulated the steady growth of creation of jobs and employment of the population."
Email
Peer Reviewed Journal of Forensic and Genetic Sciences
  • From: Peer Reviewed Journal of Forensic & Genetic Sciences [forensic@lupinepublishers.org]
    Date: Sun Feb 17 2019 11:51 PM
    Subject: Medicine and Medical Conferences: 2019
    Dear Dr. DH Kaye,
    Happy Charming Day.
    We cordially invite you to our “International Conference on Recent Advancements in Medicine and Medical Science” Conference during March 01-02, 2019 at Colorado, USA. On behalf of the organizing committee we expect your valuable participation to deliver your Research works in the time of your experience as an oral presentation during the conference Schedule.
    The Two-days conference comprises professional programs which includes 80+ Sessions of Scientific Forum, Symposia, Roundtable, Dialog, Poster, Exhibition, Workshop and Training Courses. We hope that the Medicine and Medical Science -2019 will be an unparalleled opportunity for Growing your network and meeting Eminent People throughout the scientific world. ...
    If you have any query, please feel free to contact us any time on WhatsApp (+1720 767-7131). Hope to have your presence at Colorado. Only 15 days to go Waiting for your rapid response.
    Thanks
    Christina | Program Manager
    Biomedical Conferences LLC Westbrook Corporate Center, Westchester 60154, USA.
Research and Reviews on Healthcare Open Access Journal
  • From: Research and Reviews on Healthcare Open Access Journal [research@lupineresearch.net]
    Date: Thurs, Jan 23 at 4:49 AM
    Subject: Requesting for Article Dear Dr. DH Kaye
    Dear Dr. DH Kaye ,
    Greeting from Lupine Publishers!
    We are in shortfall of one article for successful release of Ongoing Issue i.e., Volume 4 Issue 4 of our Research and Reviews on Healthcare: Open Access Journal (RRHOAJ).
    Please submit us your transcript for this issue before 29th January, If this is a short notice in your busy schedule please do send 2 page article, we hope 2 page article isnt time taken for eminent like you.
    Await your response.
    Regards,
    Deborah Daniel

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Center for Contemporary Research (CCR)

The Center for Contemporary Research is an elusive publisher. No website for it appears in the first several pages of results from a search for the name. The website of the journal that spammed me (the International Journal of Business Management and Commerce (IJBMC)) identifies CCR as its publisher but has no link to it. It states
Center for Contemporary Research (CCR) is an International, Scholarly open access publisher that currently provides worldwide research publications. CCR offers a broad range of options for authors and researchers, enabling authors to publish their material in our quality open access journals with a high degree of rigorous peer review integrity and transparency. Our dedicated technical and editorial team members ensure the quality of the published research articles. We have very reputable and dedicated editorial board members from different academic fields which ensure the quality and review standards according to the international research publishing standards and quick publication of research articles.

Center for Contemporary Research (CCR) publishes a number of journals, covering Business, social science, natural science, health science, general science, Technological science, economics and management. All journals are peer reviewed, and open access.
The same description -- word for word, and capitalization error for capitalization error -- appears on the website of the International Journal of Social Science and Business (IJSSB), which identifies the Center for Academic Research (CAR), as its publisher:The single difference is the substitution of "Academic" (and "A" in the acronym) for "Contemporary." The navigation bars have the same nine tabs in the same order, and the two sites use the same animated gif that blinks between "Submit paper" and "Click Here." Finally, the dubious UK address and the Bangladesh ones are the same, which puts both (or is it one?) in the same Portsmouth townhouse as the Research Institute for Progression of Knowledge (RIPK).

The domain name of ijbmcnet.com is registered by Kazi Arifur Rahman, who gives his mailing address as Uttara, Dhaka, Dhaka Dhaka 1230 Bangladesh, and other contact information as +016.5377842, kaziarif.it@gmail.com.
Email
International Journal of Business, Management and Commerce (IJBMC)
  • From: Dr. Albert Camryn [editor@ijbmcnet.com]
    Date: Feb. 12, 2019, 1:09 PM
    Subject: Call for paper
    Send your manuscript to the editor at: editor@ijbmcnet.com
    International Journal of Business, Management and Commerce (IJBMC) is an international peer-reviewed journal which accepts research articles, review papers, case studies, etc. in all fields of Business, Management and Commerce. The core objective of IJBMC is to publish new knowledge and theories for the benefit of society from academics, researchers, professionals to industry practitioners. It also provides a venue for PhD scholars to submit on-going research and developments in these areas.
    IJBMC publishes original papers, review papers, conceptual framework, analytical and simulation models, case studies, empirical research, technical notes, and book reviews. Special Issues devoted to important topics in Business Management and Commerce will occasionally be published.
    The journal is published both in print and online versions. The journal publishes research papers in the fields of: Business and Management: business, management, human resource management, strategic management, e-business, services, information technology production & operations management, financial management and managerial economics, entrepreneurship development and so on.
    Banking and finance: economics, banking, accounting, commerce, human resources management, international business, finance, marketing, law, journalism and mass communication, corporate governance, cross-cultural studies, linguistics and so on.
    Social science and Humanities: Social Science, Humanities, Sociology, Social Welfare, Anthropology, Religious Studies, Public Administration, Psychology, Philosophy, hotel and tourism, development studies, population studies, international relations, Political Science, History, Education, Women Studies and so on.
    IJBMC is inviting papers for Vol. 4 No.2 which is scheduled to be published on February 30, 2019. Acceptance Notification will send within 5-7 days from the date of manuscript submission
    Last date of Submission: February 19, 2019
    For more information, visit the official website of the journal ...
    With Warm Regards,
    Chief Editor
    Dr. Albert Camryn
    International Journal of Business Management and Commerce E-mail: editor@ijbmcnet.com
International Review Journal of Education and Research (IRJER)
  • From: 'Dr. Frank McEnulty' via Andrian [Andrian.21@ijbmcnet.com]
    Date: 22 Aug 2019 10:02 AM
    Subject: Call for Papers
    Submission open for September– 2019
    International Review Journal of Education and Research (IRJER) is an international peer-reviewed journal which accepts research articles, review papers, case studies, etc. in all fields of Education and Research. The core objective of IRJER is to publish new knowledge and theories for the benefit of society from academics, researchers, professionals to industry practitioners. It also provides a venue for PhD scholars to submit on-going research and developments in these areas.
    IRJER publishes original papers, review papers, conceptual framework, analytical and simulation models, case studies, empirical research, technical notes, and book reviews. Special Issues devoted to important topics in Education and Research will occasionally be published. The journal is published both in print and online versions. The journal publishes research papers in the fields of:
    Business and Economics: Business and Marketing, Economics, Financial Development, Accounting, Banking, Management, Human Resources etc.
    Social science and Humanities: Social Science and Humanities, Sociology, Social Welfare, Anthropology, Religious Studies, Visual Arts, Political, Cultural Aspects of Development, Tourism Management, Public Administration, Psychology, Philosophy, Political Science, History, Education, Women Studies and so on.
    Science and Engineering: All kind of Science and Engineering, Technology and Innovation, Environmental Studies, Climate Change, Agricultural, Rural Development, Urban Studies etc.
    IRJER is inviting papers for Vol. 2 No. 3 which is scheduled to be published on August 30, 2019. For more information, visit the official website of the journal: ... Submission deadline: August 28, 2019
    Send your manuscript to the editor at: editor@irjernet.com or editor.irjer@hotmail.com
    With thanks,
    Dr. Frank McEnulty
    The Chief Editor
    International Review Journal of Education and Research