Friday, March 22, 2019

SciRes Literature Promises a "High prevalence of Publishing"

"SciRes Literature LLC. brings a genuine research to you all Journals rigorously relevant to the topics of Science." The company's website lists 57 online journals. I looked at one, the American Journal of Rare Disorders: Diagnosis & Therapy (AJRDDT), for a taste of what they are like. Three pages on an "Egyptian Case of Parry-Romberg Syndrome" comprise the entire American journal. No editor-in-chief is named, but with only two editors listed, maybe none is necessary. The two editors are said to be Mohamed Ateia (Clemson University, France), and Ken H. Young (The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, USA). As far as I know, Clemson University is in the United States, and a Mohamed Ateia there is a postdoc in the Department of Environmental Engineering and Earth Science. Ken H. Young is a professor in the Department of Hematopathology MD Anderson Cancer Center.

ZoomInfo reports company revenue of $8.4 Million and 42 employees. The domain name scireslit.com is registered to  SCIRES Literature, 200 Lincoln Ave, Salinas, California 93901-2639, 800-713-7012. The website gives an address of 1 E. Main St., Ste B, Middletown, Delaware 19709, 302-684-6993. The spam I received came from an ISP in Champapet, India. It offers to "extend [my] potency to all over the world."
Email
  • From: International Journal of Sports Science & Medicine (IJSSM) [sportsmedicine@scireslitonline.com]
    Date: Mar 21 at 6:30 AM
    Subject: Manuscript Submission Request-IJSSM
    Dear Dr. AndrewBradburyA,
    Greetings from SciRes Literature!
    Sports Science & Medicine (IJSSM) welcomes you to share your information and resources towards the scientific community. Our journal is very humble to all our researchers who can associate with us to make them more fruitful and successfully extend your potency to all over the world. We are communicating you to know if you can associate with us by submitting your unpublished paper to our Upcoming Issue.
    Submission deadline: April 20, 2019
    Note: We will extend the submission date as per author convenience.
    Looking forward to receive your valuable and prompt response! Thank you for your time and patience.
    Best Regards
    Elisa Peretti
    International Journal of Sports Science & Medicine (IJSSM)
  • From: International Journal of Sports Science & Medicine [sportsmedicine@scireslitoa.com]
    Sent: Wednesday, May 29, 2019, 7:30:33 PM EDT
    Subject: Friendly follow up for article submission-IJSSM
    Dear Doctor,
    Please consider it’s a friendly reminder!!!
    We have contacted you earlier through email. Since we have not received any response from you regarding your decision in submitting the manuscript, we are taking the liberty of resending the mail as we are aware that you may be engaged in other activities or my message may not have successfully reached you.
    If you have any manuscript ready as of now in the field of Sports Science & Medicine. Kindly visit our website ... submit your manuscript through online ... and make our journal success.
    Hope this time will get positive response from your end. Please let me know your opinion in this regard. Looking forward to hear your response.
    Thanks & Regards
    Elisa Peretti
    Editorial Office, SciRes Literature LLC.
    International Journal of Sports Science & Medicine (IJSSM)
    1 E. Main St., Ste B
    You are receiving this email because of your relationship with the sender. [That would be the spammer to spammee relationship.]
  • From: AssistantEditor-Int J Sports Sci Med [ijssm@jeditor.info]
    Date: Nov 19 at 7:05 AM
    Subject: \ Time it right to submit your research-IJSSM \
    Dear Researcher,
    Starting with this Volume 3 Issue2, International Journal of Sports Science & Medicine is happy to announce that this month we are providing discounts on your scientific paper. It will be a great honour for us and an excellent opportunity for you to share your New scientific work on the field of Sports Science & Medicine (IJSSM) [← Even though you have never published a word on the subject before.]
    We are looking forward to receive your papers. For any information needed, feel free to contact us. ...
    Note: We are offering the processing fee for your article is $ 899 USD.
    We will wait for your reply!! [← That could take a while
    Regards,
    Elisa Peretti
    Editorial Office, SciRes Literature LLC.
    International Journal of Sports Science & Medicine (IJSSM)
    E-mail: elisa.p@scireslit.us/ sportsmedicine@scireslit.com
    You are receiving this email because of your relationship [spammee] with the sender [spammer]. ...

Monday, March 11, 2019

ScienceForecast is for "current and future forecast of all categories in science"

ScienceForecast Publications LLC lists about thirty mostly medical journals. There are reports of invitations issued to faculty to be editors with little or no regard to their qualifications. The instructions to authors advise that "Author wish to publish an article or manuscript should be related subject line as that of a particular journal."

The journal that spammed me is the Journal of Forensic Medicine Forecast. It is not limited to forensic medicine (present, past, forecasted), but " covers all the areas like digital and multimedia sciences, ... forensic physical evidence, ... crime scene investigation, ... etc." It is infatuated with toxicology, listing such subjects as "toxicological, human toxicology, applied toxicology, experimental toxicology, and environmental toxicology." It started in 2018 and has one issue with two "editions."

The US editors are
Eric R. Braverman, USC Keck School of Medicine
(not listed in the USC directory as a faculty member, but an Eric K. Braver is a co-author with Kenneth Blum in the very flaky Medical Research Archives (and elsewhere); is on the quackwatch website, has had his medical license suspended; founded and directed a health service provider found by the New York Attorney General to have engaged in deceptive and misleading business practices)
Kenneth Blum, University of Florida
(not in the University of Florida directory, but a Bloomberg database lists Kenneth Blum as an "Adjunct Full Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, The University of Florida, College of Medicine and McKnight Brain Institute in Gainsville, Florida," and formerly a "Full Professor at the Department of Pharmacology, University of Texas"; Wikipedia states that a Kenneth Blum "originated the term 'reward deficiency syndrome', a concept that is largely recognized as pseudoscience" and that "Blum is listed by Quackwatch as a promoter of questionable health products"; a Kenneth Blum speaks at OMICS conferences and edits (and is the principal author of) a self-promoting journal for a publisher on Beall's list of predatory journals)
Lewis Mustard, University of California
(LinkedIn lists a "lewis mustard, Professor at UCLA Extension, Durham, North Carolina" who has a Ph.D. in health administration from Union Institute and University and was the CEO of a consulting firm)
Spokeo indicates that the address of 14439, Turin Ln, Centreville, VA 20121, provided in the email and website is that of a three-bedroom condominium occupied by K. Roa, S. Koduru, D. Scott, R. Scott, and R. Somers. The domain scienceforecastoa.com is registered to Privacy Protect LLC, but the IP address is in Mumbai, India.
Email
  • From: "Journal of Forensic Medicine Forecast" [ForensicMed@sfoajournals.com]
    Date: 8 Mar 2019
    Subject: David H Kaye - Seeking for Manuscripts : Journal of Forensic Medicine Forecast
    Respected Dr. David H Kaye.
    Best wishes from Scienceforecast. Journal of Forensic Medicine Forecast is an open access journal and it invites you to associate with us for the upcoming edition.
    Edition accepts all type of manuscripts and covers all the areas like digital and multimedia sciences, forensic analytical chemistry, forensic anthropology, forensic biology, forensic education, forensic entomology, forensic genetics, forensic microbiology, forensic odontology, forensic osteology, forensic pathology, forensic physical evidence, forensic psychiatry, forensic radiology, forensic serology, blood spatter analysis, drug delivery, crime scene investigation, dna fingerprinting, toxicological, human toxicology, applied toxicology, experimental toxicology, environmental toxicology, investigative toxicology, etc.
    Each Manuscript will undergo peer reviewed by our editors/reviewers through online peer review process, authors can track their manuscripts status with our online tracking system and indexed in Google Scholar upon publication.
    Edition accepts submissions on or before March 31, 2019. ...
    Expecting your response or submisison to this email if any complication in online form: ForensicMed@ScienceForecastoa.com
    Best Regards
    David Sanchez
    Editorial Office: Journal of Forensic Medicine Forecast 14439, Turin Ln Centreville, VA 20121 USA
    Please use unsubscribe if dont need to received further emails from us.
  • Same email (with a few words changed) received 5/28/19 and 6/14/19.
  • From: Journal of Forensic Medicine Forecast [ForensicMed@sfopenaccess.com]
    Date: Tue 10 Sept 2019 2:18 PM
    Subject: David H Kaye - Anticipating Your Valuable Submission Forensic medicine
    Dear David H Kaye.
    Best wishes from ScienceForecast Publications.
    Journal of Forensic Medicine Forecast is an open access journal and it invites you to associate with us for the upcoming edition. Edition covers within all aspects of Forensic medicine and accepts all types of manuscripts. Authors can track their manuscripts status with our Manuscript Tracking System. Articles instantly indexed in Google Scholar upon publication.
    Expecting your submission through our online form: ...
    Best Regards
    David Sanchez Editorial Office: Journal of Forensic Medicine Forecast 14439, Turin Ln Centreville, VA 20121 USA
    Please use unsubscribe if you do not wish to receive these emails from us.

Saturday, March 2, 2019

Phronesis is "for an author who resembles in the scientific community"

Phronesis LLC lists 24 journals on its website, www.phronesisonline.com. According to Zoominfo, Phronesis LLC is a Delaware company that has $6.2 million of revenue and 31 employees. The company "aspire[s] to expand the knowledge in science and its discoveries that leads its way to new inventions which structures brilliant benefits and for betterment in human lives." An answer to a frequently asked question on the Phronesis website is that "[a]ll articles published by Phronesis journals are peer-reviewed and as this is start up journal we are not yet indexed anywhere." Compared to journals that make misleading claims about indexing, this answer is refreshing.

The first journal on the list is Current Research in Applied Physics. It has no named editor-in-chief, no past articles, no articles in press, and nothing under review. But it plans to have an "inaugural issue" at the end of April 2019. Toward this end, it has "Publication Ethics" that "is a very important tool for an author who resembles in the scientific community." And, it has an editorial board consisting of
⊖ Yongli Gao, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Rochester, USA
⊖ Ephraim Suhir, Physical Sciences and Engineering Research Division, Portland State University, USA
⊖ Thomas F. George, University of Missouri-St. Louis, USA
⊖ Ramesh Agarwal, Department of Aerospace Engineering, Wichita State University, USA
⊖ Luigi Maxmilian Caligiuri, Foundation of Physics Research Center, University and Scientific Research (MIUR), Italy
⊖ Victor V. Apollonov, A.M. Prokhorov General Physics Institute of RAS, Russia
⊖ Vladimir V. Rumyantsev, A.A. Galkin Donetsk Institute for Physics and Engineering, Ukraine
⊖ Maros Halama, Institute of Materials, Technical University of Kosice, Slovakia
⊖ Mohsen Challan, Department of Physics, University of Majmaah, Al-Zulfi, Saudi Arabia
The second journal, the Phronesis Journal of Nanotechnology and Nanomedicine, has no editorial board and no editor-in-chief, but it announces that "Editor-in-Chief‘s shapes the research that is being done and being on the cutting edge of the latest advancements of your field that are the true rewards." I stopped perusing the website at this point.

The company's domain, phronesisonline.com, is registered to DomainsByProxy.com. The address it uses is provided, for a monthly fee, by Davinci Virtual Office Solutions. This firm advertises that
At our virtual office locations in Malvern Business Center, 5 Great Valley Parkway, Malvern, PA 19355 we have everything to meet your virtual business needs. Continue your telecommuting or home working and impress your clients with a virtual address at Malvern Business Center, 5 Great Valley Parkway, Malvern, PA 19355.
The spam I received from "Nithya Toxicology-2019 Conference" had a link that McAfee marked as leading to a malicious website. It is posted on the Flaky Academic Conferences blog.

UPDATE
3/4/19: In a comment to this posting, an Internet sleuth "Smut Clyde" reports a connection between phronesis sites and Subbarao D of Hyderabad.

Friday, March 1, 2019

Lexis wants "a worldwide and everlasting bond"


Lexis publishers (not to be confused with the LexisNexis information service) has eight journals. The publishing website states (3/1/19) that
"Launched in the year 2013, the Lexis Group comprising of Lexis Academy and Lexis Press, has come a long way in publishing sector."
One learns that
"Lexis Publisher compliments your worries about privacy on the Internet. This policy summaries what kind of your data will be collected by using this website, what we will do with collected data and our determinations to guard your privacy."
With a penchant for prose like this, what might Lexis do to your manuscripts?

I only looked at the website for the Journal of Biology and Today's World. Its "Guide for Authors" has this similarly inimitable introduction:
According to importance of researches in biological & medical sciences, Accuracy in selection of high-quality journal in these fields is essential. Journal of Biology and Today's World with the Supreme system that provided by the Lexis Academy, promised to the academic world, do efforts to having a qualify journal. Also, due to the more important role of biomedical research in living life, it was necessary with stringent quality control parameters, we can publish more accurately researches. Our other important goal is the establishment of peaceful and friendship between peoples from various nations; Experts from different countries that help us to control this journal is a good evidence for this purpose. No matter who are you for Journal of Biology and Today's World and exactly editorial process will exactly done for all submissions. Decision on all submitted manuscripts is independed to Nationality, academic degree and any relations to journal. This journal has not any agreement with any person or organization to facilitate acceptance or review process. If you found these abuses immediately inform office of the journal through this email: info@lexispublisher.com.
Although the National Library of Medicine rejected the journal for its collection, the journal's website proudly includes an NLM ID number. That number is merely for cataloguing. It identifies the journal as published in Iran by Marvdasht : Masoud Negahdary. The journal's ISSN also comes from the Iranian National Library and Archives.

The results of further efforts to track down who is responsible for these journals and conferences are given on the Flaky Academic Conferences blog.