Monday, May 27, 2019

Asian Journal of Emerging Research (AJER)

The Asian Journal of Emerging Research (AJER) has an odd title. I mean, what academic fields does it cover, and what is the criterion for "emerging" research as opposed to other (completed?) research? The website does little to define or clarify the scope of the journal. It states that AJER is a "multidisciplinary journal developed with the aim of accelerating the pace of scientific advancement." I guess that narrows it to all of science. But no, AJER has a Facebook page that "welcomes original research submissions from the natural sciences, medical research, engineering, as well as the related social sciences and humanities .. ." Why does the world need another general journal of science (and everything related to it)? Well,
AJER is an outcome of a researcher’s community with the believe that all quality research work needs to be published... .
At this point, I am beginning to worry. Clicking on "Current Issue" and "Archive" under the "Issues" tab has no effect. Maybe AJER is just starting out and has no content yet. That may be why its publication fees are low and there is no submission fee.

No publishing house seems to be behind it. The publishing platform is "AMS Central, a project of the ACFS," whatever that is. The contact information is 2nd Floor, Emirates Tower, M-13, F-7 Markaz, Islamabad, Pakistan +92 333 000 3334 ajer@amscentral.com. No one on the 16-member "editorial team" of academics is from Pakistan. AJER is on LinkedIn, There, it describes its experience as "The ACE College for Women."
Email
  • From: AJER [ajer@amscentral.com]
    Date: May 27, 2019
    Subject: AJER | Announcement of Editor in Chief
    Asian Journal of Emerging Research is delighted to proclaim the appointment of Prof. Dr. Kaiser Jamil as the Editor-in-Chief of AJER. She is currently working as Principle Investigator and Head of Genetics Department at Bhagwan Mahavir Medical Research Centre, India.
    Prof. Kaiser Jamil, is a distinguished Scientist, having worked in 4 renowned Institutions like IICT, CCMB, University of Sydney and at University of Paris. She was one of the top 20 Scientists of the country to be honored with the Award of Modern Medicare for her work in cancer research in the area of Pharmacogenomics. She is the first woman elected as Vice President of The Asian Council of Science Editors, Dubai and President of Third World Organization of Women In Science- OWSD- (TWOWS) with it head quarters in Trieste- Italy which she served from 2005-2010, with a National Chapter of TWOWS for Indian women.
    She is on the Editorial board of 3 prestigious journals and Reviewer of several journals. Her Passion: Human dimensions: A vision for Sharing, Learning and Transforming.
    We believe that her tenure as Editor-in-Chief will precisely maintain the quality of published research, enhance the journal’s impact, and contribute to the advancement of the broader scientific community. Wishing her a Very Good Luck at AJER!
    Regards
    Maryam Sayab
    Executive Managing Editor
    Asian Journal of Emerging Research | Pakistan M: 0092-333-000-3334 E: ajer@ amscentral.com

Friday, May 24, 2019

Heighten Science's Journal of Forensic Science and Research

Heighten Science Publications Corporation seems to be run out of a house in the Dallas area (by the town's mayor). It publishes a Journal of Forensic Science and Research. The journal has no editor and no editorial board members. At least, none are listed on its website. The home page lists "recent articles" -- all from 2017. Forensic scientists will be pleased to learn that "The Journal of Forensic Science and Research considers forensic science as a multidisciplinary and rigorous discipline which is at an important stage of its development."

The webpage has buttons to list articles by country. There are two from the U.S., dated 2017 -- on sports medicine rather than forensic science. The page is full of links to the content of other Heighten journals. When I finally navigated to the page of "all volumes and issues" of the Journal of Forensic Science and Research, there were three issues. Volume 1(1) contains articles such as "WMW: A Secure, Web based Middleware for C4I Interoperable Applications." Issue 2 has four articles in forensic medicine. Finally, Volume 2(1) has two articles, on topics in forensic toxicology and entomology. All told, there are not many pages for two volumes (or even one).

Given the absence of indicia of quality for Heighten Science journals, one wonders why reputable researchers would publish there. Yet, some do. A short case report from Steven A Koehler and Victor W Weedn on a "Failure to Autopsy: The Otto Warmbier Case" can be found in Issue 2 of Volume 1. Dr. Weedn is a professor at George Washington University and was the Senior Forensic Advisor in the U.S. Department of Justice.

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Heighten Science "envelopes all the existing and emerging developments"

Heighten Science Publication Corporation is here "to cater the insistent need of researchers." Its About Us page explains that
Heighten Science Publications Corporation (HSPC) welcomes you as a new member. The potential of Heighten Science in publishing journals is radically altering the way, scientific information is disseminated. Heighten Science intends to establish a high-quality, open access, peer reviewed Journals that can become a source of updated and the most complete and reliable source of information on current developments in the fields of clinical, medical, biology, chemistry, pharmaceutical and engineering related researches. All the journals published by Heighten Science are dynamic and envelopes all the existing and emerging developments to be abreast of the fast paced growth of the subject. Heighten Science does not only publish but also successfully disperse the knowledge to the relevant and necessary sources using the latest technology.
To supply "added value," "Heighten Science aims to provide high quality, meticulously reviewed and rapid publication, to cater the insistent need of researchers." The "Why with Us" page has such expostulations as "The scalar chain of Heighten Science comprises of prominent scholars and experts of different fields and an alert unmatched readership base." And of course HSPC does "not want to stalemate your research work in limiting it to word counts or size." Whether the alert and unmatched readers share the desire to let authors write page after page is not discussed. The publication charges for the 53 journals are hefty, but, hey, "we solely depends on the authors" and use their "contributions ... in collaboration services, promotions and citations which ultimately helps in increasing the visualization ... ."

The contact information includes this address: 2504 Stillwater CT, Flower Mound, Texas - 75022, USA +14043820291 info@heighpubs.us." The email address heighpubs@gmail.com and the telephone number belong to Sandeep Kumar. Whitepages.com lists the following names as owner or residents of the four bedroom house: Shubhada V Sharma, Sandeep K Sharma, Rekha N Sharma, Manisha V Varshney, Saumya Sehgal, Tony J Owens, and Tammie E Bonham. Sandeep Sharma also uses the home address for The Evolvers Group LP. He is the CEO of this computer services and consulting company. The domain name heighpubs.us is registered to Chandra Shekar.

The corporation is registered to the same Sandeep Sharma.  In fact, he is the mayor pro tem of the town, having moved there in 2001 after graduating from the University of Poona in computer engineering in 1989 and earning an MBA in in strategic management from the University of Kansas in 1998. The Texas Comptroller's office identifies two other directors of the publishing corporation: Chandr Gundabattula (address LOT-13 13 15 16 23 FLAT-501 SUJATA), and Iswarya Uppalapati (PLOT-1322 FLAT-102 VINDHYA HILLS AP).

I looked at Heighten's Journal of Forensic Science and Research, since that is a field I am familiar with. Most of the links brought me to articles from other journals, such as one on "Peaceful Bridging" from a dentist in Hawaii describing tooth replacement and promoting his "Carlson Bridge® 'Winged Pontic' tooth replacement system" published (with misspellings) in the December 2018 issue of Heighten's Journal of Oral Health and Craniofacial Science.
Email
Archives of Case Reports
  • From: Author Relationship Editor - CASEREPORTS [casereports@hspcorporation.org]
    Date: 25 July 2019
    Subject: The journal will publish your innovations
    Archives of Case Reports (ISSN: 2637-3793)
    We have communicatedyou earlier, but there is no response from you, so we would like to contact you another time! In view of your previous contributions and research interests, we are contacting you again to submit the manuscript which is useful for the journal growth.
    Planning for Upcoming Issue: Submission Date: August 6th 2019 | Review Process Duration: 10 to 15 days |
    Releasing Date: August 16th 2019
    We need your support by sharing your valuable manuscripts towards our Journal. I welcome you to submit the articles to this email as an attachment (If your manuscript is going to be ready for publication). If you don’t have any material in your hand, please allow us to know the feasible date of your submission. An early confirmation from your side is very much appreciated as it really helps to provide quality research to the scientific community. You can send your paper(s) to casereports@heighpubs.us
    I would appreciate if you will respond to this email. Your manuscript could contribute a lot to Science.
    Kind regards,
    Angelina Isabella
    Managing Editor
    Texas, USA
Clinical Journal of Nursing Care and Practice
  • From: Clinical Journal of Nursing Care and Practice [hjncp@hspcorporation.org]
    Date: May 23, 2019
    Subject: Your article promotion also one of our services
    Hope we are not interrupting you in your busy schedule.
    Doctor, I am Clark S Journal Coordinator for Clinical Journal of Nursing Care and Practice [ISSN: 2639-9911]. Can you give us a few minutes of your valuable time? Firstly, we would like to take the pleasure to appreciate your expertise and professionalism in the field of your expertise. We have just gone through your publications and found that your expertise is related to the scope of the journal. [← Must be an enormous scope, considering that I have nothing to do with nursing care] Our Editorial Board got impressed by your academic profile with Published articles and Research interest.
    Being impressed by your published articles,weare contacting you to know if you can associate with us by submitting your “Unpublished paper” which will be highly helpful for the journal growth. So, we wish you to grab this opportunity and publish your research works and make them helpful for the scientific community.
    To avail this opportunity, you are requested to send your article by June 07th, 2019. Hence, keeping in view of friendlyassociation with you, we have put our humble request and hope you would not disappoint us.
    Await your acknowledgementregarding the submission.
    Regards,
    Clark S
Journal of Clinical Nephrology
  • From: Author Relationship Editor - NEPHROLOGY [nephrology-journal@hspcorporation.org]
    Date: Mon 12 Aug 2019
    Subject: Do consider our journal to publish your upcoming article
    We have communicatedyou earlier, but there is no response from you, so we would like to contact you another time! In view of your previous contributions and research interests, we are contacting you again to submit the manuscript which is useful for the journal growth.
    Planning for Upcoming Issue: Submission Date: August 20th 2019 | Review Process Duration: 10 days | Releasing Date: August 30th 2019
    We need your support by sharing your valuable manuscripts towards our Journal. I welcome you to submit the articles to this email as an attachment (If your manuscript is going to be ready for publication).
    If you don’t have any material in your hand, please allow us to know the feasible date of your submission. An early confirmation from your side is very much appreciated as it really helps to provide quality research to the scientific community. You can send your paper(s) to nephrology-journal@heighpubs.us
    I would appreciate if you will respond to this email. Your manuscript could contribute a lot to Science.
    Kind regards,
    Angelina Isabella
    Managing Editor
    Texas, USA
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Journal of Hematology and Clinical Research
  • From: Journal of Hematology and Clinical Research [jhcr@hspcorporation.org]
    Date: 4 June 2019 9:11 AM
    Subject: Your support will play a lead role to release the upcoming issue
    Greetings from the Journal of Hematology and Clinical Research!
    Hope you are doing well.
    This mail is regarding the submission of your article. Based on your expertise and previous articles published, we would like to request you to submit an article for our Journal. Contribution from an eminent person like you increases the Journal’s quality and its standards. If you are interested, kindly send us the article as an attachment to: jhcr@heighpubs.us Please let us know if you have any other queries.
    Awaiting your response.
    Best Regards,
    Smith A
    You are receiving this email because of your [hitherto unknown] relationship with the sender. ...
  • From: Editorial Manager - JHCR [jhcr@hspcorporation.org]
    Date: 19 August 2019 1:28 AM
    Subject: Enhance the quality of the article by robust peer review process
    Journal of Hematology and Clinical Research
    In view of your previous contributions and research interests, we are contacting you to submit the manuscript which is useful for the growth of our journal. Contribution from an eminent person like you increases the Journal’s quality and its standards. On behalf of the journal, we would like to request you to submit your manuscript on or before 31st August, 2019 to this mail
    Note: Kindly submit the cover letter along with your submission to make us identify easily.
    Please respond back regarding your interest on submission.
    Awaiting your response.
    Thanks & Regards,
    Williams K
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Friday, May 17, 2019

Does Iris Publishers Raid OMICS for Material?


Commenting on the report on Iris Publishers, Sudheer Kaku, the IT technical specialist in Aurora, Colorado, who was identified as the likely owner, wrote "Please let me know if you come across any genuine complain [sic] or an instance where we scammed or didn't deliver on what we promised."

Iris promises that it "only accept[s] original content" and that "[a]ny work that has less than 75% originality will be rejected." It promises authors "rigorous peer reviews and quality check." It claims that it checks for previous publication as a part of the process. It promises editing to improve an author's submissions. How often does it deliver on these promises?

Clearly, it did none of these things in the case of two articles by Mohamed Daris of the "University Rabat Morocco," the "Department of Physics, Morocco," the "Department of Physics, University of Science," or the "Department of Mathematical Physics, University Rabbat Morocco." (These are the affiliations provided on his various papers that appear in flaky journals. I have not seen a university with any of these names listed on the web, but there is a University Mohammed V de Rabat.)

Realization of the Relationship between Quantum Mechanics and Relativity

This paper first appeared in the flaky and oddly named OMICS Journal of Physical Mathematics (Received Date: Aug 24, 2018 / Accepted Date: Sep 12, 2018 / Published Date: Sep 20, 2018 ). It begins as follows:
In this section we will have the design of a central energy model based on the energy of the light E this model has three forms of energy: the energy of the mass Em which is based deep on the mass m in relation with the wave function Ψ and the density density energy Eρ which is based on the density density ρ in relation to the wave function Ψ and the volume energy EV which is based on the volume V in relation with the wave function Ψ. This approximation gives us access to the last very important paragraph in this research is the relationship between quantum mechanics and relativity.
The "density density" article provides nothing less than "an exact correction of the classical light equation E = mc2." It concludes with an equation that "is a proper state of the presence of relativity and quantum mechanics at the same time in any system on the universe or far from the universe." Could one ask for anything more?

Mr. Kaku’s Annals of Biostatistics & Biometric Applications duplicated this gobbledy-gook (which has nothing to do with biostatistics), presenting it as new, quality publication. Mohamed Daris. Realization of the Relationship between Quantum Mechanics and Relativity. AnnalBiostat & Biomed Appli. 2(2): 2019. ABBA.MS.ID.000535. DOI: 10.33552/ABBA.2019.02.000535. (Received Date: April 17, 2019 Published Date: May 08, 2019).

Establishing the Equation of the Wave Function and the System Model (ρ, m, v)

This paper also appeared earlier in the OMICS Journal of Physical Mathematics (“Received Date: Aug 24, 2018 / Accepted Date: Sep 14, 2018 / Published Date: Sep 21, 2018"). The introduction reads as follows:
The main purpose of this topic is to better understand new aspects of matter and energetic systems and to give new theorems and relations based on having an idea about the behaviour of matter either on the mass side of the volume or the volume density this gives us newly exploit relationships but on the basis of the corrective theorem of the equation of light and that will guide us to have an explanatory model of the material and hence the systems outside the vacuum or inside the void.
That is a mouthful. The body of the article consists of a couple of postulated equations (with no indication of why they are meaningful or plausible) and a miscellany of algebraic consequences. It concludes with the apocalyptic remark that:
These last results show that any material with a mass and a volume and a density tends towards a moment TF [“Time of the Universe”]. That is to say that matter when it arrives at the moment TF its basic elements, which constitute them, mean that the volume and density disappear and the matter no longer exists.
Again, Annals of Biostatistics & Biometric Applications, which has no named editor-in-chief,  republished this ouevre falling well outside of its professed scope as if it were a new (and meaningful) publication. Mohamed Daris. Establishing the Equation of the Wave Function and the System Model (ρ, m, v). AnnalBiostat & Biomed Appli. 2(1): 2019. ABBA.MS.ID.000529. DOI: 10.33552/ABBA.2019.02.000529 (Received Date: April 17,2019 Published Date: April 26, 2019).

Such publications in OMICS and then Iris journals are difficult to reconcile with sincere assertions of "rigorous peer reviews."