Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Coalesce Research Group Aims to "Create Ideal Platform for Scientific Community"

Coalesce Research Group (coalesceresearchgroup.com) aims "to create ideal platform for scientific community in which providing free access to all the new research through our international standard journals globally without any restrictions." The About Us page begins with this mouthful:
Coalesce Research Group is an USA based emerging open access publisher and International Conference Event organizer which owe to serve the scientific community by serving the high quality genuine research work from eminent scientists, professors, scientific research communities in all fields of medicine, clinical, life science, engineering and technology to the Research Scholars, Students, Libraries, Educational Institutions, Research centers and industries with the aim of "Enhance your Research" in the respective fields.
Plainly, one has to wonder what "an USA based" means. Does "USA based" mean a physical presence in the US? Coalesce purports to be located at 33 Market Point Dr, Greenville, SC 29607, USA, +1-718-543-9362. Flagship Commercial rents virtual offices there. For $99 a month, you get "Flex Space, Lounge, Live Receptionist, Mailing Address and Collection, Wi-fi, Access (8:30-5:00), Coffee, and Access to printer/copier/scan/fax. Conference Rooms and Day Offices at $15 hour." Whoever is behind the website registered the Coalesce domain name through Godaddy's Domains By Proxy. The only editorial board listed on the website has no U.S. members.

[UPDATE 30 August 2019: As "Smut Clyde" comments below, the profiles of key employees on Linked In indicate that Coalesce is operating from Hyderabad. Akhil Srikanth, the company's "Social Media Executive" came to Coalesce from "OMICS International Conference," where he was "Business Development Executive."]

The journals do not yet exist -- at least, not if a journal is a collection of articles released in distinct issues and volumes. There are journal pages within the one website. These include "Guidelines Instructions for Authors" and a tab for "issues" that has a drop-down menu of "Articles in Press," "Current Issue," and "Archive." The titles of the journals are "International Journal Of Psychological Research And Medicine," "Modern Journal Of Medicine And Biology," "Journal Of Neurological Studies," and the "Journal Of Public Health Care." The first three have no editor, no editorial board, and no articles. The fourth has an editorial board (without an editor in chief) and one article in press, from authors in the Department of Physical Education and Sport Sciences, Faculty of Literature and Human Sciences, Lorestan University, Khoramabad, Iran. This article acknowledges that "[t]he results described in this paper were part of student thesis."

The Flaky Academic Conferences blog has some information on Coalesce's conference spam.

Thursday, August 22, 2019

"The New American Journal of Medicine" May Be New But Is It American?

Yesterday's spam included a solicitation from a journal with no publisher, no address other than "USA," and no link to a website. The New American Journal of Medicine is not to be confused with The American Journal of Medicine, established in 1946 and now published by Elsevier for the Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine.

So far, The New American Journal has four papers posted on the website www.najmed.org. No, make that three -- the fourth link returns a Page Not Found error. The three are from China. The Editor-in-Chief is said to be "Binglin ZHU, MD, PhD, University at Buffalo USA." None of the 49 alleged editorial board members are in the U.S. The instructions for authors begin "The document needs to be prepared in English language."

The New American Journal seems to be linked to United Prime Publications and Universal Access Publications (uapublications.com).The domain name najmed.us is registered to Yruva Williams and the organization named "Nevada" with the email url oncology@clinicofonco.info and address 500 N. Rainbow Blvd, Suite 300, Las Vegas NV, and telephone 775-515-7689. That address and telephone is used by United Prime and Universal Access. Yruva owns the domain names of dozens of their journals. Najmed.org's registration data is obscured, but the website's pretense at contact information is a sufficient giveaway. It says, "Get In Touch: Las Vegas, Nevada 89107 USA +1 7755157689."

Email
  • From: The New American Journal of Medicine [editor@najofmedicine.info]
    Date: 8 August 2019
    Subject: We invite you to submit a manuscript to the journal - The New American Journal of Medicine
    Dear. Professor,
    Warm Greetings….! It would be our pleasure to invite you to submit a manuscript we’ll accept any kind of manuscript [← That I can believe] either short/full length article.
    Hope you will definitely accept this invitation without denying it. [← Can I accept and deny?]
    Waiting for your valuable submission. [← Given my knowledge of medicine, this will be a long wait.]
    Best Regards,
    Andrea
    Editorial Manager
    The New American Journal of Medicine USA
  • From: The New American Journal of Medicine [editor@najmedicn.info]
    Date: 22 Aug 2019 2:06 AM [and 23Aug]
    Subject: It will be our honor to accept your manuscript - The New American Journal of Medicine
    Dear. Professor,
    Warmest Greetings…!
    It would be our pleasure to invite you to submit a manuscript we’ll accept any kind of manuscript either short/full length article. Hope you will definitely accept this invitation without denying it. Waiting for your valuable submission.
    Best Regards,
    Andrea
    Editorial Manager
    The New American Journal of Medicine USA
  • From: The New American Journal of Medicine [editor@najmedicn.info]
    Date: 24 Aug 2019
    Subject: This is an invitation you to submit a manuscript to the journal "The New American Journal of Medicine"
    Dear. Professor,
    Greetings from Andrea...! We tried several times for full length manuscripts, but there is no response from your side, we would like to contact you again for short submissions.
    Therefore, we kindly request you to submit 2 Pages Editorial or 150 words Clinical Image or Letter to Editor on your current research work for this kind issue of our journal.
    Kindly submit your manuscript as an email attachment.
    We look forward to receive your manuscript submission.
    Regards,
    Andrea
    Editorial Manager
    The New American Journal of Medicine USA
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  • From: The New American Journal of Medicine [editor@najmedcne.info]
    Date: 29 Aug 2019 7:00 AM
    Subject: Here we invite you to submit a paper to the journal "The New American Journal of Medicine"
    [Same email as on 8/8/19]

JScholar's Journal of Forensic Research and Crime Studies (JFRCS)

JScholar's Journal of Forensic Research and Crime Studies (JFRCS) promises "maintaining rigorous peer-review process." A competent academic journal would use referees to suggest improvements in most articles they recommend for acceptance, but the JFRCS reviewers need not spend much time on that because "All accepted papers will be appeared online immediately" and online is the only mode of publication. Instant publication also helps lighten the editors' workload.

The latest article has such mysterious keywords as "Stranger Legal System" and "Frayed Punishment." For the curious, here is the abstract:
This article is based after prolong research on the subject matter whether the doctrine of incremental punishment is practicable. The pathetic case of Aruna Shanbag has been taken as the central theme of the research. The Doctrine of Double Principle looks all right till such time cases of this nature confront us. And such incidences are on the rise. The responsible society cannot look the other day and wish that such nagging questions may fade away. Not any longer. The idea of Doctrine of Incremental Punishment is being raised which may be applicable in grievous and dangerous hurt particularly when this has far-reaching effect on the victim.
Thank goodness for "rigorous peer-review process."

The cost for the privilege of having work posted in this journal is $777. The institution supplying the most papers so far is the Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Science at the University of New Haven. Need I mention that Dr. Lee is on the editorial board? The college  has provided 43% of the 44 pages that comprise the three slim "volumes." An issue -- indeed, an entire volume -- can consist of a single paper. Some volumes are single issues.

The editorial board members are (grouped by country and institutional affiliation):
Henry C. Lee, Distinguished Chair Professor, University of New Haven, Founder, Henry Lee Institute of Forensic Science, Director, Forensic Research & Training Center
Heather Miller Coyle, Associate Professor, Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice & Forensic Sciences, [University of New Haven], USA
Timothy M. Palmbach, Chair & Assoc. Professor, Forensic Science Department, University of New Haven, USA
Steven L. Castiglione, Assistant Professor, University of New Haven, USA
Peter R. Valentin, Lecturer, University of New Haven, USA

Robert Allen, Professor of Forensic Science and Chairman, Oklahoma State University
Tom Glass, Professor, Oklahoma State University, USA
Ronald Ray Thrasher, Assistant Professor, Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences, USA

Wayne D. Lord, Professor, University of Central Oklahoma, W. Roger Webb Forensic Science Institute, USA
Mark R. McCoy, Associate Professor, University of Central Oklahoma, USA

Charisse T.M. Coston, Associate Professor, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, USA⊘ Anthony P. DeCaprio, Associate Professor, Florida International University, USA
Duane Dukes, Director, John Carroll University, USA
Christopher Schubert Dunn, Associate Professor, Bowling Green State University, USA
Kimberley Garth-James, MPA Program Director, ColumbiaSouthern Univ. And VAG, US Sentencing Commission, USA
Michael Hooper, Adjunct Professor, Sonoma State University, USA
Richard Li, Associate Professor, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, USA
Phoebe Morgan, Professor, Northern Arizona University, USA⊘ Mary Noe, Professor, St. John’s University, USA
Tony R. Smith, Associate Professor, Rochester Institute of Technology, USA
Patrick J. Solar, Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin-Platteville
David J. Thomas, Associate Professor, Gulf Coast University, USA
Xu Zeng, Associate Professor, Temple University Hospital, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Denny Crouch, Utah Toxicology ­ Expert Services, USA
Steven A Koehler, Director, Forensic Medical Investigations, LLC, USA

Igor Bernik, Assistant Professor, University of Maribor, Slovenia
Branko Lobnikar, Associate Professor, University of Maribor, Slovenia
Darko Maver, Professor, University of Maribor, Slovenia

David Joubert, Assistant Professor, Department of Criminology, University of Ottawa, Canada
Arlene Kent-Wilkinson, Associate Professor, University of Saskatchewan, Canada

Jonathan Doak, Professor, Durham University, UK
Jessica Chi-mei Li, Assistant Professor, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Roghieh Nooripour, Lecturer, Al-Zahra University, Iran

Guan Tay, Associate Professor, The University of Western Australia, Australia
Email
  • From: Journal of Forensic Research and Crime Studies [jfrcs@submitresearch.online]
    Date: 5 July 2019
    Subject: Followup mail on Your Article Submission JFRCS Vol 3 Issue 2
    Dear Dr. David H Kaye
    Greeting from Journal of Forensic Research and Crime Studies..!! In the previous mail we introduced you about the "Journal of Forensic Research and Crime Studies" for article submission. Hope you have gone through it. But we did not receive any response from you. As we aware of your busy schedule in this field, once again we are contacting you to know your decision about the manuscript submission. JFRCS is accepting manuscripts for its upcoming edition Volume 3, Issue 2. We are writing this proposal to endorse your research in the particular field. ...
    All the published articles get indexed in internationally recognized open access repositories considered appropriate for the subject. After publication, article will be assigned with DOI number and will be indexed in Googlescholar,DOAJ and cite factor. If your article is funded by NIH, it will be indexed in PUBMED within a month after publication.
    Kindly respond for this mail at your earliest convenience.
    With Best Regards
    Editorial team
    Jscholar Publishers
    You are receiving this email because of your [non-existent] relationship with the sender.
  • From: Forensic Studies [jfcs@scholarsit.org]
    Date: 23 Aug 2019 6:21 AM
    Subject: Research manuscript submission
    Dear Dr. David H. Kaye,
    Warm greetings! Journal of Forensic and Crime Studies (JFCS) is open access, an international peer-review journal, which encourages researchers, scholars, etc., to publish their research articles, reviews, opinion, short communications etc., in its publications. We are happy to announce that JFCS is seeking articles in the fields of Forensic Studies from scholars to publish in the journal. Hence, we invite you to submit your latest research works or manuscripts towards the journal. Please submit your manuscript here
    We look forward to your positive response. Thanks
    With Best Regards
    Wilson Kelly
    Associate Managing Editor 
  • From: Forensic Studies [jfcs@academichub.online]
    Date: Mon 30 Sept 2019 3:44 PM
    Subject: Invitation for manuscript publication
    Dear Dr. David H. Kaye,
    Warm greetings! We gladly invite you to submit your article to Journal of Forensic and Crime Studies (JFCS) which aims to be a medium to publish research work like reviews, short communications, etc., in all aspects of Forensic Science. We are seeking manuscripts for publication which can be a source for researchers, scholars and all scientific professional’s, who can be benefited from the treasure of knowledge.
    The submitted papers will be reviewed by our referees. We publish the articles in different formats like PDF, full-text. Accepted articles will be available online within 24 hours. [The referees must work at light-speed.]  JFCS maintains confidentiality, consent and research ethics. Submit your final paper here ... . If you need any further information, please do not hesitate to contact us.
    Thanks
    With Best Regards
    Wilson Kelly
    Associate Managing Editor

Friday, August 2, 2019

United Prime Publications Acts as a Shell

United Prime Publications (UP) "is an esteemed and zealous in publishing various scientific and medical journals which acts as a shell that provides latest research information for all the researchers across the world." (About Us). Its review board hail from Egypt (4), Ethiopia (2), India (2), China (1), and Pakistan (1). Yet, its address is 500 N Rainbow Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89107, USA (telephone 775-515-7689) -- the same address and telephone number used by UA (Universal Access) Publications.

The publisher's website has a page for Ebooks in 15 fields. None exist yet.

The site lists 50 journals. The one that spammed me names Akiko Yamasaki of Kyoto University, Japan, as Editor-in-Chief. She also edits OMICS International's Journal of Blood & Lymph, which provides the following biography: "Specially appointed associate professor, Graduate School of Medicine." The email ends " United Journal of Medicine and Health Care, United States," but the "United States" part seems, shall we say, questionable.

The only "issue" of the journal consists of separately paginated items totaling 11 pages. One author is, you guessed it, Akiko Yamasaki (listed in the paper as affiliated with Tokushima Bunri University). This issue 1 of volume 1 carries two dates, 2018 and 2019, depending on which paper one opens. (The "journal" does not seem to have a table of contents.)

The domain name unitedprimepublications.net was registered to Sri Latha, 303 Vrishabhadri, Nilayam, India (770-290-1951, unitedprime222@gmail.com). That latter email address also was used to register unitedprimepublictns.com with the alias and address Unitedp Prime, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India (+91.9505649135).

UPDATE 3 Sept 2019

The very busy Akiko Yamasaki is on the editorial board of the Japanese Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology and is now editor-in-chief of International Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health (the latest indiscriminate spammer). Both journals give the address "Niigata, 7F Stork Building Kagamibashi, 1230-7, 7- bancho, Kamiookawamaedori, Chuo-ku, Niigata, 951-8068, Japan." Neither acknowledges a relationship to United Prime, and neither journal appears in the United Prime website. Yet, the former reproduces UPP's slogan when it announces that "Japanese Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology is an esteemed and zealous in publishing various scientific and medical journals which acts as a shell that provides latest research information for all the researchers across the world."

The International Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health's email from Dr. Yamasaki is a clone of the linguistically challenged one from United Prime's United Journal of Medicine and Health Care. Moreover, the email address in the spam from this nascent journal (it has only one article in its shell) is ijpmenthealth.jp. The registrant of that domain is none other than United Prime, with the following contact information: contact(at)untdprimepublications.net, [Postal code] 567-5785, [Postal Address] tokyo, [Phone] +81.7755157689.

Email
United Journal of Medicine and Health Care
  • From: United Journal of Medicine and Health Care [user1@unitdprimepubs.info]
    Date: 31 July 7:07 AM
    Subject: It's our pleasure to accept a paper from a author like you to the journal "United Journal of Medicine and Health Care"
    Dear. Professor,
    Felicitations to you…!
    We’ll be indulging if you please submit a manuscript our journal “United Journal of Medicine and Health Care”. It may be of any kind full/short length article. It will be an honor to us if you submit a manuscript. Anticipating for your response.
    Kind regards,
    Jack Oliver
    Editorial Manager
    United Journal of Medicine and Health Care
    United States
International Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health
  • From: International Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health [sender@ijpmenthealth.jp]
    Date: 2 Sept 2019 10:00 PM
    Subject: Invite you to be part of our prestigious journal for manuscript submission – International Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health
    Dear. Professor,
    Felicitations to you…!
    We’ll be indulging if you please submit a manuscript our journal “International Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health”. It may be of any kind full/short length article. It will be an honor to us if you submit a manuscript. Anticipating for your response.
    Kind regards,
    Regards,
    Editor in Chief
    Akiko Yamasaki, MD
    Kyoto University, Japan
    International Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health