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.


  1. From the LinkedIn account of their "Offshore Manager":

    "Coalesce Research Group
    June 2019 – Present 3 months
    Hyderabad Area, India".

    No great surprise there.

  2. Let's try another LinkedIn account:

    "Akhil Srikanth
    Head of Social Media operations at Coalesce Research Group
    Hyderabad, Telangana, India".

    Where does their Offshore Project Manager reside?

    "K SNEHA
    Scientific Researcher at Neurology Network
    Hyderabad, Telangana, India"

    How about their Offshore Operations head?

    "Rajesh Varma k
    Offshore Operations head at Coalesce Research Group
    Hyderabad Area, India"

  3. Today's spam from Coalesce. Because these people are lying fraudsters, the chances of them providing the promised "accommodation" for Invited Plenary Speakers is so small as to approach negative values. It is a novelty in this line of grifting, though. Has anyone else encountered it?
    Dear $NAME
    Warm Wishes!
    We contacted you earlier on your kind participation towards our esteemed congress, but we didn’t get any response.

    As Conference Joint director it is my honor to invite you again as a Plenary Speaker to the International Conference on Pediatrics and Neonatology held in Rome, Italy on November 11-12, 2019.

    Conference Sessions Pediatrics 2019 : https://www.coalesceresearchgroup.com/conferences/pediatrics/sessions
    Speakers Info : https://www.coalesceresearchgroup.com/conferences/pediatrics/performers

    Note: As we have invited you as a plenary speaker, we can support your 2 Nights Accommodation. Acknowledge us on this invitation. It offer upto 27th September

    Best Regards
    Executive Director | Coalesce Research Group

    1. Spam I received for a Coalesce conference on nanomaterials contains a similar offer. See https://flakyc.blogspot.com/2019/08/coalesce-research-group-aims-to-create.html.