Monday, February 24, 2020

Research Infotext's Immense Pleasure

Research Infotext seems to be a collection of names of journals and editors in search of publications. Clicking around in the top two journals listed in the "journals catalogue" produces only the names of editors. The advertised journals have absolutely nothing in their "current issues" and "archives."

The journal that spammed me is equally empty. The email came from "John GETZ, ME." A JM Getz is a coauthor of six articles in the field of forensic pathology indexed on Google Scholar. The journal refers to "Prof. John Getz," but it gives no academic or other affiliation for him. The US members of the editorial board are said to be
  • "Michael I. Schaffer, Ph.D, Fellow of the American Board of Forensic Toxicology, VP Laboratory Operations, Psychemedics Corporation, California, USA," and
  • "DAVID E. MOODY, Ph.D., Center for Human Toxicology, University of Utah, United States."
The domain name researchinfotext.com is registered by proxy (with GoDaddy's help). However, at the same IP address is rinfotext.com, registered by Narendra Nalavalli of Ashburn, Virginia (narendranalavalli@gmail.com, 315-998-2964), which mostly matches the contact information on the website. However, neither Google Maps, Zillow.com, nor the US Postal service's zipcode finder recognizes "4192 Devonwood Way." (The address provided for the journal is 4192 Devonwood Way, Ashburn, VA 20148. Only large, single-family houses are situated on a Devonwood Way in Dulles, Virginia 20148.)

A Narendra Nalavalli also registered the names tlkumarcreations.com and teamkumar.com. The latter solicits donations for Kumar Prescod, a very young boxer "Full of Raw Talent and Laser Focus". The registration is now in GoDaddy's hands, but it originally came from Narendra Nalavalli, kumar_lavan(at)yahoo.co.in, 409, tilak road, tirupati, India. Although DomainBigData.com links all three, perhaps these two are the work of a different Narenda Nalavalli.
Email
  • From: john_getz.ijfs@mailer.researchinfotext.com On Behalf Of John Getz
    Date: Monday, February 24, 2020 1:39 PM
    Subject: Heads Up - Require One Paper | IJFS Journal
    Dear Dr. David H Kaye,
    I would like to introduce Infotext Journal of Forensic Sciences [IJFS] which publishes high quality and novel papers please read the journal here. ... [← There are no papers in the journal. Maybe someday?]
    We greatly appreciate your recent [ten-year-old] study "The good, the bad, the ugly: the NAS report on strengthening forensic science in America" [← This "recent" paper is ten years old and was never particularly impressive.] and it is our immense pleasure to bring it to your kind notice that manuscript submissions (research, review, case report, short communication, Commentary, etc.) are now open towards the upcoming issue of our Journal.
    It would be great if you could submit your article on or before 10th March 2020. The manuscript can be submitted as an email attachment to john_getz.ijfs@rinfotext.com
    Note: We make open-access available by enabling you to select an APC that is appropriate based on your funding and financial circumstances.
    Awaiting the favor of your prompt attention.
    Regards,
    John GETZ, ME
  • From: john_getz.ijfs@mailer.researchinfotext.com On Behalf Of John Getz
    Sent: Wednesday, March 18, 2020 3:39 PM
    Subject: Followup | Journal of Forensic Sciences
    Hi David H Kaye,
    When you get a minute, could you please drop me a line regarding my last email on your paper submission?
    I would like to introduce Infotext Journal of Forensic Sciences [IJFS] which publishes high quality and novel papers ... IJFS has received good responses from authors with a contribution of 4 manuscripts for the Current Issue of Volume 2020; we just require one article to release the issue. If you would contribute a short article of 1 or 2 pages such as short commentary (or) any kind of article so that we can release the issue. I would be happy to a quick review and answer any questions if you have given any additional thought to my proposal.
    I welcome you to submit the work in a word document as an attachment to this mail.
    On behalf of the Editorial Team of the IJFS, I thank you very much in advance for your submission and look forward to work with you.
    With appreciation,
    Prof. John Getz, ME

Friday, February 21, 2020

IJERA Avoids Various Verticals

International Journal of Engineering Research and Applications (IJERA) sends spam from an unnamed "Editor in Chief." That makes sense considering that no editor in chief is listed on the website. Indeed, the six "editorial board members" have names and (no) positions such as "Dr.Eugen Axinte, Romanian," "Dr. Aknuas William, Australia," and the untraceable "Dr.Rao, P.hd, USA." But "IJERA is UGC Approved Journal" that "aims to cover the scientific research in a broader sense and not publishing a niche area of research facilitating researchers from various verticals to publish their papers." Moreover, it is "for the researchers to publish in a shorter of time, enabling them to continue further."
Some of IJERA claims

⊘ IJERA accepts only and only high qualities paper. Its Average acceptance publication percentage is 26.09 %
⊘ IJERA is non profit non loss organization.
⊘ Review process takes only 4-6 days because of IJERA strong peer review team.
⊘ IJERA Conferred with “Outstanding Engineering Journal” Award by Jour Rank on 11th December 2011.
⊘ IJERA Publishes only and only quality papers.
⊘ IJERA secured maximum score 11.66 by Science Central march 2012 report.
⊘ IJERA is index in world top indexing database like Nasa Ads, ArXiv.org, ANED (American National Engineering Database), NCBI (US National Library).
In addition to these bizarre claims, the journal maintains that it is affiliated with Harvard, Cornell, and other universities. It proudly displays the logo of the National Library of Medicine's National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) on its website. The logo is ironic, considering that National Library of Medicine (NLM) excludes the journal from the NLM collection and the Medline index.

Speedy publication free from the various verticals is a promise that IJERA keeps. Researchers working with ZBW Mediatalk used the random paper generator, SCIgen, to fabricate a paper, “Decoupling IPv7 from the Transistor in Operating Systems.” IJERA accepted the garbage within 24 hours. The "strong peer review team['s]" assessment took the following form (in the "Reviewers Comments"):
1. Briefly, they have gone through your article, it was good.
2. No comments in peer review side.
Payment to the State Bank of India would guarantee publication.

Although the website behind this "outstanding journal" has no contact information other than gmail, the individual name behind the domain name ijera.com is Chetan Sharma (presumably not the former Indian cricketer and politician). The same name (sometimes in the url chetan.journals@gmail.com) is associated with domain names for other flaky journals such as American Journal of Engineering Research (AJER) and International Organization of Scientific Research (IOSR) Publishing.
Email
  • From: add paper [entary56data@all.bg]
    Date: Thu 2/20/2020 12:50 AM
    But Subject: Author Articles
    IJERA JOURNAL
    Dear Researcher,
    International Journal of Engineering Research and Applications (IJERA) is an open access and peer reviewed refereed international Journal. More than 3100 IJERA published articles are indexed in DOAJ
    International Journal of Engineering Research and Applications (IJERA) provides certificate free of cost to all author after publication paper.
    Impact Factor of IJERA: 5.179
    INDEXING : NASA Ads, ArXiv, ANED (American National Engineering Database), EBSCO Host, Cabell’s Directory, DOAJ, NCBI (US National Library) etc.
    Call For Paper: Important Dates
    Last date for paper submission: 25th February 2020 Acceptance Notification: Within 4-6 days Publication Date: 05th March 2020 ...
    EMAIL ID - ijera.submit@rediffmail.com
    Regards
    Editor-In-Chief
    International Journal of Engineering Research and Applications
    --
    ALL.BG Mail

Saturday, February 15, 2020

Raft publications "aspire to publish"

Janine Paynter, a Research Fellow at the University of Auckland, called my attention to Raft Publications. Raft's motto is "reciprocal approach for transformation." The About Us page explains Raft's vision in these terms: "To asset international benchmark by encouraging distinguished research work, through use our best technology, resources and our dedication to research community." In addition, the Our Journals page explains that "RAFT publications aspire to publish manuscripts ... with 40+ international peer reviewed journals. ... Our passion ... droves us to publish our journals through open access mode ... ."

Raft accurately remarks that "We accept all types of manuscripts ... ." Janine notes that Raft's content includes papers "such as 'Prostate cancer cured in a week by machine without side effects.'"

The address for the US editorial office (19645 N 31st Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85027) seems to be an apartment house in Arizona. A tenant wrote to Yelp that "I have paper towels in the cracks and towels on the bottom of the doors to keep the bees out. ...Please look else where before coming here!!!! ... HORRIBLE! Zero care for their residents. Do not put your child at risk." Oddly, Raft's phone number for "any queries" has a San Diego prefix (+1 858 376 7260). The domain was registered by Contact Privacy, Inc., of Canada. Searching Google for the website returns the following blurb after the domain name: "Country: Iran, Islamic Republic of. You can also send us an email ... ."

Thursday, December 26, 2019

From Science PG's Science Journal of Education

A discussion of SciencePG and several of its journals is in a posting from January 2017. The following email is from its Science Journal of Education:
  • From: J Editor [editor@cnnjournal.org]
    Date: December 25, 2019 10:29 PM ET
    Subject: Dear Kaye, DH: A Special Issue: A Collection of Ideas in the Field of Special education
    Dear Kaye, DH, Greetings. The special issue named Inclusion of People with Intellectual Disabilities in Laboral Activities: A Work Customization Program under Science Journal of Education was proposed with the joint efforts of the lead guest editor Annie Redig and guest editors. This is a good open platform for the academic community to disseminate research achievements and accomplishments. With this special issue, they intend to bring academic peers together to exchange and share their academic experience and research findings on all aspects of Special education. As a member of the academic community, if you have any new discovery, be sure to convey your ideas and experiences to more academic peers. Your dedication will have significant meaning to the scientific community.
    Submit Your Article
    New insights as well as basic research and analysis on the topics below are welcome. Some of the topics of interest are: Laboral Activities ... .
    Deadline for contribution: November 25, 2019.[← Submitting on time will require time travel] ... We expect to receive your submission. [← Not very likely]
    Yours cordially,
    Amelia Ford

Friday, November 8, 2019

Biomedical Journal of Scientific & Technical Research Is for the Craving Readers

Although the ISSN entry for the Biomedical Journal of Scientific & Technical Research identifies it as a US publication, its mangled management of the English language suggests otherwise. The website describes the goal of this journal's "publishers" as follows:
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 for the professors, academicians, researchers and students of the relevant disciplines to share their scientific excellence in the form of an original research article, review article, case reports, short communication, e-books, video articles, etc.

BJSTR Publishers are self supporting, with no dependency on any other external sources (like universities, centers) for funds and strives for the best and enhanced quality publications competes the world wide open access publishing market.

We always rely on the support from the members of our BJSTR family that is relevantly our Authors, Editorial Committee members, advisory board, Reviewers Board and all the technical support teams all over the globe. We trust in the reciprocated coordination and cooperation in terms of sharing the scientific knowledge of individuals and Groups of Research centers/areas will in turn educates and provokes in advanced researches. In this case we would like to act as a media that anchors in the transformation of information in the form of global online publication.
With writing like this, the absence of "dependency on any ... external sources (like universities, centers) for fund" is understandable. So is the fact that the journal is not in the National Library of Medicine collection and not indexed for Medline. In fact, when one researcher "submitted a string of machine-generated nonsense" entitled "The Expression of the Proper-Name Effect Reinforces the Disarticulation ofCommunicative [sic] Rationality," the article was "quickly accepted after scrupulous peer review." Evidently, the editors did not notice that the author was Harold E. Potter of the Institute of Improbabilistics, University of Bogus, UK. An author posting on Researchgate reports that when he declined to pay the $600 fee, the journal dropped the price to $99.

Wisely, the publishers do not reveal their identities. The domain name biomed-res.org in the email is registered to a privacy service. The contact information on the website is 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.us angelaroy@biomedres.us. The registrant of biomedres.us provides the same physical address along with the name Biomedical Research Network + LLC and email URL of openaccessnetworks@gmail.com. The Westbrook Corporate Center is a property with "virtual office" space on sale for as little as $2 a day.
Email
From the Editorial office [laceydickson@biomed-res.org]
Sent: Friday, November 8, 2019 2:35 AM
Subject: Eminent Article Dear Dr. DH Kaye
Dear Dr. DH Kaye,
Start each day with a grateful heart.
The purpose of this email is to inform you that we need your support for releasing our upcoming issue by submitting one article to our Biomedical Journal of Scientific & Technical Research with (ISSN: 2574-1241) Impact Factor 0.548.
Can we expect your article before 19th November? ← I don't think so.
If this is a short notice please do send an opinion or mini review or case report by next weekend, we hope that a minimum of 2-page article isnt time taken for an eminent author like you.
Await your promising response.
Lacey Dickson

Friday, September 13, 2019

Google Objects to the Posting of Information on Flaky Journals

According to Google, this blog contains "derogatory or dangerous content":
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  • Content promoting hate groups or hate group paraphernalia.
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The page that Google marked as offending this policy is a factual posting on Avid Science.This is the second time Google has objected to postings on flaky academic journals.

UPDATE 3/1/20: A request for review by Google led to the removal of the violation, but today I received another violation notice and filed another request for review.

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.