Monday, February 7, 2022

Advice for an Author Threatened by Hilaris SRL

Today I received the following email:

Sent: Monday, February 7, 2022 1:33 PM
Subject: Hilaris Publisher offers suggestions for improvisations
Dear Professor,
I hope my email finds you well
Professor, recently the journal Hillaris has contacted me asking me to pay almost $1000 for publishing my article, which I send to them in 2018. even when told them don't because I can't pay.
Professor, they publish it without my signing a copyright agreement.
Honestly, I am from a north African nation $1000 is almost 3 months' wage payment.
Profesor, they are threatening me and others according to your article in the blog with legal charges?
can you help me, by telling me what to do?
Thank you for your support
best regards

Any advice? If so, please post it (anonymously or otherwise) as a comment below. More information on the publisher is available through the search bar or the label widget on the right.

Saturday, January 29, 2022

Elvira Press for Publishing Anything Academic on Demand

Elvira Press describes itself as an acad4emic press that will publish anything academic on demand: " We are interested to publish academic papers. We publish bachelor’s and master’s theses, doctoral dissertations, edited volumes, professional books, research monographs, lecture notes, textbooks, collection of papers, proceedings." Moreover, "you may publish with different publisher. It is recommended to provide references on Eliva Press book." Don't ask me what bthat means. Elvira's address, which does not appear on the spam, is Bulevardul Moscova 21, of 805, Chisinau, Republic of Moldova, Europe.

Its list of reviewers begins with "Prof. Edward L. Rubin, University Professor of Law and Political Science at Vanderbilt University." In contrast, another reviewer has no reported affiliation. He is "Gerhard Lechner ... an independent scientist [who] studied philosophy (PhD) and economics and worked in practice in the banking and insurance sector" after writing his dissertation on "Transcendence and Immanence of God in the works of Giordano Bruno" at an unnamed university. An FAQ reveals that this review is not a normal part of the publishing process of this academic press. It explains that "Yes, we do provide peer review as a premium optional paid service."

Email
  • From: Olga Sabazova [olga.sabazova@elivapress.com]
    Sent: Sunday, January 23, 2022 1:01 AM
             Friday, January 28, 2022 1:00 AM
    Subject: Reminder - your paper - D. H. Kaye
    Dear D. H. Kaye,
    I hope you’re having a great day.
    Last week, I contacted you about publishing your research papers in book form.
    I was wondering if you have had a chance to look at my previous email?
    Looking forward to hearing from you soon.
    --
    Sincere regards,
    Olga Sabazova
    Editor
  • From: Olga Sabazova [olga.sabazova@elivapress.com]
    Sent: Monday, January 17, 2022 4:07 AM
    Subject: Author - D. H. Kaye
    Dear Dr. D. H. Kaye,
    My name is Olga Sabazova and I am editor at Eliva Press. I went through your list of recent publications and it is impressive. We are interested in publishing a book of your works, including this paper: "How Daubert and Its Progeny Have Failed Criminalistics Evidence and a Few Things the Judiciary Could Do About It".
    We specialize in publication and dissemination of academic books. The publication is free for our authors. You will retain copyrights and earn up to 50% royalties. In addition, the book will be distributed through Amazon, Lightning Source, Barnes and Noble, Book Depository and many more.
    Do you want to find more about our services and publishing agreement?
    Your reply would be greatly appreciated.
    --
    Sincere regards,
    Olga Sabazova
    Editor

Thursday, January 27, 2022

Where in the World is the American Journal of Biomedical Science & Research?

The American Journal of Biomedical Science & Research operates out of virtual office space in California. According to SciLit, it comprises the entire portfolio of the publisher, BiomedGrid LLC.  The domain name biomedgrid.com is registered to the Canadian company, Privacy Inc. The server seems to be in Singapore.The National Library of Medicine reports that the journal is not indexed in MEDLINE and that BiomedGrid is in Rancho Cucamonga, California.

Somehow BiomedGrid provides "rigorous peer review" "in 15days [sic] or less, without compromising the quality of the peer review process." If you have been spammed, keep in mind that "since we have invited you for submission, reasonable discounts will be provided depending upon the quality of the manuscript."

Email
  • From: American Journal of Biomedical Science and Research [nanomedicine@biomedgrid.org]
    Sent: Wednesday, January 26, 2022 5:09 PM
    Subject: Hopeful Response
    Dear Dr. Dh Kaye,
    Hope you are doing well.
    We are in shortfall of articles for successful release of Volume 15 Issue 3. Is it possible for you to support us with your 2-page opinion or mini review for this issue?
    We are confident that you are always will be there to support us.
    Await your positive response.
    Regards,
    Catherine Nichols
    American Journal of Biomedical Science & Research| ISSN: 2642-1747
    Note: We accept eBooks, Video articles & provide reprints also.
    333 city Boulevard West, 17th Floor, Orange, California, 92868, USA
    If you wish to not receive our mails, please mail us

Saturday, January 1, 2022

SCIRP's Open Journal of Statistics

Scientific Research Publishing Inc. (SCIRP) has a well established reputation -- as a predatory publisher. SCIRP journals have spammed me "as one of the top experts in the field" -- in fields in which I have no degrees, no publications, and no other presence. Although I have published in statistics journals, I doubt that the spam from its Open Journal of Statistics is based on any knowledge of the field.

The journal's understanding of the subject of experimental design is this:

Experimental design can be used at the point of the greatest leverage to reduce design costs by speeding up the design process, reducing late engineering design changes, and reducing product material and labor complexity. Designed Experiments are also powerful tools to achieve manufacturing cost savings by minimizing process variation and reducing rework, scrap, and the need for inspection.
Among the members of the editorial board listed on the website (28 Jan 2017) were
Prof. Qihua Wang, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China (Editor-in-Chief)
Prof. Junsoo Lee, University of Alabama
Prof. Tae-Hwy Lee, University of California, Riverside
Prof. Gengsheng Qin, Georgia State University
Prof. Kalyan Raman, Northwestern University
Prof. Sunil K. Sapra, California State University, Los Angeles
Prof. Siva Sivaganesan, University of Cincinnati
Prof. Jianguo Sun, University of Missouri
Dr. Florin Vaida, University of California, San Diego
Dr. Haiyan Wang, Kansas State University
Dr. Peng Zeng, Auburn University
Prof. Yichuan Zhao, Georgia State University
EMAIL
  • From: Open Journal of Statistics [ojs@swaraing.com]
    Sent: Jan 27, 2017
             Mar 26, 2017
             April 9, 2017
    Subject: More Citations & Rapid Publication - Special Issue on "Design of experiments"
    Open Journal of Statistics (OJS, 2161-7198) is seeking papers for the upcoming special issue on "Design of experiments". We would like to invite you to submit papers to this issue through our Paper Submission System. ...
    Best regards,
    Editor-in-Chief, Prof. Qihua Wang (Chinese Academy of Sciences, China), OJS Editorial Office, E-mail: ojs@scirp.org, Principal Place of Business: Building 5, Headquarters Space of Optical Valley, Tangxun Lake North Road #38, East Lake High-Tech Development Zone, Wuhan 430223, Hubei Province, China. For ease of communication: Scientific Research Publishing Inc., P. O. BOX 54821, Irvine CA 92619-4821, USA.

Thursday, December 30, 2021

SCIRP's Open Journal of Modern Linguistics (OJML)

Scientific Research Publishing Inc. (SCIRP) has a long established reputation as a predatory publisher. Although I am unschooled, unpublished, and uneducated in linguistics, its Open Journal of Modern Linguistics (OJML) keeps "approaching for your attention [i]n light of your contribution in the field." SCIRP obtained its ISSN in 2011, with a United States registration.

The "Honorary Editorial Board" shown on the website consists of "Prof. Wayne A. Davis, Georgetown University, USA, and Prof. Mineharu Nakayama, The Ohio State University, USA."

EMAIL
  • From: Open Journal of Modern Linguistics [ojml@ompila.com]
    Sent: Wednesday, December 30, 2020, 4:06:35 PM EST
    Subject: Welcome to Submit Articles to Special Issue on "Language and Translation"
    Open Journal of Modern Linguistics (OJML) ...
    Special Issue on "Language and Translation" Submission Deadline:May 6th, 2021; Publication Date: July 2021
    High-Efficient Publication Process
    (Acceptance / Rejection notification will be offered within 7-10 Days)
    Call for Papers
    Calling papers from the upcoming special issue on "Language and Translation" for the peer-reviewed open-access journal, the Open Journal of Modern Linguistics (OJML,2164-2834) . As one of the top experts in the field, you are cordially invited to submit your new papers to this special issue. Papers submitted to our journal will be peer-reviewed by leading researchers all over the world. As the online version is free to access and download, it enables you to share your achievements with a worldwide audience, and get the recognition and rewards that you deserve.
    If you have unpublished papers in hand and have the idea of making our journal a vehicle for your research, please feel free to submit your manuscripts via this e-mail: Manuscript@openaccessj.com. (E-mail Subject Format: OJML_article title)
    Detailed information about published articles, indexing, editorial board members can be checked at this journal website by searching OJML 2164-2834 online.
    Aims & Scope (not limited to): *Cultural translation *Literature translation *Translation skills *Translation methods *English translation *Human and machine translation *Translation learning and development *Translation & interpreting
    Other special issues: *Language, Discourse & Society *Applied Linguistics *Multilingual and Multicultural Development ...
    Best Regards,
    Ms. Tia Li(Editorial Assistant)
    OJML Editorial Office
    papersubmission.zt@gmail.com
    Reply with “UB” to unsubscribe

  • From: Open Journal of Medical Imaging [ojmi@elpfuly.com]
    Sent: Tuesday, December 28, 7:52 AM EST
    Subject: Article Seeking - Language Translation and Interpretation (Special Issue)
    Open Journal of Modern Linguistics (OJML)
    Impact Factor: 1.27; h5-index: 12; Downloads> 1,276,933; Published Articles: 439; Citations: 2090; Downloads/article: 2908.7; Citations/article: 4.8
    Special Edition: Language Translation and Interpretation
    Submission Deadline: March 30th, 2022; Publication Date: May 2022
    Call for Papers
    The special issue "Language Translation and Interpretation", launched by Open Journal of Modern Linguistics (ISSN Online: 2164-2834), is approaching for your attention. In light of your contribution in the field, we would like to cordially invite you to submit related papers to this issue
    If you have related new papers for publication, please feel free to submit via e-mail to: Manuscript@openaccessj.com (E-mail Subject: OJML_LTN).
    Once it is published, we will also help promoting it in various social networking sites for increasing impacts, downloads and citations.
    You could visit the journal website by searching OJML 2164 2834.
    Themes include, but are not limited to : • Metaphrase • Paraphrase • Etymology • Bible translations • Bilingual dictionary • English translation • Literal translation • Machine translation • Medical translation • Consecutive interpreting • Simultaneous interpreting • Source language cultures • Interpretation services • Translation services • Language interpretation • Language translation
    Fresh Article Sharing
    Constructive Processes in Completing Reading-to-Write Tasks: Selecting, Organising and Connecting
    Pucheng Wang, Zuogong Zhang
    DOI: 10.4236/ojml.2021.116071 12 Downloads 48 Views
    About Transformation Formulas of the Most Ancient Roots in Eurasian Languages
    Kapar Zulpukarov, Semetei Amiraliev, Gulzat Aipova, Aida...
    DOI: 10.4236/ojml.2021.116070 21 Downloads 100 Views
    Best regards,
    Prof. Wayne A. Davis (Georgetown University, USA)
    OJML Editorial Office
    E-mail: papersubmissionyun@gmail.com
    Reply with “UB” to unsubscribe.

Friday, April 30, 2021

SCIREA Journal of Sociology

SCIREA is an opaque publisher that does not reveal its location and staff. Its website describes the SCIREA Journal of Sociology as "an international, scientific peer-reviewed open access journal published online by SCIREA" and promises publication within approximately 25 days of submission. It accomplishes this feat without a named editor-in-chief. The listings for the "editorial board" go on and on, surpassing 1,000 members apparently motivated to write instant reports by "vouchers entitling them to a discount on the APC [author publishing charge of $330 as of April 30, 2021] of their next publication in any SCIREA journal, in appreciation of the work done." 

The first four (of 21) U.S. members of the bloated editorial board are said to be such luminaries in the discipline of sociology as:

  • Dr. Farshad Salimi Naneh Karan, Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, Biomedical Engineering, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • Ashton Nichols, Dickinson College
  • Julia M. Puaschunder, Columbia University, Princeton University, The New School Department of Economics, Schwartz Center for Economic Policy Analysis
  • David L. Bolton, Werst Chester University

The "Instructions for Authors" begin with the heading "Subscribe for Interminable Submissions." That sounds ominous. The instructions contain these "Open Science Policy Guide Lines to Submit the Manuscript: The absolute prototype for manuscript is originality, high scientific quality and interest to a multidisciplinary audience." I cannot say whether the journal's articles fit this absolute protoype. The website crashed when I tried accessing them.

Email
  • From: sj info [sj@sjchemistry.net]
    Sent: Saturday, February 15, 2020 8:36 AM
    Subject: Submitting Your Manuscripts (Deadly statistics: quantifying an 'unacceptable risk' in capital punishment)
    Journal of Sociology
    Dear Kaye, DH
    Warm greetings!
    We are writing to show our deepest impression on your article with the title Deadly statistics: quantifying an 'unacceptable risk' in capital punishment which has been published in LAW PROBABILITY & RISK. Here attached the abstract of your research which has drawn the attention and interest of most scholars: ...
    [No signature line]
  • From: Chan Alan [chan@sjchemistry.net]
    Date: Friday, March 6, 2020 10:22 AM
    Subject: Contributing Your Research Article (Deadly statistics: quantifying an 'unacceptable risk' in capital punishment)
    Dear Kaye, DH
    Warm greetings! Your article titled Deadly statistics: quantifying an 'unacceptable risk' in capital punishment which has been published in LAW PROBABILITY & RISK has left a deep impression on us. Here attached the abstract of your research which has drawn the interest and interest of most scholars: ... [No signature line]
  • From: Vestrucci Paolo [vestrucci@agriculturej.org]
    Sent: Tuesday, March 17, 2020 5:57 AM
    Subject: Invitation to Submit Your Articles (Deadly statistics: quantifying an 'unacceptable risk' in capital punishment)
    Dear Kaye, DH
    Good day! The paper with the title Deadly statistics: quantifying an 'unacceptable risk' in capital punishment published in LAW PROBABILITY & RISK has impressed us deeply. The abstract of your research which has impressed us most is listed below: ... [No signature line]
  • From: Cheng Jianwei [cheng@sjchemistry.net]
    Sent: Wednesday, March 25, 2020 7:43 AM
    Subject: Invitation to Submit Your Articles (Deadly statistics: quantifying an 'unacceptable risk' in capital punishment)
    [Same "Good day!" email]
  • From: Cheng Jianwei [cheng@sjchemistry.net]
    Sent: Tuesday, May 12, 2020 7:56 PM
    Subject: Invitation to Submit Your Papers (Deadly statistics: quantifying an 'unacceptable risk' in capital punishment)
    Dear Kaye, DH
    Journal of Sociology
    Warmest greetings! We have learnt about your precious paper with the title Deadly statistics: quantifying an 'unacceptable risk' in capital punishment which has been published in LAW PROBABILITY & RISK, and the topic of the paper has impressed us a lot.
    Below is the excerpt of your research which is highly appreciated by us: ...
    [No signature line]
  • From: Aleksandar Jankovski [aleksandar@sjchemistry.net]
    Sent: Saturday, May 23, 2020 10:36 AM
    Subject: Invitation to Contribute Your Research Paper (Deadly statistics: quantifying an 'unacceptable risk' in capital punishment)
    Journal of Sociology
    Dear Kaye, DH
    Warmest greetings from the assitant [sic] editor! We are writing to show our deepest impression on your article with the title Deadly statistics: quantifying an 'unacceptable risk' in capital punishment which has been published in LAW PROBABILITY & RISK. Here attached the excerpt of your research which has impressed us most: ... [No signature line]
  • From: sj info [sj@sjournalofenvironment.org]
    Sent: Tuesday, June 23, 2020 10:55 AM
    Subject: Submitting Your Articles (Deadly statistics: quantifying an 'unacceptable risk' in capital punishment)
    Dear Kaye, DH
    Greetings from the editorial office!
    We are writing to express our deep impression on your published article titled Deadly statistics: quantifying an 'unacceptable risk' in capital punishment in LAW PROBABILITY & RISK.
    Your research has left us a deep impression, the abstract of which is listed as follows:
    1. Title: Deadly statistics: quantifying an 'unacceptable risk' in capital punishment
    2. Abstract: ...
    Click here to Contribute Your Articles [No signature line]
  • From: Ali Aidy [ali@sjournalofenvironment.org]
    Sent: Wednesday, October 28, 2020 7:20 PM
    Subject: Calling for Articles (Deadly statistics: quantifying an 'unacceptable risk' in capital punishment)
    Dear Kaye, DH
    Good day!
    We are writing to express our deep impression on your published article titled Deadly statistics: quantifying an 'unacceptable risk' in capital punishment in LAW PROBABILITY & RISK. Here attached the abstract of your research which has left us a deep impression: ... [← Yes, we know how to cut and paste, just in case you don't recognize the title of your own article.] Click here to Contribute Your Articles
    [No signature line]
  • From: Chaturvedi Devdutt [chaturvedi@healthj.org]
    Sent: Saturday, February 6, 2021 9:47 AM
    Subject: Calling for Research Papers (Deadly statistics: quantifying an 'unacceptable risk' in capital punishment)
    Dear Kaye, DH
    Greetings!
    We have learnt about your precious paper with the title ... which has been published ..., and the topic of the paper has impressed us a lot.
    Here attached the details of your research which has impressed us most:
    1. Title: ...
    2. Abstract: ...
    [No signature line]
  • From: Radosevich James [radosevich@agriculturej.org]
    Sent: Monday, April 5, 2021 2:25 PM
    Subject: Contributing Your Research Paper (Deadly statistics: quantifying an 'unacceptable risk' in capital punishment)
    Dear Kaye, DH
    Warmest greetings!
    It is learnt that you have published an article with the title Deadly statistics: quantifying an 'unacceptable risk' in capital punishment in LAW PROBABILITY & RISK, and the topic of the paper has impressed us a lot.
    Your research has left us a deep impression, the abstract of which is listed as follows:
    1. Title: ...
    2. Abstract: ...
    Click here to Contribute Your New Articles
    [No signature line]
  • From: Giuseppe Ioppolo [giuseppe@sjofbio.org]
    Sent: Wednesday, April 21, 2021 2:31 PM
    To: Kaye, David
    Subject: ЅսЬmіtting Your Manuscript (Deadly statistics: quantifying an 'unacceptable risk' in capital punishment)
    Dear Kaye, DH
    Greetings!
    It is learnt that you have published a paper [a long time ago] titled Deadly statistics: quantifying an 'unacceptable risk' in capital punishment in LAW PROBABILITY & RISK, and the topic of the paper has impressed us a lot. Here attached the excerpt of your research which has left us a deep impression: ... [The email ends with the abstract and a link that goes to a submission form for the SCIREA sociology journal.]
  • From: Sheela Agarwal [sheela@sjofp.org]
    Sent: Friday, April 30, 2021 6:06 PM
    Subject: ЅսЬmіtting Your Ρареrs (Deadly statistics: quantifying an 'unacceptable risk' in capital punishment)
    Dear Kaye, DH
    Warm greetings!
    We are writing to express our deep impression on your published article titled
    Deadly statistics: quantifying an 'unacceptable risk' in capital punishment in LAW PROBABILITY & RISK.
    The abstract of your research which has impressed us most is listed below: ...
    [The email ends with a link that goes to a submission form for the SCIREA sociology journal. There is no signature line or contact information.]
  • From: Balaji K. [balaji@clinicalmedicinej.org]
               Pashikanti Srinath [pashikanti@electricalengineeringj.org]
    Sent: Wednesday, May 5, 2021 11:16 PM
              Sunday, May 23, 2021 7:22 PM
    To: Kaye, David
    Subject: ЅսЬmіtting Your Manuscripts (Deadly statistics: quantifying an 'unacceptable risk' in capital punishment)
    Dear Kaye, DH
    Warmest greetings!
    We get to know your valuable article titled Deadly statistics: quantifying an 'unacceptable risk' in capital punishment which has been published in LAW PROBABILITY & RISK, and the topic of the paper has impressed us a lot.
    The excerpt of your research which is highly appreciated by us is listed below: ...
    1. Title: ...
    2. Abstract: ...
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  • From: From: Paulus Aditjandra [paulus@sjofm.org]
    Sent: Tuesday, May 11, 2021 5:11 AM
    Subject: ЅսЬmіtting Your Research Ρареrs (Deadly statistics: quantifying an 'unacceptable risk' in capital punishment)
    Dear Kaye, DH
    Warmest greetings from the assitant editor!
    We are writing to show our deepest impression on your previous article titled
    Deadly statistics: quantifying an 'unacceptable risk' in capital punishment published in LAW PROBABILITY & RISK. Here attached the details of your research which has gave us a deep impression:
    1. Title: ...
    2. Abstract: ...
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NOTICE: As of 28 May 2021, I have stopped reproducing the incessant emails from SCIREA journals. Pennsylvania State University has blacklisted the webpage for submitting manuscripts, noting that "Access to the Website you were trying to use has been blocked because it could possibly be unsafe or potentially malicious."

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

The International Journals from the House in Mesa, Arizona

Today's possible scam came not as an email, but as an inane comment on a recent posting on this blog. The commenter, calling himself "Smith," wrote that "[a] journal is a compilation of papers written on a daily basis throughout the year (much like a magazine)" and gave a link to IJMRS.com.

IJMRS is the acronym for International Journal of Multidisciplinary Studies and Research. This journal is one of a series covering every imaginable subject. All have the same editor-in-chief, Steven Sayasy. All have the same address, 1809 S Citrus Cove, Mesa, Arizona 85204. That's a recently purchased five-bedroom house in a Phoenix suburb. The Sayasy-edited and published journals that popped up in a quick search are IJMRS, IJSSHR (International Journal of Social Science and Humanities Research), and the improbably named JOMAAR (Journal of Management and Architecture Research).

JOMAAR is amazing. In less than three years, it has become "the longest-standing, constantly-published, worldwide-referred publication on architecture, based in the USA." Indeed, "[i]ts unique thematic issues contribute to the confrontation of scholarly perspectives on unnoticed setbacks – a must-read for faculties, doctoral and graduate students, in addition to for architects and the universal intellectual audience."

The title of its latest article reads as if it were written by a random word generator. The article is "The Performance That Observation Potboiler in Weakness Manufacture An Redundancy Effigy for the Consideration of Weakness" by Professor Shadowy Lings and  Dr. Luis Easton.

Who is the intrepid editor-in-chief for the universal intellectual audience? In a word, a salesman. Steven Sayasy of 1809 Citrus Cove is the registered agent, organizer, and principal of Rapid Purchases, LLC. The company engages in "Real Estate and Rental and Leasing Other Activities Related to Real Estate." According to Bizapedia, that is not all. Mr. Sayasy is the sole principal of Farkal LLC, which offers "Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services Other Computer Related Services." On Linked In, he describes himself as "President at Farkal" and lists two other current activities -- "Licensed Realtor" with the Realty ONE Group and "Digital Marketing Nerd" with Exaalgia LLC. He puts his best foot forward:

My 10+ years of experience revolves around customer service, sales, and management. I have dedicated my efforts to learning these skills and mastering them to the best of my ability.

Comparable skills in academic research and writing are not mentioned. There are no reported publications or even a four-year college degree. Mr. Sayasa's education culminated in an associate's degree from Hamilton College in upstate New York.

Oh, by the way, the "Smith" IJMRS blog coaches students on how to submit plagiarized term papers without getting caught.

PUTATIVE COMMENT

Smith [https://www.blogger.com/profile/01818740726441100868] has left a new comment on your post "Frontiers in Medical Case Reports wants the "medic...": A journal is a compilation of papers written on a daily basis throughout the year (much like a magazine). Research Journal papers are written by experts, for experts, and they present the most current studies. They may be printed or distributed online, or both.