Saturday, March 18, 2017

OMICS Journal of Forensic Research

OMICS has long been criticized for aggressively and deceptively promoting conferences and journals of dubious quality. In 2012, the Chronicle of Higher Education reported that although OMICS began publishing in 2008, "only about 60 percent of [its 200] journals have actually published anything." As of 2012, NIH informed OMICS that PubMed Central would not accept any OMICS Publishing Group journals because the "[National Library of Medicine's] selection group has raised serious concerns about the publishing practices of your organization." A letter demanded "that you cease and desist from employing our name or the name of any of our agencies institutes or employees on your website for other than true factual statements."

The website of its Journal of Forensic Medicine includes such morsels as "Forensic Medicine is a multidisciplinary subject ... used to for the scientific assessment of DNA, blood samples, and so on. Forensic plays an important role in criminal investigations and it is equally used in archeology, Anthropology, Astronomy, Biology, Geology and Victimology." Lo and behold, the description of the Journal of Forensic Research is generated from the same mold:  "Forensic science is a multidisciplinary subject ... used to for the scientific assessment of DNA, blood samples, bones and so on. Forensic plays an important role in criminal investigations and it is equally used in archeology, Anthropology, Astronomy, Biology, Geology and Victimology." All OMICS journals advertise a "21 day rapid review process."

Who edits such journals, and what researchers will fork over $3,019 (or $1,719 as of 4/30/17) to avail themselves of its "platform for the authors to make their contribution towards the journal and the editorial office promises a peer review process for the submitted manuscripts for the quality of scholarly publishing"? The three editors-in-chief of the Journal of Forensic Research are said to be

Jian Tie, Nihon University School of Medicine, Oyaguchi, Japan
Jianye Ge, Institute of Applied Genetics, University of North Texas Health Science Center, and
Sheila M Willis, Director, Forensic Science Laboratory, Ireland

The names given for editors include

Rick Wyant, CRT Less Lethal Inc, and
Peter Gill, Professor of Forensic Genetics, Norwegian Institute of Public Health, University of Oslo.

A "special issue" on "Criminology Forensic," edited by Thomas Holt and Jianye Ge, consisted of a grand total of four articles such as Modern Trend of Country Made /Improvised Pistols Used in the Capital of India. Other letters or articles in various issues are

The Usage of Polygraph Method in Bulgaria, by Todor Todorov (noting that "Participating in a 10 week course with APA standards in Sofia is a lot cheaper and easier than to apply for a USA visa, paying expenses for accommodation and travel costs");
Reality Bites Demystifying Crime, by Gurveen Gill (noting that "Some scientist recommends that thorough analysis of the size, position and other features of bite marks be completed before any comparison with a suspect’s dentition is made."); and
When Good DNA Goes Bad, by Mark Perlin (maintaining that "TrueAllele computer mixture interpretation is thorough, objective, sensitive, specific, and reproducible; human review methods are not.").

UPDATE (26 Sept 2018)

The Journal of Forensic Research has a fourth editor-in-chief listed -- "Dr. Mohammed Nasimul Islam, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Malaysia." But the list cannot be trusted. Jianye Ge told me that he never authorized the use of his name and that repeated demands for its removal have been ignored.

UPDATE (26 Jan 2021)

Another online publisher and conference organizer -- Hilaris SRL -- is now identified as the publisher of this journal. Jianye Ge's name remains as an editor-in-chief. Sheila Willis has been promoted to editor-in-chief, and Dr. Islam no longer holds this title.

Scientists and administrators from the U.S. Department of Justice have found the Journal of Forensic Research a convenient outlet for their work. See Gregory J. Dutton, Gerald M. LaPorte, Iris R. Wagstaff, and H.R. Spivak, Cultivating the Next Generation of Forensic Scientists Through Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM), J. Forensic Res. 2017, 8:4. Whether the publication fee was paid with taxpayer dollars I cannot say.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Avid Science

Avid Science apparently is located in Hyderabad, although its email and website (3/15/17) list an "international mailing address" in Berlin.* Its journals have the same graphic for the title page, and almost all journal titles are "Prime Research in ... ." No journal has a designated editor-in-chief. Editorial board members receive 50% off Avid's usual fee for publishing online.

One would hope that leaders in the field comprise an editorial board. I started (and stopped) with two members of the editorial board of Prime Research in Oncology (Payal Mittal, UConn Health School of Medicine, and Oorvashi Roy, University of Texas). Both are postdocs.

* See the comment from Debora Weber-Wulff, 14 Jan. 2019.
From: Avid Science []
Sent: Tuesday, March 14, 2017 4:02 AM
Subject: Forensic Science: Call for Book Chapters

Avid Science Publications is pleased to announce the launch of its new open access eBook “Forensic Science"
Theme: Recent Research and Review works in the field of Forensic Science.
Tentative Submission Deadline: May 05, 2017
Indexing: Google Books and Google Play
Mode of Publication: Open Access eBook
Publication Fee: A nominal publication fee of USD 350 is charged per chapter upon acceptance to cover the production and maintenance costs.
Kindly respond to this email within a week, to confirm your participation. We look forward to hear from you.
Avid Science
Borsigstr. 9, 10115 Berlin, Berlin, Germany.
3-6-462/4-8, Level 2, Street No 5, Himayat Nagar, Hyderabad 500029, Telangana, India
On 3/15/17, I wrote Avid that "I am very interested in this book. Who is the editor? I would like to discuss the volume with him or her." The next day, I received this reply:
Greetings! ... We will be glad to receive your book chapter for our eBook. ... Unlike traditional eBooks, our eBooks do not have an editor in specific. All the submissions will be reviewed by our internal review team which would check for novelty, scope, presentation of the chapter along with basic editorial checks such as plagiarism, grammar, etc ... We look forward to hear from you. Regards, Jayashree, Avid Science, 3-6-462/4-8, Level 2, Street No 5, Himayat Nagar, Hyderabad 500029, Telangana, India

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Eureka Science

Until recently, the publishing arm of Eureka Science had neglected me. (Eureka's conference organizing branch was more aggressive.) Then I received this letter (2/10/17, 6/13/17, 6/20/17, 7/19/17) offering copy editing to "correct my abruptly presented ideas":
Dear Dr.Kaye., The essence of any literary composition is the coherency of expression, the clarity in presenting ideas and strong command of writing skills. Professional editors at Eureka Science ensure that your document meets international publishing standards. Eureka Science provides fast and reliable copy-editing services to address language discrepancies, correct abruptly presented ideas and refine any loosely structured sentences in your document. Our services come with fast turn-around times and dependable services, at an affordable price. We look forward to providing you quality services to give your compositions a competitive edge.
With best regards, Yours Sincerely, Hasina Habib, Manager Marketing, Eureka Science