Saturday, March 31, 2018

Who Put the "American" in "American Research Journals"?

According to the American Research Journal of Genetics, “[g]enetics is theoriginal [sic] study of all aspects of human and animal genetics ... .” Oh well, I never cared for plant genetics anyway. The named editors include “Dr. Niels Morling, MD, DMSc, Professor of Forensic Genetics, Department of Forensic Medicine, University of Copenhagen, Denmark.” Although the website reports no articles in press and no editor-in-chief, it assures us that “the current issue edition will be published shortly.”

The American Journal of Nanotechnology is in the same boat — no articles in press, and no editor-in-chief. Yet, it too maintains that “the current issue edition will be published shortly We highly appreciate and encourage the Professors, Research scholars, Students, Research fellows etc, to globally publish their articles in our Journal.”

The American Research Journal of Mathematics has no articles in press, but it has a couple of past issues.

The non-US affiliations of most of the editors of these “American Research Journals” invite the question of where the American part comes from. An About Us webpage states that "[w]hile ARJ caters to authors from all around the world, its American roots are not to be forgotten." It (conveniently?) omits any mention of what those roots are, but it is good to know that ARJ is "[w]orking towards a brighter future in terms of creative, qualitative and quantitative research" and that "[t]he organization motivates its members towards achieving a vision of 'Total Egalitarian Research'."

A webpage on “membership” amusingly—or candidly—refers to “reputed Editorial Board members.” It tells us that “[a]ll submissions are reviewed by a panel of reputed Editorial Board members from many international locations worldwide.” It would be hard to find many members in international locations outside of this world, but the nanotechnology journal lists some editors from NASA, so who knows?

The US addresses for the reputed publisher could be bogus. The “Arkansas Office” at “1120 S Walton Blvd, Suite 138 Bentonville, Arkansas” is in a hotel and spa. but the South Walton Suites and Spa does provide “office units beginning at 750 square feet.” The “Chicago Office” (at “8770 West Bryn Mawr Ave, Suite 1300 Chicago, Illinois - 60631-3515, USA”) could be one the “[v]irtual offices and addresses in O'Hare Airport” supplied by the Regus Company. The domain name does not lead to the names or locations of the real people behind the 54 journals—just to the firm Privacy Protect, LLC (, 10 Corporate Drive, Burlington, Massachusetts.
  • Sent: Thu 5/18/2017 1:17 AM
    From: ARJ (
    Subject: American Research Journal of Nursing
    Submit Paper:
    American Research Journal of Nursing ISSN-2379-2922 is an online journal that publishes manuscripts in the research area of Addiction and Rehabilitation. Authors are invited to submit their Research Papers, Review Papers, Case Reports, and Short Communications to “American Research Journal of Nursing” which helps in promotion of your research work. The Scientists, Professors, and Research Scholars can publish their high quality papers for global scientific visibility on our online platform.
    Submission Deadline: Open
    We apologize for the inconvenience caused if you have received multiple emails from us.
    Thanks and Regards,
    Editorial Office, American Research Journal of Nursing, American Research Journals, Inc. 8770 West Bryn Mawr Ave, Suite 1300, Chicago, IL - 60631-3515.

Pearl Research Journals

Pearl Research Journals lists (3/31/18) seven online journals covering almost anything you can imagine -- from a "Journal of Scientific Research and Essays" to a "Pearl Journal of Management, Social Sciences, and the Humanities." Although none of the websites gives a physical address for Pearl or its journals, the domain is registered to Pearl Research Journals, Emu lane off Old ogorode Road sapele, sapele Delta 234, Nigeria, Phone: +234.8039782940, Fax: +234.8039782940, Email:SAKPOGHENETA@GMAIL.COM.

Authors are advised that

⊙ they should "Precise the introduction in a significant manner ... ."
⊙ "Introduction should be briefly justifies the research ... ."
⊙ "Postal submission will only be accepted in electronic format. Submissions ... by post are not acceptable."
⊙ "Acknowledgement section may be included if author wants to acknowledge to the funding agency of to an scientist (s)."
  • From:
    Sent: March 17, 2018, at 1:45 AM
    Subject: Journal of Medical and Biological Science Research
    Dear Colleague,
    The Journal of Medical and Biological Science Research (JMBSR) (ISSN: 2449-1810) is an international peer-reviewed open access journal dedicated to publishing high-quality research articles in the field of medicine and biological sciences. The journal publishes review, original papers, conferences reports, book review, editorials, laboratory reports and short communication. JMBSR is indexed by Google Scholar, Open J-gate journals, OAJI, Academic Resource Index, Cite factor, DRJI etc Manuscripts are invited for publication in JMBSR and can be submitted as an email attachment in MS-Word format to or for publication.
    Best regards,
    Dr. Xiaochuan Liu, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Rutgers University, Newark, NJ, USA, Editor, Journal of Medical and Biological Science Research (JMBSR)

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Copernicus Publishers

Not to be confused with Copernicus Publications in Germany, Copernicus Publishing is just entering a crowded field of pretenders. Copernicus Publishing's website ( identifies two academic journals -- Archives of Psychology and Clinical Medicine Review (CMR).

The link to the latter does not work, but the website (such as it is) can be found at The solicitation spam fails to mention that there is no such journal -- at least, not yet. Clicking on "current" and "archives" triggers the response "This journal has not published any issues." Clicking on "Authors Guidelines" yields "File not found." The website lists neither an editor nor an editorial board. The publisher's motto ought to be, "After they come, we'll build it."

The domain names and were registered by GoDaddy's Domains By Proxy on Feb. 7, 2018, masking the identity of the principals. The address on the website belongs to Back Office Plus:
Back Office Plus located at 4607 Library Rd Suite 220, Bethel Park PA is the go-to resource for packing, shipping, printing and business service needs for the residents and businesses of the South Hills. Our team of dedicated, professionally trained experts understands the meaning of Super-Star Customer Care—we focus on saving you time and money by ensuring you get the right products and services at the right price—in a single, quick visit.
The March 27th spam purports to be confidential and legally privileged. "Legally challenged" might be more apt.
  • From: A. Umana, MD. []
    Sent: Tue 3/27/2018 3:12 PM
    Subject: Manuscript
    Dear Dr. Kaye DH, I recently read the paper you had written "The good - the bad - the ugly: the NAS report on strengthening forensic science in America." and thought that perhaps you could write a paper for the upcoming issue of CMR which I have been assigned to edit. Are you still at Pennsylvania State University ? If you could send me more information on your current work that would be nice. The submission could be either a followup research article or a review. I would be happy to read any of your current work to see if it is within the scope of the journal. Are you potentially interested in contributing such a paper?
    A. Umana, MD, Clinical Medicine Review
    If you are not the names [sic] recipient of this email, please return to sender. The information contained in this communication may be confidential, is intended only for the use of the recipient named above, and may be legally privileged. This message is a solicitation. If the reader of this message is not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any dissemination, distribution, or copying of this communication, or any of its contents, is strictly prohibited. Notice: You may decline to receive future messages from this e-mail address. If you wish to do so, please send notice to sender via email or to 4607 Library Rd Suite 220-1048 Bethel Park, PA 15102.
  • From: A. Umana, MD. []
    Sent: Sun 4/1/2018 12:38 AM
    Subject: Manuscript
    Dear Dr. Kaye DH,
    I didn't get a reply to this so I am following up. Would you have time to prepare an article next month? Woould [sic] you like me to send you more information about the journal?
    A. Umana, MD

Saturday, March 24, 2018

SMGroup: "Hello Researcher"

SMGroup has a US address: SM Online Scientific Resources LLC, # 160 Greentree Drive, Suite 101, Dover, DE 19904, USA. This is the address of National Registered Agents, Inc., a company that lends its address to corporations. The domains,, and are not registered to the true principals, but only to's Domains By Proxy. Why would a reputable publisher not reveal its physical location? Or appoint a dog to an editorial board?

UPDATE 6/25/20
SMGroup's website now lists only e-books. The renamed publisher of the journals listed below is JSMCentral (discussed on this blog), which "was initiated as an independent, peer reviewed, Open Access publishing organization with a mission ... to top a revolution in research education among the global scientific community." Some of the pages on two websites trigger warnings from Firefox about cryptomining and expired certificates.

SM Journal of Forensic Research and Criminology
  • From: SM Journal of Forensic Research and Criminology []
    Date: Thu 8/30/2018 8:33 AM
    Subject: Integrate your research in our upcoming issuse
    Dear Researcher,
    Greetings from SM Journal of Forensic Research and Criminology!
    We are inviting researchers in the field to contribute their valuable work for the possible publication in the upcoming issue. Benefits with us: • High Quality articles in all formats • High Visibility of global researchers • High Quality and fastest double blind peer-reviewed • Qualified Editor and Reviewer Board
    We accept research/review/mini review/short communication/case reports & other article types under journal scope which suitable for your research interest. If interested, please send us your valuable submissions ... on or before Sep 20, 2018.
    We request you to refer SM Journal of Forensic Research and Criminology to your colleagues to submit their research/review works for our upcoming issue. If you have any quires, do not hesitate to ask. We look forward to hear from you.
    Best Regards,
    Maria Joseph.
    Editorial Office: SM Journal of Forensic Research and Criminology
    SM Online Scientific Resources
    160 Greentree Drive, Suite 101Dover, DE 19904, USA Tel: 469-647-3601; Fax: 469-464-1784
  • From: Editorial Assistant - Peer Review Coordinator []
    Date: Monday, June 22, 2020, 10:50:45 PM EDT
    Subject: Forensic Research: Publish & Endorse your Work
    Dear Dr. David H. Kaye,
    SM Journal of Forensic Research and Criminology provides an excellent opportunity for the researchers like you in the field of Forensic Research where you can publish your work freely available to Academicians, Researchers and Scientists etc.
    We invite manuscripts for the journal's upcoming issue in the form of original research, reviews, case reports, short reports, etc.
    You may submit your article/s through Online Submission System using below link. ... Thank you for considering our email, and spending your valuable time in reading it.
    Klause Lisa
    SM Journal of Forensic Research and Criminology
    JSM Central, USA
    Note: If you do not wish to receive our emails, please respond back with UNSUBSCRIBE
SM Journal of Clinical Pathology
  • From: SM Journal of Clinical Pathology []
    Date: Mar 15 at 12:03 PM
    To: Researcher
    Hello Researcher, I am pleased to invite you to submit your manuscript to our Journal. SM Journal of Clinical Pathology maintains the quality of research by double-blind peer review process. Areas of interest are Hematology, Cytology, Transfusion medicine, Cancer pathology, Forensic pathology, Dermatopathology and related areas of clinical pathology. ... The last date to submit your manuscript is on March 30, 2018.
    ... I appreciate your immediate reply. Kindly forward this invitation to your colleagues.
    Debora Loso
    Managing Editor: SM Journal of Clinical Pathology, SM Online Scientific Resources LLC, 160 Greentree Drive, Suite 101, Dover, DE 19904, USA, Tel: +1-469-647-3601
  • From: SM Journal of Clinical Pathology []
    Date: Aug 21, 2018 at 4:08 AM; Aug 23, 2018 (twice the same day)
    To: Researcher
    Subject: Manuscript Submission for Journal Next Edition
    Dear Researcher,
    Hope you are doing well.
    In view of your scientific reputation and trustworthiness in your field, we would like to invite you to submit a short communication/perspective/ Research/Review on your research area for publication in our upcoming issue of September.
    SM Journal of Clinical Pathology is ardent to promote erudite, pragmatic, and contemporaneous research in the fields of Pathology through open Access platform. This open access journal facilitates rapid publication with unlimited dissemination of knowledge to readers.
    Areas of interest: • Cytopathology • Hematopathology • Histopathology • Forensic Pathology • Dermatopathology • Neuropathology • Immunopathology • Molecular Pathology • Chemical Pathology • Cancer Pathology
    The deadline to submit is on September 03, 2018. Anticipating your kind positive response within 24 hours.
    Debora Loso

    SM Journal of Clinical Pathology, SM ONLINE SCIENTIFIC RESOURCES LLC, 160 Greentree Drive, Suite 101, Dover, DE 19904.

Friday, March 23, 2018

Scientific Advances Publishers (SAP)

To its credit, Scientific Advances Publishers makes no effort to hide its location. But this "open access publisher" demands the copyright and spams at will. One has to wonder about the quality of the editing when a "FAQ's" page notes that "SAP journals decide to adjust the article processing charges since January 1, 2015 so as to make it more fairness and rationality."

And what is the point of publishing three journals -- a Journal of Mathematical Sciences: Advances and Applications, a Journal of Pure and Applied Mathematics: Advances and Applications, and a Journal of Statistics: Advances in Theory and Applications -- when the first one alone "is devoted to the publication of articles of current interest in the field of Pure and Applied Mathematics, Statistics, Computer Science and Application"?
  • From: [and later and]
    Sent: Fri 3/23/2018 9:20 AM [and Tue 11/6/2018, Sun 5/4/2019, with minor modifications]
    Subject: Call for Papers - Journal of Mathematical Sciences: Advances and Applications [and later
    "Submit the papers in Journal 'Journal of Mathematical Sciences: Advances and Applications'" and
    "Invitation the papers in our journal 'Journal of Mathematical Sciences: Advances and Applications'"]
    ... The SCIENTIFIC ADVANCES PUBLISHERS invites original research papers and critical survey articles for consideration of possible publication in its established journal namely the Journal of Mathematical Sciences: Advances and Applications. The journal is devoted to the publication of articles of current interest in the field of Pure and Applied Mathematics, Statistics, Computer Science and Application. The Journal of Mathematical Sciences: Advances and Applications is published in six volumes annually and each volume consists of one issue in the January, March, May, July, September and November. I am happy to inform you that the March issue of Volume 50 (2018) of the JMSAA is in circulation. [That is hard to believe, since the volume that is allegedly circulating consists of a single article that cannot be downloaded and does not display an abstract.] ...
    As per present policy papers received for consideration of publication are processed immediately and members of the Editorial Board and the referees are requested to arrive at a decision on a paper within three months and in case of a clear recommendation for publication an effort to accommodate the paper in the forthcoming issue of the journal is made.
    To defray the publication cost authors of accepted papers are requested to arrange page charges of their papers at the rate of USD 25 per page for USA and Canada, and EURO 20 per page for rest of the world from their institutions/research grants, if any. However, for authors in India this charge is Rs. 800.00 per page. Contributors will receive twenty-five reprints of their papers ex-gratis. Authors may order offprints of articles prior to publication.
    With above background, it is a pleasure for me to request you to contribute papers of your interest for possible publication in the Journal of Mathematical Sciences: Advances and Applications and to promote our journals among your fellow-workers and colleagues.
    With kind regards,
    Yours sincerely
    Chief Executive Officer
    Scientific Advances Publishers, 71/52 Bhusoli Tola, Khuldabad, Allahabad 211 006 (INDIA),

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Mathews Wants To "Share Your Any Research Work"

Mathews Open Access Journals' home page informs readers that
Mathews is devoted to spread all the original research articles across thorough online open access to all groups of scientific and research community. We have wide range of medical discipline journals to publish with us.
The page of "FAQ's" encourages "Self registered peer reviewers."
Q: What is the eligibility do I need to review a manuscript?
Ans: The reviewers are assigned by the Editors as per the research matching to the topic field of manuscript. Self registered peer reviewers must be having a few published papers in the field of interest they mentioned.
The domain is registered to mathewsopenacess, Begumpet, Hyderabbad 500016, India, +91.9550613873, The Contact Us page includes two addresses:
Mathews International Publishers LLC, 40 Clinton ST, STE L #32250, Newark, New Jersey, USA, 07102, Email:; and
Mathews International Publishers LLP, Srinivasa Colony, Hydernagar, Kukatpally, Hyderabad, Telangana, 500072, India, Email:
Mapquest reports that the international publisher's 40 Clinton Street office address is a U.S. post office building. It must be hard to get much editorial work done there. Nevertheless, the journal that spammed me "publishes vast topics of forensic discoveries." If it has an editor-in-chief, he or she is not listed on the journal's website. The only U.S. editor listed for this forensic-science journal is Dr. Evan T. Keller, Department of Urology and Pathology, University of Michigan. If he has conducted any research in forensic medicine or science, it is not mentioned.
Mathews Journal of Forensic Research

Mathews Journal of Pediatrics
  • From: Pediatrics | Mathewsjournal []
    Sent: Friday, March 19, 2021 8:24 AM
    Subject: Look in to the Latest Research Published
    Dear Dr. David Kaye,
    Greetings from the Mathews Journal of Pediatrics. Mathews Journal of Pediatrics (MJP;ISSN 2572-6560) welcome all kinds of high-quality pediatrics papers (of a max. 2000 to 5000 words length) that addresses pediatrics research in humans, applying qualitative or quantitative methods in pediatrics with different theoretical foundations addressing either mitigation or adaptation in the pediatric research.
    MJP accepts research, review, short communications, case reports, letter to the editor, and opinions in the field of pediatrics research.
    Benefits of publishing in MJP:
    • Our ambition is to achieve an impact factor in the range of 3.0 - 4.0
    • The journal aspires to be in the second quartile in pediatrics subject area by the year 2025
    • All the NIH funded articles will be PubMed indexed
    • 30 days of turnaround time
    Open for submissions: 26th March, 2021
    Submission deadline: 30thApril, 2021
    Submissions for the upcoming issue will be made through our online submission system
    Looking forward to seeing your new submission
    Thanks and Regards
    Jennifer Joel | Editorial Assistant
    Mathews Journal of Pediatrics
    Email: Phone: +1-606-405–6566
    55 E. Monroe Street, Suite 3800, Chicago IL, USA, 60603.
    Disclaimer: If you do not wish to receive any emails in the future from (MJP) then reply to us with the subject “remove/opt-out” or Unsubscribe.
  • From: Pediatrics | Mathews []
    Sent: Saturday, November 7, 2020 6:44 AM
    Subject: David Kaye: Article submissions are now open for Mathews Journal of Pediatrics
    Dear David Kaye,
    Wishing you a good day! Mathews Journal of Pediatrics (ISSN 2572-6560) is a Peer-Reviewed, online Journal. The main scope of MJP journal is in its primary sections of neonatal medicine, pediatric blood and cancer, pediatric nephrology, pediatric orthopaedics, child care, pediatric surgery, pediatric neurology, pediatric cardiology, pediatric radiology, pediatric urology and pediatric rheumatology.
    MJP provides an interactive platform for the publication of research, review, short communications, case reports, letter to the editor, and opinions in the field of pediatrics as long as the work is original, unpublished, unplagiarized and in consonance with the submission guidelines. ...
    Kindly note that the manuscripts received before 10th November 2020 will receive Complete Wavier on Article Processing Charges. Please submit your manuscript at our online submission system or send mail to
    Looking forward to seeing your submission.
    Best Regards
    Jennifer Joel | Editorial Assistant
    Mathews Journal of Pediatrics
    Phone: +1-606-405–6566
    40 Clinton ST, STE L #32250
    Newark, New Jersey, USA.
    Disclaimer: You are receiving this email because of your eminent in the core of Pediatrics. You may also be receiving this email as a direct invitation from an editorial board member based on your previous publications or based on a personal reference. If you do not want to receive any E-mail in the future from Mathews Journals, please Unsubscribe

Friday, March 9, 2018

Too Many IJARs

So many low quality and predatory journals have sprung up that they are having trouble finding unique names. Today (9 Mar. 2018), I heard from “International Journal of Advanced Research (IJAR)” — “an open access, peer-reviewed, International Journal, that provides rapid publication (monthly) of research articles, review articles and short communications in all subjects.” That’s all subjects. Not just all of science, or all of engineering, or all of the arts, or all of the humanities. Nope, this one “journal” gives you all of the above. And it does so with nearly instant, double-blind peer review:

All the Submitted papers will be assigned Unique Manuscript Number with in 24 hours after submission. ... The Reviewing process is completed with in 10 days after submission.

What could be better than a manuscript with a Unique Manuscript Number? As for content, suffice it to say that IJAR’s most frequently downloaded “article” is a 107-page chemistry Ph.D. thesis penned by a graduate of Dravidian University (Kuppam, India). See (3/6/18).

In any event, when I searched for discussion of IJAR on the web, I hit upon another IJAR — the International Journal of Academic Research, said to be from Sucharitha Publications (which does not have an easily discoverable website). This IJAR is equally comprehensive (or unfocused). It “seeks to promote original research and cultivate fruitful dialogues between previous and innovative thoughts.” Some of its articles are in Sanskrit (I think), some have broken links (“not found”), and an abstract in the latest issue (January 2018) begins as follows: “The majority and minority in India problematic issues and have its long roots in the history.”

A journal by the same name (presumably unrelated) was published by the Progress Publishing Company, located in Baku, Azerbaijan. According to Uli Kozok, Predatory Publishing: A Case Story, Dec. 15, 2017, it had a fake editorial board and went out of business.

Yet a fourth IJAR is the Indian Journal of Applied Research. The website of this IJAR -- the acronym is the website's -- has a scrolling banner with the slogan "Have a happy publishing." The publisher is World Wide Journals, which "was founded in Ahmedabad (India) in 2011 by Dr. Khansa Memon."

And the list of IJARs goes on. The "Welcome to IJAR" webpage for the International Journal of Anatomy and Research (IJAR) explains that this IJAR "aims to provide an international forum for encouraging nobel discussions ... providing maximum access to advanced current academic and clinical information of the god's finest architecture."

UPDATE 11/15/20: Some of the International Journal of Advanced Research's email disguises itself as a response to a request. This bit of duplicity is in the IJAR spam collected below.

  • From: noreply IJAR
    Sent: Thu March 8, 2018, 10:00 PM
    Subject: Submit your paper for Febuary 2018 Issue
    ... International Journal of Advanced Research (IJAR) is an open access, peer-reviewed, International Journal, that provides rapid publication (monthly) of research articles, review articles and short communications in all subjects. ... Email us at:
    Inviting Article For Febraury 2k18:
    Every article published in IJAR is provided with unique DOI and the metadata is submitted to CrossRef. and Google Scholar. For details Check Indexing link of Journal.
    Regards, [unnamed] Editor in Chief: International Journal of Advanced Research (IJAR) [no address]
  • From: Editor IJAR []
    Date: Jan 26 at 10:25 PM
    Dear author
    We have received your Query under Number : MRKT-WEB1031
    Thanks for contacting us at IJAR, your query has been resolved. [← Impressive, considering that I have never contacted them.]
    Kindly find your Paper via link ... [← If anything I wrote is there, its presence is a copyright violation.]
  • From: view Manuscript published by other Researcher [marketing2@makethejrnlhost.domain2.mad]
    Sent: Friday, November 13, 2020 10:27 PM
    Subject: Thankyou for your Interest
    Respected Researcher,
    We have found your request under token no. :- 9965
    Thankyou for your Interest in Research article publication. Kindly submit your research article or visit our Research publication here: ... Or you can view Manuscript published by other Researcher.
    Thank you!
    From:- Editor in chief
  • From: We have recieved your request under query [journal3@youtibko.domain5.rft]
    Sent: Saturday, November 21, 2020 5:56 PM
    Subject: view Research article by other Author.
    Dear Researcher,
    We have recieved your request under query no. :- 6732
    Thankyou for showing Interest in Research publication. Kindly submit your manuscript publication or view our Research article here: ... Or you can view Research article by other Author.
    From:- Editoral office