Sunday, December 16, 2018

Phoenix Journals

The "Call for Paid Reviewers" from "Phoenix Journals" lists nearly 50 nonexistent "Phoenix (Scholarly) Journals Of" this and that. I say "nonexistent" because a search "Phoenix Journals Of" and "Phoenix (Scholarly Journal Of" uncovered no such publications. The sender's address domain ( belongs to a company that makes BIOS firmware. Querying ICAAN whois for the registrant of the domain "" (given in the email for replies) yields no name for the registrant and an address of "delta NG." NG might stand for Nigeria. I wonder if this is another scam to harvest information on bank accounts.

UPDATE (4/20/19): Anonymous wrote that "Phoenix Journals exist" at the domain This domain name was registered to in February, 2019. The Contact Us page on the website suggests emailing the "support team:" GoDaddy reports that the domain name "expired on 4/2/2019 and is pending renewal or deletion."

A website at the new domain does exist, at least as a shell. It lists the journals enumerated in the continuing spam. But the journals appear to be no more real today than when I searched for them four months ago. Today, I looked for the contents of the first five journals.There are none. The "archives" are blank, and there are no editors listed. The About Us page contains three paragraphs that also appear, word for word with the same grammatical and spelling errors, on the About Us page for Discourse Journals (from Nigeria, according to its website).
  • From: Phoenix Journals []
    Date: Dec 13, 2018, at 4:01 AM
    Subject: Call For Paid Reviewers
    The Phoenix Journals welcomes and encourages articles from practitioners and academics.
    We are currently seeking high profile researchers/scholars to join our editorial team as paid editors/reviewers/chief editors. Send your resume (containing your photograph) as an email attachment indicating your journal of interest from the list provided below to the following email address:
    Phoenix (Scholarly) Journal Of Accounting And Taxation
    Phoenix (Scholarly) Journal Of African Studies And Development
    Phoenix (Scholarly) Journal Of Agricultural Extension And Rural Development
    Phoenix (Scholarly) Journal Of Agricultural Research
    Phoenix (Scholarly) Journal Of Biodiversity And Conservation
    Phoenix (Scholarly) Journal Of Biomedical Research
    Phoenix (Scholarly) Journal Of Business And Finance Management Research
    Phoenix (Scholarly) Journal Of Cancer Research And Experimental Oncology
    Phoenix (Scholarly) Journal Of Clinical Pathology And Forensic Medicine
    Phoenix (Scholarly) Journal Of Clinical Reviews And Opinions
    Phoenix (Scholarly) Journal Of Dentistry And Oral Hygiene
    Phoenix (Scholarly) Journal Of Developmental Biology And Tissue Engineering
    Phoenix (Scholarly) Journal Of Ecology And The Natural Environment
    Phoenix (Scholarly) Journal Of Economics And International Finance
    Phoenix (Scholarly) Journal Of Educational Research And Reviews
    Phoenix (Scholarly) Journal Of Engineering And Manufacturing Technology
    Phoenix (Scholarly) Journal Of English And Literature
    Phoenix (Scholarly) Journal Of Entomology And Nematology
    Phoenix (Scholarly) Journal Of Fine And Studio Art
    Phoenix (Scholarly) Journal Of Food Science And Technology
    Phoenix (Scholarly) Journal Of General And Molecular Virology
    Phoenix (Scholarly) Journal Of Genetics And Molecular Biology
    Phoenix (Scholarly) Journal Of Geography And Regional Planning
    Phoenix (Scholarly) Journal Of Geology And Mining Research
    Phoenix (Scholarly) Journal Of History And Culture
    Phoenix (Scholarly) Journal Of Horticulture And Forestry
    Phoenix (Scholarly) Journal Of Infectious Diseases And Immunity
    Phoenix (Scholarly) Journal Of Internet And Information Systems
    Phoenix (Scholarly) Journal Of Languages And Culture
    Phoenix (Scholarly) Journal Of Law And Conflict Resolution
    Phoenix (Scholarly) Journal Of Library And Information Science
    Phoenix (Scholarly) Journal Of Mathematics And Computer Science Research
    Phoenix (Scholarly) Journal Of Media And Communication Studies
    Phoenix (Scholarly) Journal Of Medical Laboratory And Diagnosis
    Phoenix (Scholarly) Journal Of Medicinal Plant Research
    Phoenix (Scholarly) Journal Of Medicine And Medical Sciences
    Phoenix (Scholarly) Journal Of Microbiology And Biotechnology Research
    Phoenix (Scholarly) Journal Of Neuroscience And Behavioral Health
    Phoenix (Scholarly) Journal Of Nursing And Midwifery
    Phoenix (Scholarly) Journal Of Nutrition And Metabolism
    Phoenix (Scholarly) Journal Of Pharmacy And Pharmacology
    Phoenix (Scholarly) Journal Of Physical Sciences
    Phoenix (Scholarly) Journal Of Political Science And International Relations
    Phoenix (Scholarly) Journal Of Pure And Applied Chemistry
    Phoenix (Scholarly) Journal Of Research In Environmental Studies
    Phoenix (Scholarly) Journal Of Sociology And Anthropology
    Best regards,
    Dr. George J.
    Phoenix Journals

Saturday, December 8, 2018

American Journal of Engineering Research (AJER)

I have not been able to determine the publisher of the American Journal of Engineering Research (AJER). A reputable journal would have the publisher's name and address on its website. This journal's email to me came from an account on a South Korean web portal and had no signature line or other identification of the individual who wrote it. The domain name is registered to Chetan Sharma, Publishing, Shri Ram Colony, Devi Mandir road, Dasna, Ghaziabad (201015), Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh 201015, India, +91.9313171903, The name or email address is associated with various other flaky journals or publishers.The address on AJER's website belongs to National State Research, a private company in Connecticut. Its Vice President of R & D, Moinuddin Sarker, is the managing editor of the journal. Dr. Sarker has four publications in OMICS journals.

Other red flags are evident. First, aside from Moinuddin Sarker, the editorial board of this "American Journal of Engineering" is devoid of editors from the United States. (Good journals need not have US editors, but one has to wonder about the honesty of an "American journal" that has such tenuous connections with America.)

Second, it is not clear how many of the editors are engineers. One is a postdoc (polymer science) at Shah abdul Latif University in Pakistan. Others specialize in such subjects as animal breeding, genitourinary tumors, health and epidemiology, hypoxia, and "Logic, Philosophy of Maths and African Science."

Third, the journal touts its inclusion in the American National Engineering Database (and in no other indexing service). ANED has been described as a "fake database by fake publisher" in India.

Fourth, the journal promises peer review within a week. Competent peer review within a week is not routinely possible.

Finally, AJER insists that it is an "official international journal," whatever that means.
  • From: index []
    Date: Thu 12/6/2018 11:57 PM
    Subject: Explore your Research Globally
    Welcome to AJER
    American journal of Engineering Research (AJER Journal is indexed in American National Engineering Database)
    Current Issue December, 2018 (Volume 07 - Issue 12)
    LAST DATE OF SUBMISSION – 10th December 2018
    DATE OF PUBLICATION –20th December 2018
    We are pleased to inform you that AJER is going to launch its next issue
    (Volume 07, Issue 12). We would like to invite you to contribute your Research Paper for publication in AJER. Papers published in AJER will receive very high publicity and acquire very high reputation. We publish original research articles, review articles and technical notes. The journal reviews papers within one week of submission and publishes accepted articles on the internet immediately upon receiving the final versions. Our fast reviewing process is our strength. ...
    Authors are required to submit the full paper (PDF and Word format) to the
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