Saturday, March 27, 2021

The "Not-profit" Knowledge Empowerment Foundation (KEMFO) Sells "Self Book Publication"

Knowledge Empowerment Foundation's spam and website emphasize that the organization is "registered by Govt. of India (Reg.no.E/11049/Rajkot)" as a non-profit NGO. It uses the domain name kemfo.org, which was registered by Namecheap.com in 2018.

KEMFO is not an open-access publisher. To the contrary, it demands that authors assign their copyright to it on the absurd theory that this benefits authors because it lets this Rajkot firm "negotiate subsidiary licenses to database aggregators and document supply companies, and allows for permission to be given in reproducing articles in books, for library loans, for electronic reserve,etc. in an efficient manner."

The website has a tab for "journal" that led nowhere as of 3/1/21. Within a month, there were four online journals with one or two issues each. A "book store" is stocked with four books costing between $45 and $200. The $200 ones are Why Gesiti? and Why Gesiti 4.0.

The trustees of the foundation are Sharadchandra Jamnadas Mehta, Hasmeetaben Sharadchandra Mehta, Tushar Sharadchandra Mehta, and Gitaben Tusharbhai Mehta.

UPDATE of 4/4/21

Trustee Tushar Mehta wrote me asking "May I know what is illegit or flaky about our foundation or its activity ?" I hope readers understand that the entry for a journal or publisher on this blog is not necessarily an accusation of illegal conduct or flakiness. The blog is a response to the massive quantity of spam solicitations sent to academics. Before going into print, scholars need to separate the wheat from the chaff, as the quality of both bona fide and wannabe publishers varies. Unfortunately, the emails from many publishers and conference organizers do not inspire confidence about their level of quality control and practices for quality assurance.

The Cambridge English dictionary defines "flaky" as "behaving in a way that is strange, not responsible or not expected." To decide whether the Mehtas' foundation is behaving that way, readers may want to check the unsolicited spam for the elements of an "unfair or deceptive act or practice" as defined in Section 5(a) of the CAN-SPAM Act of 2003, 15 U.S.C. § 7704(a), to ask whether claims of rigorous peer review by multiple, expert reviewers "usually completed within 15 days of the article's submission" (Analytical Chemistry International Author Guidelines, p. 3) are plausible, to consider whether defining plagiarism as "... or falsification of research results" (ibid., p. 1), is strange, to wonder whether a new publisher can truly claim to have "developed a strong reputation," et cetera.

Email
  • From: K E Foundation [books@kefbooks.website]
    Sent: Monday, March 1, 2021, at 3:07 AM
             Thursday, March 25, 2021, at 10:31 PM
    Subject: Self Book Publication with Not-for Profit Organization
    Dear Dhkaye [shortened to "Hello" in the 3/25 email],
    We believe strongly in the need for the advancement of knowledge, and we believe that one of the best ways to do this is through the power of books and reading. Knowledge Empowerment Foundation is Not-for-Profit organization registered by Govt. of India (Reg.no.E/11049/Rajkot). At the Knowledge Empowerment Foundation, our mission is to support the furthering of education and dissemination of knowledge. As a not-for-profit publisher, we can put integrity before profit and research before sensationalism. We measure the success of our efforts by the contributions we make to the advancement of ideas from conception through to hands-on implementation.
    That is why we founded the Knowledge Empowerment Foundation . We want to help people like you to share your stories and your knowledge to a wide audience that will only benefit the world as a whole.
    We have developed a strong reputation by putting our authors first and streamlining the publishing process for both our authors and our readers.
    We are reaching out to you as we believe that you have the knowledge within you to share across the world and to support a wide array of readers; and we will love to support you on that.
    Do you have a manuscript you would like to put forward?
    Our publishing procedure is straightforward! All we ask is to download our Book Publishing Proposal Form and submit it to our expert team for review! We will then be in touch!
    All you have to do is click HERE and the first steps are taken!
    Of course, if you have any questions please do reply to this email!
    We look forward to publishing your work soon,
    PUBLISH TODAY
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