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. These 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."

1 comment:

  1. Back when SCIREA burst onto the scene in 2016, Jeffrey Beall noted that "the internet domain data indicates the registrant is Li Yu of Beijing, China".

    https://web.archive.org/web/20170113053328/https://scholarlyoa.com/2016/10/06/four-new-sketchy-oa-publishers-from-september-2016/

    They clearly swiped much of their web design from SCIRP (along with their business model), not always replacing everything that needed to be replaced. As you noted a few years ago, the 'AbutSCIREA' page initially provided the unhelpful information that "SCIREA is also an academic publisher of open access journals. SCIRP currently has 40 open access journals in the areas of science, technology and medicine."

    https://web.archive.org/web/20161128020542/http://www.scirea.org/AbutSCIREA

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