Science Spammers

Greetings! I’m a working scientist and also a scientific editor at Brittle Gum Editing, and the quality of academic publishing is important to me. This page is nothing but a list of organisations/individuals who have sent me emails soliciting contributions to journals/monographs (I would add conferences but they are too evanescent).  Some of these publishers are likely to be predatory publishers, and open-access journals that just want your money but offer very little in return.  Of course I could be wrong and maybe the opportunity deserves proper investigation. As I said, this is just a list of journals that have solicited material from me through poorly-targeted emails.

As a general point, it is absolutely imperative that any researcher looks carefully at the journals they submit work to. I would offer this advice, particularly to less-experienced researchers:

  • Society-based publishers are often reliable (IUCr, APS, IoP, EPS, ACS, etc).
  • Look at the journals where you have found useful references. If one journal stands out (I have had projects where a lot of the relevant literature was to be found in JSSC, for example), then that is a great place to send your work. First, that journal will have a highly relevant audience, so the right people will see your work, and secondly, you’ve been reading a bunch of papers from it and you know that they are sound. To put it another way: If you’ve never found a useful paper in a journal, don’t submit there.
  • (If you have access) go to a reliable database like Web of Science (not google) and have a look at ‘Journal Citation Reports’. If the journal is not in the database, be very wary. Impact factor is not everything, but it is worth a look, but make sure it is a real impact factor. Useful as it is, google scholar is not a viable way of evaluating a publication. A journal ‘indexed’ only on google scholar and similar is not really indexed.
  • If you are in materials-related sciences and the journal is not indexed in SciFinder, the CAS database, then it is probably a no go. Other fields have their own definitive indexing services. Unfortunately, there is no viable free alternative.
  • Look at Beall’s website and search for the journal name.
  • Look out for names that sound like real journals but are not quite. Make sure you check; the Research Journal of XYZ might be an intentional rip-off of the Journal of XYZ, for example. These can be subtle — Journal of Complicated Sciences is not the same as Journal of Complicated Science. They differ by a single ‘s’, which could be all it takes.
  • Not all impact factors are the same. One of the ‘journals’ below claimed this in its own semi-grammatical way in an email to me: ‘We are happy to announce you that IJLRET (www.ijlret.com) have Impact Factor. It was calculated on the basis of “Google Scholar Citation” of published articles. IJLRET got 2.265 Impact Factor by I2OR (International Institute of Organized Research).’ This is not a real impact factor.

To be clear, not all the journals listed below are certain to be rubbish. I have listed ones that either are rubbish, or have sent me an email which is clearly not properly targeted.  For example, I am a physicist, so if I get an email from International Journal of Plant Genomics and Fruit Bat Science (to invent a name), it will go on this list even if it is a ‘good’ journal, on the grounds that it is still spam.

The list will be added to over time. (Now alphabetised!)

Journals (and Publishers) that have solicited material from me and are either clearly dodgy or at least spammers:

American Journal of Oral Medicine and Radiology (E-ISSN : 2394-7721)

American Research Journal of Chemistry

Antiferromagnets: Types, Applications and Analyses. (See Neutron Diffraction: New Research)

Asian Journal of Applied Science and Engineering.

Asian Journal of Research in Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Current Topics in Pharmacology

Elyns Journal of Pharmaceutical Research

Frontiers in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (FNN)

Global Journal of Science Frontier Research (GJSFR) (From ‘Global Journals Inc.’.)

Global Journal For Research Analysis (GJRA)

Indian Journal of Research

International Journal of Advanced Engineering and Nano Technology (IJAENT)

International Journal of Applied Science and Technology (IJAST) — this one publishes on pretty much anything — Astronomy and astrophysics, Chemistry, Earth and atmospheric sciences, Physics, Biology in general, Agriculture, Biophysics and biochemistry, Botany, Environmental Science, Forestry, Genetics, Horticulture, Husbandry, Neuroscience, Zoology, Computer science, Engineering, Robotics and Automation, Materials science, Mathematics, Mechanics, MIS, Statistics, Health Care & Public Health, Nutrition and Food Science, Pharmaceutical Sciences, and so on.

International Journal of Communications (IJC)

International Journal of Computational Engineering Research

International Journal of Current Research (This is a typical example of a crap journal. It covers everything from physics to ‘People and Places’. You send your manuscript to someone with a Yahoo email address(!) and they claim a huge bogus impact factor.)

International Journal of Engineering and Advanced Technology (IJEAT)

International Journal of Engineering and Science Invention (Compare this title with the next few — variations on a theme.)

International Journal of Engineering Science and Innovative Technology (IJESIT)

Journal of Experimental Physics (Very dodgy, even by the stanards of these publications! See for example this post here…… an ‘OMICS’ journal.)

International Journal of Innovative Technology and Exploring Engineering (IJITEE)

International Journal of Inventive Engineering & Sciences (IJIES)

International Journal of Latest Engineering and Management Research (IJLEMR)

International Journal of Latest Engineering Research and Applications (IJLERA)

International Journal of Recent Engineering Research and Development (IJLERD)

International Journal of Latest Engineering Research and Technology  (IJLRET) (sic)

International Journal of Membrane Science and Technology (IJMST)

International Journal of Metallurgical & Materials Engineering (This is from “Graphy Publications”.)

International Journal of Pharmacy Practice and Drug Research

International Journal of Research – GRANTHAALAYAH (Huh?)

International Journal of Research in Engineering and Science ISSN (Online): 2320-9364 ; ISSN (Print): 2320-9356

International Journal of Research in Pharmacy and Biosciences (IJRPB)

International Journal of Soft Computing and Engineering (IJSCE) (One of a bunch…)

Internal Medicine Review. This lot ‘wanted’ a follow-up to an article I’d written years ago on layered magnetic materials. Obviously a very carefully targeted email.

The International Organization of Scientific Research (IOSR) (This seems to be a publisher of various journals with names of the format “IOSR Journal of Applied Physics (IOSR-JAP)”.)

International Review of Physics (IREPHY)

Jacobs Journal of Nanomedicine and Nanotechnology

Journal of Advances in Nanomaterials

journal of Annals of Chemistry Open Access (sic).

Journal of Astrobiology & Outreach (Really? Is the namespace that full?)

Journal of Biochemical & Microbial Technology (JBMT)

Journal of Drug Design and Research

Journal of Harmonized Research in Applied Sciences (Cool — it should be a podcast.)

Journal of Material Sciences & Engineering (This is an ‘OMICS’ journal.)

Journal of Physical Chemistry & Biophysics. (This is an ‘OMICS’ journal.)

Journal of Research Organisation

Journal of Science (JOS)  E-ISSN: 2277-3290, PRINT ISSN: 2277-3282

Journal of Science, Technology and Environment ISSN: 2227-9296

Journal of The Analgesics (Pharma Publisher)

JSM Chemistry (The are a bunch of ‘J SciMed Central’ journals. Be wary.)

LAP Lambert Academic Publishing GmbH & Co. KG (an imprint of VDM Publishing).

Medical Research Archives

Neutron Diffraction: New Research (This is an edited volume — not refereed science. Read around the web about Nova Science Publishers. It may be a vanity press.) They’ve also asked me to contribute to Antiferromagnets: Types, Applications and Analyses.

OMICS: Look closely at ‘OMICS Group’ or ‘OMICS International’. See here, for example.

Pharmaceutical Regulatory Affairs

Research Inventy: International Journal of Engineering and Science (IJES) (This has to be my favourite title — it really is ‘inventy’.)

Scientific Research and Essays (SRE) (Seems to take work on pretty much anything the author is prepared to pay for.)

Scottish Journal of Arts, Social Sciences and Scientific Studies (SJASS) (This one is funny — they have “peer-reviewed” and “refereed” on their web page — in quotes! So at least they’re honest about not really meaning it…)

Transylvanian Review (The email they sent me proudly proclaims: “Impact Factor for 2015 (JCR) = 0.030”.)

World Journal of Condensed Matter Physics (A ‘SCIRP’ journal — have a look here for details of one of the papers this publisher put out. It relates to management on Mars.

Universal Journal of Physics and Application (ISSN: 2331-6543) (sic!)

 

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