Sunday, September 3, 2017

Invitation from a fake academic journal: Sci Forschen edition


This just popped up in my inbox:
Dear Dr. Last Name  First Initial
 
We are glad to invite you to join the editorial board of our new peer-reviewed Open Access journal “Journal of Environmental and Toxicological Studies. We believe that your qualifications, experience, and research interests make you a great fit to serve on the editorial board of this journal to help publish advanced research from across the world.
 
Sci Forschen Inc., is an open access publishing company based out of Milpitas, California, USA, Currently publishing 51 journals in the field of medicine, life sciences, pharmaceutical and clinical research, maintaining timely and periodic release of issues. We are honored to have a strong and committed editorial board of approximately 1300 researchers and professors from premier medical schools and research institutes from many countries.

Considering your accomplishments, it would be fantastic to have you on our editorial board. If you accept to serve on the editorial board,
please send your CV, short biography, research interests and a digital photograph. With your permission, we will make your profile available online on our journal website under the editorial board section.
 
Thank you for your time. Awaiting for your positive response.
 
Sincerely,
Vanessa Swann
Editorial Coordinator
Journal of Environmental and Toxicological Studies
Sci Forschen Inc.
USA
In case you are new to this blog, I have exactly zero "qualifications, experience, and research interests" in fields relevant to environmental and toxicological studies---I am a philosopher, not a scientist; I work in a philosophy department, and sometimes teach courses in environmental philosophy. No rational person "considering my accomplishments'  would ever think me qualified to be on an editorial board for a science journal.

Sci Forschen's stated address in Milpitas, California, locates it in an anonymous office part which hosts a 'virtual office' company. Sci Forschen seems to have been around since at least 2014, when it opened a twitter account. (It also has a facebook page, if you want to be its friend.) Before he closed down his site, Beall listed it as a predatory publisher.

So, sorry Ms. Swann V, I must decline your lunatic offer.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Philowitz. Any friend of BLCKDGRD is a friend of mine.

    Would you be particularly shocked to learn that "Sci Forschen" are three tech scammers in Hyderabad?
    https://www.zaubacorp.com/company/SCI-FORSCHEN-ONLINE-PUBLICATIONS-PRIVATE-LIMITED/U72200TG2014PTC095920

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