Thursday, June 1, 2017

Invitation to edit fake academic journal: Herald Scholarly Open Access edition


I don't mean to brag, but I was just invited to be an editor of a journal published by Beall listed Herald Scholarly Open Access, a fake academic publishing outfit discussed some months ago by DHKaye, in the blog Flaky Academic Journals, only Kaye was just asked to review a paper (he didn't, but it was published anyway,) and my spam email asked me to join the editorial board of Journal of Atmospheric and Earth Sciences, fields I haven't the remotest connection to.

Just for shits and giggles, here's the email:

Good Day Dr. XXXX
Greetings from Herald Scholarly Open Access!

We are pleased to announce you that, Herald Scholarly Open Access launched a new journal entitled “Journal of Atmospheric & Earth Sciences”. Herald Scholarly Open Access has been successfully publishing Open Access Journals since its inception with the healthy support from eminent researchers.

We are in the process of editorial board formation. As the one of eminent scientific personalities, we invite you to associate with us as an editor. We believe your association will help for the journal growth and development. Kindly let us know your opinion.

 

If you are interested to serve as an editor on the journal editorial board, kindly send us your CV, research interests and biography to the mail at: atmos_earthsciences@heraldsopenaccess.us

 

Kindly let us know your opinion at your earliest convenience.


We look forward for a long lasting scientific relationship.

 

Best Regards
Chrissy Evans
Herald Scholarly Open Access
2561 Cornelia Rd
#205, Herndon, VA 20171
USA
 Interestingly, the address goes to what looks like an apartment complex rather than an office park---somehow I doubt that "Chrissy Evans" (wasn't she a world class tennis player?) lives there.

4 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing this! I just got invited to review a paper for one of Herald's Journals and was fishing around to see if it was a legitimate journal or not. I'm not going to waste time reviewing for them now.

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  2. Me too. One would think the invitation to be in the publishing sector would use impeccable English, but I had to LOL at the terrible English in the email you posted. For reference, here is my email of today (also with terrible English):

    "Dear Dr. [redacted],
    Hope this mail finds you well!

    We have sent you an e-mail earlier, but haven’t heard from you. So, we wanted to remind for your opinion to serve as an editor on the journal editorial board. We are inviting scholars in the field of Medicine: Study & Research from all over the world to join our editorial board. If you want to be a part of our journal editorial board, please do let us know.

    Hope to receive positive response.

    Regards

    Avery Winston
    Herald Scholarly Open Access
    2561 Cornelia Rd
    #205, Herndon, VA 20171
    USA
    Email: Medicine@heraldsopenaccess.us"

    The "heraldsopenaccess.us" domain name is registered to someone in India (will post the link below) who registered using the email: ajay.herald@gmail.com

    https://wa-com.com/heraldsopenaccess.us

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  3. Oh...I went through prior emails and found the original invitation with yet another name. Although they do keep the same address so I imagine the fraud perpetrator does live there. Would be cool if Nature or another journal had investigative journalists and tracked these people down.
    Email as follows:
    "Dear Dr. [redacted],

    Good Day!

    The Journal of Medicine: Study & Research is one of the newly launched journals of Herald Scholarly Open Access. We believe your association will helps in the journal growth and development. We feel honored to invite you as an editor for the Journal Medicine: Study & Research. Kindly let us know your opinion to serve as an editor on the journal editorial board.

    If you are interested, kindly send us your CV, research expertise keywords and biography at Medicine@heraldsopenaccess.us

    Hope to receive a positive response from your end

    Sincerely
    Evie Jackson
    Herald Scholarly Open Access
    2561 Cornelia Rd
    #205, Herndon, VA 20171
    USA"

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  4. Me too. One would think the invitation to be in the publishing sector would use impeccable English, but I had to LOL at the terrible English in the email you posted. For reference, here is my email of today (also with terrible English):

    "Dear Dr. [redacted],
    Hope this mail finds you well!

    We have sent you an e-mail earlier, but haven’t heard from you. So, we wanted to remind for your opinion to serve as an editor on the journal editorial board. We are inviting scholars in the field of Medicine: Study & Research from all over the world to join our editorial board. If you want to be a part of our journal editorial board, please do let us know.

    Hope to receive positive response.

    Regards

    Avery Winston
    Herald Scholarly Open Access
    2561 Cornelia Rd
    #205, Herndon, VA 20171
    USA
    Email: Medicine@heraldsopenaccess.us"

    The "heraldsopenaccess.us" domain name is registered to someone in India (will post the link below) who registered using the email: ajay.herald@gmail.com

    https://wa-com.com/heraldsopenaccess.us

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