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.

6 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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  5. Another recent email for reference and to warn colleagues:

    Good Day Dr. .......,

    Hope you are doing well!

    This is the reminder mail for the article submission, which we have sent earlier!

    The Journal of Light & Laser: Current Trends is one of the good forums of Herald Scholarly Open Access, which publishes cutting edge peer-reviewed articles in all the areas of Laser.

    We accept articles of the type not only research but also review/case report/opinion/perspective etc. Currently, we are in the process of receiving articles for an inaugural issue. We hope you to take part in this issue by submitting an article. Your immense support is very much appreciated.

    We will be waiting to receive your opinion for submission.

    Looking forward to hear a positive response from your end!

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

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  6. Thank you for sharing. The email I got:
    Subject: Reviewer Inviation for HACRS-XX-XXXX
    Dear Dr. xxx,

    Greetings from the Journal of AIDS Clinical Research & STDs!

    AIDS Clinical Research & STDs is a newly launched journal of Herald Scholarly Open Access. We are in the process of receiving articles for an upcoming issue.

    We are glad to invite you to peer review a manuscript for the Journal of AIDS Clinical Research & STDs. I would be grateful if you would review a paper entitled “Barriers to HIV-Testing among American Indians/Alaskan Natives in the United States: Analysis of the National Health Interview Survey, 2015-2016” with the manuscript reference no HACRS-18-005.

    Kindly go through the abstract given below for the manuscript. Please let us know your interest whether to peer review the manuscript or not. If you are willing to review the manuscript, we will send you the full length article.

    Abstract:

    Background: American Indians/Alaska Natives (AI/AN) represent only 1.2% of the U.S. population; however, AIs/ANs ranked fifth in rate of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)diagnoses in 2015 compared with other racial/ethnic groups. Of the 3,600 AIs/ANs estimated to be living with HIV in 2013, 18% (630) were not aware of their condition. This paper examines the prevalence of HIV testing and its correlates among AIs/ANs.

    Methods: Secondary analysis of the 2015 and 2016 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) data was carried out using descriptive and logistic regression analyses to determine the prevalence of recent HIV testing and factors associated with not receiving HIV testing.

    Results: Of the 66,700 individuals included in both the Sample Adult Cores, 749 individuals (1.1%) were AI/AN only, the sample of the study. Of the 711 participants who had valid results, 52,9% reported to have ever been tested for HIV. Respondents aged 25-34 years (OR = 2.460, p<0.001), 35-44 years (OR = 2.755, p< 0.001) and respondents age 45-54 years (OR = 2.341, p<0.001) were significantly more likely than participants 55 years and older to report never having been tested for HIV. Additionally, respondents who are separated or divorced were significantly more likely to report never having been tested for HIV compared to respondents who are living in union (OR = 2.128, p< 0.05).

    Conclusion: Although HIV is a public health problem among AI/AN, many people most at risk for HIV do not know their serostatus, making any prevention effort impossible. HIV testing is the cornerstone for any intervention to prevent HIV transmission. More efforts are needed to promote the benefits of HIV testing among AI/AN.

    Please feel free to contact us for any queries.

    Awaiting for your response

    With Best Regards
    Charlie Page
    Herald Scholarly Open Access
    USA

    Note:
    1. Kindly provide your consent for further communication with Herald Scholarly Open Access
    2. We confirm you that we are not sharing any of our data to third party
    3. If you are not interested, kindly send “Unsubscribe”

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