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.
Vanessa Swann
Editorial Coordinator
Journal of Environmental and Toxicological Studies
Sci Forschen Inc.
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. 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?

  2. Thank you for your post. I received an email from them too, but in my case the manuscript was in a subject related to a paper I published recently and they also sent to me the abstract. However the content was not really in my area of expertise, since I work with Biological Physics and they sent me a manuscript about clinical research to be published in the Journal of Ophthalmic Studies. I assume that it is not worth to reply for them rejecting the request.

    1. Wow, I love your post today! This in just the perfect time. Thanks a bunch!">

  3. If this is true, that would be a real shame for a company like them.

  4. I got an invitation to review an article from that journal for a topic which is a bit relevant to my expertise. I was about to respond positively before I did some search and found your blog, so thanks!!. I do not know why Pubmed listed it for some unknown reason here
    however, it says it's not indexed for MEDLINE