There is peer review, and then there is this…

Dear Dr. Steve Caplan

It is because of good wishes and blessings of scientists, editorial board members and well wishers like you, the Journal of Chemical Engineering & Process Technology has now got International reputation.

With your support, Journal of Chemical Engineering & Process Technology has successfully completed Vol. 1 in 2010 and filed application for Impact factor-ISI, Medline and successfully indexing in DOAJ, CrossRef, Google Scholar, Index Copernicus, PubMed (Partially) and EBSCO etc.

As an editorial board member, you are requested to submit at least one article and one editorial for this year on your expertise. For more details on how to write an editorial please go through the attached document. Let us know the possible date of editorial submission (only few slots available) and your research article for 2011. Remember, published papers in Journal of Chemical Engineering & Process Technology will reach more than 50,000 scientists within minutes after publication by e-mail. So we request you to write an editorial in an organized way.

As per the available records OMICS Publishing Group has more than 2 million readers and successfully publishing several world class journals. We assure you of International quality and standards of articles, published in our journals, using state-of-the-art prominent reviewers and editorial board. We also assure you of our best co-operation always.

OMICS Publishing Group uses online review, editorial tracking systems of Editorial Manager® /OMICS Group for quality review process.

New enhanced features of OMICS Group Journals:

OMICS Group Journals provides special and enhanced features which includes; DOI-CrossRef, Digital Article, Audio Version, User friendly /feasible website translation to more than 50 languages and Social Networking for each published article.
For more details: PS http://www.omicsonline.org/special-features.php

We feel delighted to honour you by providing scientific credits for handling the submissions and waiver/special packages for OMICS Group conferences around the world as per the norms followed by OMICS Group.

For more details: PS http://omicsonline.org/editor-credits.php
For more details on 20 more OMICS Group Conferences in 2011
PS: http://omicsonline.org/conferencemain/

Let us know your suggestions to improve the standards of our journal.

We look forward to a close and lasting scientific relationship for the benefit of scientific community.

With thanks,
Richard Akul
Editorial office
OMICS Publishing Group
5716 Corsa Ave., Suite 110
Westlake, Los Angeles
CA 91362-7354, USA
E-mail: editor.jcept@omicsonline.org
Ph: +1-650-268-9744
Fax: +1-650-618-1414
Toll free: +1-800-216-6499

OMICS Publishing Group is the member of/publishing partner of/source content provider to
CrossRef PubMed DOAJ Index Copernicus Scientific Commons EBSCO

You have received this mail because you are the editorial board member of Journal of Chemical Engineering & Process Technology.

Blogger’s note: For those of you who don’t know me, I am a cell biologist/biochemist who works on endocytic transport. I know absolutely NOTHING about chemical enginering. Peer review would be in pretty bad shape if I were really an editor of a chemical engineering journal!

About Steve Caplan

I am a Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska where I mentor a group of about 10 students, postdoctoral fellows and researchers working on endocytic protein trafficking. My first lablit novel, "Matter Over Mind," is about a biomedical researcher seeking tenure and struggling to overcome the consequences of growing up with a parent suffering from bipolar disorder. Lablit novel #2, "Welcome Home, Sir," published by Anaphora Literary Press, deals with a hypochondriac principal investigator whose service in the army and post-traumatic stress disorder actually prepare him well for academic, but not personal success. Novel #3, "A Degree of Betrayal," is an academic murder mystery that is now in press! All views expressed are my own, of course--after all, I hate advertising. http://www.stevecaplan.net
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40 Responses to There is peer review, and then there is this…

  1. ricardipus says:

    I like it when journal now got international reputation.

    I get these things too. Annoys me but it probably shouldn’t. The irritating thing would be if they’d actually listed you somewhere as a member of their editorial board.

    The general tone of the email, and the slightly dodgy English language, makes me think that although the address is in LA, this isn’t a US-based journal…

  2. Frank says:

    Someone should compile a list of these journals. Then we could extract the names of lead authors of articles they publish and flag them up with marks of dis-esteem, or “now got (bad) international reputation”. Seriously, is anyone taken in by this kind of thing?

  3. Steve Caplan says:

    @Ricardipus “slightly dodgy English language”? You Canadians of British extraction are the masters of the understatement! I suspect that you are correct that this is not a US-based journal– aquick peek at their website: http://omicsonline.org/About.php gives no infromation on where they are based. I should have 2 CVs: my real name, and my amusing one, with all of these great titles (Editorial Board!).

    @Frank That would be a great idea! As for is anyone taken in? I’d say some are. I know of a researcher who collects such ridiculous titles and invented awards to pad his CV/website. I don’t think the higher-ups are impressed, but the individual in question really does seem to build himself up as “a legend in his own mind”.

  4. Cath@VWXYNot? says:

    Excellent. My favourite part is “So we request you to write an editorial in an organized way”.

    I wonder what partial indexing in PubMed looks like?

    • Steve Caplan says:

      Cath,

      Actually, my favorite part is this: “Remember, published papers in Journal of Chemical Engineering & Process Technology will reach more than 50,000 scientists within minutes after publication by e-mail.” All those lucky receivers of SPAM.

      I somehow doubt that there are even 50,000 researchers with direct interests in Chemical Engineering and process Technology…

  5. Steve Caplan says:

    And while we discuss the above letter–zap, another one comes in:

    Dr.S.Caplan
    Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
    Eppley Institute for Research in Cancer and Allied Diseases Unersity of Nebraska Medical Center Omaha
    NE 68198-5870
    United States

    Dear Dr.Caplan.,

    Bentham Science Publishers (BSP) has launched a series of innovative journals publishing review and research articles on recent patents in major therapeutic areas of drug discovery as well as biotechnology, nanotechnology, engineering, computer science and material science disciplines. Kindly refer to BSP website at http://www.benthameditorial.org/AllTitles for further details.

    Recent Patents on Anti- Cancer Drug Discovery (PRA) is a cutting-edge, peer-reviewed journal which publishes review and research articles written by experts on recent patents and related research in the field of anti- cancer drug discovery e.g. novel bioactive compounds, analogs & targets. The journal was launched in 2006 and is currently abstracted/indexed by major indexing media including Science Citation Index Expanded, Index to Scientific Reviews®, Journal Citation Reports/Science Edition, MEDLINE/PubMed, EMBASE, Scopus, Chemical Abstracts, Cambridge Scientific Abstracts (CSA), METADEX, Genamics JournalSeek, MediaFinder®-Standard Periodical Directory and has achieved an Impact Factor of 1.796.

    Please visit the website http://www.benthameditorial.org/pra for the journal‘s aims and scope, instructions for authors, editorial board members and previous issues.

    In view of your eminent contributions for many high impact factor journals of the field, we would like to invite you to Guest Edit a single topic or thematic issue for PRA. This could be related to the topic you have published or in an area of the field where there has recently been much patent activity. Alternatively, you may wish to submit a review article to the journal.

    If you are interested in editing such an issue as a Guest Editor, please send a title for your topic or theme, a brief paragraph describing its scope, and tentative titles and authors for review to my attention at editorial@pra.org . Also, please send us your CV and list of publications for Editorial Board’s perusal and approval!

    We will need to have about 100-120 printed pages in the journal issue from contributions by 6 to 8 authors who are leading experts in the field. Alternatively, a mini-thematic issue can also be considered whereby half the required number of pages and contributors (i.e. 3 to 4 authors) would be required. . It is recommended that only eminent contributing authors are selected from different regions, with the majority being from technologically advanced countries. As a Guest Editor, you will be required to contribute a one-page ‘Editorial’ highlighting the importance of the chosen topic and of the articles contained in the issue. You may also contribute a review to the issue yourself. You will also be entitled to a one-year free online-subscription to the journal. Each first-named (corresponding) author will receive electronically a certain number of free reprints.

    You are requested to send your reply as soon as possible along with the topic according to the area of your interest.

    I am keenly looking forward to receive a positive reply.

    Best regards,

    Dr. Khurshid Zaman
    Editor-in-Chief
    Recent Patents on Electrical Engineering
    Bentham Science Publishers Ltd.
    Fax (USA): +1-0215-3109757
    Fax (UK): + 44-0207-0787656
    Email: editorial@pra.org
    URL: http://www.benthameditorial.org/pra

    TWO COMMENTS:
    1) I HAVE NOT EVER WORKED ON Anti- Cancer Drug Discovery AND HAVE NO PATENTS
    2) THE EDITOR, LISTED AS Dr. Khurshid Zaman, IS LISTED AS EDITOR IN CHIEF OF:
    Recent Patents on Electrical Engineering

    THEY NEED TO MAKE UP THEIR MINDS…

  6. rpg says:

    HAHA! I notice this last is Bentham

    You should say you’ll do it. But it’ll cost them £5000: half payable in advance.

  7. Steve Caplan says:

    RPG- Never mind the money–I’d do it if they’d only take me off their e-mail list…

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  9. Frank says:

    Bentham are infamous. They even send invitations to lil old me!

  10. Steve Caplan says:

    I took a quick peek at the journal which does have an international list of scientists. Fortunately my name was not there. I wonder whether these scientists know that they are on the editorial board. My understanding is that some do not know and would like to have their names removed.

  11. Yep, I get Bentham’s invitations too. Straight into the “delete” bin, along with the spam advertising for molecular biological products and the occasional 419 scam that still sneaks past the email filters.

  12. Steve Caplan says:

    I think I’ve been receiving them for a long time now, and never actually bothered reading past the initial sentence before deleting. But these make for entertaining reads: they are like the “National Enquirer of Scientific Journals”…

  13. ricardipus says:

    I also get copious emails from people organizing conferences in China – which may be legitimate scientific meetings, I haven’t bothered to find out. But they always invite me to come and give a talk (*ahem* has anyone looked at my recent publication record? Why would you want me to?). Upon further investigation of the first of these, I found I would have had to pay my own way and expenses. Since then, these emails go straight to trash.

    • Steve Caplan says:

      Yes, I sometimes get several of these a day. In particular I like the ones that invite me, the emminent expert, to give a talk about vaccines, or malaria, or something so far off my radar screen that I wonder who actually attends these meetings. Are they a single person operation– one man/woman in a garage with a computer and internet wreaking havoc on all of science’s researchers? Can it be that people actually attend these meetings? Scientists are a pretty savvy group when it comes to time and money. Or is this ‘person’ simply doing this as a hobby because he/she hates scientists and wants to pester them?

    • Frank says:

      I suspect many of these may be fake. The Scientist blog ran a story about this topic a couple of years ago.

  14. cromercrox says:

    I occasionally receive snailmails confirming my own sense of inner genius and self-worth.
    http://occamstypewriter.org/cromercrox/2010/11/30/but-you-may-call-me-pongo/

  15. Steve Caplan says:

    Henry,

    Damn! I just blew my cover–I guess you know now who nominated you…

  16. Oleg says:

    I’ve received a number of invitations from that ‘omics publisjing group’.

    They also have an amusing “membership” section:
    http://omicsonline.org/membership.php

    ##### Quote: #####

    Respective member will be privileged by the title FAOG [Fellow, Association of OMICS Group] along their names.
    For example:
    Dr. WM. Margaritis
    Ph.D., FAOG.

    #### end of quote ######

    That’s impressive!

    I have not found their journals listed on the ISI website, by the way…

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  18. uzoma says:

    I also got a mail like that, from these people. I found out all the link they included were not acessible. Although I am a biochemist/Forensic scientist.
    Dear Dr.Uzoma Okafor,
    OMICS Publishing Group successfully publishing quality open access journals with the support from scientists like you. We are aware of your reputation for quality of research and trustworthiness in the field of “Forensic” and that is why you have been chosen as an Editorial Board Member of our Forensic Research.
    OMICS Publishing Group using online review and editorial tracking systems of Editorial Manager? /OMICS Group for quality review process. Editorial Manager? is an online submission and review system. Authors may submit manuscripts and track their progress through the system, hopefully to publication. Reviewers can download manuscripts and submit their opinions to the editor. Editors can manage the whole submission/review/revise/publish process. Publishers can see what manuscripts are in the pipeline awaiting publication. E-mail is sent automatically to appropriate parties when significant events occur.

    All works published by OMICS Publishing Group are under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License. This permits anyone to copy, distribute, transmit and adapt the work provided the original work and source is appropriately cited. OMICS Publishing Group supports the Bethesda statement on Open Access publishing.

    As per the available records OMICS Publishing Group has more than 2 million readers and successfully publishing several world class journals.

    We may again assure you of international quality and standards of our articles published in our journals, using state-of-the-art prominent reviewers and editorial board. We also assure you of our best co-operation always.
    New enhanced features of OMICS Group Journals:
    OMICS Group Journals provides special and enhanced features which includes; DOI-CrossRef, Digital Article, Audio Version, User friendly /feasible website translation to more than 50 languages and Social Networking for each published article.
    PS: http://www.omicsonline.org/special-features.php

    We feel delighted to honor by providing scientific credits for handling the submissions and waiver/special packages for OMICS Group conferences around the world as per the norms followed by OMICS Group. PS: http://omicsonline.org/editor-credits.php

    For more details on 34 more OMICS Group Conferences in 2011. PS: http://omicsonline.org/conferencemain/

    If you are interested, you are requested to send a recent passport size photo (to display at our website) and your C.V, Biography (150 words), Research Interests for our records.

    We look forward to a close and lasting scientific relationship for the benefit of scientific community.

    With thanks
    Ashwin Kumar
    OMICS Publishing Group
    5716 Corsa Ave., Suite 110
    Westlake, Los Angeles
    CA 91362-7354, USA
    E-mail: editor.jfr@omicsonline.org
    Ph: +1-650-268-9744
    Fax: +1-650-618-1414
    Toll free: +1-800-216-6499

  19. Polina says:

    Just got this spam too! Well, the simple google of this OMICS group website reveals that they are located at 5716 Corsa Ave., suite100 Westlake Village, LA which is the same address for myLLC.com, Inc.- limited liability companies for dummies, form a corporation, ,..good standing…” The name says for itself! 😉

  20. suresh kumar amvuri says:

    Dear all,
    Omics publishing group is no 1 fraud company, its not a us based company, it is e publisher from inida,
    They invite people all over the world by sending bulk mail by using bench mark and they will say it is personal invitation
    They will change reviewer comments from bad to excellent, rejected to accepted, and sometimes delete reviews comments and finally says your manuscript is accepted and kindly huge amount. They just need money , nothing more than that.
    So my kind suggestion is that all the great scientists are its not too late to wake up and protect your name and value, withdraw to editorial membership and manuscripts as well as
    Just have look on below link
    http://www.complaintagainst.com/omics-publishing-group-is-no-1-fraud-company-here-employess-are-suffering-harrasment-from-mr-srinubabu/
    http://www.complaintagainst.com/omics-publishing-group-is-online-publishing-cheating-company/
    if have question fell free to contact me

    • Alan says:

      Hello suresh,
      What else do you know about OMICS.
      Who are you? How do you know so much about the company??

      Alan Mc jones

    • sara says:

      Dear suresh kumar
      please send me your e-mail, i’m going to talk to u about sth in private about omics group and its invitation. please reply me at your earliest convenience. i look forward to hearing from you.
      Best regard,
      sarah

  21. Burkhard Morgenstern says:

    Hi all,

    yes, the omics spamming group is annoying, but why not having some fun with them? For example, I found a weird person called “Peter Uhnemann” on the editorial board of one of their journals:

    http://www.omicsgroup.org/journals/editorialboardMBL.php

    In fact, Peter Uhnemann is a fake person invented by a German satirical magazine. Please, check out his CV!

    Greetings

    Burkhard

  22. suresh kumar mavuri says:

    Mr. Alan , unfortunately i worked a month in omics a managing editor, after gone through all these badly fraud things, i kicked that job. still so many persons are suffering there due had submitted their certificates. what kind of information your looking, i know almost very thing about omics. the great funny thing is the way they conduct conferences

  23. A badly annoyed journal author says:

    Dear all

    First please excuse my poor language. Recently, I have come up with this Pubmed- and ISI-indexed journal which is really, extremely inefficient and incompetent with a editorial board who are very messy. Thanks to the vast number of non-English authors who needed a Pubmed- and ISI-indexed journal, and couldn’t prepare perfectly good English articles, this journal has given the chance to receive a considerable number of manuscripts, which this as the most important factor has helped the journal to publish in a timely manner with a high rejection rate.

    The problem with this journal is its very messy review process. They sometimes miss some manuscripts, sometimes make the authors wait for so long times, say a year, just to say “according to our ‘initial review’ this article does not fit the scope of our journal”, or ask the authors after a long time, say 10 months, to merge two full-size original articles just to make room for more content.

    I have sent a letter to the editor about 2.5 years ago, and have e-mailed them to remind them of it. They have e-mailed me twice and have confirmed that the letter is being given consideration. But today I called them and found out that they don’t have my manuscript in their system, and have wasted my time and have nearly killed my chance to publish that specific tutorial in another journal.

    Or I have another article which is published in their journal. My article was sent to them in 2009 and published in 2011, because they had forgotten it for more than a year! But when they published it, they “lied” “Submitted in Jan 2011, Accepted in March 2011″….

    I have also another article which withdrew after 8 months. When I withdrew it, complaining that they had killed my time, they rejected my article “after” my withdrawal.

    I said these to ask for some technical guidance. I would like to report them and report their clear incompetence to ISI and Medline, but don’t know how. Besides, I don’t now would ISI and Pubmed take some actions?

    Does anybody here know any solution?
    Any help would be appreciated.

    Best
    M

  24. Keith says:

    A couple of years back I was trying to organize a web group to ferret out these spammers and to stop buying from the companies that use them. Found a company in India called SciData that seems to be the leader in harvesting email addresses from PubMed.

    http://biospam.wikidot.com/forum/t-269508/scidata-a-global-biotech-spam-provider

    was able to get email address of the website’s owner – hopefully he’s been added to a few hundred spam lists by now:

    http://biospam.wikidot.com/forum/t-270238/rajanthampi-gmail-com-likes-to-sell-your-email-address

  25. Prathiba says:

    Hi,
    I would like to know if the open access scientific reports by omics group is indexed and if so where?

    • suresh says:

      they index in pubmed, if u done ur work with NIH funding . reset of them will gone to dust din (omics website). u may find in some after 1 or 2 yrs later but not in pubmed

  26. S Miller says:

    OMICS Group Comferences are a SCAM

    You are invited to speak, but have to pay for registration.
    They ask for multiple payments, claiming they didn’t get it.
    Hotel has no record of the conference.
    Couldn’t get in touch with organizers after they got the money, except by phone to someone who said they would get back to me but never did (multiple times).
    Luckily I canceled beforehand, but of course no refunds.

    Avoid OMICS Conferences!

  27. Mubuku says:

    Does, “Each first-named (corresponding) author will receive electronically a certain number of free reprints.” mean: Multiple spam emails?

  28. Paul Vaucher says:

    I have been privileging open source publications for years. So when a new journal showed up in the field of Forensic Medicine, I jumped on the occasion to submit a paper as there is no open source journals in this field.

    It is only when I was asked to pay for the article I was invited to write that I started feeling something was wrong. I did get a discount and the paper had been edited even if the proof read still required a lot of editing. So I was still naive and I paid.

    Now it has been over six months. My proof read is made available without any corrections I have asked and I am associated to a journal with a sad reputation. But how can I do something about it.

    I cant submit my paper to another journal as they have made it available and it is technically “under press”. Do you know if we can take legal actions against OMICS? How can I put forward my article which remains interesting and is worth been reviewed?

    I guess I can be labelled “OMIC victim” and do not which this to anybody…

  29. KOUSHIK says:

    Dear all,
    Omics publishing group is no 1 fraud company, its not a us based company, it is e publisher from inida,
    They invite people all over the world by sending bulk mail by using bench mark and they will say it is personal invitation
    They will change reviewer comments from bad to excellent, rejected to accepted, and sometimes delete reviews comments and finally says your manuscript is accepted and kindly huge amount. They just need money , nothing more than that.
    So my kind suggestion is that all the great scientists are its not too late to wake up and protect your name and value, withdraw to editorial membership and manuscripts as well as
    Just have look on below link
    http://www.complaintagainst.com/omics-publishing-group-is-no-1-fraud-company-here-employess-are-suffering-harrasment-from-mr-srinubabu/
    http://www.complaintagainst.com/omics-publishing-group-is-online-publishing-cheating-company/
    if have question fell free to contact me

  30. HRITHIK says:

    Mr. Alan , unfortunately i worked a month in omics a managing editor, after gone through all these badly fraud things, i kicked that job. still so many persons are suffering there due had submitted their certificates. what kind of information your looking, i know almost very thing about omics. the great funny thing is the way they conduct conferences

  31. JAY says:

    @Hrithik and other colleagues, I would like to know about the scam done by this group in the name of conference. I have been included in their organizing committee for one of their upcoming conference in Orlando, Florida for which I have asked some of my contacts to register. I got funding from our ministry for the trip. The OMICS group has promised to pay for my accommodation and reduced the registration fees by 75%. Now I am confused after reading this blog whether to attend the conference or not. They also have requested me to be a member of the editorial board for one of their journals. Please advise/suggest/comment.
    Best regards,
    Jay

  32. vp says:

    Dear Dr. Caplan,

    This post might be of interest to the readers of this blog.

    http://scholarlyoa.com/2013/09/12/conference-attendee-to-omics-i-want-out/

    All the best,
    VP

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