We have observed the appearance of a new publisher: Swiss Journals. The publisher offers 16 journal titles in the fields of engineering, applied sciences, and health sciences.
By looking up the domain name registration, we determined that this publisher is the work of Dr. Shapoor Zarei, of Tehran, Iran. An email response from him confirmed that he is indeed the publisher.
We think it is misleading to call a publisher “Swiss Journals” when it is not based in Switzerland. There appears to be a single editorial board for all 16 of the journals, yet not a single member is from Switzerland.
The site makes extensive use of the Swiss red cross symbol. At this time, none of the journals has any content. We advise against having any contact or engaging in any business with this bogus publisher.
[Author’s note, August 31, 2012: Dr. Thomas Gross has kindly pointed out that the red cross is not the symbol on the Swiss flag. He writes, “The Swiss flag is actually a white cross on a red square. The Red Cross “inverted” the Swiss flag to obtain its symbol but the Red Cross symbol is not owned by the Swiss. The use of the red cross tells me how little these operators (or this operator) knows about Switzerland. ” Thank you Dr. Gross for this correction!.]
Appendix 1: List of Swiss Journals journal titles
- Swiss Journal of Applied Chemistry and Physics
- Swiss Journal of Applied Electronics and Communication
- Swiss Journal of Applied Sciences
- Swiss Journal of Automation and Control Engineering
- Swiss Journal of Civil Engineering and Architecting
- Swiss Journal of Computer Science & Engineering
- Swiss Journal of Electrical and Computer Applications
- Swiss Journal of Environmental Engineering and Health Science
- Swiss Journal of Finance and Accounting Sciences
- Swiss Journal of Industrial Engineering
- Swiss Journal of Management and Business Studies
- Swiss Journal of Mathematical Computation and Algorithms
- Swiss Journal of Mechanical Engineering and Application
- Swiss Journal of Medical Science
- Swiss Journal of Molecular and Applied Biology
- Swiss Journal of Statistical and Applied Mathematics
Appendix 2: A spam email solicitation from Swiss Journals
From: Swiss Journals <Info@swissjournals.org>
Sent: Saturday, August 11, 2012 5:32 PM
Subject: EXTENDED – Swiss Journals Call for Papers : Volume 1, Issue 1 – Peer Reviewing and Fast Online Publishing Transactions
Peer Reviewed Transactions
SWISS JOURNALS International Scientific Proceedings has been established based on a research and Scientific forum.
It has been announced for publishing more than 15 transactions and e-proceedings.
Our staffs are promoting these transactions for issuing high quality proceedings. We are trying for quick indexing of these proceedings in International Scientific databases such as: Google Scholar, EBSCO, DOAJ, CABI, INSPEC, SCOPUS, ISI.
So, we are very proud to invite you submitting your papers for SWISS JOURNALS International proceedings.
CALL FOR PAPERS
Volume 1- Issue 1
Last date for Submission: 10th of August 2012 20th of August 2012
Acceptance / Rejection Notification: 20th of August 2012 30th of August 2012
Online Publishing: 25-30th of August 2012 5 – 10th of September
1 Swiss Journal of Computer Science and Engineering (SJCSE)
2 Swiss Journal of Applied Electronics and Communication (SJAEC)
3 Swiss Journal of Electrical and Computer Applications (SJECA)
4 Swiss Journal of Mechanical Engineering and Application (SJMEA)
5 Swiss Journal of Environmental Engineering and Health Science (SJEEHS)
6 Swiss Journal of Civil Engineering and Architecting (SJCEA)
7 Swiss Journal of Automation and Control Engineering (SJACE)
8 Swiss Journal of Industrial Engineering (SJIE)
1 Swiss Journal of Applied Sciences (SJAS)
2 Swiss Journal of Finance and Accounting Sciences (SJFAS)
3 Swiss Journal of Management and Business Studies (SJMBS)
4 Swiss Journal of Statistical and Applied Mathematics (SJSAM)
5 Swiss Journal of Applied Chemistry and Physics (SJACP)
6 Swiss Journal of Mathematical Computation and Algorithms (SJMCA
1 Swiss Journal of Medical Science (SJMS)
2 Swiss Journal of Molecular and Applied Biology (SJMAB)
Authors are invited to sending their valuable manuscripts in (.doc) format to: email@example.com
All submitted paper should report original, previously unpublished research results, experimental or theoretical, and will be peer-reviewed. Papers submitted to the journal should meet these criteria and must not be under consideration for publication elsewhere. Manuscripts should follow the style of the journal and are subject to both review and editing.
Each paper will send to 3 independent Reviewers. Unanimous acceptance by all 3 of the reviewers is required. The final list of the accepted papers must be approved by one associate editor (or member of the scientific committee), 3 reviewers and the Journal’s Editor-in-Chief.
Call for editorial board: All of faculties, experts and researchers are invited to join us as member of editorial board. For applying, send your CV to Editorial@swissjournals.org
Bonus for our editors and reviewers:
Authors of Papers that are accepted for publication need to pay 150 Euro for each paper to publishing proof. The payment should be granted one week after acceptance announcement. Authors living in developing countries may, at the discretion of the Publisher, be granted discounts and need to pay 75 Euro with 50% discount. If you are living in a developing country and need to apply for a discount, please email the Publisher(firstname.lastname@example.org) with the following information:
· Your name and institution with full address details
· Title of journal you wish to submit a manuscript to
· Reason for applying for a discount
· Title of your paper
· Country of residence of any co-authors.