Another Fleet Startup: JSciMed Central

JSciMed Central

32 Brand-New Journals!

Another recent, large fleet startup is JSciMed Central, launching with 32 journals. The publisher purports to be located at 16192 Coastal Highway in Lewes, Delaware, but that’s the address of Harvard Business Services, a company that does online business incorporation. The company probably also supplies mail-forwarding services to clients like JSciMed Central as well. I cannot figure out the publisher’s true location.

I learned about the publisher from a spam email that was forwarded to me. The email, signed by Jacobs Nixon, seeks editorial board members for the publisher’s Journal of Pharmacology & Clinical Toxicology. It’s clear the publisher’s name was intentionally created to resemble the U.S. government publisher PubMedCentral. The publisher describes itself on its front page:

JSciMed Central is a new rostrum to support the rising horizons of the scientific innovations and promote the research community to participate in updating the scientific niche via Open Access. We are a successful host with various Journals in colossal fields like Medical, Clinical, Engineering, Chemistry, etc., to disseminate the latest happenings across the scientific community. JSciMed Central ensures the best quality and standards in the published literature, which is filtered stringently and peer reviewed by the quality experts around the world.

Somebody, please, take their thesaurus away. This flowery and boastful language is an indication that the publisher is likely the opposite of what it describes. The publisher uses the gold open-access model and charges very expensive article processing charges. For example, the pharmacology journal mentioned above charges $1,000. Some of the journals have no editorial boards, yet they are accepting manuscripts. I recommend against serving on this publisher’s editorial boards and against submitting papers to it.

Hat tip: Dr. Christine Konradi

Appendix: JSciMed Central journals as of 2013-06-02:

  • Annals of Biometrics & Biostatistics
  • Cancer Biology & Research
  • Chemical Engineering & Process Techniques
  • Clinical Research in Pulmonology
  • International Journal of Advanced Bioinformatics
  • International Journal of Clinical Anesthesiology
  • International Journal of Plant Biology & Research
  • Journal of Addiction Medicine & Therapy
  • Journal of Cardiology & Clinical Research
  • Journal of Endocrinology, Diabetes & Obesity
  • Journal of Hematology & Transfusion
  • Journal of Human Nutrition & Food Science
  • Journal of Immunology and Clinical Research
  • Journal of Neurological Disorders & Stroke
  • Journal of Pharmacology & Clinical Toxicology
  • Journal of Radiology and Radiation Therapy
  • Journal of Surgery and Transplantation Science
  • Journal of Translational Medicine and Clinical Research
  • JSM Bacteriology & Virology
  • JSM Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
  • JSM Biotechnology
  • JSM Cell
  • JSM Chemistry
  • JSM Clinical Case Reports
  • JSM Dentistry
  • JSM Environmental Biology
  • JSM Genetics & Genomics
  • JSM Medicine
  • JSM Nanotechnology & Nanomedicine
  • JSM Ophthalmology
  • JSM Regenerative Medicine
  • Medical Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology

29 Responses to Another Fleet Startup: JSciMed Central

  1. bencomp says:

    Yes, science is a niche.

  2. “It’s clear the publisher’s name was intentionally created to resemble the U.S. government publisher PubMedCentra.”
    …Or to resemble Springer’s OA publisher, BioMed Central.

  3. dzetland says:

    I like the term “fleet startup” (although “copy + paste startup” may give a more accurate measure of effort involved.

    From an economic perspective, it’s probably fair to suspect fleet startups right away, as they do not appear to follow the pattern of a real publisher that would put a lot of effort into one title (website, software, editorial board, accreditation, review management, subscriptions, etc.) It takes a lot of effort to incur these fixed costs; it’s much harder to spread them (should they be real!) across 30+ journals; and — this is the important part — it’s far too risky to spend 30x the money on a set of journals that may not work. Traditional start-ups would go with one journal and THEN expand from success.

    The American Economic Review, for example, published one journal for 100+ years. It only recently expanded to add three more journals, and they’re not even open access (meaning some costs were covered by subscription fees).

    I reckon that fleet OA publishers are de facto frauds. SSRN sometimes adds another “partner in publishing” (just did 5 on cyber IP), but SSRN is FREE.

    Do you have any examples of legit OA fleets?

  4. And we already have WebMedCentral! No prizes for creativity for these guys. ;-)

    • Joseph Tariman says:

      This company JSciMedcentral is likely a fraudulent company. I was invited to serve as “special issue editor” and I receive a paper from a Dr. Ota Fuchs from Institute of Hematology and Blood Transfusion, U Nemocnice 1, 128 20 Prague 2, Czech Republic. The abstract says myeloma is a primary bone malignancy, which every hematologist knows is a wrong statement. Myeloma is a hematologic malignacy; not a primary bone malignancy. There were 9 figures related to proteasome inhibition and they were beautifully crafted but no citation of sources; a clear example of plagiarism. I believe this paper was not written by Dr. Ota Fuchs. It was fabricated by JScimedCentral.
      When I submitted the whole special issue on myeloma containing an editorial, a case report, 2 review papers and an original research paper, I did not get any reply from Christine Abraham, editorial assistant with a contact info as follows:
      2952 Market Street, Suite 140
      San Diego, California 92102, USA
      Tel: 1-302-360-8046
      Fax: 1-302-360-8174
      Toll free number: 1-800-762-9856
      E-mail: hematology@jscimedcentral.com

      I did Google earth and found that this physical address is a a house in a shoddy neighborhood/warehouse area in San Diego.

      DO NOT give your credit card number via email to this company to pay for open access of your manuscript. When you call the number provided, you will only get a robotic voice mail messages. I called this number 5 times during office hours Pacific time and never got a real person. A clear Red Flag.

  5. Eric Bair says:

    Hee hee. I got a spam e-mail asking me to be on the editorial board of their dentistry journal even though I am a statistician with absolutely no background in dentistry. I have co-authored a couple publications in dental journals where I basically crunched the numbers, but that is the extent of my knowledge of dentistry. I’m guessing that they must have just spammed a list of everyone who published recently in the Journal of Dental Research to find potential editorial board members. Needless to say I think one should avoid this series of journals.

  6. […] 6 giugno: JsciMed Central lancia 32 riviste biomediche e fattura 1.000 dollari per pubblicare un articolo in farmacologia mentre cerca ancora vanesi creduloni per formare comitati editoriali; […]

  7. Brian Shewchuk says:

    I received an email solicitation to be on the editorial board of “JSM Biochemistry & Molecular Biology” today. I knew it was a typical open access fake journal scam, but checked here to be sure. I’m at the point of getting several spam emails a week from fake open access journals. I think the science public seems to be pretty aware of these operations now, so hopefully this sort of thing will start to wane in the near future.

    • Joseph Tariman says:

      Thank you for posting. Your message prompted me to further investigate this publisher before giving any credit card info.

  8. Chris Tyrrell says:

    You can add “JSM Environmental Science & Ecology” to the list; got an invite this morning.

  9. Torrey Creed says:

    I was just invited to join the editorial board of “Annals of Psychiatry and Mental Health.” It looked very suspicious, and I’m glad that I checked. I’ll pass.

  10. Bill says:

    “designed for all the CS engineers and CS scientists that publishes novel papers”

    I am trying to guess what their native language is.

  11. The get more insight in quality or lack of quality (and then such journals hinder scientists as well as public), it seems fair to approach editors about their view of the journal they represent.
    An example (anonymized) just send:
    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
    Dear Professor,

    On the website of JSM Cancer Biology Research – part of a 32 open access journal system -, you are mentioned as editor. And with ……. you a recent article “ . . . . . . .”

    Since the website of JSM indicates published articles are peer-reviewed, I wonder whether you could provide me with evidence of the pertinent review process.
    As you perhaps have noticed, there is a stream amongst scientist, that question the value / quality of journals such as those flagged by JSM:
    https://scholarlyoa.com/2013/06/07/another-fleet-startup-jscimed-central/

    I’m trying to organize a critical review process of articles published by JSM, and need to say that answers to my question may be published, as well as a lack to provide answers. After all, we all are striving for openness in processing for quality.

    With kind regards,

    Gerard Rutteman (DVM, PhD, Dipl ECVIM-CA, editor for several scientific journals)

  12. Emma Perez-Costas says:

    Another one: “Annals of Psychiatry and Mental Health”
    at least in this case, I received the email and my research work does relate to psychiatry, so their spamming methods are improving :)

    Thank you for taking the time to warn others ….I receive spam email to join editorial boards almost every week from the most varied fields…from astrophysics to agriculture…in my case the worst so far have been SCIRP and LIBERTAS..

    • Yes, this journal is published by JSciMed Central, a relatively new publisher that uses a mail-forwarding service in Delaware as its headquarters. The publisher is extremely aggressive and in my opinion aims to make as much money as possible off of researchers.

  13. Panos Ioannidis says:

    I just got an invitation to submit a manuscript in JSM Genetics and Genomics. Particularly, I didn’t like their name because it’s very close to BMC and PMC. Also, the language of the email was kind of “flowery”, even though not as flowery as the scope section mentioned in this post…

    My thanks to the author of this post!! I’ll pass, too!

  14. Lee says:

    I got this solicitation this morning. It appears they have a physical address in San Diego. Thanks for the information on JSciMed.

    Greetings for the day!!

    In view of your eminent contributions in the field of Public Health research, I would kindly invite you to join as an Editorial Board Member/Reviewer of the Journal, Annals of Public Health and Research.

    Annals of Public Health and Research is a new start open access, peer reviewed, scholarly Journal covering the emerging challenges in Public Health.

    For more details on the Journal, kindly visit: http://www.jscimedcentral.com/PublicHealth/

    If you are interested, please send your CV along with keywords of your research interest. Based on your research profile, we will be pleased to consider your eminent services as an Editor/Reviewer.

    We will be looking forward for your positive response.

    Sincerely,

    Kristi Brunet
    Editorial Office-Annals of Public Health and Research
    2952 Market Street
    Suite 140, San Diego
    California 92102, USA
    Tel: 1-302-360-8046
    Fax: 1-302-360-8174
    Email: publichealth@jscimedcentral.com

  15. David Corney says:

    Thanks for this info! I just got a request to review for the “International journal of Plant biology & Research” by a Sherline Kurt. Same fake address, same flowery language. Think I’ll skip this one…

  16. I am now a Doctor… cool, I didn’t even finish my Bachelor’s and although I majored in biology, I never studied cetaceans!
    Here is the message I received twice today (2/6/2014). Too bad scammers hook people into believing this garbage.

    Greetings for the day!!

    In view of your eminent contributions in the field of Annals of Marine Biology and Research, I would kindly invite you to join as an Editorial Board Member of the Journal, Annals of Marine Biology and Research

    Annals of Marine Biology and Research is a new start, open access, peer reviewed journal that brings about latest research happenings in all the related fields of Marine Biology and Oceanography. The Journal mainly encompasses the study of a large proportion of all life on Earth that exists in ocean

    For more details on the Journal, kindly visit: http://www.jscimedcentral.com/MarineBiology/

    If you are interested, please send your CV along with keywords of your research interest. We will be pleased to consider your eminent services as an Editor.

    We will be looking forward for your positive response.

    Sincerely,

    Sherline Kurt
    Annals of Marine Biology and Research
    2952 Market Street
    Suite 140, San Diego
    California 92102, USA
    Tel: 1-302-360-8046
    Fax: 1-302-360-8174
    Email: marinebiology@jscimedcentral.com

  17. Fernando Colchero says:

    Here goes another one from the same publisher for the journal Annals of Biometrics and Biostatistics. When you go to the journal’s website, it only has five articles published since November/December 2013, all of which are under the label “Early online” (Volume 1, issue 2…?)

    Special Greetings!

    We are pleased to announce a special edition on Annals of Biometrics & Biostatistics with your recommendation and suggestions. We would like to request you to submit a 2-5 pages short communication/ Research / Review/ Case Report to the upcoming issue.
    Biometrics & Biostatistics Includes: Agricultural Data Modeling, Bioinformatics Methods, Biological Experimental Data Modeling, Biostatistics Theory and Methods, Pain Management Anesthesia, Clinical Study Design and Analysis, Clinical Trials and Assessment Methods, Climate and Environmental Data Modeling, Computational Biology, Statistical Computation and Applications, Distribution and Modeling of Disease Dynamics, Epidemiological Data Modeling and Analysis, Evolution and Population Genetics, Genetics and Genetic Epidemiology, Health Services Research and Assessment, Mathematical Biology, Medical Imaging Data Modeling, Public Health and Healthcare Evaluation, Public Health Policy Research.

    Annals of Biometrics & Biostatistics is a peer reviewed open access journal, aims to publish high quality basic and clinical research in all the disciplines of Biometrics & Biostatistics

    Kindly submit your valuable contribution on or before NOVEMBER 27th, 2014. If you are interested, kindly respond to this invitation within 48 hours.

    Please enter the early online link: http://www.jscimedcentral.com/Biometrics/earlyonline.php

    Sincerely,

    Stella Mark
    Editorial Office- Annals of Biometrics & Biostatistics
    JSciMed Central
    2952 Market Street
    Suite 140, San Diego
    California 92102, USA
    Tel: 1-619-373-8720
    Email: ABB@jscimedcentral.com

  18. Andrew Hall says:

    A new address and a new name. I received a poorly written request in several different fonts addressed to me by name (which is unusual as the greeting in such messages is often generic) from Helen Jackson to submit an article to the journal Human Nutrition and Food Science in the JSciMed Central group with an address at:

    Editorial Office- Journal of Human Nutrition & Food Science
    JSciMed Central
    1455 Frazee Road,
    Suite 570San Diego,
    California 92108, USA
    Tel: 1-619-373-8720

    This address seems to be a business centre.

    The link below the letter was to the Annals of Virology and Research, not to the home page of the journal.

    The website of JSciMed Central now lists about 75 journals.

  19. D.B. Green says:

    One of my coauthors picked a JSciMed journal as a target for a manuscript we wrote, based on some names she knew from an article in the journal. Having never heard the JSciMed, I’m glad I decided to do a little homework. Consistent with others reviewing JSciMed, I found nothing but “scam,” at best. Before I completely wrote them off, despite being on the Beall’s “Index Librorum Prohibitorum” of scientific journals, I decided to get more information. 4 emails to 3 different JSciMed addresses and a phone call later, I still have not heard from a single representative of JSciMed with answers to my questions.

    My conclusion? The answers to my questions probably would result in us not submitting to their journal anyway, so why bother? Or, perhaps, a live person doesn’t even exist at these addresses and phones. Either way, we submitted elsewhere.

    I have been asked repeatedly to review articles for fraudulent OA journals and respectable OA journals, and the difference in the requests has been sufficient for me to turn down *every* fraudulent OA journal request. Every time, every fraud journal, the review request is to comment on the quality of the writing, not on the quality of the science. I don’t know if this is universal but my sample size is 3 from different fraud journals, which is a large enough sample size for me to believe it’s the norm.

    Among the biggest problems that I see with these fraud journals with their suspect science and suspect review policies is that the researchers in my and other’s labs will come across these journals and cite the articles or try to apply the presented science. The work may be high quality and valid, and that’s great, or it may be incomplete work or junk science and then I have members of my lab wasting their valuable time following poor leads. Because of this, I have instituted a policy that all references obtained by Google searches have to be backed up with other abstracting services (e.g., Chemical Abstracts Services, Science Citation Index, et al.) for validation. Not being in CAS or SCI is not an immediate disqualification, but does make us stop to consider the journal. Naturally, bad science will be published everywhere, but based on my experience journal mill articles, like JSciMed, they are more apt to get in the way of the scientific endeavor.

  20. Just got an invitation to act as editor for “JSM Women’s Health”.

    “Greetings for the day!!
    In view of your eminent contributions in the field of JSM Women’s Health I would kindly invite you to join as an Editorial Board Member of the Journal, JSM Women’s Health”

    It would be a little bit more flattering if they’d got my name right….

  21. Dr R K Vaid says:

    I have received this email!
    Pasteurella Multocida

    Dear Dr. R K Vaid,

    Greetings and I hope you are enjoying the season!

    We are pleased to announce a Regular issue on “Pasteurella Multocida”.

    At the onset, we cordially invite you to submit a manuscript to the upcoming edition Regular Issue on “Pasteurella Multocida” This Regular issue of the journal will contain Case Report, Case series or a Clinical Image Research articles and Review Article. The aim of the special issue is to advance the state of knowledge and expertise in the field of “Veterinary Medicine and Research”.

    Invited Including Keywords but not limited:
    Pasteurella Multocida Infection
    Variability of Pasteurella Multocida
    Pasteurella Multocida Bacteremia
    Pasteurella Multocida Septic Arthritis.
    Avian Pasteurella Multocida
    Haemophilus Parasuis and Pasteurella Multocida
    Pasteurella Multocida Serotype
    Pasteurella Multocida Aortitis and Mycotic Aneurysm
    Pasteurella Multocida Endocarditis and Aortic Valve
    Pasteurella Multocida and Mycoplasma Capricolum
    Pasteurella Multocida Bacterin Vaccine
    Pasteurella Multocida Toxin
    Pasteurella Multocida Pcr
    Pasteurella Multocida Review
    Pasteurella Multocida Bovine
    Pasteurella Multocida Pneumonia
    Pasteurella Multocida Meningitis
    Pasteurella Multocida Virulence
    Pasteurella Multocida Cat
    Pasteurella Multocida Cattle
    Pasteurella Multocida Infection
    Pasteurella Multocida Swine
    Pasteurella Multocida Respiratory
    Pasteurella Multocida Vaccine
    Pasteurella Multocida Bacteremia
    Pasteurella Multocida Rabbit
    Pasteurella Multocida Resistance
    Pasteurella Multocida Pig
    Pasteurella Multocida Treatment
    Pasteurella Multocida Dog
    Pasteurella Multocida Genome

    I do look forward for your positive response. Please respond to this invitation within 48 hrs. Submission Deadline: August 30, 2016

    Sherline Kurt

    Editorial, Office- Journal of Veterinary Medicine and Research
    JSciMed Central
    1455 Frazee Road, Suite 570
    San Diego, California 92108, USA
    Tel: 1-619-373-8030
    Fax: 1-619-793-4845
    Toll free number: 1-800-762-9856
    Email: veterinarymedicine@jscimedcentral.com

    I see that Sherline Kurt is everywhere! But the confusing part is that the Journal “Journal of Veterinary Medicine and Research” is also listed in PubMed.PMID: 25950023 PMCID: PMC4418640 The journal website is also very nicely made up. http://www.jscimedcentral.com/VeterinaryMedicine/vol1issue1.php

    sincerely,

    • No confusion here. PubMed is not a measure of quality. In fact, it is filled with rubbish, as this evidence indicates. JSciMed Central is a predatory publisher and all researchers should avoid it.

  22. JLI says:

    Just received my first invitation to submit a paper to “JSM Genetics & Genomics”. Submission deadline was October 15, 2016 :-D

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