New OA Publisher Based in Clifton, New Jersey Apartment

Elyns Publishing Group

Exploit the authors and readers?

We recently added Elyns Publishing Group to our list of questionable journals. This journal has a curious and perhaps revealing slogan.

Its slogan is “Explore and Exploit.” The word “exploit” in English can often mean to take advantage of something in an abusive way. Will Elyns Publishing Group exploit its authors and readers?

The publisher is based in an apartment in a lower-middle-class neighborhood in Clifton, New Jersey. It currently has 30 journals, but the number seems to increase every time I examine the site. The journals are chiefly in the area of bio-medical sciences.

The publisher clearly tries to connect itself with the open-access movement, offering itself as the solution to the weaknesses of the subscription model. It states, “The central idea of ELYNS is to make the scholarly literature and scientific wisdom free and open to the scientific as well as the common world.” The site is full of such hackneyed statements. There is no explanation about what “ELYNS” actually means.

I think the central idea of Elyns Publishing Group is to make an easy profit for its owner. This appears to be a one-man operation, and a Google search indicated that the man is Narasimharao Sadam.

Only a few of the journals has any editorial board members, yet all are accepting manuscripts at this time. The site boasts, “ELYNS follows fast track 14 days peer review process.” This fast review comes at a price, a high one. The site lists these article processing charges:

Elyns Publishing Group

High prices, false information.

These are high prices for an upstart publisher, especially given that its website is full of errors and dead links. Also, the publisher seems to indicate that it has been accepted in PubMed Central, but this isn’t true.

So, don’t let Elyns Publishing Group “exploit” you. Don’t agree to serve on its editorial boards and don’t submit any papers to them. This is a vanity press that is looking to make some easy money.

Appendix: List of Elyns Publishing Group journals as of August 25, 2013

  1. Archives of Microbiology and Biotechnology
  2. Case Reports in Clinical Medicine
  3. Journal of Addiction and Preventive Medicine
  4. Journal of AIDS and Immune Research
  5. Journal of Alternative Medical Research
  6. Journal of Bioinformatics, Computational and Systems Biology
  7. Journal of Biomedical Technology and Research
  8. Journal of Blood Disorders and Therapy
  9. Journal of Diabetes and Related Disorders
  10. Journal of Drug Development and Clinical Trails
  11. Journal of Emergency Medicine and Intensive Care
  12. Journal of Enzymology and Metabolism
  13. Journal of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine
  14. Journal of Food, Nutrition and Dietetics
  15. Journal of Forensic Medicine and Legal Affairs
  16. Journal of Genomes and Proteomes
  17. Journal of Heart and Circulation
  18. Journal of Immunology and Vaccination
  19. Journal of Molecular Biology and Techniques
  20. Journal of Molecular Nanotechnology and Nanomedicine
  21. Journal of Neurology and Neurosurgery
  22. Journal of Oncology and Biomarker Research
  23. Journal of Ophthalmic Diseases
  24. Journal of Pediatrics and Mother Care
  25. Journal of Plant Health
  26. Journal of Psychology and Brain Disorders
  27. Journal of Respiratory Disorders
  28. Journal of Stem Cell and Transplantation Biology
  29. Journal of Syndromes and Gene Repair
  30. Womens Health International [sic]

10 Responses to New OA Publisher Based in Clifton, New Jersey Apartment

  1. Samir Hachani says:

    Narasimharao Sadam ?

  2. Nils says:

    It’s probably just a coincidence, but the journal’s name reminds me of the infamous Elin O affair: http://www.nature.com/news/2003/031209/full/news031208-4.html

  3. Bruce W says:

    I most of all liked the twitter updates, stating: Curabitur vel purus urna etc.

  4. Bidesh Chakraborty says:

    “Narasimharao Sadam” This must be a fake name. While the first name imitates Indian Hindu name, the surname follows a Muslim proper name. Amazing!

    • Gagan says:

      P. V. Narasimha Rao was a prime minister of India who along with current prime minister (then finance minister) Dr. Manmohan Singh paved the way for liberalisation and economic reforms that has made India what it is currently.

      Joining his name and Saddam feels very wrong.

  5. Jay Nani says:

    If one checks at the bottom of the page it says Email: contact@elynsgroup.com
    Designed & Maintained by ELYNS Publications Group All Rights Reserved. Copyright © 2013 ELYNS Publications Group
    CC

    AVENS Publishing Group is an Open Access Publisher & all published content, except where otherwise noted, is licensed under a Creative Commons.

    what does this mean?

  6. Jen Gallagher says:

    Thanks for the research. I have been getting invitations from this journal and was wondering if it was legit.

  7. Hello Jeffrey,

    your page always is the first page I go to when receiving a quest to submit a paper – happened today from this ElynsGroup. At least this journal seems to have looked into specific interests – or is it just accidentally? – as they asked for a journal of syndromatology (I am an ophthalmologist with emphasis on genetic eye disease) and not for gynaecology, urology or something else absurd (from my ophthalmic point of view).

    Actually, they have changed to “Explore and Expand”….

    One question to you: does any publisher ever get taken off your list?

    I am asking in regards to DovePress, they started several years as OA Publishers and lots of journals, suggesting the same doubts, but they seem to have found a good standing meanwhile, at least in journals that I know of.

    Thank you – and chapeau for your good work!!

    Barbara

    • Yes, publishers do get removed from my list. For example, the publisher MDPI was removed recently, following a formal appeal.
      Also, Dove Press is not on my list at this time.
      There is intense competition among the lower tier of open-access publishers, so many are trying to stand out, and I think this may be Elyns Group’s strategy.

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