New Health Care Journal Presents with Pathologies

International Journal Of Medical Sciences and Health Care

Not very healthy …

The International Journal Of Medical Sciences and Health Care (IJMSHC) brazenly uses misinformation and deceit to make itself look legitimate and fool potential authors into submitting papers. The journal claims to be “USA and UK based” but I am unable to confirm this. It lists as its editor-in-chief a Dr. David Mayer from New York, USA but does not list his affiliation or provide his email address. I think this name is made up as is the name of the “associate-in-chief,” Dr Micheal [sic] Izza from Chicago, USA.

The journal lists both a “reviewers board” and an editorial board but doesn’t explain how their functions differ. At this time, there are only four editorial board members, but the journal is spamming for more. The “reviewers board” (see image below) includes a Dr. Ann Arbor from Michigan, USA and a Dr. Riverside from California. We don’t know Dr. Arbor’s specialty but suspect it’s related to dendrology.

International Journal Of Medical Sciences and Health Care

Dr. Ann Arbor, from Michigan, USA

The journal also falsely claims to be indexed by just about every abstracting and indexing service on the planet, but it’s not really indexed in any of them, and it claims to be indexed in things that don’t even do journal indexing.

International Journal Of Medical Sciences and Health Care

Indexed nowhere.

Worse, the journal is brand new but has employed a trick common to predatory publishers. It has manufactured seven earlier “issues” using articles from other journals. The authors’ names have been changed, but the text is copied. Each “issue” has two or three lifted articles. Predatory journals do this to make themselves look more established.

Here’s an example. In this journal, volume 1 issue 1 has an article entitled HIV/AIDS Knowledge, Attitudes, and Behaviors of Construction Workers in China [PDF]. This article is completely lifted from a 2008 article published in the International Journal of Biomedical Science.

I have no proof, but I’d wager that the photograph of the smiling nurse used on the journal’s website is also lifted from somewhere else, without permission. At least some of the author guidelines are lifted from other sites as well.

This journal is not a well-intentioned upstart that just needs some time before it works its kinks out. Instead, this journal seeks author fees, and it is willing to deceive potential authors in its pursuit of those fees.

When this journal spams you, I recommend that you delete the message.

Hat tip: Dr. Sanghamitra Pati

16 Responses to New Health Care Journal Presents with Pathologies

  1. David Gurarie says:

    If it weren’t so grossly malicious, their advertisement would look like parody from “The Onion”

  2. Craig Boman says:

    After a quick google image search, the photo is obviously cropped from the Bay Area College of Nursing. http://bayareacollege.net/programs/nursing-assistant/

  3. Craig Boman says:

    The photo is obviously cropped from the Bay Area College of Nursing. http://bayareacollege.net/programs/nursing-assistant/ But the image appears to be a stock photo, on multiple other nursing related pages.

  4. Yurii says:

    Dr. Morris Maduro is a real person in the U.California, Riverside. I wonder whether he is aware of being on this list

  5. Ehsan M says:

    This is completely a scam. New publisher in India
    http://www.congresspress.com/Journals/index.php/index

  6. oca sapiens says:

    Dr Beall,
    By coincidence, The Economist also reports on counterfeit medical journals in China.

  7. Schmuck says:

    If you fall for such a scam, I am sure you already sent some money to that Nigerian Prince who emailed you few months ago asking for help transferring all his millions to your bank

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