You may receive an unexpected email from the International Research Promotion Council telling you that you’ve been nominated for the “Eminent Scientist of the Year Award.” I think it’s a scam.
The email will come from Ms. Sarika. S. Anil, writing for the chairperson, Dr. Alice Franklin (who is too busy to deal with this trivial stuff).
Seeking clarification, I have emailed and telephoned Dr. Franklin, but she doesn’t reply.
The nomination letter states, “The award will be announced through an award special journal published exclusively for this purpose.” That journal is the irregular Recent Advances and Research Updates, published only when they have content and generally not made available to the public. I suspect that there is a hefty fee charged to the award winners to publish their work in the journal. I question the authenticity of this award and suspect that it’s a gimmick to draw attention to the “International Research Promotion Council” and to get money from the award winners and others.
The rules and regulations for the award indicate that there are multiple awards given out each year.
This outfit publishes one additional journal, the Austral-Asian Journal of Cancer. I think it’s a low quality journal, and I was easily able to find plagiarism in it.
I don’t see a legitimate need for an “International Research Promotion Council” as pretty much every university in the world is already promoting research. The council — like the Eminent Scientist of the Year Award — looks fake to me.
Hat tip: Dr. Elizabeth V. Arkema