Real Location of JSciMed Central Revealed

JSciMed Central

They want to sound like BioMed Central.

JSciMed Central is a questionable open-access publisher of 36 journals. It lists two U.S. addresses as its headquarters locations, and I’ve long suspected these were dummy addresses. Now I’ve learned the publisher’s real headquarters location.


The publisher wants you to think it’s based in the U.S., but it’s not.

These are the two addresses that JSciMed Central gives on its ‘contact us’ page. The first one is really the address of Harvard Business Services, Inc. in Lewes, Delaware, United States. It’s a company that does easy, cheap, and fast business incorporations.

The second address belongs to Market Street Shipping, a company itself mysterious because it lacks a website. The link here goes to a Google Plus website for the business.

JScimed Central is really located in Hyderabad, Telangana, India. This is confirmed by looking up the company in an Indian online business directory called

company information 3

Finally, the honest address.

Another online directory also gives the same information. Both list the company’s director as Jacob Nixon Geddam.

So, I think it’s very likely that Jacob is also the owner of Jacobs Publishers, another highly-questionable publisher on my list:

Jacobs Publishers

Jacob Nixon Geddam, that is.

Note that the “J” symbol here matches that used on JSciMed Central. This publisher purports to be headquartered at this address:

TRIAL # 150 W
Phone : 512-400-0398 512-400-0398 FREE

But I suspect this is also a dummy address.

What other publishing brands does this guy own? Hyderabad, India is also the home of OMICS Publishing Group, so predatory publishing seems to be the growth industry of the Hyderabad area.

Publishers have an ethical obligation to provide full and honest information about their operations. I think it is unethical to hide or misrepresent information as these two publishers have done.

I recommend against submitting papers to dishonest, non-transparent, and sneaky publishers such as these. If they are dishonest about basic things like their address, they will probably be dishonest about other things as well.

Hat tip: James Sarrel



39 Responses to Real Location of JSciMed Central Revealed

  1. Nils says:

    The following page corroborates this information:

  2. Yurii says:

    Indeed, compare the first address with the address of Annex Publishers from you previous post. They are the same. All these guys use the same famous (or infamous) Delaware incorporating services.

  3. tekija says:

    I have visited Hyderabad twice, a decade ago and last year. In the interim, it had changed dramatically. Of most significance here, already a decade ago it was developing into the IT hub of India, and I noticed that last year an entire area of the city had been renamed Cyberabad. Another change was that whenever you returned to the hotel, your taxi was screened for bombs and your bags run through metal detectors. Progress has its price.

    • Mark says:

      That is correct. I have been in Hyderabad multiple times. Actually, there have been dramatic improvements in last 10 years. The most of the IT infrastructure we use are designed in that city. One should not discriminate business and technologies based on the location. But in any case, in US different companies can have same name and I expect that is true across the globe.

  4. LK says:

    Hi This is me Lazgin Barany from Kurdistan of Iraq where we met on the IIE conference . Wanted to ask about how you would you assess the International Journal of Arts and Sciences which is published by the universitypublication net . Regards Lazgin Barany

    Sent from my iPhone


    • Hi, Lazgin! Nice to hear from you. The publisher University is on my list here.

      I recommend that you NOT submit any papers to this publisher’s journals. Please find a better publisher.

      • dr.rao says:

        Dr. Beall
        I am regular reader of your blog and i really appreciate your effort. But i feel now a days you have come under severe “scholarly attack” from publishers and authors who support open access publications. However, i have some reservations on your comments on some publishers/journals
        One of the reason you are giving to list the publisher or journals in your predatory list is they publish many substandard articles and their journal web content contains many grammatical mistakes. I would like to know what exactly is meant by ” substandard” ? Do you expect the research scholars in developing countries get the same facilities in terms of financial assistance, laboratory facilities or intellectual assistance like the research scholars who get all these in developed countries ??. As i think you have not visited ( may be i am wrong ) the laboratories or universities of developing countries, it is very difficulty to imagine the condition and support level in developing countries. The scientific work carried out in developing countries ( with few exceptions where there are really good facilities and available to few scholars ) is a small step towards understanding the basics of research and the students make an attempt to publish their work in journals. However, according to you list, if they submit their work to any ” reputed publishers” they will out rightly reject the work as the work submitted is not suitable for publications as it fails to meet the standard of journal. So the students are left with very few choices and they approach the journal which accept the basic work, hence, many open access journal are mushrooming. Dont you think it is a good idea to start a journal for publications of articles which accepts basic work by ” reputed publisher” to encourage researchers from developing countries. However, i feel this may not become an excuse for CREATING a sub-standard research material and but at the same time we should encourage the talent which is handicapped by the various constraints.
        You are frequently writing that the content of journal website ( predatory journals ) is flawed grammatically. Do you really think the exact grammatical content is important or outcome is important. As for my knowledge, language is a means of communication, and i feel your argument is like if a visitor wants to visit FRANCE, he/she must first completely learn FRENCH, then he should visit FRANCE. I may be harsh, but my intention is not to hurt you, but to convey my message that the if a article is written or journal content is created and if it gives conveys the right information then i think it is enough, Do you really feel the content of journal website or article should be 100 % perfect grammatically to convey the research aspect of the carried work.
        I want state once again here that i am not supporting the substandard journals and publishers and but expressing my views on the state of support level available in many countries.
        Hope you will find time and respond

  5. tekija says:

    Unsurprisingly, the Facebook page of Mr. Jacob went dead.

    • C'est ci bon! says:

      Surely the USA should take a wrap on the knuckles, too? If the USA has a support structure for dishonest of fraudulent companies, such as the classical Delaware hub for off-shore businesses, then why should Indian companies “act” ethically? They are simply acting within the law, and using a support structure that is provided by the USA. So, although I agree that the real owndership and base address should be provided, and although I also agree that India is a strong center for proliferating sspect or fraudulent publishers or publishing practices, in this case, if the USA doesn’t want to be used as a base for such shady companes, then it should man-up and change the law. The lack of ethics is equally that of India and the USA (sorry to say).

      • We have a dual-sovereign system here, so I wouldn’t trash the entire nation. Delaware can do whatever it likes, and in this case it has enabled predatory publishers. Please direct your wrath at Delaware, not at the entire country.

  6. Ken Lanfear says:

    I’m not saying these guys are legit, but I want to point it is not unusual in the US to be incorporated in one state and to operate out of others. Delaware has very favorable incorporation laws, and you will find many large US corporations are chartered there.

    My organization was founded and incorporated 50 years ago by scientists in Illinois, but later moved to the Washington DC suburbs. We still maintain an official presence at a lawyer’s office in Illinois, but have a very real (and dog-friendly) headquarters in Virginia.

  7. Matt says:

    The spam emails actually come from a email, which is registered to Jacob Nixon Geddam, whereas the legitimate website is, registered a couple of weeks earlier to someone completely different.

  8. Joseph D. Tariman says:

    JSciMed is fake. You can’t get hold of anybody. They want your credit card number through email which is very dangerous. Who knows who else will get your credit card number.

  9. Larry says:

    Further corroboration of the above – just received a request to review a ms. on christmas day

  10. John says:

    The Delaware and San Diego offices are dummy offices as well. On very rare occasion would I review an article to PlosOne. The epidemic of pay for play has led to sketchy review processes, fraud, plagiarism,,,not to mention compromising other publishers. Most of the iffy Open Access journals use fonts that are similar and call undue attention of the phishing expedition kind…legal tender, reputation, and intellectual property are at high risk. Most of the offenders are housed overseas (India, China) with a server in the US.

    Welcome to science in the 21st Century!

  11. […] Beall’s list probably should serve as at least a moderator when considering MEDRS. This article from Beall certainly brings into question the validity of Jacobspublishers and on the strength of […]

  12. Brian G. says:

    It’s pretty easy to figure out that this publisher is predatory and not authentic. A researcher in my group simply asked a question regarding the journal and we received the following email from a person who could not be contacted:
    Dear Dr. ,

    Greetings from JSciMed!

    This is to remind you that, you have promised to submit an article to our journal.

    I kindly request you to provide tentative date for submission of manuscript.

    Waiting for your response.

    Best regards,

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

    We made no such promise, nor even such an implication in our inquiry. With predation such as this, no one should even consider publication in a journal that uses these tactics.

    It may look good on someone’s resume or CV to have an article published, but their credibility sure suffers when their results can’t be replicated. Worse yet, a bad article may delay actually research progress. If an article is good enough to be published, it’s good enough to be published in a reputable journal. JSciMed and Jacobspublishers just aren’t good enough for good, quality research.

    • PM says:

      I sent an article to this publisher one year ago and after 8 months they sent me information of acceptance. After 4 months without information I sent an email asking them when would my article be published (on a friday) and they told me that it would be on the next monday. When monday came they sent me an email with a copy of the article (with a published date of october) and a bill of 1820 USD!!!!

      • mati says:


        HI. May I ask a question? I made a mistake of falling to the same scheme. Did you pay for it? Are there legal ramifications if you intentionally neglect their continued demand for payment? I didn’t even know there was an author’s fee until after they published my paper.

      • PM says:

        Hi. No, I hadnt pay for anything. They keep sending me emails resquesting for the payment and I am just ignoring them!

      • andy says:

        Same here. Is there any advance in situation? I mean, any legal problem? I am afraid of they are going to ban me from all publishers because of ignoring to pay them.

      • PM says:

        They keep send me emails from time to time asking for the payment and I keep ignoring!

      • juyong says:

        hi i made the same mistake.
        i published(?) in an OMIC journal.
        they asked for US 1500 after it got accepted.
        i have been ignoring them for a year now, but i am getting roughly one email every 2 months asking for the payment.

      • And says:

        These are predatory journals. So don’t worry about them “banning you from all publishers.” Would you worry about a scammer banning you from future scams? I would welcome it. In my opinion, publishing in a predatory journal is worse than not publishing at all, because if I see someone has published in a predatory journal, I assume they are not very savvy.

  13. VvM says:

    This is one of the email ids domain used by jacobs publications. It says that it has been registered on Jacobs Nixon name.

  14. Doctor from the Philippines says:

    Dear Sir,

    May I ask for your advice? An email was forwarded to me by my professor re this journal with the invitation to publish online. I submitted a paper not knowing that there was an author’s fee, which was not explicitly mentioned in their emails. So after publishing my paper online, they sent me a bill of 2000 USD. They even mentioned initially that they are giving me a discount so I can just pay 200 USD but for a certain time period only. Almost every month, they send me an email demanding the payment of 2000 USD since I didn’t pay during the alleged discount period. Not once did I reply. My question is, are there legal ramifications for this? What happens if I just continuously neglect their demand for payment?


    Doctor from the Philippines

    • I am sorry this has happened. I do not know of any cases where one of these horrible publishers (most that use this trick are based in South Asia) has successfully used legal action to get money from an author. So, they are only barking dogs. Ignoring them may be the best strategy.

      • Raymond Ritchie says:

        I would not be so sure. I made the mistake of sending a paper to an OMICS journal before I realised my mistake. I tried to withdraw it. The paper was then immediately accepted and they then started sending me demands for money. After over a year of continuous harassment I paid them $350 to withdraw my paper. I could not send it to another journal until I had got rid of them.

  15. Varshil Mehta says:

    Sir, how is this journal – Asian Journal of Pharmaceutical and Clinical Research? It claims that it is indexed in Elsevier and enbase, but i cant find any info.

  16. RT says:

    Thanks to all, this is a great help for quickly deciding the destiny for incoming mails from publishers. My experience is that the more you unsubscribe the more spam you get, do anybody share this experience?

  17. Russell says:

    Seems like they’re branching out now; just got a paper call from them for the inaugural issue of Annals of Marine Biology and Research, purporting to be for marine taxonomy and biology. Contact details given are the Frazee Rd San Diego address. This one stung a little because l actually am a marine taxonomist. Thank God for small mercies, emails like theirs are pretty easy to spot and good people like you exist to point them out!

    • IS says:

      I just got the same email requesting an article for the new Annals…with an entertaining little postscript: “Please Note: This is not a spam message and has been sent to you because of your eminence in the field.”

  18. mati733 says:

    Dear Author,

    I would like to ask for your advice regarding jscimed central. I recently graduated from surgical residency. I mistakenly submitted an article to them, as requested/ encouraged by my consultant. It was sent back to me after one peer review. I edited the manuscript then sent it again. A few months later I was informed that it’s been published already. Unfortunately, the said publisher emailed back to me demanding a huge sum of money which was not indicated in their initial email, To be very honest, had I known that they will charge a fee, I never would have sent it in the first place.

    My questions are the following :

    1. Will there be any legal ramifications if I simply just ignore their persistent emails for payment of what they claim I owe them, when in fact there was no mention of any fee when they first invited me, and my consultant, who happens to be my coauthor, to submit an article? I had just finished residency so there is absolutely no way for me to afford the amount of money they are asking.

    2. How do you propose I proceed with my dilemma? At present, I have not informed my consultant. I have decided that I will first find out what I can before I mention this to her.

    I sincerely hope that you can reply.

    Truly yours,

    Dr. Moreno

    • Dr. Moreno, I am sorry that this horrible publisher has victimized you. The same thing has happened to many others. This is a predatory publisher based in Hyderabad, India. They only want to get money from researchers, and they will get it any way they can.

      I cannot give legal advice. But I can tell you I know of no cases in which the people in Hyderabad initiated any legal action against anyone outside of India. They are the ones who should be sued.

      Unfortunately, there are no easy or clean solutions. They will continue to pressure you and use tricks to get you to pay. They may offer to withdraw the paper for a fee. It’s possible you will “lose” the paper, as once it’s published, even on a predatory publisher’s website, legitimate journals will most likely be unwilling to publish it. Good luck.

      • mati733 says:

        Dear Sir,

        Thank you very much for your advice. I feel so relieved by your words. Losing the article is something that I can live with, rather than being scammed of my hard earned money. Since it’s just a review article and written for the sake of completion for graduation, I definitely can do better. So more power to you sir! I hope you will be blessed with more success in all your endeavors.


        Dr. Moreno

  19. Chris says:

    Thanks for this Information! I just received a request from this organization. They still seem to be active.

  20. davidl53 says:

    Some “SciMed Central” titles even after more than a year don’t yet have an ISSN! For those outside the usa ISSN registration in the United States has no registration fee. see:Archives of Emergency Medicine and Critical Care

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