Questionable Subscription Publisher Acts Like a Predatory OA One

Knowledge Enterprises Journals

A publisher to avoid.

Knowledge Enterprises Journals is a subscription publisher that acts like a predatory publisher. It charges author fees, yet it’s not open-access. It requires copyright transfer, and it sends lots of annoying, high pressure, spam.

Update, 2015-04-23: The publisher has changed its name to KEI PUBLISHING.

Update, 2015-04-27: The publisher has again changed its name, this time to Knowledge Enterprises.

The publisher has seven, broad-scope journals in its portfolio. It uses the free Open Journals Systems as its publishing platform, and its website is spare and plain. It looks like they used all the default settings.

The publisher gives this as its address:

340 S Lemon Ave #7750
Walnut CA 91789 USA

… but this is a mail forwarding service company’s address. It’s really based somewhere in the 612 area code, that is, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

The publisher says this regarding its author fees:

AUTHOR FEES

This journal charges the following author fees.

Article Submission: 100.00 (USD)

Authors are required to pay an Article Submission Fee as part of the submission process to contribute to review costs.

Article Publication: 49.00 (USD)

For authors that have two or more co-authors, research funding, or work for an institution that routinely covers the cost of journal charges, the fee if [sic] $75 per page. For all authors that do not meet at least one of the above criteria, the fee is $49 per page.

So it appears authors have to pay a submission fee, a publication fee, and then a per-page fee. The fees are not congruent with the low quality of the journals.

My previous email

Manipulative email strategy.

The publisher uses the increasingly-common “my previous email” trick. This tactic involves making a reference to a fictional, earlier email, one that was never sent. It’s designed to make the recipient feel guilty for not responding to the email and to focus their attention on the current email. Several people forwarded me copies of Knowledge Enterprises Journals’ emails indicating to me that they found them annoying. I have added this publisher to my list, making an exception because its practices match those of many of the low-quality publishers on the list, even though it’s a subscription publisher.

One of the publisher’s journals, Astronomical Review, also appears on two other websites:

http://astroreview.com/
http://www.tandfonline.com/loi/tare20#.VRMy92PpViM

It appears as one of this publisher’s journals here:

http://www.journals.ke-i.org/index.php/AstRv/about/index

I do not know why the journal appears on three websites or why one of those sites is Taylor & Francis. What association does Taylor & Francis have with this journal?

I recommend that researchers avoid Knowledge Enterprises Journals.

Appendix: List of Knowledge Enterprises Journals as of 2015-03-25:

  1. Astronomical Review
  2. Biomedical Engineering Review
  3. International Biology Review
  4. International Chemistry Review
  5. Journal of Economics and Banking
  6. Medical Research Archives
  7. Quarterly Physics Review

149 Responses to Questionable Subscription Publisher Acts Like a Predatory OA One

  1. Reblogged this on about "julius jillbert" and commented:
    On predatory OA journal:

  2. shirley ainsworth says:

    The Taylor and Francis version, which has no content as yet, states

    “To cover the cost of Open Access publishing, Astronomical Review charges an article publishing charge for all accepted articles. The article publishing charge for Astronomical Review is $750.”

    So that simplifies things, then!

  3. herr doktor bimler says:

    Article Publication: 49.00 (USD)
    … the fee if [sic] $75 per page. For all authors that do not meet at least one of the above criteria, the fee is $49 per page.

    So it appears authors have to pay a submission fee, a publication fee, and then a per-page fee.
    My reading of this explanation is that the Publication Fee is the same as the per-page fee, i.e. $49 per page for a single author paying out of his / her personal pocket, or $75 per page otherwise.
    ———————————
    I do not know why the journal appears on three websites or why one of those sites is Taylor & Francis. What association does Taylor & Francis have with this journal?

    There was an original “Astronomical Review”, based at the “astroreview.com” site, with Roger Penrose on the editorial board, and Dylan Fazel as the Editor. It seems to have followed a policy of “openness to new ideas” – publishing Michael Peck, for instance (who has some interesting and challenging notions about replacing General Relativity). According to this notification it was bought by T&F last year:
    http://uksg-transfer.blogspot.co.nz/2014/12/astronomical-review.html

    The Knowledge Enterprises version also boasts one Dylan Fazel (“Interim Editor-in-Chief Medical Research Archives, United States”) as its entire Editorial Staff. OTOH, they also list the overworked Mr Fazel as Editor of their *other* journals. I suspect that we’re seeing a journal-jacking in progress, with KE ‘borrowing’ the name of journals, their ISSNs, and the names of an editor, in the hope of grabbing a few $$.

    The Taylor and Francis version, which has no content as yet
    They have one paper in the pipeline now!
    http://www.tandfonline.com/action/showAxaArticles?journalCode=tare20#.VSSeR6Jafng

    • herr doktor bimler says:

      Looking more closely at that record of journal transfer,
      http://uksg-transfer.blogspot.co.nz/2014/12/astronomical-review.html
      it records Taylor & Francis as acquiring Astron.Rev. from Knowledge Enterprises, with Dylan Fazel as the contact person at the latter.

      This seems to indicate that Dylan Fazel is indeed Knowledge Enterprises (i.e. it is not someone else stealing his name), and Editor of the entire stable of start-up titles. Why he is still soliciting contributions and publication fees for Astron.Rev. — and retaining their on-line ISSN (but not the print ISSN) — is anyone’s guess.

      • herr doktor bimler says:

        Actually I can answer that last question myself, with the simple answer that he is *not* “soliciting contributions and publication fees” — the “About” page of the Astron.Rev. site explains that “The Astronomical Review is no longer published by Knowledge Enterprises Journals. Content published through 2014 is available at http://www.astroreview.com.”

  4. Dr. Payal J says:

    How is this journal featured in Taylor and Francis?

  5. Арнольд Бренер says:

    Dear Colleague,

    I woulsd be very grateful if you could inform me what you think about journals and publications of of the  Canadian Center of Science and Education. 

    Best regards,

    Arnold Brener

    Вторник, 7 апреля 2015, 15:02 UTC от Scholarly Open Access : >Jeffrey Beall posted: ”

    Knowledge Enterprises Journals is a subscription publisher that acts like a predatory publisher. It charges author fees, yet it’s not open-access. It requires copyright transfer, and it sends lots of annoying, high pressure, spam.

    The publisher” >

  6. Don says:

    Thanks for this. I was about to respond to their email but Googled them first and found this article.

  7. Robin says:

    This definitely is a scam. I doubt this Guy Fazel is even a physician. They charge almsot 1000 dollars for a paper. The editing and type is horrible. The editor doesn’t know the common spelling and can’t pick such errors. Overall a horrible journal am wondering how we can file a complaint about this journal and where to do that. Is it possible that we can get their registeration cancelled as it seems like a real scam

  8. nick says:

    So I just received an email from this guy Fazel to review the papers for this journal. Apparently with an offer of 5$ per review. So I had to google him and found this. I wonder what should I do.

  9. D Web says:

    I just received an email from D. Fazel with an invitation to submit to “Medical Research Archives.” Mr. Fazel even went so far as to google me and claim he looked at one of my recent papers, which he listed by title… but has absolutely nothing to do with Medical Research. Indeed I am not in an even remotely bio-related field.

    Anyway, thought you would like to know that his email listed two contact numbers, one in Minnesota like you have already noted, but another with the country code +48 which I believe is Poland.

  10. M. Burger says:

    Fazel has been busy today. I also received an e mail where he listed one of my previous papers by title. Very glad I googled and saw this warning!

  11. Fazel is indeed very serious about his work, he also listed my previous work and when I checked, this Medical Research Archives journal is on the list of predatory,

    • Evelyn Cornelissen says:

      thanks so much for this list and your website! I received the same email request for an article, based on a previously published paper of mine which was listed in the email. The email came from:
      Dr. Kateryna Bielka, M. D.
      Senior Editor
      Medical Research Archives
      http://www.journals.ke-i.org/mra

      And was a forwarded email from her colleague Reni Koen.

      No mention of publication fees. Just a request for a similar article. I googled Kateryna Bielka’s name and Beall’s list, which is my ‘go to’ site when asked to write or review for journals I don’t know. I just deleted the email.

      Thanks again!

      • Martha says:

        I just got a similar one from:

        Dr. Lisseth Tovar, M. D.
        Senior Editor
        Internal Medicine Review

        Thanks for confirming my suspicion.

      • Mary Ni Lochlainn says:

        I also got a similar one from:

        Dr. Lisseth Tovar, M. D.
        Senior Editor
        Internal Medicine Review

      • Marjolein van Velzen says:

        Wonderful site, thank you for the list and the thread. Same thing happened to me – Kateryna Bielka from Medical Research Archives wrote a polite reminder today, and her first mail referred to an earlier publication. I had just typed my reply (in fact did have a paper ready to submit!) when I thought I should Google her… no mention of any publication fees in the mail, but the website has since earlier comments upped its rates!

      • Daniel says:

        Got the same, from “Dr. Lisseth Tovar”, and marked it as spam.

  12. C.B. says:

    Fazel is still at it, must be sending out emails by the bucketful. I received one yesterday, same MO. Before deleting it I thought I’d google the journal, as I’m not in this field. This post and comments have been very helpful confirming my suspicions, so thanks.

  13. E.A. says:

    I also received an e-mail to submit work on the Medical Research Archives by one Reni Koen, despite the fact that my area of interest is plant molecular biology. Indeed one of my published papers was mentioned in the e-mail by title. I thougt it looked suspicious, looked it up and found this notice.

  14. J.P.C. says:

    I just received a request from Reni Koen to review papers for Medical Research Archvies (sic), which is way out of my field. My reply has simply been a link to this web page.

  15. N.R. says:

    Like the two commenters above me, I also received a review invitation from Reni Koen with the subject “Manuscript Review Request [MRA]”.

  16. B.B. says:

    I also received a review invitation from Reni Koen with the subject “Manuscript Review Request [MRA]”. I’m thinking I should just ignore it – what you do guys think?

  17. B.B. says:

    Strangely, the name associated with the email from “Reni Koen” was “Amit Rathore”.

    Here is the text:

    Amit Rathore
    Aug 6 (1 day ago)

    We are looking for a couple more reviewers for the October issue of the Medical Research Archives and I was hoping you would be be willing to review a paper for us next month. Most of the submissions are review articles, and we would assign to you only one manuscript within your areas of expertise. Thank you for taking the time to consider this … and please do reply to let me know whether or not you may be able to assist with this or if you have any questions.

    Thank you,

    Reni Koen
    Senior Editor
    Medical Research Archives
    http://www.journals.ke-i.org/mra
    rkoen@journals.ke-i.org
    612-524-5565

    Ticket Details
    Ticket ID: 8922
    Department: MRA
    Type: Other
    Status: Done
    Priority: Normal

    Helpdesk: http://keijournals.kayako.com/index.php?

    • dan says:

      i got the exact email today. Declined, of course. You’d be surprised to see how many of these emails i get from similar “journals”

    • JKH says:

      Reni Koen is still at it for the Medical Research Archives. In the email I received today, the name associated with the email address was M. Mihaleva @ internalmedicinereview.org, but the content of the message was from Reni Koen from KE-I.

  18. Peter says:

    Also I got the exact same mail today. I assume it’s a bot crawling through pubmed or similar and autosending these mails.

    This website is very valuable, thanks for your hard work.

  19. RFG says:

    I got the same “Manuscript Review Request [MRA]” e-mail from Reni Koen. Glad I googled it and found this page!
    Thanks to all.

  20. ML says:

    Thanks for your help! I received the same mail and a second requiring a review for the journal.

  21. Teri says:

    I’m glad I took the time to read up on this. I’m always careful about unsolicited emails. I see that I’m in the same boat as many others. Medical Research Archive request to review papers. My field is nowhere near related to medicine. Also from Reni Koen.

  22. DL says:

    I also received the “Manuscript Review Request [MRA]” email from Reni Koen. Also only very remotely related to my field.

    Just wanted to add my voice to the people thanking you and the commentators for raising awareness about this.

  23. GR says:

    Also received a request to review an article for Medical Research Archive, fro Reni Koen. Glad I looked this up.

  24. Ranit says:

    I also just received the same email from Reni Koen….I googled that person and saw that on linkedIn she is featured as a Gambling and Casino Professional from Bulgaria.
    https://www.linkedin.com/pub/reni-koen/b2/a37/376
    All the links to the Editorial Team of the journal were dead ends
    http://www.journals.ke-i.org/index.php/econ/about/editorialTeam

  25. Antonio says:

    Got the same email today. Trashed. I wouldn’t reply to this sort of stuff (not even to decline). Your address may just end up in further email spam lists.

  26. Esther says:

    Thank you for the warning! Very helpfull in making the decision whether to review their submissions or not.

  27. Wale says:

    thank you guys, this exact email was received just now and I said let me find out its genuineness.

  28. Aron says:

    Likewise,
    Thanks!

  29. Kristoffer says:

    I also got the same mail from Reni Koen. My area is far from the scope of the journal.

    Thanks for the site!

  30. Quannah says:

    Hi all, also in my box a Reni Koen Senior Editor Medical Research Archives request for Manuscript Review Request [MRA]. Deleted the email right after finding these comments here! thanks!

  31. Ginnie says:

    Reni Koen is on a roll!
    I would like to add to all the thanks for keeping up and maintaining this site! It is a great service to the community.

  32. JW says:

    One more here from Reni Koen. They seem to come in waves, judging by the dates of posters above. Thanks for this site.

  33. KOB says:

    reni koen issill busy, received similar email today.

  34. Lord Helmchen says:

    Thanks for this! Recieved the “Manuscript Review Request [MRA]
    Reni Koen [rkoen@journals.ke-i.org]” mail today. After checking for an impact factor for this ominous “medical research archives” (of course it has non) i read this. Helps a lot in the decision to just mark the mail as spam :-)

  35. LK says:

    Glad I found this! I have just received the exact same invite MRA title from Reni Koen. Thought it was a bit (but not massively) out of my field, so Googled it. Here we are then. Will ignore & delete (and warn colleagues). My mailbox labelled it as ‘via amazonses.com’, which was a bit of a red flag too.

  36. Sam says:

    Reni just spammed me too. Looked dodgy, so Googled it and here I am! Thanks for all the warnings – email trashed without replying (don’t want to end up on some spam list!).

  37. AQ says:

    Glad that I found this, I was planning to publish in Med Archives Review, I will now refrain from doing so.

  38. Thanks for publishing this..sometimes it’s hard to work out if we are getting genuine requests or not…I received another of these odd “review requests”, this seemed to be a speculative email, as it did not even reference any particular paper. I went to the page of MRA, and saw some very strange paper titles..some in ALL CAPS and many written in Pidgin English.

  39. Incidentally, there is a genuine journal called “Archives of Medical Research”, as opposed to Medical Research Archives..they are perhaps hoping people will be confused between the two.

    • Dr Franko says:

      Today I recieved a similar email request. Yes, there is a Journal of Elsevier entitled Archives of Medical Research. Thanks for your information

  40. herr doktor bimler says:

    Reni Koen is still blasting out the spam requests.

    I am looking for a couple more reviewers for the next issue of the Medical Research Archives and I was hoping you would be be willing to review a paper for us next month. Most of the submissions are review articles, and we would assign to you only one manuscript within your areas of expertise. If you could find some time to fit this in to your busy schedule it would be very helpful to us. Thank you for taking the time to consider this Dr. Bimler and please do reply to let me know whether or not you may be able to assist with this or if you have any questions.

    Thank you,
    Reni Koen

  41. Chih-Hsu Lin says:

    Thank you for the warning :)
    I just got another same email and won’t reply them at all.

    Dr. Lin,

    I am looking for a couple more reviewers for the next issue of the Medical Research Archives and I was hoping you would be be willing to review a paper for us next month. Most of the submissions are review articles, and we would assign to you only one manuscript within your areas of expertise. If you could find some time to fit this in to your busy schedule it would be very helpful to us. Thank you for taking the time to consider this Dr. Lin and please do reply to let me know whether or not you may be able to assist with this or if you have any questions.

    Thank you,

    Reni Koen
    Senior Editor
    Medical Research Archives
    http://www.journals.ke-i.org/mra
    rkoen@journals.ke-i.org
    612-524-5565

  42. Jen Phillips says:

    Ha, I got the same review request from Reni Koen this morning as well. It didn’t pass the smell test, and the and first google hit was this page, so I guess my smell-tester is working ok :) Thanks!

  43. MR says:

    Received same e-mail requesting service as reviewer next month from “Reni Koen, Senior Editor, Medical Research Archives” this morning and will ignore.

  44. maria says:

    Received same e-mail requesting service as reviewer next month from “Reni Koen, Senior Editor, Medical Research Archives” . I have sent this link . Thanks!

  45. Virtual Eric says:

    Yep, same Here, many thanks for the warning.

    here is their mail :

    Dr.

    Thank you for your email.
    I was also wondering if you might have a review or research article to submit yourself on your recent research.

    Would this be a possibility for you?

    Regards,

    Reni Koen
    Medical Research Archives

  46. maris says:

    how about “Roxie Desort”? i received an invitation via upwork from roxie desort (indicating Dylan Fazel as the client) to review medical journals. Reading all the comments here made me think to decline the offer.

  47. Irene says:

    I received an almost convincing job offer from the same person via upwork. It’s for a brand-new medicine journal by the same publisher http://internalmedicinereview.org/index.php/imr
    This time, they say, it’s open-access. Extraordinarily high fees. The editorial board might be real.

    I must admit the offer was financially tempting. Especially because it’s for something you’ve always done for free, like peer-reviewing papers. Especially after 9 months you’ve defended your dissertation, 12 months of academic job applications, and still no sign of a darn postdoc.

    Anyway, I politely expressed my doubts and they withdrew the milestone payment to hire another freelancer (or maybe another independent researcher, perhaps too much “independent”?).

  48. john says:

    Just received this e-mail from Reni Koen:

    “I looked at your paper on ‘actual title of one of my papers’. and would be very interested in talking about having a short followup or a review article about this published in the next issue of the Medical Research Archives. It would be interesting to see a paper with new data since this was published, or any additional followup work you have done. If you could also tell me more about your current projects that would be helpful. The Medical Research Archives is an online and print peer-reviewed monthly journal. There is no hard deadline. It is a hybrid journal which means that publishing with open access is optional. I am happy to asnwer any questions. Please respond at your earliest convenience.

    Best Regards,

    Reni Koen

    Medical Research Archives

    612-524-5565

    340 S Lemon Avenue

    Walnut CA 91789 USA

    http://www.journals.ke-i.org/mra

  49. M Sansinena says:

    Absolutely spot on.
    I just received similar. If scientific spam pushers keep this up they will find themselves facing criminal charges one of these days.
    Regards. M. Sansinena.

    “I looked at your paper on Implications of storage and handling conditions on glass transition and potential devitrification of oocytes and embryos and would be very interested in talking about having a short followup or a review article about this published in the next issue of the Medical Research Archives. It would be interesting to see a paper with new data since this was published, or any additional followup work you have done. If you could also tell me more about your current projects that would be helpful. The Medical Research Archives is an online and print peer-reviewed monthly journal. There is no hard deadline. It is a hybrid journal which means that publishing with open access is optional. I am happy to asnwer any questions. Please respond at your earliest convenience.

    Best Regards,

    Reni Koen

    Medical Research Archives

    612-524-5565

    340 S Lemon Avenue

    Walnut CA 91789 USA

    http://www.journals.ke-i.org/mra

  50. Matthew says:

    busy reader and diversifed.

    I looked at your paper on Unifying Biological Image Formats with HDF5. and would be very interested in talking about having a short followup or a review article about this published in the next issue of the Medical Research Archives. It would be interesting to see a paper with new data since this was published, or any additional followup work you have done. If you could also tell me more about your current projects that would be helpful. The Medical Research Archives is an online and print peer-reviewed monthly journal. There is no hard deadline. It is a hybrid journal which means that publishing with open access is optional. I am happy to asnwer any questions. Please respond at your earliest convenience.

    Best Regards,

    Reni Koen

    Medical Research Archives

    612-524-5565

    340 S Lemon Avenue

    Walnut CA 91789 USA

    http://www.journals.ke-i.org/mra

  51. OlgaS says:

    I received this e-mail few days ago. Thank you for warning.

    “I looked at your paper … and would be very interested in talking about having a short followup or a review article about this published in the next issue of the Medical Research Archives. It would be interesting to see a paper with new data since this was published, or any additional followup work you have done. If you could also tell me more about your current projects that would be helpful. The Medical Research Archives is an online and print peer-reviewed monthly journal. There is no hard deadline. It is a hybrid journal which means that publishing with open access is optional. I am happy to asnwer any questions. Please respond at your earliest convenience.

    Best Regards,

    Reni Koen

    Medical Research Archives

    612-524-5565

    340 S Lemon Avenue

    Walnut CA 91789 USA

    http://www.journals.ke-i.org/m

  52. SM, EPA says:

    Reni must be very busy right now reading unrelated articles to place in this scam as I received verbatim the same as above today.

  53. John L says:

    Similar to others, I am in an unrelated filed but got spam from the bots which are at it 24/7. I agree, give this publisher a wide berth

  54. MB says:

    We should tell Reni that if he/she doesn’t want to stop sending these messages, at least he/she should consider to stop adding a period after the titles of the articles in the first line of the emails, as it looks very unprofessional. ;)

    See John’s message of March 30, and Matthew’s of April 1, and mine, received today:

    “I looked at your paper on [title]. and would be very interested in (…)”

  55. Marco says:

    Reni Koen just contacted me, too, for a paper this time. I looked at their author guidelines, and apparently MRA charges $2999 for scientists with funding. No, that’s not a typo, it really says $2999.

    http://journals.ke-i.org/index.php/mra/pages/view/author-guideline#Fees

    I declined :-)

  56. Lee Dyer says:

    I deleted this message, but I thought it would be useful to share the spam here:
    I hope all is well. I looked at your paper on New synthesis–back to the future: new approaches and directions in chemical studies of coevolution and would be very interested in talking about having a short followup or a review article about this published in the next issue of the Medical Research Archives. It would be interesting to see a paper with new data since this was published, or any additional followup work you have done. If you could also tell me more about your current projects that would be helpful. The Medical Research Archives is an online and print peer-reviewed journal. The deadlines are flexible. I am happy to asnwer any questions. Please respond at your earliest convenience.

    Best Regards,

    Reni Koen

    Medical Research Archives

    340 S Lemon Avenue

    Walnut CA 91789 USA

    http://www.journals.ke-i.org/mra

  57. JLI says:

    Reni is not giving up. I just received (and deleted) my invitation. Good that this site has high Google rankings :-)

  58. Dr Leigh Wilson says:

    I just received this one, Different Journal, different name but I suspect the same crowd??

    I hope this email finds you well. I came across your paper on Climate adversity and resilience: the voice of rural Australia. and was hoping to have the opportunity to discuss having a short followup to this paper or perhaps a review article published in one of the next issues of the Internal Medicine Review. It would be nice to see a paper with information on any continued research or new data since this was published. I would also be interested in knowing more about your current projects; perhaps there is the potential for an article that would interest our readers. We are a peer-reviewed monthly journal, published both in print and online. The submission deadline is flexible. I am happy to asnwer any of your questions. Please get back to me at your earliest convenience.

    Best Regards,

    Milena Mihaleva
    Senior Editor
    Internal Medicine Review
    712 H Street #1018
    Washington DC 20002 USA
    Internalmedicinereview.org

  59. Ben Durkee says:

    Yea, here’s mine….

    I hope this email finds you well. I came across your paper on Cost-Effectiveness of Pertuzumab in Human Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor 2-Positive Metastatic Breast Cancer. and was hoping to have the opportunity to discuss having a short followup to this paper or perhaps a review article published in one of the next issues of the Internal Medicine Review. It would be nice to see a paper with information on any continued research or new data since this was published. I would also be interested in knowing more about your current projects; perhaps there is the potential for an article that would interest our readers. We are a peer-reviewed monthly journal, published both in print and online. The submission deadline is flexible. I am happy to asnwer any of your questions. Please get back to me at your earliest convenience.

    Best Regards,

    Milena Mihaleva

    Senior Editor

    Internal Medicine Review

    712 H Street #1018

    Washington DC 20002 USA

    Internalmedicinereview.org

    • W. Kilb says:

      I just found a nice twist on this – just google the mail adress ;-)

    • Morna Cornell says:

      Thanks for this information: here are the original email and the guilt-tripping follow-up one:
      Dr. Lisseth Tovar, M.D. lisseth.tovar@internalmedicinereview.org via uct.ac.za
      21:31 (15 hours ago)

      to morna
      Dear Dr. Cornell,

      My last email must have reached you at a bad time so I am following up. If you are not the right person to talk to about this please let me know or feel free to forward this email.

      Sincerely,

      Lisseth

      From: Dr. Lisseth Tovar, M.D. [mailto:lisseth.tovar@internalmedicinereview.org]
      Sent: Monday, July 11, 2016 7:33 AM
      To: Dr. Cornell
      Subject: manuscript submission from Dr. Cornell

      Dear Dr. Cornell,

      I hope this email finds you well. My colleague Milena asked if I could get in touch with you about a paper you authored titled Men and antiretroviral therapy in Africa: our blind spot.. Firstly thank you for taking the time to publish this, it was an interesting read. I am hoping to have the opportunity to discuss having a short followup or perhaps a review article published in one of the next issues of the Internal Medicine Review. I think our readers could be interested in a paper with information from any continued research or new data since this was published. It would not have to be a long article, but if you don’t have time for this perhaps you could also reach out to the co-authors or one of your students to collaborate.

      If you have moved on from this line of research I am certainly interested in knowing more about your current projects; perhaps there is the potential for an article that would fit our journal. If you have any questions about whether or not a certain subject fits our scope I can put you in contact with Dr. Chadwick Prodromos from our editorial board.

      Could you please let me know your thoughts on this?

      Sincerely,

      Dr. Lisseth Tovar, M. D.
      Senior Editor
      Internal Medicine Review
      http://www.internalmedicinereview.org

      From: Mihaleva, Milena [mailto:milena.mihaleva@internalmedicinereview.org]
      Sent: Saturday, July 9, 2016 6:54 PM
      To: Dr. Lisseth Tovar
      Subject: manuscript submission from Dr. Cornell

      Lisseth,

      Would you contact the authors of Men and antiretroviral therapy in Africa: our blind spot. about possibly preparing something for the next issue? Or possibly September? Let me know if you can’t find the article and I will send it.

      Thank you,

      Milena

  60. D Roberts says:

    Got mine today also. Disgusting!

  61. Cyril W. Smith says:

    CWS says: Mine is the same text even to the asnwer typo – is all this computer generated?

  62. Florentina Zapico Yáñez says:

    Yo también he recibido el mismo correo

  63. YC says:

    I received also a mail from Reni Koen asking for a follow up or review. I became suspicious when I saw two different fonts being used. One for my name and the information of editor name and the address of the journal, another completely different for the text of the mail. This means we are dealing with a scam/spam.

  64. dan tchernov says:

    I also got one today, the guy is busy. I sent him an email where I state that I am willing to publish in his journal if he will donate 10 million $ to my University :) . what a …..

  65. abamji says:

    My message was similar, but with insufficient information for me to decide which of my articles was referred to. Before finding this site I looked at the journal website. There is a fascinating article in their July 2015 issue regarding John F Kennedy’s skull X-rays which repays scrutiny…

  66. Ricky says:

    Interesting, and thanks for posting this.
    I just received an email from them with the following:


    Dr. XXXXXXX,
    I hope this email finds you well. My colleague Reni asked if I could get in touch with you about your paper titled XXXXXXX XXXXXX XX XXXXX XXXXXX. Firstly thank you for taking the time to publish this, it was an interesting read. I am hoping to have the opportunity to discuss having a short followup or perhaps a review article published in one of the next issues of our journal. I think our readers could be interested in a paper with information from any continued research or new data since this was published. It would not have to be a long article, but if you don’t have time for this perhaps you could also reach out to the co-authors or one of your students to collaborate.

    If you have moved on from this line of research I am certainly interested in knowing more about your current projects; perhaps there is the potential for an article that would fit our journal. If you have any questions about whether or not a certain subject fits the scope of the Medical Research Archives I can put you in contact with Dr. Steven Lindheim from our editorial board.

    Could you please let me know your thoughts on this?

    Sincerely,

    Dr. Kateryna Bielka, M. D.
    Medical Research Archives
    http://www.journals.ke-i.org/mra

    I thought this was fishy – why would I be asked to write a review article about an article that I wrote that is already quite short and easy to follow?
    So I searched their journal.
    The first was a link to the journa.
    The second was to your site.
    The third was to another journal with a very similar name called “Archives Of Medical Research”. This appears to be a reasonable journal with an impact factor of about 2.
    They are using names of respectable journals and tweaking the name slightly to trick us.
    I am thinking of playing with them for a bit.

  67. Christian says:

    I got the exact same email from “Dr. Kateryna Bielka, M. D.” today :-D
    Thanks for the warning

  68. Anders Nilsson says:

    I also received the exact same email as Ricky and Christian. Many thanks for the heads up -I thought the email looked quite honest from a quick glance so wouldn’t blame people who get fooled by this.

  69. Jane Greaves says:

    I have received the same email today.This time from Mihaleva, Milena . How does it work. Do they ask for me to pay to be published? Whats the business mosel!?

    • Gold (author pays) open-access. They charge you a fee to publish your article. The fee is charged after their fake peer review is completed and your article is quickly accepted.

  70. HSM says:

    Thanks for these contribuitions. I also received a similar e-mail, referring to a previous email I never got. However, this Kateryna Bielka seems to be a real person living in Ukraine and working as MD and PhD student. She had profiles on Researchgate and Facebook and an article in PubMed. So maybe her personal info is misused by this publisher, or she is hired to do this work. I will send her an email at her personal address.

  71. Luc Morris says:

    Another identically worded email today from internalmedicinereview, with a very convincing forwarded email from Milena Mihaleva!

    Fortunately their website is so low quality that it was immediately clear this is a scam, and a google search immediately brought up this site.

    ———————–

    I hope this email finds you well. My colleague Milena asked if I could get in touch with you about your paper titled The increasing incidence of thyroid cancer: the influence of access to care. Firstly thank you for taking the time to publish this, it was an interesting read. I am hoping to have the opportunity to discuss having a short followup or perhaps a review article published in one of the next issues of our journal. I think our readers could be interested in a paper with information from any continued research or new data since this was published. It would not have to be a long article, but if you don’t have time for this perhaps you could also reach out to the co-authors or one of your students to collaborate.

    If you have moved on from this line of research I am certainly interested in knowing more about your current projects; perhaps there is the potential for an article that would fit our journal. If you have any questions about whether or not a certain subject fits the scope of the Internal Medicine Review I can put you in contact with Dr. Donald Combs from our editorial board.

    Could you please let me know your thoughts on this?

    Sincerely,

    Dr. Lisseth Tovar, M. D.

    Internal Medicine Review

    http://www.internalmedicinereview.org

    From: Mihaleva, Milena [mailto:milena.mihaleva@internalmedicinereview.org]
    Sent: Friday, June 3, 2016 3:43 PM
    To: Dr. Lisseth Tovar
    Subject: manuscript submission from Dr. Morris

    Lisseth,

    Would you contact the authors of The increasing incidence of thyroid cancer: the influence of access to care about possibly preparing something for the next issue? Or possibly August? Let me know if you can’t find the article online and I will send it.

    Thank you,

    Milena

    • Carol Landry says:

      I received the same message from Lisseth with the attached message from Milena for a paper I wrote about mangrove pollination. Apparently they are contacting ecologists too.

      • Auf says:

        My paper on theoretical physics is of interest to Lisseth and Milena, too!

      • Sage Myers says:

        I got one today too with nearly identical wording. Apparently they are also interested in injury rates across the rural-urban continuum.

      • Maarten Vanhove says:

        and in the taxonomy of parasitic flatworms!

      • lisaamartin says:

        Internal Medical Review also seems to be interested in big data cyberinfrastructure for plant science! What a crock.

      • Jeffrey M. Timberlake says:

        And the exposure of children to neighborhood poverty! Quite the eclectic journal…

      • Bibikaya says:

        I received one today as well, almost identical wording but about my article on refugees!!! Their journal obviously has a VERY broad scope

  72. eliesbik says:

    I got the same email today, from Kateryna Bielka, with a request to publish in Medical Research Archives. Thanks the comments here I know that these are spam emails.

  73. LJA says:

    Same here, but from ms. Kateryna Bielka (who also happens to exist in Ukraine). I was just wondering to what extent they will play along to lure people, so I replied as if I actually know Kateryna… just waiting to see where that will lead us… :)

    Dear Kateryna,

    So nice to hear from you again! We had such a swell time last year at the conference (I still remember that marvelous diner and the time after that…), too bad we lost touch. But as you surely understand, deadlines, deadlines, deadlines. How did the Teach the Teachers day go that you were planning that time? Did you still manage to speak to Pjotr about the project I proposed?

    But back to business first, before I forget to actually answer your question. At this moment we do have some followup research almost ready for being published. It is quite a high impact result and an editor of another journal already made us a very attractive offer for choosing their journal, but if we can work out the deal, I would obviously prefer to send it to you. So I may get back on that soon.

    Say hi to Magdelena for me!

    Cheers,

    • LJA says:

      What fun….today I received a reply from “Kateryna”….see below…

      Thank you for your email. I I apologize for the delayed response, I’ve been traveling.
      I look forward to working with you. If you could have a draft ready by August 10th we should be able to have it peer-reviewed in time for our next issue, do you think this might be feasible? If not we can certainly extend the deadline a little.
      Here is a link to our author guidelines so you have more information about the journal and process of submitting a manuscript. http://journals.ke-i.org/index.php/mra/pages/view/author-guideline
      Please let me know what questions you have for me. If you are ready to move forward you may fill out the attached form so we have some basic information about the article and can begin selecting peer-reviewers.

      Sincerely,
      Dr. Kateryna Bielka, M.D.
      Medical Research Archives
      612-524-5565

      ================

      And it even included a Word-file with a submission agreement, asking for $ 100 submission fee and a $ 2999 fee if the work would be accepted….naughty little fonies….

      I think I should reply to them….just for fun….

      ================

      Dear Kateryna,

      Thanks for your reply. I got a bit confused when I read the attached Word-file. At the conference you told me that authors would receive and not pay a submission fee. I understand that fees may apply when getting accepted, but if I have to pay for the submission process, it’s becoming a bit too much of a financial burden for our department. Are you sure the document is correct?

      Whether we can submit it in time, depends on how when Magdalena returns. Did she tell you when she will be back from vacation? If anyone knows, I’m sure it’s you.

      Thanks again!

  74. herr doktor bimler says:

    I like “frame story” — “My colleague Reni / Milena asked if I could get in touch with you about your paper… I can put you in contact with Dr. Steven Lindheim / Dr. Donald Combs from our editorial board” [along with the forwarded message from Reni / Milena].
    It lends a personalised touch to the automated spam, and creates the sense of an entire network of solicitous individuals, rather than an automatic script, grifting off the work of genuine journals.

  75. John Smith says:

    Another one from Milena Mihaleva.
    ————–
    I hope this email finds you well. I am an editor at the Internal Medicine Review and came across your paper titled Towards integrative systems pharmacology models in oncology drug development. Firstly thank you for taking the time to publish this, it was an interesting and informative read. I am hoping to have the opportunity to discuss having a short followup or perhaps a review article published in one of the next issues of our journal. I think our readers could be interested in a paper with information from any continued research or new data since this was published.

    If you have moved on from this line of research I am certainly interested in knowing more about your current projects, and can put you in touch with my colleague Dr. Donald Combs from our Editorial Board if there is any question about whether or not a topic fits our scope.

    Could you please let me know your thoughts on this?

    Best Regards,

    Milena Mihaleva
    Senior Editor
    Internal Medicine Review
    202-888-3170
    Internalmedicinereview.org

  76. I do not want to publish says:

    I got e-mail with exactly same wording from Kateryna Bjelka today. Good that this site exist, as this spam does look like a personal message at the first sight. But then there is nothing about details of the article that was “an interesting read”, only the title is correct.
    Want to cry- amount of spam is increasing enormously.
    Why Spongebob, why???

    Dr. XXX,
    I hope this email finds you well. My colleague Reni asked if I could get in touch with you about your paper titled XXX. Firstly thank you for taking the time to publish this, it was an interesting read. I am hoping to have the opportunity to discuss having a short followup or perhaps a review article published in one of the next issues of our journal. I think our readers could be interested in a paper with information from any continued research or new data since this was published. It would not have to be a long article, but if you don’t have time for this perhaps you could also reach out to the co-authors or one of your students to collaborate.

    If you have moved on from this line of research I am certainly interested in knowing more about your current projects; perhaps there is the potential for an article that would fit our journal. If you have any questions about whether or not a certain subject fits the scope of the Medical Research Archives I can put you in contact with Dr. Steven Lindheim from our editorial board.

    Could you please let me know your thoughts on this?

    Sincerely,

    Dr. Kateryna Bielka, M. D.

    Medical Research Archives

    http://www.journals.ke-i.org/mra

    From: Koen, Reni [mailto:rkoen@journals.ke-i.org]
    Sent: XXXX
    To: Dr. Kateryna Bielka
    Subject: manuscript submission XXXX

    Kateryna,
    Would you contact the authors of XXXX about possibly preparing something for the next issue? Or possiblyXXXX? Let me know if you can’t find the article online and I will send it.

    Thank you,

    Reni

    • nicla furiani says:

      Thanks for this site.
      I received the same e-mail from Kateryna and onother reply because I didn’t answer the first time!

  77. pivoine says:

    Thank you everybody on this website! I received exactly the same email from “Internal Medicine Review”, with the fake forward mail in it! A quick search on Google brought me here, so I know enough :)

    These publication requests seem to be evolving, they used to contain so many spelling errors that it was much easier to see that they’re fake…

  78. L. Lambert says:

    Milena is now forwarding emails to another colleague and editorial board member:

    Dr.xxx,
    I hope this email finds you well. My colleague Milena asked if I could get in touch with you about your paper titled xxx. Firstly thank you for taking the time to publish this, it was an interesting read. I am hoping to have the opportunity to discuss having a short followup or perhaps a review article published in one of the next issues of the Internal Medicine Review. I think our readers could be interested in a paper with information from any continued research or new data since this was published. It would not have to be a long article, but if you don’t have time for this perhaps you could also reach out to the co-authors or one of your students to collaborate.

    If you have moved on from this line of research I am certainly interested in knowing more about your current projects; perhaps there is the potential for an article that would fit our journal. If you have any questions about whether or not a certain subject fits our scope I can put you in contact with Dr. Chadwick Prodromos from our editorial board.

    Could you please let me know your thoughts on this?

    Sincerely,

    Dr. Lisseth Tovar, M. D.
    Senior Editor
    Internal Medicine Review
    http://www.internalmedicinereview.org

    • Becky says:

      I very recently received this email (from Dr. Tovar, who does indeed have her own LinkedIn page!) as well. A quick check brought me here. Thanks to all of you who are helping the community to be aware of these predatory practices!

  79. Tsukasa says:

    I am a researcher in Japan, Tsukasa Kato.
    Researchgate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Tsukasa_Kato

    I received the same message from Dr. Lisseth Tovar

    Dear Dr. Kato,

    I hope this email finds you well. My colleague Milena asked if I could get in touch with you about a paper you authored titled Effects of Flexibility in Coping with Chronic Headaches on Depressive Symptoms. Firstly thank you for taking the time to publish this, it was an interesting read. I am hoping to have the opportunity to discuss having a short followup or perhaps a review article published in one of the next issues of the Internal Medicine Review. I think our readers could be interested in a paper with information from any continued research or new data since this was published. It would not have to be a long article, but if you don’t have time for this perhaps you could also reach out to the co-authors or one of your students to collaborate.

    If you have moved on from this line of research I am certainly interested in knowing more about your current projects; perhaps there is the potential for an article that would fit our journal. If you have any questions about whether or not a certain subject fits our scope I can put you in contact with Dr. Chadwick Prodromos from our editorial board.

    Could you please let me know your thoughts on this?

    Sincerely,

    Dr. Lisseth Tovar, M. D.
    Senior Editor
    Internal Medicine Review
    http://www.internalmedicinereview.org

    From: Mihaleva, Milena [mailto:milena.mihaleva@internalmedicinereview.org]
    Sent: Tuesday, July 5, 2016 12:34 PM
    To: Dr. Lisseth Tovar
    Subject: manuscript submission from Dr. Kato

    Lisseth,

    Would you contact the authors of Effects of Flexibility in Coping with Chronic Headaches on Depressive Symptoms about possibly preparing something for the next issue? Or possibly September? Let me know if you can’t find the article and I will send it.

  80. Too old for this says:

    Thanks for this post, Jeffrey. We received exactly the same emails described below.

  81. HJK says:

    I got the exact same emails from Kateryna Beilka. I was replying her email, and all of sudden I felt something is weird. I’m so glad that I googled her name before I complete my email. Thanks for this post!

  82. PAL says:

    Here’s the reply that I sent, having ignored the original email (clearly a scam) and then received a follow up.

    “Thanks for your email. I’ll be very happy to contribute an article to your journal.

    My standard writing fees are $2500 per day, but I am prepared to negotiate a small discount as this is an area which I am quite interested in. I’d estimate this article would take around ten days to research and prepare.

    I would also have to ask you to waive any publication fee such as page charges etc, as some very unscrupulous organisations are running a scam where they solicit articles by email and then charge for publication of these. I believe there are legal actions pending against such organisations.

    Sincerely”

  83. Mariette says:

    I received the same email from Mihaleva! Thank you so much for the warning :-)

  84. MRS says:

    I received the same email from Dr. Lisseth Tovar as well, referencing Milena’s email. I appreciate this thread to warn me of the scam.

    Thanks you PAL for your response – that was a “laugh out loud” moment. I plan to send the same to them. Maybe they’ll get the hint.

  85. Nishan says:

    Likewise, received a similar email to above. This forum is helpful in me not looking like a fool by forwarding this email to my supervisors.

  86. Jan Wahlström says:

    Thanks for your comments, this is very helpful. Lisseth Tovar certainly has an astonishingly broad scope in her scientific interest. I am happy she also liked my paper on pulmonary sarcoidosis.
    Thanks, PAL, for sharing an appropritate reply!

  87. Oliver Potzel says:

    Got a similar mail. Thanks for this helpful forum.

    Dear Dr. Potzel,

    My last email must have reached you at a bad time so I am following up. If you are not the right person to talk to about this please let me know or feel free to forward this email.

    Sincerely,

    Lisseth

    From: Dr. Lisseth Tovar, M.D. [<mailto:lisseth.tovar@internalmedicinereview.org]
    Sent: Wednesday, July 6, 2016 7:42 AM
    To: Dr. Potzel
    Subject: manuscript submission from Dr. Potzel

    Dear Dr. Potzel,
    I hope this email finds you well. My colleague Milena asked if I could get in touch with you about a paper you authored titled The pressure dependence of the solid state structure of biphenyl from DFT calculations. Firstly thank you for taking the time to publish this, it was an interesting read. I am hoping to have the opportunity to discuss having a short followup or perhaps a review article published in one of the next issues of the Internal Medicine Review. I think our readers could be interested in a paper with information from any continued research or new data since this was published. It would not have to be a long article, but if you don't have time for this perhaps you could also reach out to the co-authors or one of your students to collaborate.

    If you have moved on from this line of research I am certainly interested in knowing more about your current projects; perhaps there is the potential for an article that would fit our journal. If you have any questions about whether or not a certain subject fits our scope I can put you in contact with Dr. Chadwick Prodromos from our editorial board.

    Could you please let me know your thoughts on this?

    Sincerely,

    Dr. Lisseth Tovar, M. D.
    Senior Editor
    Internal Medicine Review
    <www.internalmedicinereview.org

    From: Mihaleva, Milena [mailto:milena.mihaleva@internalmedicinereview.org]
    Sent: Tuesday, July 5, 2016 12:34 PM
    To: Dr. Lisseth Tovar
    Subject: manuscript submission from Dr. Potzel

    Lisseth,
    Would you contact the authors of The pressure dependence of the solid state structure of biphenyl from DFT calculations about possibly preparing something for the next issue? Or possibly September? Let me know if you can't find the article and I will send it.

    Thank you,

    Milena

    • Yanka says:

      Thank you all so much for posting this! Lisseth and Milena also seem very interested in my work on complications from aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage…

      I, too, googled lisseth tovar before deleting this email and landed here!
      This spam is so annoying!

  88. OMG! I received the same exact email with only the title of my previous paper changed. Everything else was “word for word” identical. I’m dumbfounded, but incredibly happy that I decided to Google her name (Lisseth Tovar MD).

    At first she wanted to charge me $3000 to publish my new article, then $1250 since I doing research funded by a grant. When I balked at the price, she dropped it to $200 to publish my article (I wish car dealers did the same – ha ha ha).

    Thank you all for sharing your experiences – I was ready to write a personal check for $200 and bust my rear-end writing an update and follow-up to my previous article. You’ve saved me money and countless hours of research and writing.
    -GC from Southern California.

    • PhilH says:

      And I did too – about an old technical paper I wrote on microscopy. Inspired by PAL’s post (above) I replied with:

      Thanks for your emails. I am delighted at this opportunity to contribute an article to your well-known and topical journal.

      My standard writing fees start at $2500 per day, but in this instance I would charge at the lower end of this scale because this is an area in which I am quite interested in (sic). I estimate this article would take around ten days to research and prepare. Please find attached my invoice for 50% of the estimated fee, to be paid in advance. There would be an additional fee for preparing Figures, at $300 per hour, and I also charge at this rate for correspondence, manuscript review, and proof reading. (Fees for preparing this reply are not included.)

  89. KenS says:

    I received the exact same email (and same followup email) for an experimental psychology paper I wrote on color perception.

    If you have any lingering doubts then use google maps to see the home location of this journal.

    712 H Street #1018
    Washington DC 20002 USA

  90. stolakin says:

    Thanks a lot for this update. I received the same mail from Kateryna Bielka three days ago. I replied saying that the publication fee was too high (2,900 Dollars). She replied later and said the editorial board had met and they subsidized it to 750 Dollars. I still complained and she once again replied that the fee has been brought down to 300 Dollars, then I got suspicious. I searched for the Journal on the web and I got this site. Thanks a lot. Now I know it is a scam. Wow!!!!.

  91. Apoptosis says:

    I have been chatting with Lisseth Tovar as well. Despite my general lack of bargaining skills, I too earned an amazing discount, though so far only to $750. I will see if I can beat $300, which will allow me to add Master Bargainer to my CV. Came to this page after getting a little suspicious about this outfit and googling Lisseth. As well as examining internal medicine reviews website more carefully.

    Was wondering who Donald was, but from this page I now know he was the former boss editor. Someone so important his name still sits above the photo of the new boss editor, whose name is not Donald.

    Also noticed the chief senior editor has a profile so nice, it appears twice. Once attached to a woman’s photo. The other to a man’s, apparently an oncologist. This senior author is brilliant as she has numerous degrees. But I guess even the most brilliant can be absent minded as the only way she remembered she has a PhD and some other degree is because it was stated on the university website.

    And I noticed that ‘thorough’ was misspelt, where it appeared on their home page next to the word review! Hilarious in itself really.

  92. I receive many of these emails, and have posted some of them below just in case you might find some journals that you are unaware of, but not for public posting.

    Most recently this month I heard from Kateryna Bjelka, her faithful pal Reni, word for word, the very same spiel, If you have moved on from this line of research” phrase (the publication of mine which she referenced not in any connected to research, so this is most definitely a form letter and she has no idea what in the heck I published!), and she really, really, really wanted something similar for Medical Research Archives.

    For a long time I was receiving a request monthly from the Journal of Nursing Education and Practice for an article, so they were obviously sending automatic emails and I wonder if they even knew that these were going out.

    I’m a public policy and regulatory person who works for a professional nursing organization, and the only research that I do is periodic job analysis studies to validate our licensure and certification exams. We also publish three nursing journals and when I get these crazy emails, I always forward them to the Publications department because they also keep a list of predatory nursing journals.

    When I was just looking back at those emails, it occurred to me that I began to receive them more frequently when I joined two peer research-sharing groups. One is ResearchGate http://www.researchgate.net The other is one which tells you who else is publishing in your domain, and is much less active than ResearchGate. It is Biomedupdater at http://www.biomedupdater.com/

    I am curious to know if those who are being pursued by these pay-to-publish hawks are also members of ResearchGate or other similar groups. Because essentially you are giving them your contact information and all they have to do is send you a form email and some percentage of people will pay I guess.

    Carol Hartigan

    Scientifica: Critical Care
    10/8/14

    to me
    Dear Dr. Hartigan,

    I am writing to invite you to submit an article to the Critical Care subject area of Scientifica, which is a peer-reviewed, open access journal that publishes original research articles as well as review articles covering a wide range of subjects in the life sciences and environmental sciences.

    Scientifica is published using an open access publication model, meaning that all interested readers are able to freely access the journal online at http://www.hindawi.com/journals/scientifica/ without the need for a subscription, and authors retain the copyright of their work. Moreover, all published articles will be made available on PubMed Central and indexed in PubMed at the time of publication.

    The journal has a distinguished Editorial Board with extensive academic qualifications, ensuring that the journal maintains high scientific standards and has a broad international coverage. A current list of the journal’s editors can be found at http://www.hindawi.com/journals/scientifica/editors/.

    Before submission, please review the journal’s Author Guidelines, which are located at http://www.hindawi.com/journals/scientifica/guidelines/. Manuscripts should be submitted online to the journal at http://mts.hindawi.com/submit/journals/scientifica. Once a manuscript has been accepted for publication, it will undergo language copyediting, typesetting, and reference validation in order to provide the highest publication quality possible.

    Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about the journal.

    Best regards,

    Monica Toma


    ——————————–
    Monica Toma
    Editorial Office
    Scientifica
    Hindawi Publishing Corporation
    http://www.hindawi.com
    ——————————–
    and

    Journal of Critical Care Medicine
    5/27/14

    to me
    Dear Dr. Hartigan,

    I am writing to invite you to submit an article to Journal of Critical Care Medicine, which is a peer-reviewed, open access journal that publishes original research articles as well as review articles related to all aspects of critical care medicine.

    Journal of Critical Care Medicine is published using an open access publication model, meaning that all interested readers are able to freely access the journal online at http://www.hindawi.com/journals/jccm/ without the need for a subscription, and authors retain the copyright of their work. All manuscripts that are submitted to Journal of Critical Care Medicine during June 2014 will not be subject to any Article Processing Charges.

    The journal has a distinguished Editorial Board with extensive academic qualifications, ensuring that the journal maintains high scientific standards and has a broad international coverage. A current list of the journal’s editors can be found at http://www.hindawi.com/journals/jccm/editors/.

    Manuscripts should be submitted online to the journal at http://mts.hindawi.com/submit/journals/jccm/. Once a manuscript has been accepted for publication, it will undergo language copyediting, typesetting, and reference validation in order to provide the highest publication quality possible.

    Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about the journal.

    Best regards,

    Alaa Mousa

    Looking at the website it appears from the TOC that this “journal” published three articles in 2014 and three in 2015 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/jccm/contents/

    another one:
    Yolanda Miller
    5/13/14

    to me
    Dear Dr. Hartigan,

    I hope you are well. I am Yolanda Miller, the Editor of the Current Nursing Journal (CNJ). I’m writing to introduce the CNJ to you. CNJ is an open access, peer-reviewed journal covering original manuscripts focusing on nursing theory advancement, nursing theory-based practice and quantitative and qualitative research related to health care delivery, organization, management, workforce, policy and research methods relevant to nursing, midwifery and other health related professions.

    We are currently accepting submissions of manuscripts for the upcoming issues of the journal. I would like to invite you to contribute original articles, reviews or case studies on Nursing Education for publication in the CNJ. Please choose a topic you are interested in within the boundaries of your research area. The invited articles will be free of charge for publication in the CNJ. I would appreciate it if you could reply me early.

    Submission deadline (But Not a Mandatory): August 31, 2014

    For your information, CNJ is a refereed journal publishing articles that will present data and theory to help Registered Nurses, Researchers, Students, Educators, and Policy Makers find answers to their questions. You may visit website for more details about CNJ.

    Submitting to CNJ:

    Interested authors should consult the journal’s guidelines for manuscript submissions at journal website. Please send the manuscript as an email attachment to nursing@intermedcentral.hk, our editorial staff will complete the submission.

    On behalf of the Editorial Team of the CNJ, I thank you very much in advance for your effort in this endeavor.

    Best regards,

    Yolanda Miller

    Editor

    Current Nursing Journal

    E-mail: nursing@intermedcentral.hk

    Alaa Mousa again, this is the month before he wrote to inquire for the Journal of Critical Care Medicine; didn’t even give me time to write something and pay the fee!

    Advances in Medicine: Critical Care
    4/28/14

    to me
    Dear Dr. Hartigan,

    I am writing to invite you to submit an article to the Critical Care subject area of Advances in Medicine which is a peer-reviewed open access journal for original research articles as well as review articles in all areas of medicine.

    Advances in Medicine is published using an open access publication model, meaning that all interested readers are able to freely access the journal online at http://www.hindawi.com/journals/amed/ without the need for a subscription, and authors retain the copyright of their work. All manuscripts that are submitted to Advances in Medicine during May 2014 will not be subject to any Article Processing Charges.

    The journal has a distinguished Editorial Board with extensive academic qualifications, ensuring that the journal maintains high scientific standards and has a broad international coverage. A current list of the journal’s editors can be found at http://www.hindawi.com/journals/amed/editors/.

    Manuscripts should be submitted to the journal online at http://mts.hindawi.com/submit/journals/amed/. Once a manuscript has been accepted for publication, it will undergo language copyediting, typesetting, and reference validation in order to provide the highest publication quality possible.

    Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about the journal.

    Best regards,

    Alaa Mousa

  93. Dr Lisseth Tovar wishes ScientificSpam DNSBL to delist the IP address from which their spam is sent. Apparently they have been “sending some non-commercial cold emails to some physicians and researchers who have journal articles on PubMed that are of interest to editors of our medical journals.”, and claim that “[w]e have since cleaned our lists. Please let me know if you would like additional information.”

    We are letting them know that they are facing a half year quarantine and that we will delist upon their renewed request in January 2017 if no more spam is seen.

    Dear all, please keep reporting the spam you receive from them in this blog. :-)

  94. SophieL says:

    Just received the same email as well, with the forwarded email from the colleague expressing a deep interest in my work (on freshwater fish ecology) for follow-up in Medical Research Archives. Incredibly broad journal.

    Dear Dr. L

    I hope this email finds you well. My colleague Reni asked if I could get in touch with you about your paper titled XX.. Firstly thank you for taking the time to publish this, it was an interesting read. I am hoping to have the opportunity to discuss having a short followup or perhaps a review article published in one of the next issues of our journal. I think our readers could be interested in a paper with information from any continued research or new data since this was published. It would not have to be a long article, but if you don’t have time for this perhaps you could also reach out to the co-authors or one of your students to collaborate.

    If you have moved on from this line of research I am certainly interested in knowing more about your current projects; perhaps there is the potential for an article that would fit our journal. If you have any questions about whether or not a certain subject fits the scope of the Medical Research Archives I can put you in contact with Dr. Steven Lindheim from our editorial board.

    Could you please let me know your thoughts on this?

    Sincerely,

    Dr. Kateryna Bielka, M. D.
    Senior Editor
    Medical Research Archives
    http://www.journals.ke-i.org/mra

    From: Koen, Reni [mailto:rkoen@journals.ke-i.org]
    Sent: Saturday, July 30, 2016 4:22 PM
    To: Dr. Kateryna Bielka
    Subject: manuscript submission from Dr. Launey
    Kateryna,

    Would you contact the authors of XX. about possibly preparing something for one of the next two issues? Let me know if you can’t find the article online and I will send it.

    Thank you,

    Reni

  95. Chris says:

    Hey Lisseth and Mihaleva are very interested in my work on twin zygosity too. Lisseth even thought it was an interesting read! Including the “e-mail” from Mihaleva to Lisseth was a nice touch.

    Damn Dr. Tovar can cut and paste fast. And Internal Medicine Review is quite the broad journal.

    • David says:

      Hi, a regular writing colleague of mine got a similar message today, from Dr. Kateryna Bielka, M.D. [k.bielka@journals.ke-i.org] and saying,

      “Dear Dr. XXX, I hope this email finds you well. My colleague Reni asked if I could get in touch with you about your paper titled XXX Firstly thank you for taking the time to publish this, it was an interesting read. I am hoping to have the opportunity to discuss having a short followup or perhaps a review article published in one of the next issues of our journal. I think our readers could be interested in a paper with information from any continued research or new data since this was published. It would not have to be a long article, but if you don’t have time for this perhaps you could also reach out to the co-authors or one of your students to collaborate.

      If you have moved on from this line of research I am certainly interested in knowing more about your current projects; perhaps there is the potential for an article that would fit our journal. If you have any questions about whether or not a certain subject fits the scope of the Medical Research Archives I can put you in contact with Dr. Pomodoros from our editorial board.

      Could you please let me know your thoughts on this?

      Sincerely,

      Dr. Kateryna Bielka, M. D.
      Senior Editor
      Medical Research Archives
      http://www.journals.ke-i.org/mra

      From: Koen, Reni [mailto:rkoen@journals.ke-i.org]
      Sent: Sunday, July 31, 2016 3:12 PM
      To: Dr. Kateryna Bielka
      Subject: manuscript submission from Dr. Bannister

      Kateryna,

      Would you contact the authors of Using the student case presentation to enhance diagnostic reasoning about possibly preparing something for one of the next two issues? Let me know if you can’t find the article online and I will send it.

      Thank you,

      Reni
      ————————-

      It comes off pretty polished, but a quick search on google reveals it to be on Beall’s list. Thank you Beall!

  96. Fabio Augusto says:

    I got more or less the same email from Dr Tovar… Being used to this type of scam, it did not impress me – ok, different style and that my-colleague-Milena-asked-if bull was indeed a nice touch . But I run a fast search on Lisseth Tovar and indeed it seems to be a real person:

    https://www.upwork.com/o/profiles/users/_~010fade43b44a881c5/

    She presents herself as “medical Doctor, specialist in Anesthesiologist and a very creative person too, I am here to help you out specific areas like: Prezi presentations, powerpoint presentations, spanish transcriptions, translations (spanish – english), copy writing, data entry, academical writing (specifically about medicine), data-entry (typing speed 50 WPM)”.

    Apparently she is from Venezuelan, and also indeed has a medical degree and an specialization on Anesthesiology; she seems to live in London, UK. From the short text above, I´d bet she one out of many Venezuelans living abroad.

    My general impression is that either her name is being used without her consent by this publisher, or she is doing some office work for them to make the ends met (I have no idea about the odds someone with a degree from Venezuela obtaining permission to work as physician in UK). If this is the case, I feel sorry for her…

    • OffHours says:

      In case her identity wasn’t hijacked by the publisher, to make ends meet excuse doesn’t sound entirely plausible in relation to her apparent comrade-in-arms, Dr Kateryna Bielka, who is an anesthesiologist in a private clinic in Kyiv (http://www.boris.kiev.ua/doctors-2/337-belka-katerina). This employer is probably one of the oldest, biggest and priciest private clinics in Ukraine.

  97. SarahR says:

    Same here and same form letter from Kateryna and Reni. Though it is interesting that they are contacting me, an astronomer to publish in “Medical Research Archives” as if those two topics are remotely related. Also they clearly trolled my website as they refer to Dr. Pomodoros though pomodoro is my time management technique. Poorly done but I laughed!

  98. mxo says:

    Kateryna is certainly relentless!!!! Her Medical Research Archives journal is so interested in my oomycete research!!! And she is going to put me in contact wth Dr. Steven Lindheim, from their editorial board, too! I’m so excited!!!! And what about the disclaimer at the bottom of the page (“This email and any attachments sent with it are confidential and intended only for the use of the individual or entity to whom they are addressed…” and goes on and on)? It made me feel so safe!!!

    I just got her email with exactly the same wording a lot of you have mentioned. What bugs me is that the system must still work for these crooks; otherwise, they wouldn’t be using it. The whole message smelled fishy right from the start but I decided to look her up anyway and found this website… I had a lot of fun reading your comments. Thank you all!

  99. Glen Reeves says:

    I too have been asked to submit an article, with the same wording (“If you have moved on from this line of research…,” “My last mail must have reached you at a bad time…”, etc. I am sorry I did not access this chain of emails earlier, as I’ve already sent in the $100 submission fee. I am cancelling my check for the $650 publication fee (originally $900; I congratulate the person who brought them down to only $200!).

  100. aa0745 says:

    Just got the same e-mail from K. Bielka. Didn’t sit well with me too. Thanks too this website it’s in my trash mail now.

  101. Petter Vikman says:

    Hi. They are extreamly crafty. I got the mail as a follow up on an invited review so at first glance it seemed legit but looking more closely it felt wrong.

    Worth noting is that the links that they say go to previously published articles and to their author information page appears to be tracking links so I wouldnt follow them.

  102. J Étienne says:

    I confirm the automated spam behaviour of their first e-mail contacts. Because of an unrecognized accentuated first character, my name appears with a symbol instead of its initial letter in their e-mails, this goes uncorrected as they send further unrequested sollicitations.

  103. Jonathan Gallant says:

    I have received manuscript solicitations from Dr. Kateryna Bielka of the kind discussed above. I replied to her briefly as follows:
    Dziękuję i do widzenia , which means “Thank you and goodbye” in Polish.

    Jon Gallant, University of Washington

  104. Jurjen van der Helden says:

    I got one too from Kateryna Bielka. I’ve replied this website to her to let her know where she stands.

  105. Me too! The same wording from Dr. Kateryna Bielka.

    This here is a valuable chain. Thanks!

    Mikko, MD PhD

    Ps. I don’t think replies to sender/spammer are worth doing and, indeed, may even be harmful.

  106. Sheila says:

    I got this yesterday. I get a lot of these but this one looked more genuine than most.

    Dear xxx,

    We still haven’t been able to connect so I though I would go ahead and send you a free subscription to the journal so you can take a look at some of our recently published papers. It may be accessed with the below login credentials. Could you please get back to me at your earliest convenience regarding the followup or review article?

    Login page: http://journals.ke-i.org/index.php/mra/login
    Username: mra
    Password: MRA85

    Sincerely,

    Kateryna

    D
    Dr. Kateryna Bielka, M.D.

    Mon 12/09, 19:46

    Dear xxx,
    My last email must have reached you at a bad time so I am following up. If you are not the right person to talk to about this please let me know or feel free to forward this email.

    Sincerely,
    Dr. Kateryna Bielka

    D
    Dr. Kateryna Bielka, M.D.
    |
    Thu 08/09, 23:39
    Dear xxx,
    I hope this email finds you well. My colleague asked if I could get in touch with you about a paper you authored entitled “xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx”. Firstly, thank you for taking the time to publish this, it was an interesting read. I am hoping to discuss with you having a short follow-up article or perhaps a review article published in one of the next issues of the Medical Research Archives. I think our readers would be interested in a paper with information from any continued research or new data since this was published. It would not have to be a long article, but if you don’t have time for this perhaps you could ask one of your co-authors or students to collaborate or contribute instead.
    If you have moved on from your previous research interests I am certainly interested in knowing more about your current projects; perhaps there is the potential for an article that would be published in our journal. If you have any questions about whether or not a certain subject fits our scope I can put you in contact with Dr. Steven Lindheim from our editorial board.
    Could you please let me know your thoughts on this?

    Sincerely,
    Dr. Kateryna Bielka, M. D.
    Senior Editor
    Medical Research Archives

  107. Jamie says:

    My supervisor received the same mail as above around the 23rd September 2016 and asked me to see if it was legit. Came to Beall list and sure enough Medical Research Archives is on there. The mail was also from Kateryna Bielka, pointed to a previous paper, and asked if there had been any followup work done since. Very annoying that people do this!

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