New Open-Access Publisher Launches with Fake Scholarly Articles

Sanford Inter Science Press

Another one to avoid.

A new open-access scholarly publisher — Sanford Inter Science Press — launched recently with three journals. The journals use an old predatory publisher trick — they lift old articles from the internet and re-publish them using fake author names and affiliations.

This publisher launched with these three broad-scoped journals:

Journal of Machine Intelligence
Journal of Wireless Communications
Journal of Software Engineering: Theories and Practices

The publisher’s “contact” page does not list any physical location, but its phone number, +1 (410) 989-3424, indicates Baltimore, Maryland. I think that the press has been set up for Iranians to get easy publishing in international journals, which they then count for academic credit.

No new open-access publisher likes to start up with empty journals. Instead, they want to appear successful, full of scholarly articles, articles that serve to attract new submissions and their accompanying author fees.

Bogus article

Originaly published: 1997.

So, here’s an example. The article entitled, “An Interactive System for Perception of 3D Models as 2D Images” is lifted from articles published earlier and published open-access on the internet.

The lifted article appears in volume 1, number 1 of this publisher’s Journal of Machine Intelligence. I had to register and create an account to access the article, so it’s technically not open-access.

Much of the text that appears in the article originally appeared in this 1997 study, “Rendering Drawings for Interactive Haptic Perception,” by Martin Kurze.

Also, there is no “Institute of Computer Science” at Ohio University, and the authors’ names, A. Chandra and P. Fletcher, are invented.

At this time, the journal’s “Editorial Team” page has no names on it:

Empty editorial board

No one’s home.

I find Sanford Inter Science Press to be a completely bogus operation. All honest researchers should avoid this completely counterfeit open-access publisher.

10 Responses to New Open-Access Publisher Launches with Fake Scholarly Articles

  1. Richard says:

    You should understand few realities about publications. This is not a world of perfections as you imagine. In fact, for online journals ISSN can’t be issued without showing few published papers. Now think who will send papers to a journal having no ISSN? So sometimes when publishers can’t manage to gather articles, they do these kind of practices. I am not saying this is right practice. But we should think humanly. A good critic should think about all aspects of a particular issue. Atleast give a chance to new publishers, If they will not compete, market will kick them out…….Your blog post serve as occlusion to new journals, which is not good. As far as money is concerned, all toll publishers are making more money than these new open access publishers. Atleast give a chance to them to show some progress.

    • Why don’t you use your real name?
      What publisher on my list are you associated with?

    • MC says:

      “But we should think humanly. A good critic should think about all aspects of a particular issue. Atleast give a chance to new publishers, If they will not compete, market will kick them out……”

      Beall never said anything about ‘not giving new publishers a chance to compete’. He advocates for a fair “market” (just as you claim to), and he does NOT somehow reduce or remove the ability of new publishers to compete by publishing this blog. You won’t be able to show me any evidence to contrary.

      In fact, Beall’s List and his blog serve to maintain fairness in the so-called “market”, as he routinely points out (what should be and often are) illegal business practices. The only thing Beall hopes to “occlude” is the flow of new useless, fake, and pointless journals that will never have any following, respect, or serve any purpose. They are a total waste of space and only serve to trick inexperienced researchers into giving up money, and to artificially advance the careers of scientists who need “publications” to get to the next step.

      There are plenty of successful, newer journals that have launched in all fields of science and technology. I suggest you look to some of these success stories to understand how legitimate journals launch and become respected by true academics, and not fringe scientists trying to get academic awards at fringe institutions.

    • herr doktor bimler says:

      Atleast give a chance to them to show some progress.

      That is an interesting excuse for starting out with plagiarism, lies and fraud… any change has to be an improvement!

    • KA says:

      Please be reasonable, It‘s about scholarly (academic/peer-reviewed) journal and not gossip press.
      They start lying ::: fake authors, institute … hijacking published article … and give him the chance !!! What next??
      Changing Sanford on stanford ??

      • tekija says:

        Indeed, I also noticed the name is an ill concealed mix of words aimes to associate with Stanford University and Wiley Interscience.

    • Just because of this provocative comment, I decided to go and find some more plagiarized papers on “Sanford Inter Science Press” and I will then email the original authors to let them know about it.

  2. Lloyd, R.Scott says:

    You may want to look into a publication called the “Super Professors Review.” The contact is a person calling himself Steven Lewis.


    R. Scott Lloyd, MFA, EdD Associate Professor, Department of Art and Design ________________________________

  3. Mariusz Klimczak says:

    I really think academic institutions should consider making it mandatory for their faculty to look through the Beall’s list and blog from time to time, just to remain aware of certain pitfalls out there.

    Copying somebody’s stuff and “publishing” it in own “journal”??
    This is outrageous!

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