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