Two New Pay-to-Publish Startups: SciRes Literature and Gavin Publishers

SciRes Literature and Gavin Publishers

The logo and tagline for SciRes Literature (left) and a journal cover image from Gavin Publishers (right).

The system of payments from authors is spurring the creation of many new companies seeking researchers’ money, especially grant-funded researchers. Many of these new companies are pay-to-publish scholarly publishers, including these two, SciRes Literature and Gavin Publishers.

SciRes Literature

Let’s start with SciRes Literature, which — apparently — is short for Scientific Research Literature. Its tagline is “Profound source of knowledge.” None of its journals has any published articles yet, so at the present time, this publisher is a profound source of nothing.

SciRes Literature launched with 28 journals, all in the biomedical sciences, and all in fields already super-saturated with existing subscription and open-access journals, fields like cardiology and surgery. None of the journals fills any gap.

The “Contact” links on the website don’t work, and I cannot determine where this publisher is based. The domain-name data shows a Salinas, California address, possibly making this Monterey County’s first predatory publisher, but in fact it’s probably not really based there.

I suspect the publisher is really based in South Asia, and the owner likely has dreams of quick and easy riches from the gold OA publishing business. Good luck with that.

Gavin Journals

This publisher uses Open Journal Systems, the open-source journal management software from the British Columbia-based, collectivist organization called Public Knowledge Project. Open Journal Systems is a predatory publisher favorite.

Gavin Journals is a particular shabby and dull implementation of the open-source software. It’s minimalist and uninspired, likely using all the default settings. It has some of the very worst journal cover images I’ve ever seen. Here’s a particularly dumb one:

Gavin Journal of Emergency Medicine

One of the worst journal cover images I’ve ever seen.

What emergency medicine researcher would want to submit his or her work to such an amateurish-looking journal? Probably none, and I suspect Gavin Publishers was set up by someone who is following an open-access publisher recipe, quickly setting up a site, eager to start spamming for articles and processing credit card payments.

They don’t explain the “Gavin” in Gavin Publishers. The publisher lists its contact address [exactly] like this:

5911 Oakridge way,
Lisle,
Illinois – 60532

That’s not how we format addresses in the U.S. This location is in a residential neighborhood, making this yet another Illinois-based questionable publisher based on a tree-lined, residential street. Gavin is now spamming for editorial board members, the spam emails signed by “Keisha Snyder.”

In the coming weeks, many thousands of researchers around the world will probably receive spam emails from SciRes Literature and Gavin Publishers. When yours arrive, I recommend you delete them.

Appendix 1: List of SciRes Literature journals as of 2015-10-17

  1. SRL Alzheimer’s & Parkinson’s Disease
  2. SRL Anesthesia
  3. SRL Biotechnology & Bioengineering
  4. SRL Cancer & Cellular Biology
  5. SRL Cardiology (SRL Cardiology Therapeutics)
  6. SRL Cardiovascular Diseases & Diagnosis
  7. SRL Case Reports & Short Reviews
  8. SRL Dermatology: Clinical Research
  9. SRL Diabetes & Metabolism
  10. SRL Gastroenterology & Hepatology
  11. SRL Immunology & Immunotherapy
  12. SRL Nephrology and Therapeutics
  13. SRL Neurological Disorders
  14. SRL Neurology & Neurosurgery
  15. SRL Nutrition & Food Science
  16. SRL Oncology & Hematology
  17. SRL Ophthalmology
  18. SRL Pathology
  19. SRL Pediatrics & Neonatal Care
  20. SRL Pharmacology & Therapeutics
  21. SRL Proteomics & Bioinformatics
  22. SRL Reproductive Medicine & Gynecology
  23. SRL Stem Cell & Research
  24. SRL Surgery
  25. SRL Urology
  26. SRL Vaccines & Vaccinations
  27. SRL Vascular Medicine
  28. SRL Virology & Infectious Diseases

Appendix 2: List of Gavin Publishers journals as of 2015-10-17

  1. Gavin Journal of Addiction Research and Therapy
  2. Gavin Journal of Anesthesiology
  3. Gavin Journal of Cardiology and Cardiovascular Diseases
  4. Gavin Journal of Case Reports
  5. Gavin Journal of Cell Biology & Tissue Biology
  6. Gavin Journal of Dental Sciences
  7. Gavin Journal of Dermatology Research and Therapy
  8. Gavin Journal of Diabetes and Metabolic Disorders
  9. Gavin Journal of Emergency Medicine
  10. Gavin Journal of Food and Nutritional Science
  11. Gavin Journal of Nanomedicine & Nanotechnology
  12. Gavin Journal of Oncology Research and Therapy
  13. Gavin Journal of Ophthalmology
  14. Gavin Journal of Orthopedic Research & Therapy
  15. Gavin Journal of Pediatrics
  16. Gavin Journal of Stem Cell Research and Therapy

16 Responses to Two New Pay-to-Publish Startups: SciRes Literature and Gavin Publishers

  1. Keith Fraser says:

    “Profound source of knowledge” – LOL. You’d think that people trying to make money by looking like a real scientific journal would put some level of effort into not looking like a crank echo chamber, paper mill or vanity press.

    In related news, I found someone spamming links to a “press release” on a couple of LinkedIn groups. Close examination revealed the announcing institution (that’s supposedly discovered a miracle cure for all disabilities including “Down Syndrome, mental retardation, inability to learn, dyslexia, dystrophy, slow development, poor growth, hormonal imbalance, Autism, ADHD, genetic problems and many others”) to be almost certainly non-existent. Its website is an information-lite shambles with no list of staff or publications, an address that shows no signs of any institution of the sort, sections inexplicably written in Latin, and a picture of their building (supposedly in Kerala, India) that turns out to in fact be of a newspaper office in Manchester, England.

    https://www.linkedin.com/grp/post/56601-6062148054964789248?trk=groups-post-b-title
    https://www.linkedin.com/grp/post/2938223-6062145680623816708?trk=groups-post-b-all-cmnts

  2. L_C says:

    Currently, SciRes Literature has also been diligently spamming for editorial board members. I believe that the founder for a site titled ‘Leaders in Pharmaceutical Business Intelligence’ (LPBI) copied the contents of such an email at the bottom of a post/site tab titled: ‘Praising LPBI’ (I suppose they saw this invitation as a positive?) This was the email’s signature:

    SASHA Sims
    Editorial Office, SciRes Literature
    SRL Immunology & Immunotherapy
    1692 Coastal Highway
    Delaware 19958, USA
    Email: immunology@scireslit.com

    http://pharmaceuticalintelligence.com/praising-lpbi/

    Also, I like that the full Salinas address of SciRes Lit, 200 Lincoln Ave, is actually the site of the Salinas town hall.

    The DE address listed above, 1692 Coastal highway, is probably just nonexistent (plugging it into a GPS will land you in the middle of the road.) Several companies have claimed this dot of highway though, including Medicomat, a company that markets alternative health care devices (e.g., they offer stone therapy, phytotherapy, meta therapy, etc.), ships from China, and has a director (Nikola Anastasov) based in Novi Sad. It is possible that the SciRes Literature spammer confused this address with the more prestigious sounding Harvard Business Services address (which is 16192 Coastal Highway). I’m not sure if there is any connection to the publisher, but it does lead me to believe that someone overseas would be the most likely perp or person to make such an error.

  3. W.r.t. Scireslit’s whereabouts: the spams all came from a domestic Internet connection in Hyderabad, and the dude named his computer “PrasanthiPC”. We listed the IP and the domains.

  4. From Morocco says:

    Fake journals: ‘Make in India’ gone wrong
    The Hindu – October 25, 2015
    http://www.thehindu.com/sci-tech/fake-journals-make-in-india-gone-wrong/article7800231.ece

    “A scam of the most scholarly kind on the Internet — publishing “scientific papers” in fake open access journals (also called as predatory journals) — has become more insidious and grown tremendously in size. And tragically, India has singularly contributed to the cancerous growth of pseudo-science.”

    “Even if science done in India has not grown much in the last few years, India has successfully played a vital role in polluting the scientific literature with trash.”

    “The number of fake journal publishers based in the country has grown several-fold in the last 4-5 years. Today, as much as 27 per cent of fake journal publishers are based in India! And India has the dubious distinction of being home to 42 per cent of fake single-journal publishers.”

    “Indian researchers publishing in predatory journals could be willing or ignorant participants. Either way, fake journals provide the best medium to publish sub-standard and even highly unethical work — plagiarised content with falsified and/or fabricated data and manipulated images.”

    NB: The Hindu is the second most circulated English-language newspaper in India (Wikipedia).

  5. mkoulikov says:

    Open Journal Systems is a predatory publisher favorite.

    For what it’s worth, OJS is also used by plenty of non-predatory publishers, across many different areas/fields, so in of itself, use of this software does not mean anything and should not be a cause for any concern. Hell, I’d rather see a new journal use OJS than try to build a custom website from scratch!

    • billwilliams says:

      Good point, mkoulikov – OJS has been abused by predators but has also been a valuable platform for small but important specialist journals starting out in various fields I am aware of.

  6. Joseph says:

    That is really funny. I will follow the recommendations.

  7. thank you again – I just got an invitation as editor from SciResLit… but since following you and Retraction Watch my looking at journal homepages has become much more – well, carefully observant than before.

  8. James says:

    Thanks for doing this diligent work to point out predatory OA publishers. I just received an email requesting that I consider joining the Gavin Journal of Food and Nutritional Science as an editorial board member. The journal still has not published a single article, and while address line is fixed to look more appropriate given its supposed origin, it’s still a residential street in suburban Chicago, albeit right next door to Benedictine University. The email is signed by “Chelsea Stone”. So they have tried to upgrade their look but it remains an outfit I wouldn’t want my name associated with.

  9. b00kreader says:

    Thank you! Yes the Gavin journal covers are terrible and still no articles published both dead giveaways, however I did not think to look at the address (good call). I just got the “be an editor” email through my institution. DELETE

  10. Gavin Publishers has cleaned up… not its act, but its address. Now the formatting is closer to US Postal Service standards, and they have a new representative (Emily Cooper). Apparently Keisha Snyder has moved on, or up, or whatever.

  11. It is shocking! I was asked to publish my case with them and I did. I refused to pay the U$500.00 THEY requested. My argument was that any fee payable for publication is stated upfront. I outsmarted them on that aspect.
    thank you for the advice.

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