Canadian Publisher Has Open-Access “Evil Twin”

Andrew John logo

A contrived name?

Ontario-based Andrew John Publishing Inc. has two websites, one for its subscription journals and print monographs, and a secretive new one that also includes its in-progress, open-access division. The open-access division has ties to India and may be connected to U.S.-based publisher Allied Academies.

A wise person once said, “Be wary of any publisher whose name is comprised of two English forenames.” Andrew John has two websites. Its main website ends in “.com” — while its new, secretive website ends in “.org”, and the second might be considered an “evil twin.”

Andrew John links

Two identical websites, except one links to some new open-access journals.

The new, “secret” website has a page with six, newly-launched open-access journals, a page not present on the .com website. These journals are all broad in scope and represent fields already saturated with open-access journals, such as Journal of HIV Research.

The Andrew John open-access journals are currently spamming for editorial board members:

Invitation for the Editorial Board Membership

Dear Dr. [Redacted],

Andrew John Publishing Inc. is pleased to introduce the launch of Journal of Psychology and Cognition (JPC).

Journal of Psychology and Cognition is a new peer-reviewed online/open access journal that aims to publish the most complete and reliable source of information on the discoveries and current developments in the area of Psychology and Cognition Research.

Andrew John Publishing Inc. was established in 1999 and is a full-service health sciences publishing house.

Based on your scientific achievements and outstanding contributions in the field of Nanoscience, we cordially invite you to join the Editorial Board for JPC.

The primary responsibility of Editorial Board members will be to review papers, helping to provide a consistent level of quality in the peer review process. Ideally, papers will be reviewed by one Editorial Board member and two external reviewers. Basically, you will be invited to review up to three to five articles a year. You will have an option of turning down the assignment invitation if you are too busy or if the article is out of your area of interest.

We sincerely hope that you will consider our invitation to join the Editorial Board. We look forward to hearing from you.

Please feel free to contact us for any queries, concerns or comments.

Thank you.

Regards,

Elisa Martin
Editorial Coordinator
Journal of Nanoscience & Applications

Andrew John Publishing

(Note how the spam email erroneously refers to nanoscience rather than psychology, a spam template error.)

Strangely, when I click on the journal cover image for Andrew John’s Journal of Environmental Sciences and Climate Study on this page, I am taken to a list of files on a server whose web address is http://www.alliedacademies.org/admin/flyer-pdfs/.

Journal of Environmental Sciences and Climate Study

Secretive climate.

This is a link to the American publisher called Allied Academies, an old, bottom-tier subscription publisher that began adding low-quality, open-access journals to its journal fleet last year.

I added Allied Academies to my list in 2015 after I noticed it began launching broad open-access journals. These new journals supplement Allied Academies’ fleet of broad-scoped business journals.

For years, I’ve been receiving emails from people either asking me to add Allied Academies to my list or asking why it wasn’t on the list.

One of Allied Academies’ new open-access journals, the International Journal of Pure and Applied Zoology, proclaims a fake impact factor.

International Journal of Pure and Applied Zoology

Evidence that Allied Academies uses a fake impact factor.

For me, these questions remain unanswered:

  1. What is the connection between Andrew John Publishing and Allied Academies?
  1. Who or what firm in India is helping these two publishers launch open-access journals?
  1. Why is Allied Academies using a fake impact factor for one of its journals?

 

Appendix 1.

List of Andrew John Publishing open-access journals as of 2016-02-06:

  1. Journal of Clinical Infectious Diseases and Medicine
  2. Journal of Environmental Sciences and Climate Study
  3. Journal of Functional and Comparative Genomics
  4. Journal of HIV Research
  5. Journal of Nanoscience: Current Research
  6. Journal of Psychology and Cognition

Appendix 2.

List of Allied Academies open-access journals as of 2016-02-06:

  1. Advanced Materials Science Research
  2. Biomedical Research
  3. Current Pediatric Research
  4. International Journal of Pure and Applied Zoology
  5. Journal of Gastroenterology and Digestive Diseases
  6. Journal of Medical Oncology and Therapeutics
  7. Journal of Neurology and Neurorehabilitation Research
  8. Ocular Biology Reports
  9. Otolaryngology Online Journal
  10. Research Journal of Allergy and Immunology

 

 

 

6 Responses to Canadian Publisher Has Open-Access “Evil Twin”

  1. Joe Ellison says:

    Is it possible that this is another hijacking of a legitimate site, rather than an “evil twin” established by the publisher of record?

  2. L_C says:

    I found this curious-

    There is something that alliedacademies.org and AndrewJohnpublishing.org have in common: they are both domains hosted on the IP address of 182.18.136.108. The internet provider for the domains/IP address is Pioneer Elabs Ltd., an internet service provider in Hyderabad, India. This particular IP address, according to a reverse domain name system search, belongs to Ipubmed.com. There are a total of 25 sites hosted on this domain:

    imedpub.com (see: https://scholarlyoa.com/2015/12/29/watch-out-for-insight-medical-publishing-imedpub-www-imedpub-com/)

    the following 19 imedpub journals:

    acanceresearch.com
    aclr.com.es
    acmicrob.com,
    actarheuma.com,
    actarheuma.com
    archivesofmedicine.com
    archivosdemedicina.com
    farmatoxicol.com
    fisheriessciences.com
    hsj.gr
    hsprj.com
    ijabpt.org
    ijddr.in
    jbiomeds.com
    jneuro.com
    jusurgery.com
    medt.com.es
    mhfmjournal.com
    transbiomedicine.com

    Plus:

    alliedacademies.com
    alliedacademies.org
    alliedacademies.us

    Along with 2 allied academies.com journals:

    biomedres.info
    currentpediatrics.com

    and finally: andrewjohnpublishing.org

    Interestingly, Andrewjohnpublishing.com is not included on this list and is hosted on a Canadian IP. I’m not certain how to account for the discrepancy (website transfer, copycat???). The whois info between the .org and .com sites is mostly identical. They both even give the same whois street address, which is 115 Main Street West, apt 220, Dundas, a slight (nonexistent) variation to the online listed address of 115 King Street West, Suite 220.

  3. Raul G. Diaz says:

    Thanks for your great job in listing these rather dodgy sites for emerging scholars most whom have had bad experiences with these expanding business of predatory publishers. To be sincere, I will recommend your webpage for everyone.

  4. Taylor & Francis says:

    “A wise person once said, “Be wary of any publisher whose name is comprised of two English forenames.””

    Nice one, but don’t you dare put us on your list bruv!

    Sincerely,
    Taylor and Francis

  5. tooi says:

    Publish in these bogus journals in 48 hours

    These journals are publishing articles within 48 hours and fast publication fee is USD 220. The director of this publication is the bogus name Dr. Jallat Khan.

    Academic Journal of Applied Mathematical Sciences
    URL: http://www.arpgweb.com/?ic=journal&journal=17
    Academic Journal of Life Sciences
    URL: http://www.arpgweb.com/?ic=journal&journal=18
    Business, Management and Economics Research
    Online ISSN: 2412-1770 – Print ISSN: 2413-855X
    URL: http://www.arpgweb.com/?ic=journal&journal=8
    English Literature and Language Review
    Online ISSN: 2412-1703 – Print ISSN: 2413-8827
    URL: http://www.arpgweb.com/?ic=journal&journal=9
    International Journal of Economics and Financial Research
    Online ISSN: 2411-9407 – Print ISSN: 2413-8533
    URL: http://www.arpgweb.com/?ic=journal&journal=5
    International Journal of Healthcare and Medical Sciences
    Online ISSN: 2414-2999
    URL : http://www.arpgweb.com/?ic=journal&journal=13
    Journal of Agriculture and Crops
    Online ISSN: 2412-6381 – Print ISSN: 2413-886X
    URL: http://www.arpgweb.com/?ic=journal&journal=14
    Journal of Biotechnology Research
    Online ISSN: 2413-3256 – Print ISSN: 2413-8878
    URL: http://www.arpgweb.com/?ic=journal&journal=16
    Research Journal of Education
    Online ISSN: 2413-0540 – Print ISSN: 2413-8886
    URL: http://www.arpgweb.com/?ic=journal&journal=15
    Scientific Review
    Online ISSN: 2412-2599 – Print ISSN: 2413-8835
    URL: http://www.arpgweb.com/?ic=journal&journal=10
    The Journal of Social Sciences Research
    Online ISSN: 2411-9458 – Print ISSN: 2413-6670
    URL: http://www.arpgweb.com/?ic=journal&journal=7

    Bogus publisher is starting new journals by changing the one word of good Elsevier journals.

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