Here’s information about a France-based publisher and conference organizer that I think should be avoided. The publisher is called Takayama Publishing Group, which, despite its name, is France based.
Looking at Takayama Publishing Group‘s journals, one sees that they share the same look and feel as the Hindawi journals. Did Takayama lift the code or image files from Hindawi? If so, was this agreed to?
And then there’s this conference, Phage Therapy 2016:
The 4th World Congress on Targeting Infectious Diseases: Phage Therapy 2016 was organized by an organization called “Taskforce for Infectious Diseases Committee,” which is associated to the International Society of Microbiota (ISM).
I’m told attendees found the conference frustrating, for despite the good speakers, the conference was overly commercial.
The International Society of Microbiota apparently has no formal website, just a page promoting its next meeting in Paris, in October, 2016.
One person who seems to be associated with the publisher and the conferences is Marvin Edeas, the president of the Société Française des Antioxydants.
Also, one website states,
Dr. Marvin Edeas, one of our key scientists, was also nominated for a Noble Prize in Medicine for his work on Targeting the Mitochondria. He has hosted 3 World Conferences on the topic in Europe, the 4th of which is scheduled for October 2013 at the Ritz Carlton in Berlin: http://www.targeting-mitochondria.com/practical-information/news-archives/269-the-future-of-medicine-will-come-through-mitochondria.html
Edeas’ PubMed profile shows mostly reviews, not research articles. Moreover, some of his published articles show this affiliation: Department of Preventive Medicine, University of Paris 13. However, I am unable to confirm this affiliation and cannot find any evidence he’s ever had or used a Paris 13 email address.
For anyone considering submitting a paper to any of the Takayama Publishing Group’s journals or attending one of these conferences, I recommend that they re-consider and find a stronger publisher and better conferences.
Appendix: List of Takayama Publishing Group journals as of 2016-06-12:
- Journal of Targeting Infectiuos [sic] Diseases
- Journal of Targeting Diabetes and Obesity
- Journal of Targeting Liver Diseases
- Journal of World Stevia Organization
- Journal of Digital Olfaction Society
- Journal of International Society of Antioxidants in Nutrition & Health
- Journal of International Society of Microbiota
- Journal of World Mitochondria Society