About Those Manipulative Spam Emails from Internal Medicine Review

Internal Medicine Review

Complete rubbish.

You have probably received a clever, personalized, and manipulative spam email from a journal called Internal Medicine Review. The email includes a purported email exchange between two people at the journal, with one asking the other to invite you to submit follow-up article to your earlier article. Here’s the backstory.

Internal Medicine Review is a completely fake medical journal that falsely claims to be based in Washington, D.C. This journal alone accounts for a good percentage of the predatory spam emails sent out in 2016. I personally have been hit by their spam several times.

The spam panders to and attempts to manipulate the recipient by feigning a conversation between two imaginary journal executives, one asking the other to contact the recipient and ask him or her to submit a paper to the journal. Here’s the text of the spam email I received recently:

Dear Dr. Beall,

My last email must have reached you at a bad time so I am following up. If you are not the right person to talk to about this please let me know or feel free to forward this email.

Sincerely,

Lisseth

From: Dr. Lisseth Tovar, M.D. [mailto:lisseth.tovar@internalmedicinereview.org]
Sent: Monday, July 11, 2016 7:33 AM
To: Dr. Beall
Subject: manuscript submission from Dr. Beall

Dear Dr. Beall,

I hope this email finds you well. My colleague Milena asked if I could get in touch with you about a paper you authored titled “Predatory publishers are corrupting open access.” Firstly thank you for taking the time to publish this, it was an interesting read. I am hoping to have the opportunity to discuss having a short followup or perhaps a review article published in one of the next issues of the Internal Medicine Review. I think our readers could be interested in a paper with information from any continued research or new data since this was published. It would not have to be a long article, but if you don’t have time for this perhaps you could also reach out to the co-authors or one of your students to collaborate.

If you have moved on from this line of research I am certainly interested in knowing more about your current projects; perhaps there is the potential for an article that would fit our journal. If you have any questions about whether or not a certain subject fits our scope I can put you in contact with Dr. Chadwick Prodromos from our editorial board.

Could you please let me know your thoughts on this?

Sincerely,

Dr. Lisseth Tovar, M. D.
Senior Editor
Internal Medicine Review
http://www.internalmedicinereview.org

From: Mihaleva, Milena [mailto:milena.mihaleva@internalmedicinereview.org]
Sent: Saturday, July 9, 2016 6:54 PM
To: Dr. Lisseth Tovar
Subject: manuscript submission from Dr. Beall

Lisseth,

Would you contact the authors of “Predatory publishers are corrupting open access” about possibly preparing something for the next issue? Or possibly September? Let me know if you can’t find the article and I will send it.

Thank you,

Milena

Tens of thousands of researchers have received similar, personalized spam emails. They are sent wantonly to people in all fields of study, not just internal medicine.

The journal is not open-access; when you navigate to open an article, a link appears that says “Subscribers only.” Following the link brings the user to an empty page.

In fact, there are no subscribers — the entire operation is a scam. I think Internal Medicine Review is connected to the predatory publisher called KEI Journals. KEI claims it’s based in California, but they use a mail forwarding service there.

KEI Journals

More complete rubbish.

My understanding is that both Internal Medicine Review and KEI journals are the efforts of Dylan Fazel, of Anoka, Minnesota. He’s been a scholarly publisher since he was in high school, and he’s made a lot of money. His telephone number is (612) 524-5566. When you call it, a recording plays, then the call is transferred to an overseas number.

Pay a princely sum to hide your research.

Pay a princely sum to hide your research.

By the way, if you publish in Internal Medicine Review — a closed-access, subscription journal with no subscribers — you must pay $1250-3000.

Appendix: List of KEI Journals’ titles as of 2016-07-28:

  1. Biomedical Engineering Review
  2. International Biology Review
  3. International Chemistry Review
  4. Journal of Economics and Banking
  5. Medical Research Archives
  6. Quarterly Physics Review

94 Responses to About Those Manipulative Spam Emails from Internal Medicine Review

  1. Lalitha Pasam says:

    Thank you jeff

  2. Dr. Abide taofeek olanrewaju says:

    Dear Dr. J. Be all,
    Thank you for your selfless investigative activity on academic criminals.
    Could you oblige me in finding out if world journal of medicine and medical research is predatory? Though, it seems not to be on your list.
    Regards
    T.O.Ayinde

  3. herr doktor bimler says:

    Is it really a year since you last covered the KEI scams?
    https://scholarlyoa.com/2015/04/07/questionable-subscription-publisher-acts-like-a-predatory-oa-one/
    How time flies.

    when you navigate to open an article, a link appears that says “Subscribers only.” Following the link brings the user to an empty page.
    Luxury! Some of the articles do not even have the “subscribers only” link, just the bare abstract:
    http://internalmedicinereview.org/index.php/imr/article/view/127

    I have joked about predatory journals being a “write-only medium”, because neither the publishers nor most of the contributors really care whether anyone actually reads the papers, but KEI is taking it to extremes.

    My own introduction to the friendly collegiate world of the KEI editorial office came from Reni Koen and her correspondence with Dr Kateryna Bielka, at Medical Research Archives, offering to put me in contact with “Dr. Steven Lindheim from our editorial board” instead of “Dr. Chadwick Prodromos”. Otherwise the frame story followed the same template.

    It was not entirely clear to me why Medical Research Archives was taking an interest in my reflections on medieval memory palaces in contemporary culture.

  4. herr doktor bimler says:

    KEI claims it’s based in California, but they use a mail forwarding service there.

    Have you looked up his Washington address?

    712 H Street #1018, Washington DC 2002 USA

    Google Street View informs me that you can also cash cheques there, and buy liquor and takeaways at the adjacent premises.

  5. Dr Lisseth Tovar (who we don’t think is an actual existing person, by the way) recently contacted Scientific Spam DNSBL to ask to have their IP address(es) and domain name(s) removed from our list of spammers.

    We told them we’d need to observe half a year of no spam from them first.

    Doesn’t seem very likely to be happening. Would all readers of Dr Beall’s fine blog please keep reporting the spam they get from KEI Journals in the comments of this blog entry or the previous one on KEI Journals so that we can stay up to date on when the half year period could theoretically begin. (We do watch this stuff in our spamtraps too, but it’s good to have independent confirmation from third parties.)

    • herr doktor bimler says:

      FWIW, Dr Tovar has an account at LinkedIn, which mentions her editorial post at Internal Medicine Review:
      https://ua.linkedin.com/in/lissethtovarcorrea

      Kateryna Bielka (Medical Research Archives) is also present at LinkedIn, though she does not boast of her employment.
      https://ua.linkedin.com/in/kateryna-bielka-b161045a

      Both also have accounts at the freelancing website Upwork,
      https://www.upwork.com/o/profiles/users/_~010fade43b44a881c5/
      https://www.upwork.com/o/profiles/users/_~01dab19340d07f96e9/
      offering to undercut other candidates with lower bids for editorial work, which is presumably where Dylan found them.

      See also Reni Koen, the Bulgarian casino and e-mail management expert:
      https://www.upwork.com/o/profiles/users/_~016c44e9b1b134a5ea/

      That may in fact be the source of the entire KEI workforce. One of the commenters at last year’s KEI post reported receiving an attempt to recruit reviewers through Upwork, naming Dylan as the client:
      https://scholarlyoa.com/2015/04/07/questionable-subscription-publisher-acts-like-a-predatory-oa-one/#comment-386600

      At $5 per review.

      • OffHours says:

        It’s interesting that Dr. Kateryna Bielka’s Upwork user profile mentions that she has “5-years experience in writing, reviewing, and editing scientific manuscripts”. I have come across only one her article published in Ukrainian and she has co-authored at least one paper in English. (This assumption may be wrong if her articles were published in local journals which are not accessible online, but it’s natural to expect the senior editor of an international scholarly journal to be a more prolific and recognized author in their field.) As a probable explanation of this discrepancy between a 5-year experience in writing and a scant list of publications while being employed at Bogomolets National Medical University, one of the most renowned medical schools in Ukraine, is that her work might have not been credited, e.g as in the case of ghostwriting. Which may be not an unusual role for an entry-level faculty member.

        On the other hand, at the end of the day, why would an author even entertain an idea to submit their manuscript to a journal, they haven’t been a regular reader/subscriber of? Isn’t it equal to gambling one’s own reputation?.. (Thus casino expert editorial executives may be justified.)

    • Marco says:

      I received the same message (different article title, of course) on June 30th of this year.

    • Erika says:

      And received another one today:

      Dr. Offerdahl,

      We still haven’t been able to connect so I though I would go ahead and send you a free subscription to the journal so you can take a look at some of our recently published papers. It may be accessed with the below login credentials. Could you please get back to me at your earliest convenience regarding the followup or review article?

      Login page: http://internalmedicinereview.org/index.php/imr/login
      Username: IMR2
      Password: j12345

      Sincerely,

      Lisseth

      • Australian Researcher says:

        Yep, I got a similar one, using the title doctor which I’ve never used in a publication. Third one in a few days.
        First one was like the initial post, but without the quoted “discussion”.
        Second was a “follow up”, asking me to forward to the right person if I wasn’t them, and linking to some recent article.
        Third was the username+password email.

    • Slarti says:

      I received this spam today, September 16, 2016. Signed by Dr. Lisseth Tovar. Mail was composed as described on this page.

    • Aisha says:

      Dear Rocket Scientist,

      Now I am more confused because i am not sure which of my mails is spam and which is not after reading the enteries on this blog!. As for ‘Dr Lisseths messsages i can say you have yet some months to go before you can get to your half year period because i received one about three days ago; it was supposed to be a follow-up to an earlier mail sent by her some months back and it reads:

      Dear Dr. Adamu,

      We communicated some time ago about the possibility of you preparing a manuscript to submit to the Internal Medicine Review. Is this something you would consider doing in the next several weeks?

      Sincerely,
      Dr. Lisseth Tovar, M.D.
      Senior Editor
      Internal Medicine Review
      202-888-3170
      Internalmedicinereview.org

      Aisha

      • Our position lines with that of spamhaus.org: https://www.spamhaus.org/consumer/definition/ – unsolicited bulk email is spam. Your mileage may vary, but this definition is trusted by approximately three billion inboxes that listen to Spamhaus advice. It works for us too.

        Yes, Internal Medicine Review / ke-i / Dylan Fazel is not going to be getting out of the Sci Spam DNSBL anytime soon. We keep seeing the same in unmanned spamtraps. It’s clear they are harvesting from the PubMed.

    • drshariful says:

      I just got an invite to write a follow up paper.

      Shariful Islam, George Institute, University of Sydney

      07.12.2016

  6. Grace says:

    I am not a med student, professor or researcher. I am just but an IT graduate who has worked for so many sites, non-profit organisations and NGOs as a writer, software developer, Editor, transcriptionist, VA, etc my list is endless.
    I beg to differ with this post because I have worked for KEI Journals for over 1 year now and never did I experience any hidden or peculiar activities the journal is legit and I think it is wise of them to avail some info to subscribers only.

  7. Asistant Professor Workamol Wisetsri says:

    Dear Prof.Dr.Beall
    Could you please recomment this conferrence http://www.asianrdw.org it is significant or not ????

    Best Regards,
    Dr.Worakamol Wisetsri

  8. Hello, I just got one of these today – same text, and same persons involved as herr dr biemler told us.

    There was one addition, however:

    Quote
    It would not have to be a long article, but if you don’t have time for this perhaps you could also reach out to the co-authors or one of your students to collaborate.
    If you have moved on from this line of research I am certainly interested in knowing more about your current projects;
    UNquote

    They asked for a paper on aniridiaby me, but perhaps one of my students could write it, and it does not need to be on aniridia either….

    Thank you again, Jeffrey, you are always the first where I look these up – I admit I was fooled for about 2mins ….

    • herr doktor bimler says:

      if you don’t have time for this perhaps you could also reach out to the co-authors or one of your students to collaborate.

      “Please spam other people on our behalf”.
      Perhaps this would work better if they wrote “You must forward this e-mail to three other people or Bad Luck will follow. Don’t break the chain!”

      • Annika Tborsell says:

        I got a similar e-mail as to Barbara’s above just now. Including the reach-out suggestion. So not happening. How can we in the serious) scientific community make this stop?

  9. Jakperik Dioggban says:

    Dear Dr. J. Beall,
    I am most grateful for the selfless services you render
    to enhance academic quality.
    May you kindly assist me verify the status of “International Journal of Agriculture and Environmental Research (IJAER)’?
    Kind regards.

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  11. Mary Kuhner says:

    I received a volley of these about 1 month ago. I remember Lisseth’s name in particular, though I did not keep the emails so have no other details. I wrote back asking to be removed from their mailing list and got another round of the fake correspondence templates.

    I don’t do any work that could remotely be considered internal medicine, and indicated as much in my first letter to them.

  12. Actipatch says:

    Wow, I got the same mail couple of days ago. Thanks for clearing it out for me.

  13. Michael Finley says:

    Just wanted to say “thanks” for running this website. I just got an email from Internal Medicine Review asking about an old (> 5yr) paper that I wrote. It appears as if it is forwarded from another colleague (neither of whom I recognized). I sent it to the SPAM folder as soon as I saw this thread on your website.

  14. herr doktor bimler says:

    Looking back in the archives, it looks as if the format of these current spam-mails is a development of a style that Dylan Fazel was using back in 2014:

    XXXX,
    I am not sure if you received my previous email. We have room for a few more manuscripts in our next issue and I would like to inquire if you or one of your students might be able to submit a short review or research article on your recent research. I have looked at some of your publications but if you could also tell me more about your current projects that would be helpful. Please let me know whether or not this is a possibility for you and if there are any questions I can answer.

    May I send you a copy of our author guidelines?

    Thank you,
    Dylan Fazel

    (or Editorial Assistant Krystyna Vinokurova was blasting the spams out under Dylan’s name). The basic message was the same, “The guilt you feel for ignoring my [non-existent] earlier request can only be assuaged by submitting an article.”

    Ms Vinokurova, of Ukraine, is another UpWork recruit.

  15. Anonymous says:

    I received one of these messages this week, verbatim except for a different journal, Medical Research Archives, and also referring me to a different purported member of the editorial board. When I contacted the named academic, he wrote back, “Thank you. How do I remove this?” …although I’m not sure what he meant. Today, Bielka wrote again, “My last email must have reached you at a bad time so I am following up. If you are not the right person to talk to about this please let me know or feel free to forward this email.”

  16. Rich Veenstra says:

    I’ve received these messages beginning on 8/12, “bad time” follow up on 8/16, and now today with login credentials to view their journal:We still haven’t been able to connect so I though I would go ahead and send you a free subscription to the journal so you can take a look at some of our recently published papers. It may be accessed with the below login credentials. Could you please get back to me at your earliest convenience regarding the followup or review article?
    The message was sent to my University e-mail, but addressed to a former graduate student in my laboratory. I’ll definitely delete these e-mails.

    • H S says:

      I got the exact same thing today. This is probably the 3rd email in this string. identical text. Now with link and login, as noted here and below. And, no, I also do not work within internal medicine. But yes, I was also fooled for about 30 sec as this spam thread has a better language text that the others I get.

      Thanks to Jeffrey Beall for doing this important work! Now, for each spam email, I go check your list(s), and I have sent the information about your list to colleagues. This is also helpful in evaluation of the publication list in people’s CV. Although, I try to keep in mind that some of the journals on the list are “borderline’, in the sense that some scientists/authors might genuinely be fooled, and publish their honest work, choosing faster open access due to need to get it published, not realizing the editorial and review process in the journal might be very questionable.

      one specific example of this is “Oncotarget”:
      https://scholarlyoa.com/2016/04/19/oncotargets-peer-review-is-highly-questionable/
      I have colleagues/papers in my field of study where publications has appeared in this journal, and getting the info about the questionable review process has alerted me, and I appreciate it!

      Please keep up the good work!

  17. I’ve received the exact same e-mail a couple of days ago. I’ve ignored it, as I do. Yesterday the relentless Dr. Lisseth Tovar, M.D.sent me this:

    “We still haven’t been able to connect so I though I would go ahead and send you a free subscription to the journal so you can take a look at some of our recently published papers. It may be accessed with the below login credentials. Could you please get back to me at your earliest convenience regarding the followup or review article?

    Login page: http://internalmedicinereview.org/index.php/imr/login
    Username: IMR2
    Password: j12345

    Sincerely,

    Lisseth ”

    Anyone want to try the login? Be my guest.

  18. Woodrow C. Monte says:

    Thanks ! I sent Tovar a link to this page.

  19. H says:

    I received the message below last week, and just now a follow up. I suspected that it was spam, but found your site via the google. Thanks for your efforts!

    “Dear Dr. Meijer,

    I hope this email finds you well. My colleague asked if I could get in touch with you about a paper you authored entitled “Effects of firing frequency on length-dependent myofascial force transmission between antagonistic and synergistic muscle groups”. Firstly, thank you for taking the time to publish this, it was an interesting read. I am hoping to discuss with you having a short follow-up article or perhaps a review article published in one of the next issues of the Internal Medicine Review. I think our readers would be interested in a paper with information from any continued research or new data since this was published. It would not have to be a long article, but if you don’t have time for this perhaps you could ask one of your co-authors or students to collaborate or contribute instead.

    If you have moved on from your previous research interests I am certainly interested in knowing more about your current projects; perhaps there is the potential for an article that would be published in our journal. If you have any questions about whether or not a certain subject fits our scope I can put you in contact with Dr. Steven Lindheim from our editorial board.

    Could you please let me know your thoughts on this?

    Sincerely,
    Dr. Kateryna Bielka, M. D.
    Senior Editor
    Medical Research Archives”

  20. Joe Boden says:

    I received the same email from “Dr. Bielka” today. My google search for information led me here. :)

  21. The nice thing about Dylan Fazel’s spam is that it is so easily avoided. Drop server.zel.li [179.43.141.109] into your local blocklist and be done with it. Or use our services to do the same ;-)

    Of course somebody with contacts at LACNIC should get them to yank the following network altogether:

    inetnum: 179.43.141.96/27
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    owner: Private Layer Switzerland
    ownerid: CH-PLSW-LACNIC
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    inetnum-up: 179.43.128/18

  22. Jon Watts says:

    And I received the very same today, but with my own name and the title of a five year old article I wrote.

    It’s curious that a quite clever scam like this fails by targeting authors in completely unsuitable fields for the “Internal Medicine Review.” Since they have gone to some trouble to appear to be making a personal invitation, I am surprised they are not a bit more selective.

    My paper was about chickens!

    • Herr Doktor Bimler says:

      But remember, this is an entirely automated process. They have a template, and software to splice in the names of authors and papers. It doesn’t cost them anything more to target thousands of inappropriate academics for every one who actually does research Internal Medicine, so why risk missing a potential sucker? In fact screening the spam for more selective targetting, that’s where the cost would accrue.

      The only downside of unselective spamming for Dylan Fazel and his skeezy little operation is the hostile response at websites like this one, and a few $3000 cheques make up for a lot of bad publicity.

    • Rob H. says:

      Mine was about reef fish, albeit population genetics so maybe it sounded vaguely medical.

  23. Chemist says:

    I received the same mail message today, referencing a paper on organic chemistry. Complete rubbish.

  24. Nyna Amin says:

    I received a personalized invitation to submit a paper to Internal Medicine Review today with the same wording but citing a co-authored paper published two years ago – which is quite external to internal medicine.

  25. Natalie says:

    I received the same spam today. Thanks for posting this information!

  26. Becky Carlyle says:

    Just received the same series of three e mails from Lisseth Tovar from Internal Medicine Review. The personalised first mail, third mail ending with the journal sign in details. Haven’t tried them!

  27. murthy says:

    Thank you Jeff.
    Your service to sincere academic researchers like me is invaluable. If the name of a journal is not familiar, your list is the one that I rely on. Thank you.
    Best regards,
    Murthy

  28. Katharina says:

    I have got the same email today
    Thank you for already having included KEI Journals on your list.

    “Dear Dr. Luttenberger,
    My last email must have reached you at a bad time so I am following up. If you are not the right person to talk to about this please let me know or feel free to forward this email.
    Here a links to a couple papers on PubMed published by the Medical Research Archives, so you may get a sense of the style and formatting.
    Personalizing Medicine in Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma: The Rationale for Combination Therapies.
    Kinomic Alterations in Atypical Meningioma.

    Sincerely,
    Dr. Kateryna Bielka

    From: Dr. Kateryna Bielka, M.D.
    Date: 2016-09-16 13:28:26.346
    To: “Dr. Luttenberger”
    Subject: Followup to Dr. Luttenberger’s article?
    Dear Dr. Luttenberger,
    I hope this email finds you well. My colleague asked if I could get in touch with you about a paper you authored entitled “From board to bedside – training the communication competences of medical students with role plays”. Firstly, thank you for taking the time to publish this, it was an interesting read. I am hoping to discuss with you having a short follow-up article or perhaps a review article published in one of the next issues of the Medical Research Archives. I think our readers would be interested in a paper with information from any continued research or new data since this was published. It would not have to be a long article, but if you don’t have time for this perhaps you could ask one of your co-authors or students to collaborate or contribute instead.
    If you have moved on from your previous research interests I am certainly interested in knowing more about your current projects; perhaps there is the potential for an article that would be published in our journal. If you have any questions about whether or not a certain subject fits our scope I can put you in contact with Dr. Steven Lindheim from our editorial board.
    Could you please let me know your thoughts on this?

    Sincerely,
    Dr. Kateryna Bielka, M. D.
    Senior Editor
    Medical Research Archives
    http://www.journals.ke-i.org/mra

  29. Catherine Wiseman-Hakes says:

    Thank-you for this alert! I have also received 2 emails wit the exact wording. I a very appreciative of your investigative wok and for sharing this information! Catherine Wiseman-Hakes University of Toronto

  30. EJ says:

    Does anyone actually fall for these article solicitations anymore? Lisseth Tovar’s bio on the IMR website says she works at ‘this hospital’, despite the fact that the website is for a journal. It’s not even a good attempt at fraud. Anyway, thought I’d stop by to mention that I got hit with some IMR spam on 9/20. I don’t recall getting the first email, but there is a chance it got caught in my spam folder. Needless to say, I will be blocking all emails coming from @internalmedicinereview.org addresses from here on!

    Dear Dr. ,

    My last email must have reached you at a bad time so I am following up. If you are not the right person to talk to about this please let me know or feel free to forward this email.

    I am also pasting links to a couple of our recently published articles so you may have a sense of the style and formatting.

    Current Technological State of Radiation Therapy for the Treatment of Lung Cancer

    Longitudinal Follow-up Study of Bone Mineral Density in Adult Survivors of Solid Pediatric Cancers

    Sincerely,

    Dr. Lisseth Tovar

    From: Dr. Lisseth Tovar, M.D.
    Date: 2016-09-16 12:56:04.352
    To: “Dr. ”
    Subject: Followup to Dr. ‘s article?

    Dear Dr. ,

    I hope this email finds you well. My colleague asked if I could get in touch with you about a paper you authored entitled “We are prepared to spam you relentlessly”. Firstly, thank you for taking the time to publish this, it was an interesting read. I am hoping to discuss with you having a short follow-up article or perhaps a review article published in one of the next issues of the Internal Medicine Review. I think our readers would be interested in a paper with information from any continued research or new data since this was published. It would not have to be a long article, but if you don’t have time for this perhaps you could ask one of your co-authors or students to collaborate or contribute instead.

    If you have moved on from your previous research interests I am certainly interested in knowing more about your current projects; perhaps there is the potential for an article that would be published in our journal. If you have any questions about whether or not a certain subject fits our scope I can put you in contact with Dr. Chadwick Prodromos from our editorial board.

    Could you please let me know your thoughts on this?

    Sincerely,

    Dr. Lisseth Tovar, M. D.

    Senior Editor

    Internal Medicine Review

    http://www.internalmedicinereview.org

  31. Fred says:

    I’ve been spammed by their standard email again today (29/09/2016) :

    Dear Dr. Gilbert,

    We still haven’t been able to connect so I though I would go ahead and send you a free subscription to the journal so you can take a look at some of our recently published papers. It may be accessed with the below login credentials. Could you please get back to me at your earliest convenience regarding the followup or review article?

    Login page: http://internalmedicinereview.org/index.php/imr/login
    Username: IMR2
    Password: j12345

    Sincerely,

    Lisseth

    From: Dr. Lisseth Tovar, M.D.
    Date: 2016-09-25 00:36:24.137
    Subject: Re: Followup to Dr. Gilbert’s article?

    Dear Dr. Gilbert,

    My last email must have reached you at a bad time so I am following up. If you are not the right person to talk to about this please let me know or feel free to forward this email.

    I am also pasting links to a couple of our recently published articles so you may have a sense of the style and formatting.

    Current Technological State of Radiation Therapy for the Treatment of Lung Cancer

    Longitudinal Follow-up Study of Bone Mineral Density in Adult Survivors of Solid Pediatric Cancers

    Sincerely,

    Dr. Lisseth Tovar

    From: Dr. Lisseth Tovar, M.D.
    Date: 2016-09-21 01:03:02.942
    Subject: Followup to Dr. Gilbert’s article?

    Dear Dr. Gilbert,

    I hope this email finds you well. My colleague asked if I could get in touch with you about a paper you authored entitled “The burden of normality: from ‘chronically ill’ to ‘symptom free’. New ethical challenges for deep brain stimulation postoperative treatment”. Firstly, thank you for taking the time to publish this, it was an interesting read. I am hoping to discuss with you having a short follow-up article or perhaps a review article published in one of the next issues of the Internal Medicine Review. I think our readers would be interested in a paper with information from any continued research or new data since this was published. It would not have to be a long article, but if you don’t have time for this perhaps you could ask one of your co-authors or students to collaborate or contribute instead.

    If you have moved on from your previous research interests I am certainly interested in knowing more about your current projects; perhaps there is the potential for an article that would be published in our journal. If you have any questions about whether or not a certain subject fits our scope I can put you in contact with Dr. Chadwick Prodromos from our editorial board.

    Could you please let me know your thoughts on this?

    Sincerely,

    Dr. Lisseth Tovar, M. D.

    Senior Editor

    Internal Medicine Review

    http://www.internalmedicinereview.org

  32. Nikos says:

    I guess it was my turn. Here’s what I got.

    “Dear Dr. Papanikolaou NA,

    Hopefully, the email reaches you well. I am glad to contact you about a scientific paper you published – “Rational targeting in acute promyelocytic leukemia.”. I would like to thank you for publishing this, it was interesting to read. I am hoping to discuss with you an opportunity to publish a follow-up article or a review in one of the Internal Medicine Review’s issues. I think any new work you have done in this field would be of interest to our readers. It may be a short article, however you would be welcome to include any co-authors or students that may be able to collaborate.

    If you have continued research in this area I would certainly like to learn more about your current work. If you need any assistance in determining whether or not a certain subject fits our scope I can put you in contact with Dr. Chadwick Prodromos from our editorial board.

    Could you please let me know your thoughts regarding this possibility?

    Sincerely,

    Dr. Lisseth Tovar, M. D.

    Senior Editor

    Internal Medicine Review

    http://www.internalmedicinereview.org

    Dr. Chadwick Prodromos??? That does not sound like a real name. A Greek first name (Prodromos) and an English surname? What are the chances?

    • Herr Doktor Bimler says:

      Dr. Chadwick Prodromos???
      He’s a real person. Does a lot of social-media self-promotion; pimps stem-cell / platelet alt-med quackery.

  33. Madhumala K S says:

    Many thanks Jeff! Here is the standard email…..

    Dear Dr. Sadandappa,

    We still haven’t been able to connect so I though I would go ahead and send you a free subscription to the journal so you can take a look at some of our recently published papers. It may be accessed with the below login credentials. Could you please get back to me at your earliest convenience regarding the followup or review article?

    Login page: http://journals.ke-i.org/index.php/mra/login
    Username: mra
    Password: MRA85

    Sincerely,

    Kateryna

    From: Dr. Kateryna Bielka, M.D.
    Date: 2016-09-09 01:06:53.703
    To: “Dr. Sadandappa”
    Subject: Re: Followup to Dr. Sadandappa’s article?

    Dear Dr. Sadandappa,

    My last email must have reached you at a bad time so I am following up. If you are not the right person to talk to about this please let me know or feel free to forward this email.

    Sincerely,

    Dr. Kateryna Bielka

    From: Dr. Kateryna Bielka, M.D.
    Date: 2016-09-06 01:26:53.05
    To: “Dr. Sadandappa”
    Subject: Followup to Dr. Sadandappa’s article?

    Dear Dr. Sadandappa,

    I hope this email finds you well. My colleague asked if I could get in touch with you about a paper you authored entitled “Fly model causes neurological rethink”. Firstly, thank you for taking the time to publish this, it was an interesting read. I am hoping to discuss with you having a short follow-up article or perhaps a review article published in one of the next issues of the Internal Medicine Review. I think our readers would be interested in a paper with information from any continued research or new data since this was published. It would not have to be a long article, but if you don’t have time for this perhaps you could ask one of your co-authors or students to collaborate or contribute instead.

    If you have moved on from your previous research interests I am certainly interested in knowing more about your current projects; perhaps there is the potential for an article that would be published in our journal. If you have any questions about whether or not a certain subject fits our scope I can put you in contact with Dr. Steven Lindheim from our editorial board.

    Could you please let me know your thoughts on this?

    Sincerely,

    Dr. Kateryna Bielka, M. D.

    Senior Editor

    Medical Research Archives

    http://www.journals.ke-i.org/mra

  34. grateful says:

    I just received a similar email from Tovar at Internal Medicine Review. Fortunately I know I am a very mediocre researcher, so this ego-stroking email seemed a bit fishy. First thing I did was google the journal, and hey presto, that brought me straight to this post. That saved me a lot of time. So thank you!!

  35. Bob Sheldon says:

    I just got one today: exactly the same as all the others. And atypically it seems I publish in cardiovascular journals, which are nominally part of internal medicine. We get a lot of pay per view invitations, and my first response if it looks the case is how much? As soon as a price is mentioned I just bow out. Who needs to pay except for true open access before the first 6 months? Thanks for the string though; it’s been a great read. These people are a plague and I wish we could get rid of them.

  36. Daniel Hägg says:

    Thanks for taking the time to document this, also got the same letter. Keep up the good work.

  37. David says:

    Dear Dr. Beall,

    Many thanks for your hard work! I also received this spam today…. I always check your site before replying “unsubscribe” or clicking on any link in the mail to unsubscribe from their list. Otherwise, all you get to reply to those mails, is that your e-mail address has been confirmed and you’ll keep receiving such scams. Those spammers are really boring!!!

    Keep up the good work, many many thanks for your list and articles!

  38. John Gregor says:

    I also received the same spam today.

  39. Thresherold says:

    Received the same kind of email today, and as many others who posted here my first step when receiving emails like this is checking your site. Thank you very much for your guidance and relentless efforts to uncover such scams!

  40. Gillian Whalley says:

    I just got my second email in as many weeks, this time saying:
    “My last email must have reached you at a bad time so I am following up. If you are not the right person to talk to about this please let me know or feel free to forward this email.”

    First email was word for word the same as above.

    Argggh!

    And thanks for keeping your energy focussed on this dreadful activity

  41. Brian Cox says:

    I have been sent several more each one escalating the and trying to be more legitimate:

    Dear Dr. Cox,

    My last email must have reached you at a bad time so I am following up. If you are not the right person to talk to about this please let me know or feel free to forward this email.

    I am also pasting links to a couple of our recently published articles so you may have a sense of the style and formatting.

    Current Technological State of Radiation Therapy for the Treatment of Lung Cancer

    Longitudinal Follow-up Study of Bone Mineral Density in Adult Survivors of Solid Pediatric Cancers

    Sincerely,

    Dr. Lisseth Tovar

    And most recently:

    Dear Dr. Cox,

    We still haven’t been able to connect so I though I would go ahead and send you a free subscription to the journal so you can take a look at some of our recently published papers. It may be accessed with the below login credentials. Could you please get back to me at your earliest convenience regarding the followup or review article?

    Login page: http://internalmedicinereview.org/index.php/imr/login
    Username: IMR2
    Password: j12345

    Sincerely,

    Lisseth

  42. Dr. Ali H. Ad'hiah says:

    Thank you very much for such important highlighting. I received a similar e-mail.

  43. C Leathem says:

    Hello there,
    I was just about to delete yet another message (below) from the persistent Dr. Lisseth Tovar when I decided to Google her while having a coffee and found your great site and all this info!

    Dear Dr. Leathem,
    My last email must have reached you at a bad time so I am following up. If you are not the right person to talk to about this please let me know or feel free to forward this email.
    I am also pasting links to a couple of our recently published articles so you may have a sense of the style and formatting.
    Current Technological State of Radiation Therapy for the Treatment of Lung Cancer
    Longitudinal Follow-up Study of Bone Mineral Density in Adult Survivors of Solid Pediatric Cancers

    Sincerely,
    Dr. Lisseth Tovar

    These emails are so annoying, I was just saying to my friends daughter who has been forwarding text scams from her new phone – ALWAYS Google first to check. So we really do appreciate the time and effort you take to help us beat the scammers. Very best wishes

  44. Jana says:

    thanks so much for investigating this for all our benefit! it sounded very fishy to me as well, and googling “lisseth tovar” brought me to your site. just received this last week and sent it straight to my spam folder…. needless to say the journals they are inviting me to publish in have nothing to do with my research either.

    Dear Dr. ,

    We still haven’t been able to reach you so I would like to provide you with a free subscription to our journal so you may get acquainted with what we publish. You may get access with the credentials below. Could you please contact me as soon as convenient for you concerning the follow-up or review article?

    Login page: http://internalmedicinereview.org/index.php/imr/login
    Username: IMR2
    Password: j12345

    Sincerely,

    Lisseth

    From: Dr. Lisseth Tovar, M.D. <tovar@internalmedicinereview.org>
    Date: 2016-10-10 18:26:53.459
    To: “Dr. ”
    Subject: Re: Update to Dr. ‘s article?

    Dear Dr. ,

    My previous email must have been delivered at a bad time so I am checking it again. If you are not the right person to talk to about this, please, let me know or feel free to forward this email.

    I would like to provide the links to a couple of our recently published articles so you may see the style and formatting typical of our journal.

    Current Technological State of Radiation Therapy for the Treatment of Lung Cancer

    Longitudinal Follow-up Study of Bone Mineral Density in Adult Survivors of Solid Pediatric Cancers

    Sincerely,

    Dr. Lisseth Tovar

    From: Dr. Lisseth Tovar, M.D. <tovar@internalmedicinereview.org>
    Date: 2016-10-06 02:27:48.143
    To: “Dr. ”
    Subject: Update to Dr. ‘s article?

    Dear Dr. ,

    Hopefully, the email reaches you well. I am glad to contact you about a scientific paper you published – ” “. I would like to thank you for publishing this, it was interesting to read. I am hoping to discuss with you an opportunity to publish a follow-up article or a review in one of the Internal Medicine Review’s issues. I think any new work you have done in this field would be of interest to our readers. It may be a short article, however you would be welcome to include any co-authors or students that may be able to collaborate.

    If you have continued research in this area I would certainly like to learn more about your current work. If you need any assistance in determining whether or not a certain subject fits our scope I can put you in contact with Dr. Chadwick Prodromos from our editorial board.

    Could you please let me know your thoughts regarding this possibility?

    Sincerely,

    Dr. Lisseth Tovar, M. D.

    Senior Editor

    Internal Medicine Review

    http://www.internalmedicinereview.org

    This email and any attachments sent with it are confidential and intended only for the use of the individual or entity to whom they are addressed. If you have received this email in error please notify the system manager. This message contains confidential information and is intended only for the individual named. If you are not the named addressee you should not read, distribute or copy this e-mail. Please notify the sender immediately by e-mail or at 712 H Street #1018 Washington DC 20002 USA. If you have received this e-mail by mistake and delete this e-mail from your system. If you are not the intended recipient you are notified that disclosing, copying, distributing or taking any action in reliance on the contents of this information is strictly prohibited.

  45. aftab says:

    today also I got a similarly worded email but before trashing it I just googled it, normally I just delete the email. This is just tp intimate you so that you can take appropriate action.

  46. Irene Stratton says:

    Oh dear – I replied to the spam email sent to me….

  47. Isabelle Cozzarelli says:

    I received another of these today.

    Subject: Followup to Dr. Cozzarelli’s article?

    Dear Dr. Cozzarelli,

    I hope this email finds you well. I wanted to get in touch with you about the paper you authored entitled “Biogeochemical evolution of a landfill leachate plume, Norman, Oklahoma.”. Firstly, thank you for taking the time to publish this, it was an interesting read. I am hoping to discuss with you having a short follow-up article or perhaps a review article published in one of the next issues of the Medical Research Archives. I’m sure our readers would be interested in a paper with information from any continued research or new data since this was published. It would not have to be a long article, but if you don’t have time for this perhaps you could ask one of your co-authors or students to collaborate or contribute instead.

    If you have moved on from your previous research interests I am certainly interested in knowing more about your current projects. If you have any questions about scope or deadlines I am happy to answer them or put you in touch with Dr. Steven Lindheim from our editorial board.

    Could you please let me know your thoughts on this?

    Sincerely,

    Dr. Kateryna Bielka, M. D.

    Senior Editor

    Medical Research Archives

    http://www.journals.ke-i.org/mra

    This email and any attachments sent with it are confidential and intended only for the use of the individual or entity to whom they are addressed. If you have received this email in error please notify the system manager. This message contains confidential information and is intended only for the individual named. If you are not the named addressee you should not read, distribute or copy this e-mail. Please notify the sender immediately by e-mail or at 712 H Street #1018 Washington DC 20002 USA. If you have received this e-mail by mistake please delete it from your system. If you are not the intended recipient you are notified that disclosing, copying, distributing or taking any action in reliance on the contents of this information is strictly prohibited.

  48. evandmorris1 says:

    Our friend, Lisseth, is still at it on Nov 5.
    Here is here latest.

    Dear Dr. Morris,
    My last email must have reached you at a bad time so I am following up. If you are not the right person to talk to about this please let me know or feel free to forward this email.
    I am also including links to a couple of our recently published articles so you may have a sense of the style and formatting.
    Current Technological State of Radiation Therapy for the Treatment of Lung Cancer
    Longitudinal Follow-up Study of Bone Mineral Density in Adult Survivors of Solid Pediatric Cancers

    Sincerely,
    Dr. Lisseth Tovar

  49. Freddy says:

    I got the spam(s), too. It is quite easy to understand what it is about (complete rubbish) because my research does not deal with medicine or even biology. I chose to reply with the text below, mostly for fun. Maybe I will get a reply. Who knows?

    Dear Dr. Tovar,

    this is very fortunate that you contact me now. We were about to submit our latest contribution together with Dr. M. Aboule, MD, with the title “Crushing glioblastoma in its early stage with bowling balls” to The Lancet. But I saw that we could spend 3000$ to publish in your journal, which seems very attractive. As you may know, we are overpaid and we cannot seem to get rid of the money our fantastic approach granted us. In fact, our treatment is very effective as we have never heard any complaint from our patients. Moreover, we developed a very fruitful partnership with a funeral home.

    Sincerely,
    F

  50. Christopher W Ide says:

    I’m obviously the most recent in a long sequence of recipients!
    They (Internal Medicine Review) have contacted me before, but I’ve paid no attention to them because of time pressures. Most recently, Dr Tovar contacted me to ask if I would write a follow-up article regarding a paper that I had published two years ago on cancer in firefighters (I’m an occupational medicine specialist).
    Since I have some time to spare, I paid more attention, and yes- their approach is very flattering. However, I Googled IMR, and came upon this website. Thank you, Dr Beall, for your efforts!
    Like Freddy above, I will have to send my standard letter to Dr Tovar, to ask why should I spend $3 000 to have a paper appearing in IMR when I can get my work published for free in prestigious journals, and that some will even pay me to write for them!
    bw
    Chris Ide

  51. Juan says:

    Just for the record, same trick, from Dr. Kateryna Bielka, M. D. Senior Editor, Medical Research Archives.
    Thank you very much Dr. Beall for your work.

  52. Catherine says:

    11th November, been going on for awhile and this is the second round of emails I’ve had from them, just this year.

    Dear Dr. G—-,

    We still haven’t been able to connect, could you please get back to me at your earliest convenience? The deadline for submitting a paper is flexible and I am happy to help in any way I can.

    Sincerely,

    Dr. Lisseth Tovar
    internalmedicinereview.org

  53. Dear Dr. Beall,
    thank you for the list and what it does. I have some thoughts on it myself, since I teach biology in India to Undergraduates and have cited you in the past (1). Currently I am writing to confirm that Dr. Lisseth Tovar (reminds me of the girl with the dragon tattoo) contacted me with a well crafted email with all the right content from before and some publication entered. Some interesting “if you haven’t published a followup” parts were added. And then I got a followup email. Something like harassing internship emails that I am more used to.
    Keep up the good work, and we hope to hear you in person in India sometime.
    Regards,
    Chaitanya

    REF:
    (1) http://v1.indiabioscience.org/blogs/originality-scientific-writing-avoiding-slippery-slope-plagiarism

  54. Teri says:

    I’ve received a number of these off and on during this year. A couple from journals on your list. (Thank you very much for putting this information out there.)

    I’ve also received three or four emails exactly like this of a similar sort, but a different group. Are these also part of this predatory publishing? It seems strange, but maybe I’m just not used to academic spam yet. I’ve pasted one of the emails below:

    DearColleague  . ,

    Greetings from the Journal of Arts, Literature and Linguistics Open Access (ALLOA)
     
     
    We are in process of soliciting papers for the journal of Arts, Literature and Linguistics Open Access (ALLOA). As per your expertise and publishing history we understand that you are one of the potential contributors in this field. We have seen you papers related to the field and it is quite impressive for us to know that you are the quality contributor.
     
     
    Through the journal it will be possible for you to publish your articles in open access in a very easily accessible and readable manner. Our rapid peer review process enables you to publish articles with quality and ease.
     
     
    Our expert editorial team reviews the research papers and gives timely feedback to ensure and enhance the quality. By publishing with us, you will be benefited with our easily accessible formats of reading. We charge minimum amount as article processing fee to give you the best publishing support and experience. You can publish with us more easily by having membership with our journal. Having membership with us is more of a privilege for you to publish articles with lesser charges with increased number of times.
     
     
    We will be honored to have your contribution towards the journal and thus invite to join the journal by just publishing your research towards the journal. Thus we invite you to submit paper for the journal through this invitation.
     
     
    Submission Last Date: 27 Mar 2016; Publication Date: 27 Apr 2016.

    Publication fee for accepted article is $99 only.

    Please submit your articles by clicking on the following link

    http://crescopublications.org/submitmanuscript.php Or you can directly send to E-mail:
    editor.alloa@crescopublications.org
     
     
    For any further queries you can contact our editorial office.
     
     
    Regards
    Emily
    Editorial Manager

  55. For whatever it might be worth, crescopublications.org is listed as a Scientific Spammer since September 4, 2015 already.

  56. Radha Boya says:

    Thank you so much Jeff for writing about this journal. I also feel there are lots of spam invitations from conferences – especially with the tag lines of invited speaker for international conference. Some are easy to identify as spam while some are not easy. for instance, I could not say if the following email addressed to me from CCMR conference was genuine or fake. Do you have any thoughts ?

    Thank you
    Radha

    ________________________________________
    From: CCMR 2017 Team [cc3dmr.oahosto@gmail.com]
    Sent: Wednesday, November 16, 2016 6:50 AM
    To: Radha Boya
    Subject: [2017 CCMR] Invited Speaker Invitation

    Dear Dr. B. Radha,

    On behalf of the conference chairs and committees,

    we are pleased to invite you as an Invited Speaker to the 2017 collaborative
    conference on Materials Research (CCMR).

    http://ccmr2017.org/ (Main)

    http://ccmr2017.org/?page_id=88 (Committees)

    http://ccmr2017.org/?page_id=91 (Confirmed Invited Speakers)

    http://aqnmol.kw.ac.kr/CCMR2017/ccmr17-program-p_1.pdf (Program –PDF)

    With the success of previous collaborative conference series from 2011 to
    2016, the 2017 CCMR will continue providing the interdisciplinary forum for
    the open communication in understanding the physical, chemical, and biological
    materials of any compositions and morphologies, including carbon nanotubes,
    graphene, oxide materials, polymer, molecules, nanoparticles, nanowires, and
    quantum dots. Materials research, the sciences and technologies for the
    generation, processing, and fabrication of materials, is where disciplines
    merge and where they diverge into a remarkable range of applications from
    electronics to health care that touch, or will soon touch, the lives of
    millions.

    This collaborative conference series is established to enable technological
    developments in the various fields of materials and to further the goal of
    unifying materials research in engineering, physics, biology, materials
    science, as well as chemistry and neuroscience. 2017 CCMR, as the seventh
    conference in this series, offers materials researchers the opportunity to
    discuss and exchange information with the frontiers in their fields and
    network with scientists from various other fields for potential
    interdisciplinary collaborations.

    We are hoping to attract some of the prominent researchers across the
    frontiers of Materials. Our goal is to look not only where we are going but
    where we can reach, to expose opportunities and challenges, and to help
    catalyze advances in the field by extending the fundamental understanding of
    technologies and perceptual issues.

    This conference will take place during 26 – 30th (M – F) June 2017 at the Jeju
    International Convention Center (ICC), Jungmun resort in Jeju island, South
    Korea.

    This conference offers:

    1. Sessions programs with the world class speakers.
    2. Various entrainment and social programs. (Refer PDF).
    http://aqnmol.kw.ac.kr/CCMR2017/ccmr17-program-p_1.pdf (PDF)
    3. Great locations.
    4. Reasonable hotel prices (block discount).

    ———————————————————————————————————————–

    As an invited speaker, you are expected to give an invited talk of ~ 30 min.

    If you would like to join, please simply let us know the following information
    by replying this email:

    1) Tentative title of your presentation (abstract)
    2) Your institution and Country
    3) Your web address (if applicable)

    ———————————————————————————————————————–

    We do hope you will be able to accept this invitation and contribute to the
    2017 CCMR, which we are sure will add an important dimension to this
    conference.

    We are looking forward to your positive reply!

    Sincerely,

    Jihoon Lee, Prof., CCMR 2017 Organizer

    On behalf of:

    Prof. Gregory J. Salamo, CCMR 2017 Conference Chair

    Prof. Milko van der Boom, CCMR 2017 Conference Co-chair

    P.S.
    1. Participation can be canceled any time before the conference according
    to the registration schedule. (Must be notified to the conference)
    2. We are not able to offer any kind of honorarium or reduced registration
    fee in return for your appearance due to the budget limitations.

    Session Programs of previous Series

    http://aqnmol.kw.ac.kr/CC3DMR/CC3DMR2016_SP.pdf (2016)
    http://aqnmol.kw.ac.kr/CC3DMR/CC3DMR2015_SP.pdf (2015)
    http://aqnmol.kw.ac.kr/CC3DMR/CC3DMR2014_SP.pdf (2014)
    http://aqnmol.kw.ac.kr/CC3DMR/CC3DMR2013_SP.pdf (2013)
    http://aqnmol.kw.ac.kr/CC3DMR/CC3DMR2012_SP.pdf (2012)
    http://aqnmol.kw.ac.kr/CC3DMR/CC3DMR2011_SP.pdf (2011)

    Snapshots of previous Series

    http://aqnmol.kw.ac.kr/SanpshotsOfCC3DR2016.html (2016)
    http://aqnmol.kw.ac.kr/SanpshotsOfCC3DR2015.html (2015)
    http://aqnmol.kw.ac.kr/SanpshotsOfCC3DR2014.html (2014)
    http://aqnmol.kw.ac.kr/SanpshotsOfCC3DR2013.html (2013)
    http://aqnmol.kw.ac.kr/SanpshotsOfCC3DR2012.html (2012)
    http://aqnmol.kw.ac.kr/SanpshotsOfCC3DR2011.html (2011)

    Committees

    http://ccmr2017.org/?page_id=88

    International Advisory Committee

  57. Jennifer says:

    Since other comments had older dates, I wanted to add that I received the email today 11/28/2016. I’m not sure how my research on salamander territoriality would fit with a internal medicine journal.

  58. Leon McClusky says:

    Thank you so much for exposing all these con artists.

    Leon

  59. Catherine says:

    I’ve had several emails from Lisveth Tovar, they’ve now switched to a new person;
    Dr. Kateryna Bielka, M. D.

  60. Peter Engel says:

    Here is the latest invitation from Internal Medicine Review.
    Peter Engel, MD, Boston MA.
    ————————————————————————–
    From: Dr. Lisseth Tovar, M.D.
    Sent: Thursday, December 01, 2016 3:45 PM
    To: Engel, Peter A.
    Subject: [EXTERNAL] Subject: Followup to Dr. Engel’s article?

    “Dear Dr. Engel,

    I hope this email finds you well. My colleague asked if I could get in touch with you about a paper you authored entitled “Does metabolic failure at the synapse cause Alzheimer’s disease?”. Firstly, thank you for taking the time to publish this, it was an interesting read. I am hoping to discuss with you having a short follow-up article or perhaps a review article published in one of the next issues of the Internal Medicine Review. I think our readers would be interested in a paper with information from any continued research or new data since this was published. It would not have to be a long article, but if you don’t have time for this perhaps you could ask one of your co-authors or students to collaborate or contribute instead.
    If you have moved on from your previous research interests I am certainly interested in knowing more about your current projects; perhaps there is the potential for an article that would be published in our journal. If you have any questions about whether or not a certain subject fits our scope I can put you in contact with Dr. Chadwick Prodromos from our editorial board.

    Could you please let me know your thoughts on this?

    Sincerely,
    Dr. Lisseth Tovar, M. D.
    Senior Editor
    Internal Medicine Review
    http://www.internalmedicinereview.org

    This email and any attachments sent with it are confidential and intended only for the use of the individual or entity to whom they are addressed. If you have received this email in error please notify the system manager. This message contains confidential information and is intended only for the individual named. If you are not the named addressee you should not read, distribute or copy this e-mail. Please notify the sender immediately by e-mail or at 712 H Street #1018 Washington DC 20002 USA. If you have received this e-mail by mistake and delete this e-mail from your system. If you are not the intended recipient you are notified that disclosing, copying, distributing or taking any action in reliance on the contents of this information is strictly prohibited.”

  61. Rajnish Joshi says:

    I was contacted by Medical Research Archives, and was also forwarded links to Pubmed Archive pages. Trail mail below. What gave in was the fact that only four citations appear in Pubmed, I Donot know how. Interesting conversation below:

    Dr. Joshi,

    Any updates on your submission? Are you still planning to proceed further?

    Sincerely,

    Dr. Kateryna Bielka, M.D.

    Medical Research Archives

    612-524-5565

    On Nov 23, 2016, at 10:55 AM Dr. Kateryna Bielka, M. D. wrote:
    > Dr. Joshi,
    >
    > Any news here?
    >
    >
    Sincerely,
    >

    Dr. Kateryna Bielka, M.D.

    Medical Research Archives

    chrome-extension://lifbcibllhkdhoafpjfnlhfpfgnpldfl/call_skype_logo.png612-524-5565

    >
    > On Nov 17, 2016, at 2:43 PM Dr. Kateryna Bielka, M. D. wrote:
    > > Dr. Joshi,
    > >
    > >
    Any updates on your submission? The submission date you indicated already passed, so I was wondering if you need any assistance or extension of the deadline.

    > >
    > >
    Sincerely,
    > >

    Dr. Kateryna Bielka, M.D.

    Medical Research Archives

    chrome-extension://lifbcibllhkdhoafpjfnlhfpfgnpldfl/call_skype_logo.png612-524-5565

    > >
    > > On Nov 10, 2016, at 10:12 AM Dr. Kateryna Bielka, M. D. wrote:
    > > > Dr. Joshi,
    > > >
    > > > I hope you are well. The estimated submission date you gave me is close and I wanted to make sure you have all of the necessary information to complete the submission. You may submit your manuscript on our website at : journals.ke-i.org/mra
    > > >
    > > > You will be asked to upload it in Word or PDF format, and enter some contact information and metadata. You then mist click the complete button on the last page of the form.
    > > >
    > > > Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions.
    > > >
    > > >
    > > >
    > > >
    > > >
    Sincerely,
    > > >

    Dr. Kateryna Bielka, M.D.

    Medical Research Archives

    chrome-extension://lifbcibllhkdhoafpjfnlhfpfgnpldfl/call_skype_logo.png612-524-5565

    > > >
    > > > On Oct 19, 2016, at 2:45 PM Dr. Kateryna Bielka, M. D. wrote:
    > > > > D. Joshi,
    > > > >
    > > > > Thank you for the update. That’s fine. Looking forward to your submission.
    > > > >
    > > > >
    Sincerely,
    > > > >

    Dr. Kateryna Bielka, M.D.

    Medical Research Archives

    chrome-extension://lifbcibllhkdhoafpjfnlhfpfgnpldfl/call_skype_logo.png612-524-5565

    > > > >
    > > > > On Oct 18, 2016, at 10:11 PM Rajnish wrote:
    > > > > >
    It is taking longer than anticipated will get this done in another two weeks
    Rajnish
    > > > > >
    > > > > > Sent from my iPhone

    > > > > > On 17-Oct-2016, at 6:27 PM, Dr. Kateryna Bielka, M. D. wrote:
    > > > > >
    > > > > >
    Dr. Joshi,
    > > > > >
    > > > > >
    Any updates on your submission? The submission date you indicated already passed, so I was wondering if you need any assistance.

    > > > > >
    > > > > >
    Sincerely,
    > > > > >

    Dr. Kateryna Bielka, M.D.

    Medical Research Archives

    chrome-extension://lifbcibllhkdhoafpjfnlhfpfgnpldfl/call_skype_logo.png612-524-5565

    > > > > >
    > > > > > On Oct 14, 2016, at 9:52 AM Dr. Kateryna Bielka, M. D. wrote:
    > > > > > > Dr. Joshi,
    > > > > > >
    > > > > > > I hope you are well. The estimated submission date you gave me is close and I wanted to make sure you have all of the necessary information to complete the submission. You may submit your manuscript on our website at : journals.ke-i.org/mra
    > > > > > >
    > > > > > > You will be asked to upload it in Word or PDF format, and enter some contact information and metadata. You then mist click the complete button on the last page of the form.
    > > > > > >
    > > > > > > Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions.
    > > > > > >
    > > > > > >
    > > > > > >
    > > > > > >
    > > > > > >
    Sincerely,
    > > > > > >

    Dr. Kateryna Bielka, M.D.

    Medical Research Archives

    chrome-extension://lifbcibllhkdhoafpjfnlhfpfgnpldfl/call_skype_logo.png612-524-5565

    > > > > > >
    > > > > > > On Oct 11, 2016, at 5:00 AM Dr. Kateryna Bielka, M. D. wrote:
    > > > > > > > Mr. Vibha,
    > > > > > > >
    > > > > > > > Thank you so much for the prompt response. We have updated our records. Looking forward to seeing Dr. Joshi,s work.

    > > > > > > >
    > > > > > > >
    Sincerely,
    > > > > > > >

    Dr. Kateryna Bielka, M.D.

    Medical Research Archives

    chrome-extension://lifbcibllhkdhoafpjfnlhfpfgnpldfl/call_skype_logo.png612-524-5565

    > > > > > > >
    > > > > > > > On Oct 05, 2016, at 6:03 AM Vibha Jain wrote:
    > > > > > > > >

    > > > > > > > >
    Please find attached herewith the Medical Research Archives Submission form of Dr. Joshi for his article.
    > > > > > > > >

    > > > > > > > >
    Regards,
    Vibha
    Office Assistant,
    AIIMS Bhopal

    > > > > > > > >

    > > > > > > > >

    > > > > > > > >
    ———- Forwarded message ———-
    > > > > > > > > From: Dr. Kateryna Bielka, M. D.
    > > > > > > > > Date: Thu, Sep 15, 2016 at 5:50 PM
    > > > > > > > > Subject: Re: Followup to Dr. Joshi’s article?
    > > > > > > > > To: Rajnish
    > > > > > > > > Cc: “k.bielka@journals.ke-i.org” , “girish.pediatrics@aiimsbhopal.edu.in”
    > > > > > > > >
    > > > > > > > >
    > > > > > > > > Dr. Joshi,
    > > > > > > > >
    Thank you for your email. I’m sure this will be of interest to our readers. I look forward to working with you. If you could have a draft ready byOctober 20th we should be able to have it peer-reviewed in time for our next issue, do you think this might be feasible? If not we can certainly extend the deadline a little.

    Here is a link to our author guidelines so you have more information about the journal and process of submitting a manuscript.

    http://journals.ke-i.org/index.php/mra/pages/view/author-guideline

    I will also give you links to a couple articles we have published so you can get an idea of how to structure the manuscript.

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26913293
    > > > > > > > >

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26949738
    > > > > > > > >

    Please let me know what questions you have for me. If you are ready to move forward you may fill out the attached form so we have some basic information about the article and can begin selecting peer-reviewers.

    > > > > > > > >

    > > > > > > > >
    > > > > > > > >
    Sincerely,
    > > > > > > > >

    Dr. Kateryna Bielka, M.D.

    Medical Research Archives

    cid:612-524-5565

    > > > > > > > >
    > > > > > > > > On Sep 09, 2016, at 8:16 PM Rajnish wrote:
    > > > > > > > > >
    We can definitely review what more has happened in encephalitis scenario in India in last couple of years, taking forward the theme of the previous article. Please let me know if this is what you may desire.
    I am copying my collegue Dr Girish Bhatt on this mail, as we share similar research interest.
    Thanks
    Rajnish

    > > > > > > > > >
    On Fri, Sep 9, 2016 at 7:45 PM, Dr. Kateryna Bielka, M.D. wrote:
    > > > > > > > > >
    Dear Dr. Joshi,

    My last email must have reached you at a bad time so I am following up. If you are not the right person to talk to about this please let me know or feel free to forward this email.

    > > > > > > > > >

    Sincerely,

    Dr. Kateryna Bielka

    > > > > > > > > > —

    > > > > > > > > >
    From: Dr. Kateryna Bielka, M.D.
    > > > > > > > > > Date: 2016-09-06 16:35:43.342
    > > > > > > > > > To: “Dr. Joshi”
    > > > > > > > > > Subject: Followup to Dr. Joshi’s article?
    > > > > > > > > >
    > > > > > > > > >
    Dear Dr. Joshi,

    I hope this email finds you well. My colleague asked if I could get in touch with you about a paper you authored entitled “Clinical presentation, etiology, and survival in adult acute encephalitis syndrome in rural Central India”. Firstly, thank you for taking the time to publish this, it was an interesting read. I am hoping to discuss with you having a short follow-up article or perhaps a review article published in one of the next issues of the Internal Medicine Review. I think our readers would be interested in a paper with information from any continued research or new data since this was published. It would not have to be a long article, but if you don’t have time for this perhaps you could ask one of your co-authors or students to collaborate or contribute instead.

    If you have moved on from your previous research interests I am certainly interested in knowing more about your current projects; perhaps there is the potential for an article that would be published in our journal. If you have any questions about whether or not a certain subject fits our scope I can put you in contact with Dr. Steven Lindheim from our editorial board.

    Could you please let me know your thoughts on this?

    > > > > > > > > >

    Sincerely,

    Dr. Kateryna Bielka, M. D.

    Senior Editor

    Medical Research Archives

    http://www.journals.ke-i.org/mra

  62. Ryan Brinkman says:

    Still scamming emails. Nice to see you guys tracking this:

    Dear Dr. Brinkman,

    I hope this email finds you well. My colleague asked if I could get in touch with you about a paper you authored entitled “GenePattern flow cytometry suite”. Firstly, thank you for taking the time to publish this, it was an interesting read. I am hoping to discuss with you having a short follow-up article or perhaps a review article published in one of the next issues of the Internal Medicine Review. I think our readers would be interested in a paper with information from any continued research or new data since this was published. It would not have to be a long article, but if you don’t have time for this perhaps you could ask one of your co-authors or students to collaborate or contribute instead.
    If you have moved on from your previous research interests I am certainly interested in knowing more about your current projects; perhaps there is the potential for an article that would be published in our journal. If you have any questions about whether or not a certain subject fits our scope I can put you in contact with Dr. Chadwick Prodromos from our editorial board.

    Could you please let me know your thoughts on this?

    Sincerely,
    Dr. Lisseth Tovar, M. D.
    Senior Editor
    Internal Medicine Review
    http://www.internalmedicinereview.org

    This email and any attachments sent with it are confidential and intended only for the use of the individual or entity to whom they are addressed. If you have received this email in error please notify the system manager. This message contains confidential information and is intended only for the individual named. If you are not the named addressee you should not read, distribute or copy this e-mail. Please notify the sender immediately by e-mail or at 712 H Street #1018 Washington DC 20002 USA. If you have received this e-mail by mistake and delete this e-mail from your system. If you are not the intended recipient you are notified that disclosing, copying, distributing or taking any action in reliance on the contents of this information is strictly prohibited.

  63. Jagadish Salunke says:

    Dear Jeffrey Beall,

    Thank you so much for the great information, we are about to thinking for this fake journal.

    Thanks
    Jagadish

  64. Tom Geens says:

    Many thanks for the information!
    Tom

    Van: Dr. Lisseth Tovar, M.D. [mailto:lisseth.tovar@internalmedicinereview.org]
    Verzonden: dinsdag 6 december 2016 13:01
    Aan: Geens Tom
    Onderwerp: Subject: Followup to Dr. Geens’s article?

    Dear Dr. Geens,

    I hope this email finds you well. My colleague asked if I could get in touch with you about a paper you authored entitled “Air exposure assessment of TDI and biological monitoring of TDA in urine in workers in polyurethane foam industry”. Firstly, thank you for taking the time to publish this, it was an interesting read. I am hoping to discuss with you having a short follow-up article or perhaps a review article published in one of the next issues of the Internal Medicine Review. I think our readers would be interested in a paper with information from any continued research or new data since this was published. It would not have to be a long article, but if you don’t have time for this perhaps you could ask one of your co-authors or students to collaborate or contribute instead.
    If you have moved on from your previous research interests I am certainly interested in knowing more about your current projects; perhaps there is the potential for an article that would be published in our journal. If you have any questions about whether or not a certain subject fits our scope I can put you in contact with Dr. Chadwick Prodromos from our editorial board.

    Could you please let me know your thoughts on this?

    Sincerely,
    Dr. Lisseth Tovar, M. D.
    Senior Editor
    Internal Medicine Review
    http://www.internalmedicinereview.org

    This email and any attachments sent with it are confidential and intended only for the use of the individual or entity to whom they are addressed. If you have received this email in error please notify the system manager. This message contains confidential information and is intended only for the individual named. If you are not the named addressee you should not read, distribute or copy this e-mail. Please notify the sender immediately by e-mail or at 712 H Street #1018 Washington DC 20002 USA. If you have received this e-mail by mistake and delete this e-mail from your system. If you are not the intended recipient you are notified that disclosing, copying, distributing or taking any action in reliance on the contents of this information is strictly prohibited.

    http://ke-i.org/Mailwizz/mailwizz-1.3.5.8/latest/index.php/lists/ek969zvmqw05a/unsubscribe/hj9881xt7labe/hz324ensnbdd0

  65. Karen Foster-Schubert says:

    Thank you – was a near-victim of this solicitation for a “follow up” article to another I had (legitimately) published… emails and names verbatim as you have listed above! Thank you!

  66. Tim Straub says:

    I just had a request today, and I seemed to remember this very same e-mail this summer. I treat them all as SPAM. Remarkable how they just swap out the author name and referenced journal article. Everything else is identical to the e-mail Dr. Geens received 6-December l!!!!

    “I hope this email finds you well. My colleague asked if I could get in touch with you about a paper you authored entitled ……….Firstly, thank you for taking the time to publish this, it was an interesting read. I am hoping to discuss with you having a short follow-up article or perhaps a review article published in one of the next issues of the Internal Medicine Review. I think our readers would be interested in a paper with information from any continued research or new data since this was published. It would not have to be a long article, but if you don’t have time for this perhaps you could ask one of your co-authors or students to collaborate or contribute instead.
    If you have moved on from your previous research interests I am certainly interested in knowing more about your current projects; perhaps there is the potential for an article that would be published in our journal. If you have any questions about whether or not a certain subject fits our scope I can put you in contact with Dr. Chadwick Prodromos from our editorial board.

    Could you please let me know your thoughts on this?

    Sincerely,
    Dr. Lisseth Tovar, M. D.
    Senior Editor
    Internal Medicine Review
    http://www.internalmedicinereview.org

    Even the tagline!!!

    This email and any attachments sent with it are confidential and intended only for the use of the individual or entity to whom they are addressed. If you have received this email in error please notify the system manager. This message contains confidential information and is intended only for the individual named. If you are not the named addressee you should not read, distribute or copy this e-mail. Please notify the sender immediately by e-mail or at 712 H Street #1018 Washington DC 20002 USA. If you have received this e-mail by mistake and delete this e-mail from your system. If you are not the intended recipient you are notified that disclosing, copying, distributing or taking any action in reliance on the contents of this information is strictly prohibited.

  67. Benjamin Jensen says:

    I just received a very similar mail on another topic. The general wording of the ‘invitation’ was identical. Tremendously concerning.

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