USF Associate Dean is Tied to Dozens of Predatory Journals

Can't say no.

Can’t say no.

An associate dean from the University of South Florida (USF) is the editor-in-chief of six questionable, open-access journals and serves on the editorial boards of dozens more. He lists them in his CV.

Dr. Mark S. Kindy is — ironically — the Associate Dean for Research and Innovation as the University of South Florida’s College of Pharmacy. He’s also associated with the VA Hospital in Tampa, according to his lengthy, 41-page CV.

His CV indicates he is the Editor-in-Chief of the following open-access journals (publisher name in parentheses):

What serious researcher would want to edit a journal from a publisher named “Mr. Scholar“? Some of the above journals have more than one EiC. Also, for Scholar’s Advances in Animal & Veterinary Research, the journal lists him as one of three “Section Editors” rather than Editor-in-Chief, as his vita claims.

The publisher of each of the above journals is on my list. Both OMICS International and Austin Publishing Group are super predatory and have victimized many honest researchers. The United States Federal Trade Commission recently launched a lawsuit against OMICS International, an action I welcome.

By my count, Kindy’s vita claims he has served on the editorial board of 121 different scholarly journals, including both current and former service. I haven’t checked every one, but most of them appear to me to be journals belonging to publishers on my list. One of the journals he lists is an oceanography journal, far from his own field of pharmacy.

I learned about Kindy because a new predatory publisher is spamming for article submissions using his name. The publisher is called Research Open, which launched recently with four broad-scoped, open-access journals.

Rubbish Open

Rubbish Open

Kindy is listed as one of two co-Editors-in-Chief of Research Open’s Internal Medicine Research—Open Journal, though this service does not appear on his vita yet. I think Research Open may be an effort of OMICS International. The publisher is establishing dozens of smaller open-access publishers, saturating the scholarly publishing industry with junk journals, such as the ones Kindy oversees.


Some researchers choose to beef up their CVs by publishing in easy-acceptance, pay-to-publish journals and by joining the editorial boards of such journals. Such publishing and memberships are certainly within the bounds of academic freedom, but hiring processes at serious research universities ought to eliminate from consideration job candidates who exploit easy publishing and automatic acceptance on journal editorial boards.

I don’t understand why the University of South Florida has hired an Associate Dean for Research and Innovation whose record indicates association with journals from so many disreputable publishers. Typically, predatory publishers don’t carry out an authentic peer review, and they accept papers regardless of quality just to earn fees from the authors. This practice is contrary to the missions of research universities, institutions that typically value scientific integrity and selectivity.

Some — perhaps most — of Kindy’s published research appears in reputable journals, so I don’t fully understand why he would serve on editorial boards of so many predatory journals yet publish in reputable ones. Perhaps it’s because being a member of a predatory editorial board requires little or no work, as few perform any peer review. So he can fill up this section of his CV without having to do any work. Clever.

Hat tip: Dr. Alexandra F. Dalton

Appendix 1:

List of journals on Mark S. Kindy’s CV for which he claims editorial board membership:

  • Neuroscience Research Communications
  • American Journal of Pathology
  • Amyloid
  • Stroke
  • Neural Regeneration Research
  • Future Neurology
  • American Journal of Translational Research
  • Open Journal of Neuroscience
  • International Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Current Aging Science,
  • World Journal of Translational Medicine
  • World Journal of AIDS
  • Open Journal of Immunology
  • World Journal of Vaccine
  • Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease & Parkinsonism
  • Atherosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology
  • Guest Editor, World Journal of Neuroscience
  • NeuroMolecular Medicine
  • Journal of Neuroinflammation
  • World Journal of Biological Chemistry
  • World Journal of Methodology
  • Guest Editor, International Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease,
  • Special Issue on Alzheimer’s Disease: Environmental and
  • Epigenetic Factors
  • Journal of Genetic Disorders & Disease Information
  • Oceanography: Open Access
  • World Journal of Methodology Editorial Board
  • Journal of Neurology and Translational Neurosciences
  • Austin Journal of Drug Abuse and Addiction
  • International Journal of Forensic Science & Pathology
  • Journal of Cardiology & Clinical Research
  • Austin Journal of Clinical Cardiology
  • Austin Journal of Genetics and Genomic Research
  • Austin Vaccines
  • Austin Journal of HIV/AIDS Research
  • Journal of AIDS Clinical Research and STDs
  • Journal of Neurocardiovascular Disease
  • Translational Stroke Research
  • Journal of Gene Therapy and Genetic Disorders
  • Clinical Interventions in Aging
  • Journal of Inflammation Research
  • Austin Journal of Cerebrovascular Disease and Stroke
  • Journal of Addiction and Neuropharmacology
  • Austin Journal of Cardiovascular Disease and Atherosclerosis
  • SIDS Clinical Research and STDs
  • Medical Genomics and Biomarkers
  • Journal of Experimental Cardiology and Research
  • Austin Journal of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Disease
  • Turkish Journal of Medical Sciences
  • International Journal of Vaccines and Research
  • Annals of Neuroscience and Psychology
  • Journal of Parkinson’s Disease and Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Journal of AIDS Clinical Research and STDs
  • Journal of Cardiovascular Disease
  • International Journal of Neural Science and Brain Research
  • Journal of Immunology and Immunotherapeutics
  • International Journal of HIV/AIDS and Research (IJHR)
  • Scholarena Journal of Cardiology
  • Scholarena Journal of Neurology
  • Journal of AIDS and Immune Research
  • Journal of AIDS and HIV
  • Neurology: Open Access
  • International Journal of Vaccines and Immunization
  • International Journal of Stem Cell Research and Transplantation
  • Journal of Medical Education and Informatics
  • International Journal of Neurology and Brain Disorders
  • Pharmacologia
  • Drug Design, Development and Therapy
  • Journal of Genetic Disorders and Genetic Reports
  • Advances in Genetic Engineering
  • SM Vaccines and Vaccination Journal (SMVVJ)
  • Roger Journal of Cardiology
  • Journal of Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology
  • Journal of HIV/AIDS
  • Journal of Neuroscience and Neuroeconomics
  • Jacobs Journal of Anatomy
  • Journal of Aging and Disease
  • Journal of Vaccine Research
  • Journal of Clinical Case Reports and Reviews
  • Journal of Cancer Biomarkers
  • Journal of Immunological Diseases and Disorders
  • Journal of Biomedical Sciences
  • Stem Cells and Regenerative Biology
  • Journal of Global Vaccines and Immunology
  • International Journal of Neurological Disorders & Interventions
  • Annals of Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care
  • Kenkyu Journal of Pharmacology
  • Journal of Clinical Case Studies
  • Nutrition and Food Sciences
  • Journal of Clinical Interventions in Aging
  • Trends in HIV/AIDS
  • SRL Alzheimer’s & Parkinson’s Disease
  • SRL Cardiovascular Diseases & Diagnosis
  • Journal of Clinical & Experimental Neuroimmunology
  • Journal of Immunology and Immunotherapy
  • Brain Circulation
  • Insights in Blood Pressure
  • Translational Brain Rhythmicity
  • Madridge Journal of Pharmaceutical Research
  • Clinical Trails and Case Studies Journal
  • JBR Journal of Translational Biomarkers & Diagnosis
  • Journal of Clinical Case studies
  • European Medical Journal
  • JSM Clinical and Medical Imaging
  • Biomedical Research
  • Reactive Oxygen Species
  • SciTz Gynecology & Reproductive Medicine
  • Annals of Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care
  • SciFed Drug Delivery & Research Journal
  • Journal Clinics in Oncology – Radiation Oncology
  • Annals of Cardiovascular Diseases
  • Journal of Zoological Sciences
  • Clinics in Oncology
  • Translational Biomedicine
  • Journal of Imaging Sciences
  • HeighPubs Journal of Pathology and Clinical Research
  • HeighPubs Clinical Microbiology and Biochemical Technology
  • Journal of Oncology and Therapeutics
  • Journal of Clinical Nephrology
  • Journal of Genetic Medicine and Gene Therapy
  • Journal of Stroke Research

Appendix 2:

Text of an email sent under the name of Mark S. Kindy for a journal from the new predatory publisher Research Open:

From: Mark S Kindy – Editor In Chief <>
Date: August 12, 2016 at 7:06:15 AM MDT
To: < Redacted >
Subject: Follow up email :  Call for Internal Medicine manuscript submissions

Dear Dr. [Redacted],

Thank you again for your time today.

I would like to follow up on my previous E-mail regarding your contribution to Inaugural issue of “Internal Medicine Research Open Journal (IMROJ)”. As a founding member of the journal I would like to invite you for submitting your upcoming Research/Review/Case Reports to Inaugural issue of IMROJ and I am excited to work with you and anticipate the development of the Journal with quality submissions like yours.

For manuscript submission guidelines please visit the link below

You are welcome to submit the manuscript as an attachment to email at or as a reply to this email.

I hope the Inaugural articles will enhance the quality of the journal and please let me know if you have any questions or need anything else on my end. Kindly inform us your feasibility of submission at the earliest.

Inviting on behalf of Founding Editor-In-Chief Prof. Mark S Kindy
Yun Wang
Assistant editorial Manager
Internal Medicine Research-Open Journal

16 Responses to USF Associate Dean is Tied to Dozens of Predatory Journals

  1. Abdulmalik Ofemile says:

    Considering that Mark is an associate dean from the University of South Florida (USF), these journals may just be trying to build credibility by getting him on the editorial board. This to me is a good way to go about it instead of using quacks.
    In this day of increasing multidisciplinary research the distances and relationship between disciplines or areas of specialisation is narrowing with the lines blurring so, Mark cannot be faulted on this.
    My opinion is that, Mark should be commended especially if he is doing a very professional editorial job on these journals

  2. At the least, it’s very unusual to have an associate-level administrative appointment *and* to be involved with that many journals. That is a workload that would be very difficult to adequately manage.

    • jeffollerton says:

      I’d go further and say that it’s unusual for _any_ academic to be involved with that many journals _if_ they are actually making any kind of contribution to the journal itself, rather than just being a name on a list. And being a name on an editorial board is not far removed from “honorary” paper authorship.

  3. Ramze A. Elzahrany says:

    I am very surprised that we don’t have a law to control this phenomena! At the same time, where does his employer “university of South Florida” stand here?!

    My regards professor Beall.

    • Derek says:

      I don’t know about the University of South Florida, but I think many universities (including my own) must be turning a blind eye to predatory journals. Given that by one estimate, there were 420 000 publications in predatory journals in 2014, there must exist universities were predatory journals are common enough that the universities are fully aware of what is going on.

  4. MGI says:

    I agree with Jeffrey. It’s absolutely ridiculous and even comical to be associated with so many journals. Most bona fide journal editors will reserve their energy and expertise for a small number of reputable journals

  5. […] is an associate dean at the University of South Florida doing with so many predatory journal editorial boards on his CV? asks Jeffrey Beall. Ditto a scientist at Delhi’s Central Road Research Institute’s nine papers […]

  6. tekija says:

    A man of many talents: the vita also contains nine other active professorships or adjunct professorships, in addition to other lab or faculty appointments.

    During 2016 alone, about 20 editorial board memberships in journals with *wildly* different disciplines activated. He must be on a spree of accepting all spam that lands in his inbox.

  7. Vince DeBari says:

    I know several editors-in-chief of “real” journals. None acts in that capacity for more than one journal; in fact, I don’t believe someone with an academic appointment at the faculty and/or administrative level could edit more than one reputable journal.

    The USF must be soooo proud of this gentleman…and they can keep him!

  8. Salim says:

    I worked with this guy for several years. He is insanely talented and well organized for his time. If you can do similar things please go a head and do it, if not!!! just manage your own business…cheers

  9. ajit says:

    pl attend ur own business.

  10. Kim says:

    I am a MLIS student and I applaud Beall’s efforts!

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