And the journal editorial board SPAM continues – Austin Biology

Editorial Board Membership: Austin Biology

Dear Dr. Jonathan A Eisen,


Based on your previous experience & publications, we would like to invite you to join the editorial board of the journal “Austin Biology”.

About the journal

Austin Biology is an international scholarly, peer reviewed Open Access journal, aims to promote the research in all the related fields of pure and applied Biology. Austin Biology is a comprehensive Open Access peer reviewed Journal that covers multidisciplinary fields of Biology.

Website Links

Journal home page:

Our aim is to publish the latest information & provide a platform for all Biology for mutual exchange of ideas, thoughts.

If you are interested please provide short CV and contact details with expertise keywords of your ongoing research work

Kindly let us know your interest to join the eminent team.

Best Regards,

Joe Kaitlyn
Editorial office – Austin Biology
#46 Casselberry Way,
Monroe Township,
Tel: +1-201-655-7075

NOTE: This is not a spam email. To unsubscribe, please reply with remove / unsubscribe in subject line.

Today in SPAMMY "submit to our journal" invites

Got this today

Dear Colleague,

Greetings for the day.

It gives us immense pleasure in appreciating you for your valuable research work focusing on new trends of technology.

Your publication entitled “Introducing W.A.T.E.R.S.: a Workflow for the Alignment, Taxonomy, and Ecology of Ribosomal Sequences” is very informative and will be a great source for the scientific community.

Journal of Biometrics and Its Applications (JBIA) is a peer reviewed, open access journal which is ardent to promote and erudite research in the fields of Biometrics, Statistical Analysis, Biostatistics, Computer vision.

We cordially invite you to submit your valuable research work for publication in JBIA. It will be a great honor for us to be a part in the exploration of your research to the world and we believe that your contribution will be helpful in the growth of our journal.

Submit your manuscript via

You can visit us at JBIA

If you have any queries, please contact us.

We look forward for your affirmative response.

With Best Regards
Charles Wilson
Associate Managing Editor
Annex Publishers

Umm – the paper you reference is from 2010 – not exactly the way to convince me you are cutting edge

YASEBI – Yet another SPAMMY editorial board invitation

Got this SPAMMY invite in the emails. Given that I work neither on Immunology or Immunotherapy this seems, well, SPAMMY.

Dear Dr. Jonathan Eisen,
The Journal of Immunology & Immunotherapy welcomes you!
Henry Publishing Group introduces you the Journal of Immunology & Immunotherapy. The journal is newly launched with an open access initiative to serve the scientific community globally. We welcome eminent scientific personalities, who are expertise in this field as editors to form the editorial board. 
Based on your expertise and contributions in this field, we request you to associate with us as an editor.  We would be happy if you could serve as an editor and help us for the growth and development of the journal.
Kindly go through the URL for journal online,
We are awaiting for your response regarding your opinion towards the position. If you are interested, please mail us your acceptance along with an updated CV, summary of research expertise and biography at
Please let us know if you have any queries regarding this. I look forward to hear from you soon.
Hope to associate with you a long lasting and scientific relationship with you
With kind regards
Andy Lauer
Unit 3,
830 Manukau Rd,
Rayal Oak,
Auckland – 1061,
New Zealand      

Today’s Spammy journal Editorial Board Offer #1

Just got this – pretty lame given that, well, I do not do anything related to this journal.

Dear Dr.Jonathan A Eisen,   

Hope this mail brings you good health and prosperity 

Fisheries and Aquaculture Journal is successfully publishing quality open access journals with the support from scientists like you. We are aware of your reputation for quality of research and trustworthiness in the field of science and thereby we request you to be an Editorial Board Member of our Fisheries and Aqua culture Journal. It would be our immense pleasure to have you as one of our editorial board member. 

Please follow the below link for more information you are interested, you are requested to send 

  • A recent passport size photo (to display at our website) 
  • C.V
  • Biography
  • Research Interests for our records 

Kindly submit your details at We look forward to a close and long lasting scientific relationship for the benefit of scientific community.Waiting for a positive response.

With Kind Regards,XXXEditorial Assistant 

Fisheries and aqua culture Journal7 

31 Gull Ave, 

Foster City CA 94404, USA

Science Journal SPAM of the Week: the Journal of HIV/AIDS from Sci Forschen

Well, got this email this AM.  It is yet another spammy journal (I don’t work on HIV/AIDS).  I particularly like the part where I am called an “eminent personality”.

Dear Dr. Jonathan Eisen,
Greetings from the Journal of HIV/AIDS,
We take great delight in inviting you to join the Editorial Board for the Journal of HIV/AIDS , which is an open access, peer reviewed journal managed by Sci Forschen.  Ensuring quality and accuracy for every submitted article is the top most priority for Sci Forschen, and we genuinely believe that someone with the knowledge and experience, such as yourself, can really make a huge difference for us.
Journal of HIV/AIDS , publishes cutting edge research work submitted by scholars from all over the world, and we believe that your presence will polished up with the help of illustrious experts in research field.
We are always striving to involve eminent personalities like you and your standing in the global community makes us confident.
Kindly let us know your valuable response and acceptance if possible with in 48 hours.
Please kindly submit your following particulars to update in our journal website

1. Updated CV
2. Passport Size Photo
3. Short Biography
4. Research Interest

Looking forward for your valuable and soon response.

Editorial Office
Sci Forschen Incorporation
913 Catkin Ct.
San Jose, CA 95128, USA.

Spammy journal invite of the day: Journal of Immunology & Clinical Research!

I like sharing these SPAMMY journal invites on my blog so that when people google the name of the journal they might end up here.  Here is the latest invite I have gotten:

Dear Dr. Jonathan Eisen,Greetings from Journal of Immunology & Clinical Research!It is our privilege to invite you, in view of your scientific reputation and trustworthiness in your field, we would like to invite you to submit your valuable Research/Review/ Short communication/Perspective on your research area for publication in our upcoming issue.We have gone your latest quality research with work “ ”Journal of Immunology & Clinical Research is ardent to promote erudite, pragmatic, and contemporaneous research in the fields of Immunology & Clinical Research through open Access platform. This open access journal facilitates rapid publication with unlimited dissemination of knowledge to readers.As you are an eminent researcher we request you to support us.If you are interested, kindly let us know your possible date of submission.Anticipating your kind positive response, please revert promptly.Sincerely,
Thanks & Regards

Spammy journal of the day: Journal of Proteomics and Genomics …

Just got this email posted below.  Certain aspects of it make me a little skeptical of the editorial quality of the journals from this publisher … (highlighting a few parts done by me).

Dear Dr.jonathan a. eisen,

Call for papers – to be published in the month of September and there on

Journal of Proteomics and Genomics

The scientific research is on its wheels now a day more than it has ever been. All the research and results are being accumulated enormously and in this race, you can come into lime light, only if you are noticeable enough. Are you sure the resource you have chosen provides you with such a benefit?
If you are not sure go through this list and make sure if you are at the right place, learn few facts to choose wisely when publishing your valuable research work:

  1. Is it an open access online journal: Being online enhances the reachability of the journal worldwide and being open access means removing barriers for all the researchers, without any discrimination of dissipating the knowledge. (Subscription based is available only for who can afford.)
  2. Does it provide xml files: Xml files are important for deposition into the repositories. Generally high prices are obtained for providing these files by publishing companies. (We provide free of cost.)
  3. Proper communication and support during publication: The most important and the actual tyranny lies in publishing the research paper which is the sweat and time of your hardship. But it would be more hardship if you have to publish with a poorly communicating and non-supportive journal. (Our advanced online system enhances communication effectively.)
  4. Through peer review of original and revised manuscripts: Value of your research paper is enhanced only if it is peer reviewed. (Peer review is one of the main quality element provided by us.)
  5. Revision made easy: And the revision part out there is so terrific. (But with us it is easy due to the detailed comments of our reviewers.)
  6. High profile experts with lot of experience: Editors with specialized expertize are an asset when dealing with scientific manuscripts. They can provide very accurate suggestions with experience and help improving the quality of the paper in-depth. (We are rich with them.)
  7. Support for enhanced citations even after publishing : Paper has been published, everything is done, now what? Have you ever wondered what is happening with your paper? Is it reaching the required?  Not only social media but there are hundred other ways to get you to the right place. (The secret is only with us.)
  8. Appropriate Fee : Open Access journals now a days cost nothing less than $1000. (We charge only $ 540)
Now if you wish to submit your manuscript and publish with us, please follow the below link, the call for papers is open and up 

Note – I have not included the link so as to not in any way contribute to their Google Ranking.  But wow – journal spam is pooping up so often it is hard to keep up with it.

Dear Frontiers Journals – I am sick of your SPAM and I want nothing to do with you

Dear Frontiers Journals

Repeated unsolicited emails with no means to unsubscribe oneself (such as the one excerpted below) are SPAM. I like some aspects of the Frontiers journals but your email system has to be changed. I will not submit to or review for your journals until you make some commitment to stopping SPAMMING scientists.

Dear Dr Eisen, The article submission deadline for the Frontiers Research Topic, for which you received a call for participation, is approaching. If you are planning to submit a manuscript and you anticipate any delay beyond the deadline, please inform the Topic Editors and the Frontiers Editorial Office so they can manage the delay. If you have not yet responded to the call for participation or have not yet committed to a submission and you are planning to submit a manuscript, please let us know by responding to this message.

PS – the article alerts also have to stop. For F#*$@( sake clean up your act.

Scary and funny: fake researcher Peter Uhnemann on OMICS group Editorial Board #JournalSPAM

OMG.  This is both hilarious and terrifying.

Many out there know there are journals out there that border on SPAM.  I have written about this often before (e.g., see For $&%# sake, Bentham Open Journals, leave me alone and Yet another SPAMMY Science publisher: Scientific and Academic Publishing and The Tree of Life: Really sick of Bentham Open Spam) as have many others (e.g., Open and Shut?: The Open Access Interviews: Matthew Honan and Academic spam and open access publishing – Per Ola Kristensson). UPDATE: forgot to include this link: Science SPAMMER of the month: OMICS publishing group

But this one takes the cake.  There is a journal called “Molecular Biology” from the OMICS Publishing Group (for more on this publisher see Open and Shut?: The Open Access Interviews: OMICS Publishing …).  It seems new – as I cannot find any publications – but you never know – maybe they have been around a while and just have not gotten any submissions.

But I recommend everyone check out their Editorial Board.  In addition to listing Peter Deusberg (the controversial HIV denialist) there is an amazing person on their Board – Peter Uhnemann. He is listed as being from the “Department of Oximology at Daniel-Duesentrieb Institute, Germany”.  Sounds a bit strange right?  Well check out his Bio

And check out his research interests

It is pretty wacky right?  Well it turns out, as some might have guessed – it is made up.  The reason I know this is – is that Burkhard Morgenstern from the University of Goettingen let me know (in fact he is the one who alerted me to the whole story).

He sent me something he wrote on Facebook which I am posting here:


I’m delighted to inform you that Peter Uhnemann from the
 Daniel-Duesentrieb Institute in Germany was just appointed
 editor of the OMICS journal “Molecular Biology”:

For those of you who don’t know Peter Uhnemann: he is a fake
 person invented by the German satirical magazine Titanic.
 They created an FB account for him to make fun of social
 networks (he soon befriended on FB with various German


For those of you who don’t know Daniel Duesentrieb: this is
 the German name of the Walt Disney comic figure Gyro Gearloose.


For those of you who don’t know the OMICS journals: these
 are junk journals spamming around invitations to join their
 editorial boards. 

On their web page they say that

 “election of the “right” editor for a journal is one of the
 most important decisions made by OMICS Publishing Group …
 Editors, Executive Editors & Editor-in- Chief of journals
 must be senior researchers, e.g. chaired professors.”

 As it looks, Peter Uhnemann from the Daniel-Duesentrieb
 Institute meets these criteria.

It is both hilarious and a bit terrifying.  Now – mind you – it is possible that this journal could end up with some papers worth looking at.  But clearly, the Editorial process at this journal is probably going to be a bit, well, circumspect.

UPDATE: finally – as of 2/16/12 he is no longer listed on the editorial board …

UCDavis IT and GMail think this "Open Journal of Genetics" journal announcement is SPAM, I do too #EndScienceSpam

Just got this email which both Gmail and UC Davis systems think is SPAM (see below). It is from yet another new journal and the journal certainly seems a bit, well, off to me. I am posting such emails from journals like this in the hope that in Google search results people at least see some comments on the web at least asking questions about the quality of these journals. I do not know any details about this journal but I note I could not find any actual description of their licensing/copyright policies and all the papers list the copyright as belonging to the journal.  This seems to me to be unlikely to fit the standard definition of “open access” though it is very hard to tell from their website. 

Please circulate this CFP among your colleagues and students. 


Open Journal of Genetics
ISSN Online: 2162-4461 

Dear Jonathan A Eisen

Open Journal of Genetics (OJGEN) is an international journal (Open Access) dedicated to the latest advancement of Genetics. The goal of this journal is to provide a platform for scientists and academicians all over the world to promote, share, and discuss various new issues and developments in different areas of Genetics. 

+ Behavioural genetics
+ Classical genetics
+ Developmental genetics
+ Conservation genetics
+ Ecological genetics
+ Evolutionary genetics
+ Genetic engineering
+ Genetics of intelligence
+ Genomics
+ Human genetics
+ Medical genetics
+ Microbial genetics
+ Molecular genetics
+ Population genetics
+ Psychiatric genetics
+ Quantitative genetics

Editorial Board: 
Editor in Chief
Prof. Benoît Chénais, Université du Maine, France
Editorial Board
Prof. Jinsong Bao, Zhejiang University, China
DR.   Gonzalo Blanco, University of York, UK
Prof. Yurov Yuri Boris, Russian Academy of Medical Sciences, Russia
Prof. Hassen Chaabani, University of Monastir, Tunisia
DR.   Craig E. Coleman, Brigham Young University, USA
DR.   Ming-Shun Chen, Kansas State University, USA
DR.   Philip D. Cotter, American College of Medical Genetics, USA
DR.   Clark Ford, Iowa State University, USA
DR.   Andreas Futschik, University of Vienna, Austria
DR.   Cenci Giovanni, University of L’Aquila, Italy
DR.   Tomonobu Hasegawa, Keio University School of Medicine, Japan
DR.   Karen Elise Heath, Hospital Universitario La Paz, Spain
Prof. Gregg E. Homanics, University of Pittsburgh, USA
DR.   Nilüfer Karadeniz, Ankara Training and Research Hospital, Germany
Prof. Presa Martínez, Universidad de Vigo, Spain
DR.   James Michael Mason, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, USA
Prof. Pratibha Nallari, Osmania University, India
DR.   Georges Nemer, American University of Beirut, Lebanon
Prof. Ettore Olmo, Università Politecnica delle Marche, Italy
DR.   Drewell A. Robert, Harvey Mudd College, Canada
DR.   Surasak Sangkhathat, Prince of Songkla University, Thailand
Prof. Bernd Schierwater, Yale University, USA
Prof. Genlou Sun, Saint Mary’s University, Canada
DR.   Reshma Taneja, National University of Singapore, Singapore 

Authors’ Guidelines: 
+ All manuscripts must be prepared in English.
+ Review paper is warmly welcome.
+ Submit your paper via online submission system papersubmission. 
+ To expedite the review process, please format your reference as the guideline,
+ Please visit journal homepage for more information.

Best Regards, 

Joyce Y.
Editorial Office of OJGEN
Scientific Research Publishing, USA