Thanks, no plans to help you get your impact factor on

Got this in the intertubes this morning. Sorry – not planning to submit there.

Dear Jonathan A Eisen,

Hope you are doing well.

We, Bio Accent open access publishers came newly into publishing sector to provide a platform to the researchers, practitioners, students and professionals from both academia as well as industry to meet and share cutting-edge development in the field of Microbiology.

We have found your profile from your institute; it seems you are a very good expert in Microbiology. We don’t want to miss your appreciable work so, we are inviting you for manuscript submission in BAOJ Microbiology.

We request you to let us know if you have any kind of research work to publish with us and please let me know your tentative date of manuscript submission.

We are expecting huge support from your side, so it will help us to get indexed & impact factor soon.

Awaiting your positive response.


Spammy journal Editorial Board invitation of the week – Avens Journal of Food Processing and Beverages

I get lots of semi-Spammy email invites to be involved in various new journals.  Here is one from this week.  I figure – the more I post such things, when people Google for the journal they will sometimes see my posts about how idiotic some of these journals are.  No idea how I ended up on their radar here ..

Dear Dr. Jonathan Eisen,
We are glad to invite you as an eminent editor for the Journal of Food Processing and Beverages (JFPB). Journal of Food Processing and Beverages is an international, non profit, open access, peer reviewed journal that is being recently launched by Avens Publishing Group with a commitment to serve the scientific community.

We are aware of your reputation and distinction in research in some of the fields relating to our journal and that is why you have been chosen as an Editorial Board Member of our Journal of Food Processing and Beverages.

Editorial Board benefits: 

1. Articles suggested by Editors will be provided a 50% discount.
2. We will be conducting conferences yearly; relating to happenings, advancements and breakthroughs in our Journal and editors will be playing a key role in suggesting titles, educating the young scientific community and also promoting our Journal.
3. The article’s fate i.e., both the acceptance or rejection of article is purely dependent on the Editor’s decision and the peer reviewing process will be confidential.
4. We will be providing scientific credits to all the Editorial board members based on their active participation towards our journal.

If you are interested, you can send your details such as: short biography (100 words), C.Vrecent passport size photo (to display at our website), and complete working address (Department, University / institute) for our records.

With regards,
Managing Editor
Journal of Food Processing and Beverages
Avens Publishing Group
877 W 23rd st.,
Los Angeles, CA 90007,

Disclaimer: All works published by Avens Publishing Group are under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License and supports the Bethesda statement on Open Access publishing.

Note: This is not a spam message, and has been sent to you because of your eminence in the field. If, however, you do not want to receive any email in future from Avens Publishing Group, then please reply with your request.

How to find an Open Access journal for submitting your paper(s) #Jane #DOAJ

Got asked a question on Twitter that seems worthwhile to post here

Basically what I was suggesting was two possible steps. The first is to search the Database of Open Access Journals which is a great place to browse to see what the possibilities are. Another great resource/tool is JANE – the Journal/Author Name Estimator. I love Jane and use it all the time (if interested also see the paper on Jane here). The default screen for Jane looks like this:

And you can certainly use the default options. Just type in some keywords, or copy and paste a document or abstract of a paper and select “Find Journals” and voila you get some suggested journals which match your text. So for example if I paste in “evolution genomes novelty phylogeny microbes” and search for journals I get some useful suggested journal matches

And you can also select the “show articles” option which will, well, show you some of the article matches
Also you can even export the citations, which is a nice option for adding references to various collections you might have or for looking later.
You can also look for authors or articles that match your text/keywords instead of journals.  The “find authors” option is great for searching for possible reviewers if you are handling the review of a paper (or a grant). 
But my favorite part of Jane is what you can do with the “Show extra options” option. This is the menu you get
This allows one search for kinds of articles as well as for kinds of access.  For example, if I select “only journals with immediate access” I get a list of places I would submit papers
I am sure there are other resources out there but I particularly like these two … Any other suggestions from the world out there?

Yet another SPAMMY Science publisher: Scientific and Academic Publishing

Uggh – just got this email. Seems there is yet another SPAMMY Science Publisher trying to get established. Here’s is a suggestion for all. Avoid these kinds of publishers. They probably do more harm than good … Plus if you can label their emails as SPAM to help out others. And I think posting comments like this will help since when people do google searches they may see the critiques as well as the journal sites.

Dear Jonathan A Eisen,

This is Scientific & Academic Publishing, USA. Nice to get your information from the journal PLOS Biology and also happy to pass on our regards to you from the editorial department of SAP.

We’ve finished reading the abstract of your paper Macronuclear Genome Sequence of the Ciliate Tetrahymena thermophila, a Model Eukaryote and will recommend it to our editors.If you are interested in our journals and want to publish it on our journals, please extend this paper and describe your latest research achievements and send it to us by our online submission system( All manuscripts submitted will be considered for publication.

If this paper has been published, we also welcome you to submit other papers to us.

Welcome to visit our website at

New #openaccess journals welcome; competition good; not sure how they know it is "top tier" though

Great news from HHMI, The Wellcome Trust and the Max Planck:

Leading Research Organizations Announce Top-Tier, Open Access Journal for Biomedical and Life Sciences

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Max Planck Society and the Wellcome Trust announced today that they are to support a new, top-tier, open access journal for biomedical and life sciences research.

The three organizations aim to establish a new journal that will attract and define the very best research publications from across these fields. All research published in the journal will make highly significant contributions that will extend the boundaries of scientific knowledge.

A team of highly regarded, experienced and actively practicing scientists will ensure fair, swift and transparent editorial decisions followed by rapid online publication. The first issue of the journal, whose name has yet to be decided, is expected to be published in the summer of 2012.

The three research organizations developed their plans following a workshop in 2010 at HHMI’s Janelia Farm Research Campus attended by a number of leading scientists. The participants concluded that there was a need for a model of academic publishing that better suits the needs of the research community.

Dr. Robert Tjian, President of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, says: “The message from the research community was clear: we are fortunate to have many excellent journals, but there is need for a different, more appropriate and efficient publishing model.”

Professor Herbert Jäckle, Vice President of the Max Planck Society, says: “A journal which aims to represent and publish the very best research outcomes needs an editorial team of experienced – and, crucially, actively practicing – scientists. It must also be editorially independent of those who provide the financial support.”

Sir Mark Walport, Director of the Wellcome Trust, says: “We will attract the most outstanding science for publication by establishing a journal in which researchers have confidence in robust editorial decisions taken by their scientific peers. This will be a journal for scientists edited by scientists. The ethos of the journal will be to avoid asking authors to make extensive modifications or perform endless additional experiments before a paper can be published.”

Recruitment is under way for an Editor-in-Chief who – together with the journal’s editorial team – will be an experienced, active scientist. The editorial team will be editorially independent of the funders. They will rely on their scientific expertise and active research experience to identify the best papers, make scientifically-based judgments and exercise leadership in steering these papers through peer review.

The journal will employ an open and transparent peer review process in which papers will be accepted or rejected as rapidly as possible, generally with only one round of revisions, and with limited need for modifications or additional experiments. For transparency, reviewers’ comments will be published anonymously.

As the journal will only exist online, it offers an opportunity to create a journal and article format that will exploit the potential of new technologies to allow for improved data presentation. The journal will be an open access journal, i.e. the entire content will be freely available for all to read, to reproduce and for unrestricted use. This open access system will also enhance opportunities to share content and to more directly engage the reader.

The three organizations have made a commitment to cover costs of launching the journal to ensure its success. The long-term business model will be developed by the incoming Editor-in-Chief and the team they build.

This is great news.  The more #openaccess journals we have the better.  Clearly some of the text here is a dig at existing journals, including PLoS Biology.  PLoS Biology definitely needs to work on some things – like transparency (e.g., if your article is rejected, the Academic Editor who advised the professional editors is not names).  PLoS Biology is also run by professional editors.  Thus it is not run by “active scientists” which is another one of the comments in this press release.  Personally I think it would be better if PLoS Biology was run by active scientists.  But that is not the system there.  I have a strange role at PLoS Biology – “Academic Editor in Chief” for a journal not run by academics.  In essence I am a senior advisor to the professionals who run the journal.  I personally would prefer it if academics ran the journal, probably for the same reasons that HHMI, Wellcome, and Max Planck make such a big deal out of it here.  But the professionals do run PLoS Biology.  And overall, they do a good job.  I think the journal could certainly be better – and thus this new competition should be good.  We will have to wait and see just how much competition it is.  It seems a bit weird for them to call this a “top tier” journal before it exists.  Maybe they should have said “aiming to be a top tier journal” or something like that.  But I think it probably will become one if HHMI and Wellcome and MaxPlanck scientists start publishing their good papers there.  I hope this helps catalyze some beneficial changes at PLoS Biology, but we will have to wait and see.

It is a good time for #OpenAccess when major organizations start to compete to create the best “top tier” open access journal.  In the end, this can only be good for science and scientists.