Thursday, February 1, 2018

An Alert About Science Alert

Science Alert (sciencealert.com) and Science Alert (scialert.net and scialert.com) are not the same! This posting is about spam from the latter outfit, which was on Beall's list. The domain scialert.net is registered to Instra Corporation Pty, Ltd., whose unedifying contact information is Domain Manager,Cloud308, PO Box q126208, Dubai 126208, +971.562218164, inbox388@hotmail.com.

The home page states (2/1/18) that "Our business is to manage the knowledge and disseminate the new discoveries globally. Science Alert publishes close to 150 academic and professional journals." But it is hard not to be suspicious of journals with names like "American Journal of Food Technology" (the first on the publisher's list) --especially when the address for Science Alert (on the contact form) is
Office Number 112, Al Noor Building, Near Bassam Center, P.O. Box 126208, Deira, Dubai, UAE
and there is no address for the "American Journal." The editor-in-chief is Dr. Om Prakash Chauhan. No editorial board is listed, but an unrelated journal has an editor with this name and an address of "Scientist ‘E’, Defence Food Research Laboratory (DFRL), Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO), Siddarthanagar, Mysore, India." It could be that the only American thing about the journal is its name. A journal by the same name comes from another flaky-looking publisher, Science and Education publishing (SciEP). Science Alert's American Journal is said to be published by "Academic Journals Inc., USA."
Email
  • From: Science Alert (support@scialert.com)
    Sent: Jan. 25, 2018, 7:34:43 AM EST and again Feb. 28 at 6:53 PM
    Subject: Call for Papers
    International Journal of Pharmacology (IJP) is an internationally recognized Journal, contains peer-review material and provides broad coverage of entire field of pharmacology. [Emphasis in original.] The journal publishes full-length papers, short reviews (not exceeding 12 pages) and perspectives (by invitation only), intended to debate recent advances in rapidly developing fields.
    International Journal of Pharmacology currently indexed in Scopus, ASCI Database and Science Citation Index (Exp). International Journal of Pharmacology now accepting new submissions. Submit your best paper via online submission system at http://scialert.com ...
    Regard, M. Imran Pasha, Publication Manager © Science Alert. All Rights Reserved

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