Monday, January 30, 2012

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 ...


  1. Actually the "certificates" that download from the "Network" link are hilarious, too. They look like a comedy, but I'm afraid aren't.

  2. No one at OMICS Publishing Group blinked an eye at him being "fake person of the year in 2011!"

  3. well, that is a major honor no?

  4. ubeliveble!;) and terrifying!

  5. There are two articles in press, one is an editorial:

    Dr. Uhnemann, unfortunately,does not seem to be an author on either of them.

  6. Well, he doesn't have too many publications in Medline either (thankfully, the journal provides a link to the Medline entries of their editors)

  7. Found this gem on the 'Aims & Scope' page of the OMICS Molecular Biology journal:

    "In today's wired world information is available at the click of the button, curtsey the Internet. "

    Shall the internet be going on to dance a waltz after the curtsey?

  8. As for today - he is still listed on the Ed. Board

  9. You will be surprised to know that this is a very old idea !!

  10. Guess who's back?


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