Tuesday, January 24, 2012

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 


  1. What's particularly annoying about all these SPAM journals is that they are training filters to ignore legitimate journal activity. I've seen PLoS related mail go into my spam folders and I've sure one reason why potential reviewers don't always respond to a request is that they never see the invitation in the first place.

  2. Hi,
    I'm Benoit Chenais, the Editor in Chief of Open Journal of Genetics (OJGen)and I want to claim the real existen of this new open access journal. OJGen did not reach a great impact to date but this is not a virtual or spam journal. Instead it is also available as a paper issue.
    I know that too much new publications are calling for papers in our webmail boxes, sometimes completely unrelated with our field of expertise... But this is not a reason to discredite them on your blog.
    I also received many SPAM congress information and company anouncements... not you?

    1. I stand by my concerns. I still cannot figure out what your copyright and licensing policies are. What makes this journal "Open Access"?


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