More requests from predatory journals (run from apartments)

I’ve told these people to take me off their mailing list three times; they haven’t complied. Therefore I feel no compunction about posting an email I got from the Journal of Reproductive Medicine. Remember, my scientific work never had anything to do with reproductive medicine.  These people (maybe it’s one person) are desperate since they have to get some more papers within a few days, and therefore are trawling all scientists in hope of getting a bite. Below they want me to submit a two-page “case report”. I have a strong inclination, which I won’t act on, to simply make one up. Perhaps you can suggest a topic!

At any rate, I wrote them back and told them that I was posting their predatory request on this page. And here it is (their emphasis):

From: Global Journal of Reproductive Medicine <>
Sent: Monday, December 17, 2018 6:10 AM
To: Jerry Coyne
Subject: Eminent Support

Dear Dr. Jerry A Coyne,

Good morning…! 

We will be thankful if you could spare your 2 minutes of your valuable time on our request.

We are delighted to update you that Global Journal of Reproductive Medicine is planning to release Volume 6 Issue 4by the end of December and we are deficit of two articles to accomplish this issue.

We are anxious that we are having only a few days to release the issue. Hence, I have chosen some well-known people like you to hold up us to release the upcoming issue. So please support us with your contribution of 2 Page Review/Case Report towards publication in GJORM.

Your prompt submission sustains us a lot and impacts my ranking in the end of this month.

Await your hopeful submission.

Best Regards,

Vanessa Moore

Global Journal of Reproductive Medicine

427 W Duarte Rd, Suite E, Arcadia, California, CA 91007, United States voice +1-805-200-4030

Poor Vanessa—her ranking isn’t high enough!

Oh, and I looked up the address. It’s not a suite; it’s an apartment in an ugly complex in California. Someone lives in that apartment and pretends it’s the office of a journal, calling Apartment E a “suite”. LOL! Should I call the phone number?





  1. BobTerrace
    Posted December 17, 2018 at 7:51 am | Permalink

    $1.4 million for 950 square-foot apartment? That is insane.
    It’s hard to believe how poorly written that request sounds.

    • Randall Schenck
      Posted December 17, 2018 at 8:08 am | Permalink

      Welcome to California. Must admit when I first looked at it I misread it for $1463 a month rent on a two bedroom. And that would be a lot of rent most places, but not California.

      Maybe tell them, with the collapse of ADA there is no need for more papers on reproductive medicine.

      • Randall Schenck
        Posted December 17, 2018 at 8:11 am | Permalink

        Sorry – ACA

  2. johzek
    Posted December 17, 2018 at 8:02 am | Permalink

    Eminent support???

  3. ThyroidPlanet
    Posted December 17, 2018 at 8:04 am | Permalink

    Dear WEIT readers – good morning….!….?….!….XD….

    Please if you could spare five seconds to review comment, I am writing, here. If you could be gracious, it will not up with which I will not put. Please send many moneys of ones and t e n s in highest regards following address:


    Warmest deepest longest regards,

    Worldwide Journal of Rent Is Due

    • Posted December 17, 2018 at 8:13 am | Permalink

      Dear ThyroidPlanet – Congratulations! We will be publishing your comment! …& trousering your fee…

    • Historian
      Posted December 17, 2018 at 8:38 am | Permalink

      Are you sure you have the correct mailing address?

      I thought it was 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue,
      Washington D.C.

      • gravelinspector-Aidan
        Posted December 17, 2018 at 2:55 pm | Permalink

        You’re more likely to get a response from he latter.
        Via your local SWAT team.

  4. ThyroidPlanet
    Posted December 17, 2018 at 8:06 am | Permalink

    One more thing

    What is sub?

    Ask for friends.

    • keith
      Posted December 17, 2018 at 12:34 pm | Permalink

      Subscribing to get notified of new comments on a topic when the person has no comment to make themselves.

      • ThyroidPlanet
        Posted December 17, 2018 at 12:59 pm | Permalink

        I apologize- my humor got out of hand.

        It was supposed to sound like the predatory journal editor asking for the first time on WEIT because readers like me write “sub” and hey where are you going?

        That was also supposed to be humorous.

        I’ll stop now.

    • Posted December 17, 2018 at 12:39 pm | Permalink

      It’s due to WordPress not making it possible to subscribe to a comment thread unless you’ve posted a comment.

    • freiner
      Posted December 17, 2018 at 2:10 pm | Permalink

      Is hoagie.

      • ThyroidPlanet
        Posted December 17, 2018 at 3:22 pm | Permalink


  5. Michael Day
    Posted December 17, 2018 at 8:13 am | Permalink

    You could submit a brief report on the fecundity of mallard ducks in small ponds on college campuses in Illinois. Make it a photo journal.

  6. Posted December 17, 2018 at 8:23 am | Permalink

    I looked up the journal on google. Looks like they collect articles and publish on line. It says it is an open access journal. Founded by two young looking men in 2012. Had pictures an title of a dozen or so people. No picture and title for Vanassa. She may be someone working partime out of her apartment. Most of the people probably do that .

  7. Historian
    Posted December 17, 2018 at 8:28 am | Permalink

    It seems that the Global Journal of Reproductive Medicine is but one of about 76 published by Juniper Publishers. According to their website, they charge $1000 to have a “research” article published by an author from a high income country. Considering the number of journals they advertise, it would appear that Juniper is profitable.

    • Posted December 17, 2018 at 11:23 am | Permalink

      Indeed. If one googles the phone number one gets hits on phone scam sites and other dubious journals and articles. Delightful.

  8. Randall Schenck
    Posted December 17, 2018 at 8:50 am | Permalink

    Just curious – looked up this address on zillow and it is not currently for sale so no need to rush in. The monthly on their estimated price and financing would be $5707. Note that location is everything and this location Arcadia is just east of Pasadena. The one covered parking place is included but community laundry. Very much looks like a converted Apartment complex to Condos.

  9. Ken Kukec
    Posted December 17, 2018 at 8:55 am | Permalink

    Digs befitting a Nigerian prince.

  10. Bob
    Posted December 17, 2018 at 9:37 am | Permalink

    PCCE thinks that this condo apartment complex is “ugly,” but if I were the owner I would know that the Zillow estimate of almost $1.5M, amounting to $1540 per SF, is beautiful.

  11. XCellKen
    Posted December 17, 2018 at 9:53 am | Permalink

    I live in a two bedroom, one bath condo in Houston, Texas. I am self employed, and use my condo as my office. Does this make my business illegitimate also? Just wondering

    • Randall Schenck
      Posted December 17, 2018 at 10:49 am | Permalink

      No, that would depend on your business.

  12. Pray Hard
    Posted December 17, 2018 at 10:15 am | Permalink

    Send them something from Titania.

  13. DrBrydon
    Posted December 17, 2018 at 10:37 am | Permalink

    My first job was for a direct mail marketing firm (part-time in college). Part of the value we brought to our customers was that we went through the list, and identified the correct salutation: Dr. Coyne or Jerry. Nothing says I bought your name in a list like pulling it all into the greeting.

  14. walkingmap
    Posted December 17, 2018 at 11:09 am | Permalink

    Ms. Moore writing be not good

    • Kiwi Dave
      Posted December 17, 2018 at 1:43 pm | Permalink

      On the contrary, Ms Moore has clearly mastered (?mistressed?) Phishlish.

  15. keith
    Posted December 17, 2018 at 12:35 pm | Permalink

    Jerry, it’s probably easier to just mark the sender as spam or to use other blocking/filtering tools in your email program to stop seeing emails from that sender/domain.

  16. Michael Fisher
    Posted December 17, 2018 at 1:15 pm | Permalink

    The people who live there go by Chen or Cheng who are almost certainly just a ‘cutoff’ on a retainer for the receipt of mail & the banking of cheques.

    Juniper Publishing have another address: 1280 Vintage Oak St, Simi Valley, CA 93063, USA
    this is a 5-bed family home occupied by an Indian, a Vietnamese & presumably relatives:

    Sirisha Chigurupati
    Sirisha Garikapati
    Firisha Garikapati
    Kishore Garikapati

    Christopher N Nguyen
    Christopher N Tdan

    Sirisha above has a LinkedIn profile that has a lot of positive endorsements but it looks like a large ring of fake LinkedIn pages endorsing her. The CV is strange with a string of jobs at what might be real or fake companies [this sort of shenanigans is common on LinkedIn – LinkedIn is crap]. She claims to have studied at “ANU”, but doesn’t link to ANU & no profile pic.

  17. Posted December 17, 2018 at 10:43 pm | Permalink

    You could submit a brief report on the fecundity and sexual behaviour of Drosophilae melanogaster, including the manifest percentage of homosexuality among them, and that there is no way of interfering medically!

    (Apologies for any mistake I might have made in the scientific term for fruit flies)

  18. Posted December 18, 2018 at 11:40 am | Permalink

    Personally, I would just ignore. Answering tells them that they’ve found a live address.

  19. Zetopan
    Posted December 20, 2018 at 8:38 am | Permalink

    The reason why your “stop emailing me” appeals to her failed is because you didn’t address her with “Your Highness” and equally flattering superlatives, and then launched into a get rich scheme involving accepting large amounts of cash from an overseas account belonging to your recently deceased family pet coprolite, etc.

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