In 2018, InTechOpen wanted me to pay them 1,400 Euros to write a chapter of between 14 and 20 pages for a book on "Trends and Challenges in Forensic Analysis ? New Frontiers in Forensic Science." I have to wonder about the question mark in the title, but there is not much doubt about likely quality. The subject areas include "nuclear physicists" and "testing." The book description reads:
The editor of the book is B. Suresh Kumar Shetty. Dr. Shetty also is an editor for the disreputable OMICS International's Journal of Paediatric Medicine and Surgery.
Earlier invitations (4/24/17, 5/1/17, 5/8/17) sought 1,200 Euros from me for a small chapter in "'Post Mortem Examination and Autopsy - From Death Scene to Laboratory Analysis,' edited by Dr. Kamil Hakan Dogan." Dr. Dogan also edits the Journal of Cardiovascular Diseases and Diagnosis for OMICS International. That InTech finds it necessary to write the following description of "death scene and autopsy" for would-be authors is odd:
InTechOpen was on Beall's list of predatory publishers. The website www.intechopen.com is not registered to its founders. Instead, they use a proxy company in Arizona, obscuring their identities. The email came from Teo Kos, from InTechOpen Publishing Process Manager, email@example.com, +385 (51) 770 447, Janeza Trdine 9, 51000 Rijeka, Croatia.
Other reports indicate that InTechOpen is another name for the venture known as InTech or Sciyo that had a serious reputation problem. See
⊡ http://retractionwatch.com/2013/10/17/fallout-from-sciences-publisher-sting-journal-closes-in-croatia/In 2016, Sage Publishing, an Indian company, purchased five of Intechopen's journals.
Sent: 5/8/17, 5/14/17
Dear Dr. Kaye
I just wanted to check in with you regarding the book project on "Post Mortem Examination and Autopsy - From Death Scene to Laboratory Analysis" edited by Dr. Kamil Hakan Dogan. If there is anything I can help with, like answer any questions, or provide some additional information, please let me know. I hope to hear from you soon,
Teo Kos, from InTechOpen
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Sent: May 23, 2018, at 11:30 AM
From: Nino Popovic | IntechOpen (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Subject: Contribute to Trends and Challenges in Forensic Analysis – New Frontiers in Forensic Science
Dear Dr. Kaye,
Due to your involvement in the field, and the research you published in your paper, "Beyond uniqueness: The birthday paradox, source attribution and individualization in forensic science testimony," IntechOpen invites you to extend your work and offer a more comprehensive overview of your studies. Contribute a chapter to "Trends and Challenges in Forensic Analysis – New Frontiers in Forensic Science," an upcoming Open Access book edited by Dr. B Suresh Kumar Shetty and Dr. Jagadish Rao Padubidri.
Work with an internationally recognized peer group and gain increased visibility for your published work. Please visit the book project page to register your interest. We look forward to hearing from you.
Nino Popovic, from IntechOpen
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