Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Norcal Open Access Is "Here to Become the Language of Modern Science"

The About Us page (8/23/17) claims that
NorCal Open Access Publications is an international open access journals publisher based at California, United States of America. All our Journals follow peer review process and publish manuscripts on an open access platform. Our Journals fall in the scope of Medical, Clinical, Life sciences, Pharmaceutical and Engineering.
NorCal Open Access Publications strategy is to provide 24/7 access to the scientific data freely for all our readers across the planet and will guarantee scientific community that we provide high data availability in most updated digital formats.
Our main aim is to provide a solid platform for all the scholars around the globe to showcase their research work online. We are here to become the language of modern science and promise that we maintain a trustworthy relationship with the scientific community. We would like to be as a communicator between scientists and readers by disseminating research work on an online platform.
But it will hard to maintain "a trustworthy relationship" by hiding the identity and location of the individuals behind this website. The domain norcaloa.org was registered by GoDaddy's Domains By Proxy in Scottsdale, Arizona. The California connection is limited to a building in Santa Clara rented from Mindrome (and a picture of the Golden Gate Bridge on the website). "Mindrome provides a shared, community-driven works and meetup for location-independent workers. ... Mindrome is a coworking space with shared desks, dedicated desks, private offices, meeting spaces and virtual office services." There is nothing like a "virtual office services" for firms that want to have a U.S. address without or without a physical presence in the U.S.

The journal that asked me for a paper (8/23/17) has no editorial board. The journals -- at the least the first five on which I clicked -- have no content, no editors, and no editorial boards. Norcaloa looks like an empty shell designed to collect money from gullible researchers who do not look inside.
Email
From: forensicsciences@norcaloa.com (forensicsciences@norcaloa.com)
Sent: Wednesday, August 23, 2017 11:37 AM
Subject: Call for Papers - Forensic Science Journal
Greetings from Journal of Forensic Sciences and Digital Investigation! NorCal Open Access Publications is an open access organization that publishes journals from Clinical, Medical, Life sciences, Pharmaceutical sciences and Engineering fields. We follow double blind peer review process to publish research articles, review articles, mini reviews, case reports, short commentaries, brief reports, perspectives, etc. We are planning inaugural issue for the Journal of Forensic Sciences and Digital Investigation. We would like to invite you to submit your valuable research/review work as manuscript for the journal’s inaugural issue. You can submit your manuscript at: www.norcaloa.org Kindly let us know your opinion to submit the manuscript, so that we can discuss further. Your contribution and support can help us to serve the scientific community in a better way. I will be happy to assist you for any further queries. I look forward to hearing from you. Thank you in advance and have a great day.
Regards, Gilly Flaherty, NorCal Open Access Publications, 4701 Patrick Henry Drive, Bldg. 22, Suite 133, Santa Clara, CA 95054, USA, Telephone: +1-408-609-3061, Email: contact@norcaloa.org

1 comment:

  1. On the same date that norcaloa.com and norcaloa.org and norcaloa.biz appeared, norcaloa.us was registered, so I incline to think that it's the work of the same grifter. A Whois search indicates that the owner is one Rajasimha Reddy (Rajasimhareddy.Dp@gmail.com) of "Norcal Publishers Pvt Ltd", "Beside Maheshwari chambers", Hyderabad.

    Rajasimha (or his tech support person) spends a lot of time at the PKP community board, begging for free help because his freeware scamming software doesn't work properly straight out of the box, and generally sounding like a whiny little bitch.
    https://forum.pkp.sfu.ca/t/http-norcaloa-org/28361

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