Journal of Life Pseudosciences

Scholarly Open Access is already on this, but I want to comment on a recent email from scam open access publisher David Publishing Company:


Yes, I received your email. No, I don’t think I’ll be submitting a manuscript.

The sample issue linked from the email seems to be a mix of straightforward, presumably legitimate research (i.e. the scammed):

and rank mystical nonsense:

Congratulations to Dr. Arora for landing two papers in the same issue! The prize for furthest-out paper, though has to go to the Idnanis:

Sadly, no reference is provided for the “fundamental axiom of spiritual conciousness.” This one includes some hard data:

Figure 1 from Idnani et al. 2016. Random number generator output during 9/11/2001 attacks.

Figure 1 from Idnani et al. 2016. Random number generator output during 9/11/2001 attacks.

Wait, what is the y-axis? The main text doesn’t actually refer to the figure, but the relevant text is

Most of the world research has been focused on a detection system consisting of a global network of Random Number Generators (RNGs) based on Quantum tunneling.

Each RNG outputs a continuous stream of completely unpredictable zeroes and ones. The stream ordinarily averages out at 50% ones and 50% zeros, just as flipping coins tends to produce roughly equal heads and tails over time. The RNG data are transmitted to a central archive for later analysis.

When events engage millions of minds and hearts at once, structure seems to emerge out of what would otherwise be randomness. The global network departs a bit from the normal generation of random ones and zeros. The RNGs’ behaviors become slightly correlated and the system as a whole appears to shift toward coherence.

No reference is provided, nor is the “central archive” to which the data are transmitted identified. David Publishing Company, and the Journal of Life Sciences in particular, is obviously performing a rigorous peer review on submitted papers. I couldn’t find the open-access fee without registering (and no thanks to that!), but I think I’m going to pass on this very tempting offer.

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