Two URLs have been brought to our attention which I wanted to alert the community to. The first, doaj.co, has been made to look just like DOAJ and the second, doaj.net, has been set up to look like a journal. Please be extremely wary of both of these URLs. Neither of these sites are related to DOAJ or are sanctioned by DOAJ in any way.
doaj.co is clearly a bad screen scrape of our site. At the time of writing, it has no functionality whatsoever. We have made contact with the site owner but have received no response.
doaj.net purports to be a journal. DOAJ does not publish journal content and has no connection whatsoever with the company, Modern European Researches(!), which claims to be behind doaj.net.
It has become almost standard practice when registering a URL to buy up all of the alternatives or variants. This is a costly process (and extremely lucrative for some!) and something for which DOAJ doesn’t have the funds. The best we can do is monitor what variants on our URL are up to and alert our community to anything suspicious.
If you spot any other doaj URL variants then do please let us know by leaving a comment below.
Two members of the research community have brought to our attention a series of scam emails which have been sent out to researchers and authors, inviting recipients to submit their articles to DOAJ. The sender of the email is firstname.lastname@example.org, apparently a Professor Martin at the ‘University of California, Berkeley’.
The body of the email reads:
Please check our latest article in DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals).
Integrin Linked Kinase is Necessary for Medial Edge Epithelia Transformation During Palatal Fusion.
If you wish to publish your article absolutely free with out any cost in DOAJ then feel free to contact us.
We look forward to your positive response.
Prof. Martin (D.B) , MD., Ph. D.
University of California, Berkeley
Please be aware that these emails are NOT from DOAJ and neither are they sanctioned by DOAJ. DOAJ has not provided email addresses to Avanti. (We have no record of either of the email addresses of the two researchers who contacted us.) DOAJ does not publish any original content and only indexes article abstracts. DOAJ does not send out marketing emails. The article mentioned is not, and never has been, indexed in DOAJ.
For those that are interested, you can read more about Avanti at Scam Advisor: https://www.scamadviser.com/check-website/avantipub.com
If you have received such an email, then do let us know by leaving a comment here or by contacting us at email@example.com.