Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Today in SPAMMY Editorial Board Invitations: Sci Forschen Inc

Dear Prof.Jonathan Eisen ,
Autoimmune and Infectious Diseases: Open Access is an open access peer reviewed journal presents the advances and role of Autoimmunity. Journal is an open source the researchers, clinicians and academicians and provides a common platform to exchange and update the current knowledge.
Coverage Includes
Auto Immunity, Molecular Mechanism of Autoimmunity, Immunobiochemistry of Autoimmunity, Basic Immunology, Alopecia Areata, Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemia, Autoimmune Hepatitis, Dermatomyositis,,, Diabetes (Type 1), Forms of Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis, Glomerulonephritis, Graves’ Disease, Guillain-BarrĂ© Syndrome, Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura, Myasthenia Gravis, Some Forms of Myocarditis, Multiple Sclerosis, Pemphigus/Pemphigoid, Pernicious Anemia, Polyarteritis Nodosa, Polymyositis, Primary Biliary Cirrhosis, Granulomatosis with Polyangiitis (Wegener’s) , etc.
Invitation for Editorial Board Members 
We are glad to invite you as an Editorial Board Member for the journal.  We strongly believe that you are one of the well known researchers in the field of “Autoimmunity”, hope your contribution and unmatched experience will help the journal to add more advantages and get international reputation as well. 
Please let us know your willingness by sending us your CV, Biography, research interest and photograph to update our website.

Thank you in advance
Looking forward
With regards
Jessie Weston
Managing Editor
Autoimmune and Infectious Diseases: Open Access
Sci Forschen Inc

Monday, November 23, 2015

Pubmed to trial new collaboration status tool to block interaction with ex-collaborators

Bethesda, MD. November 23, 2015.

Pubmed is to ease de-collaboration (when one stops working with a collaborator) woes by tweaking its 'Collaboration Status' function – allowing ex-collaborators to disappear from view without users removing them as a colleague.

The literature network will trial the new collaborator tool in the United States, with plans to roll out the changes worldwide after receiving feedback.

David Lippmann, product manager for Pubmed, said in a statement: “Starting today, we are testing tools to help researchers manage how they interact with their former collaborators on Pubmed after their collaboration has ended. When researchers change their collaboration status to indicate they are no longer in a collaboration, they will be prompted to try these tools.

“The work is part of our ongoing effort to develop resources for scholars who may be going through difficult moments in their lives. We hope these tools will help people end collaborations on Pubmed with greater ease, comfort and sense of control.”

The tools will allow users to limit the papers, data sets or status updates that an ex-collaborator will see. Without having to de-collaborate or block a former research partner, Pubmed will also make sure their name and ORCID ID do not appear in the site's paper feed.

Their name will not be suggested either when users tag researchers in papers.

Users will also be able to edit who can see past papers with a former collaborator and untag from papers written with that person.

Today in SPAMMY conference invitations #2

Dear Dr. Jonathan A Eisen,


The purpose of this letter is to invite
 you to be as a Speaker for the upcoming 6th International Conference & Expo on Proteomics during March 29-31, 2016 Atlanta, USA. 

The aim to deliver a global platform to share knowledge and expertise with the scientific community on the advancements in the field of Proteomics. The conference anticipates leading worldwide researchers, scientists, academic scientists, industry researchers, scholars, decision makers and other professionals from across the globe. 

The theme of the conference is Revealing The Novel Innovation of Life Science, To Meet Emerging Challenges. 


1.      Personal interaction with the Organizing Committee Members, Keynote speakers and other eminent personalities for our future course of work.
2.      Opportunity to conduct workshop/symposium with your team and colleagues based on your research expertise.

Some confirmed speakers for World Proteomics 2016:

Steven Pelech, President of Kinexus Bioinformatics Corp, Canada.
Krishna Dronamraju, President of Foundation for Genetic Research, USA.
Desmond Fitzgerald, Vice-President for Health Affairs, UCD, Ireland.
Laszlo Takacs, CEO of Biosystems International Kft, Hungary.
Cheorl-Ho Kim, Director, Sungkyunkwan University, Republic of Korea.
Sixue Chen, Director of Proteomics, University of Florida, USA.
Jochen Schwenk, KTH - Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden.
S.K. Jain, Head of Biochemistry, Hamdard University, India.
Raju Ravikumar, Professor, NIMHANS University, India.
Kian Kani, University of Southern California, USA
Ahmed Aldarmahi, King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences, Saudi Arabia.

For more details please visit http://www.proteomicsconference.com/america/

In closing, we would be pleased and honored if you would consent to be speaker at the World Proteomics 2016 Conference. 

I look forward to receiving your reply

Please feel free to contact us for further details on the conference.

Mark Henry Jane
5716 Corsa Ave, Suite110
Westlake, Los Angeles
CA-91362-7354, USA

Today in SPAMMY confereonce invitations

Dear Dr. Eisen,
On behalf of the Conference Chairs and Committees, it is my great pleasure to invite you to deliver an invited talk at the EMN Meeting on Membranes, which will be held in Novotel World Trade Centre Hotel, Dubai-United Arab Emirates, on April 05-08th, 2016.
Updated information about the EMN Meeting on Membranes can be found at http://emnmeeting.org/membranes/
The main purpose of EMN Membranes Meeting is to describe and discuss the newadvancement in Membranes Technology with its well-recognized and promising applications. We hope to bring together leading scientists, researchers, scholars and engineers from academia, R&D laboratories and industry around the world to exchange, share and learn the most interesting work done recently.
The workshops emphasis on promising aspects of Membrane usage are as follows: Bio absorbable Nano fiber Membranes, Membranes for Energy Conversion such as Fuel Cell, Gas Separation, Membrane Assembly and Translocation, Osmosis and Nano filtration Membranes, Membranes for Computing, Proton Exchange Membranes, Power Generation by Pressure Retarded Osmosis, Membranes for Environmental Protection and Membranes for Process Intensification and General in this broad field.
I do hope you can make time in your busy schedule to act as an invited speaker share your ideas on this topic. Your experience and comments will add an important dimension to what’s potentially a very important discussion for the field.
Please directly reply this email with your contact information, a tentative title of your invited presentation and which workshop is more appropriate for you or you can recommend other workshop for your talk if you could accept our invitation.
We are looking forward to hear from you and it will certainly be our pleasure and honor to see you in Dubai soon. Thanks!

Best Regards,
Mr. Muhammad Umar Farooq

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Thanks, no plans to help you get your impact factor on

Got this in the intertubes this morning. Sorry - not planning to submit there.

Dear Jonathan A Eisen,

Hope you are doing well.

We, Bio Accent open access publishers came newly into publishing sector to provide a platform to the researchers, practitioners, students and professionals from both academia as well as industry to meet and share cutting-edge development in the field of Microbiology.

We have found your profile from your institute; it seems you are a very good expert in Microbiology. We don’t want to miss your appreciable work so, we are inviting you for manuscript submission in BAOJ Microbiology.

We request you to let us know if you have any kind of research work to publish with us and please let me know your tentative date of manuscript submission.

We are expecting huge support from your side, so it will help us to get indexed & impact factor soon.

Awaiting your positive response.


Sunday, November 08, 2015

BigDat 2016 where men (and only men) will teach you about big data #YAOMM

Just got an email invitation to the following


BigDat 2016

Bilbao, Spain

February 8-12, 2016

Organized by:
DeustoTech, University of Deusto
Rovira i VirgiliUniversity

I confess, I was intrigued enough to look because it was in Bilbao, and, well, my kids are completely obsessed with soccer and we are thinking of a trip to Barcelona, so why not a trip to Bilbao too.  And then, well, I got sick to my stomach.  I looked at the list of speakers and instructors and did a bunch of Googling to make inferences about their gender.  And, well, everyone associated with the School appears to be male.  That is 24 or 24 slots (4 keynote speaker slots and 20 professor slots.  See below for the rundown.  People I identified as male are highlighted in yellow. Sad and disappointing.  Needless to say I will not be going.


Keynote Speakers
  1. Nektarios Benekos (European Organization for Nuclear Research)
  2. Chih-Jen Lin (National Taiwan University)
  3. Jeffrey Ullman (Stanford University)
  4. Alexandre Vaniachine (Argonne National Laboratory)
Professors and Courses
  1. Nektarios Benekos (European Organization for Nuclear Research)
  2. Hendrik Blockeel (KU Leuven)
  3. Edward Y. Chang (HTC Health, Taipei)
  4. Nello Cristianini (University of Bristol)
  5. Ernesto Damiani (University of Milan)
  6. Francisco Herrera (University of Granada),
  7. Chih-Jen Lin (National Taiwan University),
  8. George Karypis (University of Minnesota)
  9. Geoff McLachlan (University of Queensland)
  10. Wladek Minor (University of Virginia),
  11. Raymond Ng (University of British Columbia)
  12. Sankar K. Pal (Indian Statistical Institute)
  13. Erhard Rahm (University of Leipzig)
  14. Hanan Samet (University of Maryland)
  15. Jaideep Srivastava (Qatar ComputingResearch Institute)
  16. Jeffrey Ullman (Stanford University)
  17. Alexandre Vaniachine (Argonne National Laboratory)
  18. Xiaowei Xu (University of Arkansas, Little Rock)
  19. Fuli Yu (Baylor College of Medicine)
  20. Mohammed J. Zaki (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute)

Wednesday, November 04, 2015

Improving Ability to Identify Possible Conflicts of Interest of Scholars 1: Adding a Disclosure Field to ORCID

Real and perceived conflicts of interest are a critically important topic in scholarly activities that I believe has not received enough attention from the scientific community.  Right now, disclosures of possible conflicts of interest are handled incredibly very unevenly and poorly by academia and industry and government.  Even when people do the right thing and make detailed disclosures, such information is hard to find and ephemeral.  There are many things that the community could do to improve the ability to find such information.

One simple step that I believe could be useful would be to link disclosures to universal scholar ID systems.  Although there are multiple UID systems for scholars, right now the UID of choice appears to be ORCID. ORCID currently allows scholars to compile information about their education, employment, funding and scholarly works.

I therefore propose that ORCID add a new category: DISCLOSURES.  What would be included here? Well, I don't know exactly but would include things like board membership, stock in companies, funding not listed elsewhere, any other significant relationship with a group, and more.  Sure this could get messy.  But I think we need to do more to make it easier to share and find information that could be a actual or potential conflict of interest.

Something like this:

If anyone knows of other tools for doing this I would love to hear about them.

Tuesday, November 03, 2015

Does #AAAS care about #Ebola anymore? Nope. And probably never did. #ClosedAccess

In October I wrote a blog post criticizing AAAS (and ASM) for trying to give themselves a pat on the back for making a few papers about Ebola freely available: The Tree of Life: No #AAAS and ASM you do not deserve good PR for freeing up a few papers on Ebola.  The whole thing was a publicity stunt.  And AAAS in particular tried to play up how they were doing this for the benefit of humanity.

So today I decided to check back and look into whether AAAS was making new papers on Ebola freely available. So I searched for the word Ebola in the title or Abstract 

The most recent seemed interesting:

Surely AAAS must still care enough about Ebola to make new papers freely available right? Nope. $20 to rent for a day

How about #2:

Seems useful and worth reading if one works on Ebola.  Free right?  Nope: $20/day

How about #3:

Seems peripherally relevant to Ebola but I would not mind if more Ebola workers read this.  Free right?  Nope.  Guess how much? $20/day

And so on.  A few in the first 10 were, at least for now freely available.  But overall it seems, AAAS and Science have decided Ebola is no longer important.  So much for helping the world.

Monday, November 02, 2015

YASEBI - Yet another SPAMMY editorial board invitation

Got this SPAMMY invite in the emails. Given that I work neither on Immunology or Immunotherapy this seems, well, SPAMMY.

Dear Dr. Jonathan Eisen,

The Journal of Immunology & Immunotherapy welcomes you!

Henry Publishing Group introduces you the Journal of Immunology & Immunotherapy. The journal is newly launched with an open access initiative to serve the scientific community globally. We welcome eminent scientific personalities, who are expertise in this field as editors to form the editorial board. 

Based on your expertise and contributions in this field, we request you to associate with us as an editor.  We would be happy if you could serve as an editor and help us for the growth and development of the journal.

Kindly go through the URL for journal online,

We are awaiting for your response regarding your opinion towards the position. If you are interested, please mail us your acceptance along with an updated CV, summary of research expertise and biography at immunology@henrypublishinggroup.org

Please let us know if you have any queries regarding this. I look forward to hear from you soon.

Hope to associate with you a long lasting and scientific relationship with you

With kind regards
Andy Lauer
Unit 3,
830 Manukau Rd,
Rayal Oak,
Auckland - 1061,
New Zealand