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To add your comments of support, please send an email to We would truly appreciate it. These messages of support will certainly encourage hundreds of other scholars from across the country and from around the world to speak up in favor of justice, fairness, and honesty, and against lies, fear and smear campaigns. 

Dr. Georgie Ann Weatherby, Associate Professor of Sociology & Criminal Justice, Gonzaga University, Washington, -- "My initial response to this is that I am more likely than ever before now to publish with SJI.  I do not like these smear campaigns carried out by a few people -- and will hit them head-on.  I am a reviewer for SJI which has exceptionally high standards. I have published one piece with SJI already. If these cowards want to do battle, they came to the right place. The more lies they spin, the worse they will look. If they keep it up, they will go down in the end, not SJI."

Dr. Mark A. Duva, Assistant Professor of Psychology, Humanities and Social Sciences Division Cerritos College, Norwalk, California, -- "What SJI is doing is truly revolutionary.  Just read the information on the homepage of SJI to see how its innovative approaches benefit the authors and researchers around the world. Any resistance that SJI is receiving is likely due to the fact that other traditional journals are fearing that their subscription rates will go down due to open access journals.  I have peer-reviewed about six articles for SJI some of which were excellent.  Some were horrible and I recommended rejection of them as they did not deserve publication.  I have gone back to check to see whether they were in fact published, and they were not.  This is an example of the integrity of SJI and their dedication to the comments of peer reviewers.  To say that SJI does not engage in peer review is a flat out lie."

Dr. Svein Arne Jessen, Norwegian School of Management, Norway, "You can never stop envious and mean people from misusing opportunities only for their own profit. One may wonder what type of people use such vulgar methods? Perhaps the best way is simply to publish their smear under "Last Smears", together with the support mails you get, making everybody aware of how mean and vulgar some people can be when they have no other methods of being recognized."

Dr. Katherine M. Faull, Professor of German and Humanities, Chair, Department of Foreign Language Programs, Program in Comparative Humanities, Bucknell University, Pennsylvania, "I know that the publishing industry has a reputation for doing this kind of smear campaign.  They used the same tactics about 15 years ago against the Edwin Mellen Press. Nasty stuff.  But take heart--the press is still running and stronger than ever and I am sure that open access journals will win in the end! You have my support."

Dr. Michael A. Persinger, Full Professor of Behavioural Neuroscience, Psychology and Biology, Laurentian University, Ontario, Canada, -- "Universal and free access to knowledge has been our only protection against the types of intellectual tyranny that are frequently presented as absolute authority and representation of consensus. Open access journals have the potential to assess a manuscript based upon its accuracy and potential rather than the prestige of the institution and the pen from which it originates. We are emerging into an international community and a global consciousness where versatility and multiple approaches to the dissemination of knowledge, traditional and novel, are essential. SJI and open access journals are the expression of this evolution. I compliment the Co-founder of SJI, for a most appropriate assertiveness."

Dr. Jay Martin Anderson, Professor of Computer Science, Franklin & Marshall College Lancaster, Pennsylvania, -- "I have been an author (once only) and reviewer (numerous occasions) for SJI since its inception.  To me, SJI provides a rapid, inexpensive publication pathway for scholars, yet with the same kind of careful editorial supervision and blind peer-review that one would expect from the finest academic print journals and professional societies.  There is no doubt in my mind that publication in SJI is given the same credence as publication in print journals when an author presents publications for consideration for tenure or promotion."

Dr. Lorraine Madway, Curator of Special Collections and University Archivist, Wichita State University Libraries, Kansas, -- "SJI and other open access peer-reviewed journals provide an important service to the global scholarly community.  They offer valuable opportunities for scholars to have their work published quickly without sacrificing quality in peer-reviewed journals.  Open access journals share an innovative vision that encourages the rapid exchange of ideas and information in a highly interconnected world.  Their transformation of scholarly publishing is not a development of the future but an essential element of the present—and the scholarly world is better for this change."

Dr. Peter Venturelli, Chair and Associate Professor of Sociology and Criminology, Valparaiso University, Indiana, -- "I strongly denounce the actions of these few individuals who are carrying out such misinformation and smear campaigns against SJI.  I cannot believe such despicable people exist."

Dr. Linda Di Desidero, Associate Professor, Acting Director, Communication Studies & Professional Writing, University of Maryland  University College, "I wholeheartedly support the open-access peer-reviewed journals that SJI publishes. This is the wave of the future for scholarly publications. Unfortunately, the publishers who are not buying into this concept stand to lose quite a lot, so their resistance to the idea is understandable (wrong-headed, but understandable). Nonetheless, the service that SJI provides is both valuable and visionary.  I appreciate the opportunity to serve on the editorial board and the opportunity to review some of the most recent work in my field."

Dr. Samuel Sarri, Professor of Economics, Finance, and Philosophy, University and Community College System of Nevada (UCCSN), --"I, too, reject all smears, stereotyping, fear-mongering, and other fallacies spread by the traditional, dirty monopolistic publishing industry.  I have edited several of SJI articles, and, while corroboratively rejecting half or more, many are solidly scientific, logically valid, and universally inventive and ethical. Open access publishing must and will grow and remain strong."

Dr. David G. Yurth, Director of Science & Technology, The Nova Institute of Technology, Utah, -- "Control of the means of publication and distribution has long remained the primary means by which scientific orthodoxy has been defended. By preventing the publication of innovative ideas, techniques, concepts and models science has arbitrarily stunted the evolution of our understanding about how the universe works and our place in it. The public agenda driving the proscription of publication of novel, sometimes heretical ideas, is that the maintenance of strict control over publication protects the community of scientists from the unwarranted circulation of inaccurate, incomplete or fundamentally flawed ideas. The hidden agenda serves another interest. By maintaining strict, parochial control of the means of publication, those who have achieved ascendancy in one branch of science or another are able to (a) protect their privileged access to research resources, (b) prevent incursions into their academic territory by potential competitors, (c) impose academic, scientific and personal biases on the literature, and (d) impede the rate of obsolescence of their own competence. The ability to innovate, articulate and engage in collegial discourse is the bedrock of Science itself. Instead of defending the status quo, Science is affirmatively obliged to facilitate, encourage, embrace and discuss promising avenues of investigation as they arise. The demonstrated predilection of conventional peer-reviewed journals to suppress the publication of non-conforming, controversial, and genuinely innovative ideas gives rise to the need for a viable alternative. Public source peer-reviewed journals provide an indispensable, relevant, equally valid alternative to the mainstream organs of science. Science as a pursuit cannot remain vibrant and relevant without them. I heartily support them and encourage others to use this means of publication to give others access to the insights that will lift science out of the dark ages."

Dr. Clive Delmonte, Associate Lecturer, Open University, UK,  "The traditional process is systematically used by established scientists to frustrate and block significant innovations in science which challenge their professional position, and which might prejudice their access to research grants and further postgrad students. Only minor innovations in science are allowed into print or sometimes major ones which do not challenge the established order. I have published several papers on SJI and I find that the younger scientists and peer reviewers give much better balanced assessments and are much more flexible about the new ideas which they are willing to entertain. SJI fulfils a role which is desperately needed in science publishing, a breath of fresh air in a traditional scientific world where established scientists maintain a stranglehold on what new ideas can be circulated. We all need to get away from the truism that, in the past, "science progresses funeral by funeral."

Dr. Helena Halmari, Professor of English, Sam Houston State University, Texas,  -- "I have recently reviewed an article submitted to SJI, made multiple suggestions to the author about how he/she could improve the article, re-reviewed the article after the author had attempted to revise it, and eventually rejected the article after the third reading because the author had continued to refuse to revise the article according to the suggestions. This is just one example of how the review process may work."

Dr. Greg Shelnutt, Director, Visual Arts, University of North Carolina School of the Arts, -- "I can attest that I have been asked to review numerous submissions.  Sadly, I have never recommended anything I've reviewed for publication.  What can I say, I'm a tough critic: ask my students, and they'll agree with that assessment.  Interestingly enough, I have not been given any negative criticism for this, only thanks for my time, service and, commentary.  And while I can only speak to my fairly limited experience with SJI, I know that I have taken each review very seriously and sought to offer a true critique, with commentary, not simply a "yes" or "no."  It seems that if the point was just to make money or serve as a "vanity" press, SJI would stop sending me items to review: thus far I've not proved to be a "yes man."  However, this has not happened, and I continue to see manuscripts offered to scholars to review."

Dr. Pati Hendrickson, Associate Professor of Criminal Justice, Tarleton State University, Texas, "I have nothing but the best to say about SJI.  I have peer reviewed several works sent to me by SJI, and most have been above par.  I have been impressed with the quality of research submitted and have approved a variety of work for publication, albeit with minor revision in many cases.  I will gladly continue to be affiliated with SJI --thank you for the opportunity to review new and vibrant research within my field. Best wishes in your fight against the smear campaign.  If I can be of further assistance, please do not hesitate to call on me."

Dr. Atif Ali, Associate Professor of Pathology and Pediatrics, University of Missouri, Kansas City. Director of Immunohistochemistry, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine,  Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics, -- "I strongly support the SJI and its mission.  Open access journals increase and inspire research interest world-wide. These open access journals including SJI are edited by scientists who value the integrity and ethics of medical research. The abundance of submitted manuscripts in excess of what can be published allows for rigorous review process by the editors. I have personally reviewed manuscripts for publications in SJI with the same process and scrutiny that I have reviewed manuscripts for high impact journals and I would not change my publications criteria for SJI or other open access journals.

Dr. Antonio Gragera,  Professor of Modern Languages, Texas State University, Texas, -- "Open-access peer-reviewed journals like SJI may hold the future of academic growth in their hands. Unfortunately, the pressures of academia have often translated in research that is no more than pouring old wine in new glasses, at least as far as humanities is concerned. Most journals have become the stronghold of dominant ideologies. Self preservation has made the permeability of new ideas and approaches almost null. Free open discussion has always been the best vehicle to raise awareness among the public. Open access journals may be, as well, the best vehicle against the petty tyranny of dogmatic knowledge."

Gergana Apostolova, Lecturer of Philosophy, English and American Studies, South Western University, Bulgaria, -- "I have been on SJI Editorial Review Board since its inception.  My record of reviews done for SJI includes 21 articles. I have enjoyed reading both the papers sent to me for reviewing and those, published on the SJI journals. Anyone, who has visited the Web site of SJI would have been able to give evidence of the fast growing range of topics, journals and the number of volunteer reviewers. SJI is not the only Web journal, but it is fast growing and widely supported in being accessible to researchers from various fields of study. To my knowledge, SJI provides a vast forum for publishing and discussion and its very existence sets challenges for the study of the case of science on the Web. At the same time it does not interfere with researchers' mind spaces, nor does it persist like the exhausting host of other media junk."

Dr. Daniel Moríñigo Sotelo, Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Valladolid, Spain, -- "As a reviewer for SJI, I would like to express my sincere support for the honest work of diffusion and publishing carried out by SJI and my deeper rejection of the coward campaign initiated against SJI and other open access journals. You can count on my collaboration as a reviewer for SJI and you have my full support to fight against these cowards."

Dr. L. Sreerama, Professor, Department of Chemistry, St Cloud State University, Minnesota, -- "I have been reviewing manuscripts for SJI in the area of chemistry and biochemistry for at least 2 years.  I always used the same standards of review that I use for other journals.  I am certain my colleagues that review for SJI do the same.  Accordingly, quality work is being published through open access SJI journals.  SJI provides an opportunity for researchers and educators to publish their work without prejudice and unnecessary drudgery.  SJI has been a source of literature for my own research and availability of information without the requirement of subscription and other conditions is a blessing."

Dr. Mak Esposito, Associate Professor of Management and Behavior, Director of the Master in International Business, Grenoble Graduate School of Business, France,  --  "I have been associated with Scientific Journal International for a bit more than a year and my experience has been of utmost high quality. The intellectual productions, the review processes, and the published works do not differ at all, from any other ranked academic journals. I have found that the parameters, the array of diversity, and the involvement of the authors is of enormously high standards. Scientific Journals International is a pioneer of open access publishing and it abides to the highest criteria of intellectual research, I have ever been exposed."

Dr. Michael F. Shaughnessy, Eastern New Mexico University, New Mexico, USA, -- "During the past few years, SJI has provided a peer-reviewed outlet for researchers and scholars to share their scientific research. It is important to have a high quality outlet in which scholars of high academic standards and caliber review papers and provide constructive criticism. I have been fortunate enough to review a good many papers which have provided me with a good deal of insight, and perhaps more importantly to keep up with what is going on in the field and to see the research designs (and yes, sometimes flaws) that other scholars use. Reading research is an important part of professional growth and development. I think Scientific Journals International goes a long way in terms of providing access to new developments and advances in the field. I look forward to reviewing papers and learning from my peers and other leaders in the field. I appreciate the work of Scientific Journals International."

Dr. Jack Penm, Senior Fellow, School of Finance and Applied Statistics
The Australian National University, Australia, --"Scientific Journals International (SCI) is without question a pioneering open-access publisher. Many influential researchers have published high quality papers in various journals of SJI. I fully support SJI, and have no reservations whatsoever in recommending it to all authors."

Dr. Donna Dea Holland, Department of Sociology, Indiana Purdue University, Indiana, -- "I strongly support open access peer reviewed journals. I have participated as a reviewer for SJI.  The manuscripts I reviewed were conducted as blind peer reviews. I completed the review of the manuscripts in the same manner as I have for traditional scholarly journals. Open access journals are leading the way to scholarly work being available to all people. As a sociologist I favor open access journals over journals reserved for a select group of people."

Dr. Jianjun Sun, Research Fellow in the Dept. of Microbiology and  Molecular Genetics, Harvard Medical School, -- "I strongly support SJI. Open-access journals are becoming the trend for the future, and they are highly beneficial for scholars all around the world.  As an open-access journal, SJI sets very high standards for peer reviews and for publication."

Dr. Philip A. Ikomi, Research Scientist, College of Juvenile Justice and Psychology, Prairie View A & M University, Texas, -- "As for people campaigning against SJI, I would like to say that the taste of the pudding is in the eating. SJI makes being published in a peer reviewed journal easier in the sense that they dwell on the important and substantial issues in a paper rather than ephemeral or non issues that make publishing drudgery for most scientists. That is what most of us like about SJI. I am very delighted to review papers for SJI as I have done for other important journals in my area of expertise. I would say that those who are campaigning against SJI should just try to live with the competition that SJI represents because SJI is not about to fold up and disappear."

Dr. Joyce Fischer, Professor of Mathematics, Texas State University, "I can assure that SJI Journals are peer reviewed. All of the contacts that I have had regarding SJI have been totally professional in every way. It is so easy to tell tales in today’s world and should be so beneath professional academics."
Dr. Ronald C. Thomas, Jr., Associate Dean, Arts and Sciences, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Florida, -- "I enjoy my affiliation with SJI. I only wish I had time to review more articles. I am as rigorous as I am when reviewing articles or grant proposals in any of my other roles or scholarly societies. I also try to offer strong advice toward rewrites and I know that even a few sentences from a reviewer can mean many hours of work for a writer. However, I think that is my proper "gatekeeper" role. My compensation is get to read many interesting articles in my field from around the world."

Dr. Jerold H. Theis, Professor, Medical Microbiology, School of Medicine, UC Davis, -- "Online publication of well reviewed scientific studies is exactly what academic researchers need. Under the current system print journals are exacting exorbitant publication fees and editors of these journals are controlling more and more of what is seen by the scientific community through arbitrary decisions even before the articles are sent out to reviewers. The print journals' penchant for what they claim are superstars to be on their editorial boards further constrain the openness of scientific works by placing people with "territory" to protect in a spot where they can "manage" what appears in print. Nothing is more of an anthem to the concept of "Scientific Inquiry" than that type of behavior. The ability to recognize poor experimental design and execution is in the training we all receive as graduate students.  The claim, by the opponents of online publication journals, that such vehicles will result in erroneous information cluttering up the literature conveniently forget all the bogus studies that have been published by print journals following review by the "superstars" of their review boards. If Patriotism is the last refuge of Scoundrels, then self serving editors of print journals are the Judas of free exchange of thought and scientific inquiry. Online publications provide a much needed avenue to thwart censorship."  

Dr. Molly M. Lindner, Assistant Professor of Art, Kent State University--Stark campus, --  "SJI is offering an important professional and peer-reviewed publishing venue for faculty in disciplines that have few print journals and long back-logs until publication.  Many universities judge promotion of untenured faculty on articles in print, and SJI makes time to publication a matter of months rather than years.  The manuscripts in anthropology and sociology that I have reviewed for SJI have been of excellent quality.  My interpretation of scientific in the journal's title applies to the arts and humanities, as well as pedagogy in such disciplines.  I encourage art historians to submit their manuscripts that undertake investigations of art works' provenience, including attribution, identification of subject, location, original places of display of works of art for which the original documentation is lost or never existed.  These are scientific inquiries because they delve into material about which little is known or understood and require new methodologies and theoretical frameworks to present them."

Dr. Jimmy Thomas Efird, Director, Data Coordinating Center, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Ohio, -- "I received some suspicious emails several months ago, but just ignored them as I felt that they were clearly misinformed. I have reviewed several papers for SJI and fully support the concept of open-access journals."

Dr. Alfredo Cuellar, Chair, California State University, Fresno, "I fully support SJI and other open-access journals. These are envious and perverse actions certainly from people who are jealous.  Please use my name in support of the defense of SJI and let me know how I can help."

Dr. James Ruby, Dept. of Human Services, Cal State University, Fullerton, California,  -- "As one who has both submitted research and served as a reviewer, I find the SJI process to be one that is dedicated to high quality scrutiny of scholarship efforts.  The feedback that is offered to those who make submissions is detailed and seeks to raise the level of research excellence."

Dr. Rob Hull, Professor and Chair of Finance, Washburn University, Kansas, -- "I understand a few individuals and journals see SJI as a threat and have attacked SJI. If this is true, one underlying reason may reflect their own insecurity as they often give the appearance of being created to serve their own contingency. This would explain why the same schools manage to dominate publications in these journals for long periods of time. The real fear is that this contingency can confine and define the "truth" as they see it and voices from outside this contingency cannot have a fair chance to change it. Then low and behold someone within the contingency makes the same claim voiced earlier by those outside the contingency and this claim now becomes gospel truth."

Dr. Herbert F. W. Stahlke, Emeritus Professor of English, Ball State University, Indiana,  -- "As a reviewer, I have reviewed one paper, which I recommended be rejected, and I have read another that was sent to me for review. I chose not to review it because I felt that it was an example of an author understanding formally the nature of empirical research models but not understanding whether a particular study was worth doing. In that case, it was not. If other reviewers are showing similar selectiveness, I don't think SJI needs to be concerned about the quality of its scholarly journals."

Dr. Doris M. Marino, Southern Connecticut State University, USA,
"As a peer reviewer for SJI, I have had the opportunity to read several very important research articles that would be leading material for professionals. The blind peer-review process is required of all articles before they are published. I have encouraged colleagues to submit their material to SJI because of the high quality peer-review process. The standards for publication are very high that most research professionals would appreciate."

Dr. Marion McClary, Associate Professor of Biological Sciences and Co-Director, School of Natural Sciences, Fairleigh Dickinson University, New Jersey,  "SJI papers are peer-reviewed using a blind review process.  The science is judged on the science alone and not on the authors and the institutions.  I say this because I read an article in the Chronicle of higher Education once that explained how a paper was rejected at first by a journal and then accepted after adding a well known scientist from a well known institution as a collaborator!  This kind of thing could never happen in SJI because the names are unknown." 

Dr. Kimberly A. Carlson, Associate Professor, Biology Department, University of Nebraska at Kearney, -- "I was angered to hear about the smear campaign against SJI!  I have published an article in SJI and can vouch that it is peer-reviewed. I myself have reviewed papers for SJI and have accepted and rejected some of them. Keep up the great work SJI."

Dr. Michael G. Lovorn, Assistant Professor, Department of Curriculum and Instruction The University of Alabama, -- "I have performed no less than six blind reviews for SJI (The Journal of Education and Human Development) in recent months, and have found their submission processes, review standards, and publication expectations to be as rigorous and demanding as any other with which I have been involved."

Dr. Marion D. Schafer, Director Indiana Packaging R & D Center, Indiana State University, -- "I am proud to be among those chosen as a reviewer for SJI. My experience has been extremely positive and worthwhile. I believe this is a good outlet for publications without having to rely on paper and print."

Dr. Cinzia Balit-Moussalli, Associate Dean of Faculty for Curriculum Development, Professor of Finance and Economics, Huntingdon College, -- "As a member of both the Editorial Review Board and the Advisory Board, I can certify that I have been getting manuscripts to review on a regular basis. As an author who has published in SJI, I can attest that SJI conducts serious, constructive, and meticulous peer-reviews of manuscripts, as I just recently finished working on all the revisions needed for my second manuscript."

Dr. Steven J. Balassi, St. Mary's College of California, -- "I have reviewed about 10 papers of high quality for SJI. I also received feedback from several reviewers on my own papers. Sad to see some don't like change and open access."

Dr. Sunil Kumar Joshi, Asst. Professor of Community Medicine, Kathmandu Medical College, Nepal, "Recently, I came to know about the lies and smear campaigns against various open access journals like SJI.  Such misinformation campaigns are  baseless, unethical and disgraceful. I have been sent numerous articles by SJI for peer review. And I do so as per the field of my expertise. SJI is doing a good job by publishing so many good articles online, that are accessible to all readers free of cost. I wish SJI all the best and encourage all open access journals to fight hard against such baseless smear campaigns."

Dr. Rahul Singh, Head of International Programmes and Alliances, Birla Institute of Management Technology, Editor of Journal of Insurance and Risk Management, India, -- "I have had the pleasure of being associated with SJI for long and have been involved as editor and reviewer of papers in the business areas. I have found that the papers submitted are of high quality and the blind review process provides highly useful feedback to the authors. I am confident of SJI being fair and transparent in all its activities. Feel free to contact me directly for my comments. As an editor of a journal, I appreciate the methodology of handling this issue by declaring the transparency followed."

Dr. Ann Davis, Acting Director, Information Resources, University of Calgary, -- "Open access journals, such as SJI, are crucial for the free exchange of scholarly work. SJI are serious journals that use the accepted peer review system and help distribute important creativity. SJI is to be commended."

Dr. Majeed Abdurrahman, Associate Professor of Physics, Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania, -- "I have been on the Editorial Board of SJI since its inception.  I have published papers in the Journals of Nuclear Physics B, Physics review D , Nuvo Ciment B, Physics Letters B,  Int. J. Mod. Phys. A and J. Phys A: Math. Gen.; and I have presented papers and talks in numerous conferences, and therefore able to judge the quality of papers and articles that I am reviewing for SJI.  I have obtained a D.Phil. in theoretical physics from the University of Oxford (UK) and worked as a post doc. at the Mathematical Institute in Oxford for two years in the group of Sir. Prof. Roger Penrose. I spent many years as research fellow in the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory with Prof. Hong Mo-Chan. I was a visiting professor to the Department of Mathematical Sciences at the University of Delaware. For the past 6 years I have been in the department of physics at Shippensburg University where I am an associate professor of physics.  The papers that SJI receives in general are not of any less qualities than the articles that other traditional journals receive. Also SJI services another purpose that other traditional Journals do not service which is the speedy publication of articles which makes them available to all scientists around the world. This is important for many scientists who work in countries which can not afford the subscription fees of traditional journals."

Dr. Shrikesh Sachdev, Professor of Biochemistry, University of Missouri, -- "Open Access journals, similar to traditional journals, undergo a rigorous peer review process. Open access journals do not restrict publications based on cost, thereby enabling all researchers to rapidly publish their research which otherwise, might not get published due to cost concerns.  I expect that in the future, more scientific journals will move in this direction."

Dr. Adansi Amankwaa, Associate Professor, Coordinator of Sociology Program, Department of Psychology, Sociology, and Social Work, Albany State University, Albany, Georgia, -- "I strongly support SJI for its hard work and exceptional sense of professionalism. I am glad to be part of this organization."

Dr. Dennis Schauffer, Emeritus Professor, Univ. KwaZulu Natal, South Africa, -- "I would like to state that the present debacle concerning the issue of open access to e-publications is, in my opinion a storm in a teacup. The world is round. Since Barnard's transplant the heart lost it's reputation for being the seat of the emotions. Armstrong did not violate sacred heavenly space. If cell phones are replaced with brain implants the sky will not fall. When head transplants become as common as other organ transplants we will not loose our identities. Technological advance is inevitable. So, to those who seek to resist change I say, "Relax in your slacks, there's no malaria in the area"

Dr. Zaigham Mahmood, Senior Lecturer, School of Computing, University of Derby, UK, -- "I have been associated with SJI for more than two years as a member of the Editorial Review Board. During this time, I have reviewed numerous papers and given my honest opinion about them. Whereas some papers were rejected outright, some others presented excellent original research which deserved publication. I am happy to be a part of SJI and will continue to do so."

Dr. Conrad B. Quintyn, Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, Bloomsburg University, Pennsylvania, -- "I have received manuscripts on several occasions from SJI for review. Some manuscripts fit my specialty and some do not. Nonetheless, SJI manuscripts are sent out for peer-review. If the definition of peer-review is ‘a process by which something proposed (as for research or publication) is evaluated by a group of experts in the appropriate field’ then SJI is a peer-reviewed journal (Merriam-Websters 2003)."

Dr. José Ferreira Alves, Department of Psychology, University of Minho, Portugal, -- “I am a Review Board Member of SJI. Since the very beginning I received numerous papers to review for the area of Psychology.  The great majority of papers are of high quality and importance. I do not know personally the colleagues that manage SJI but I know the papers that come to me and the revisions they have accepted from me. And in this sense I think they are doing an honest and a great job.”

Dr. Jaume Masip, Department of Social Psychology and Anthropology, University of Salamanca, Spain, -- "I want to express my support for SJI, and to reiterate that the misinformation against SJI and other open-access journals is baseless, as I have been repeatedly asked to review manuscripts for SJI."

Dr. Henrique Diz, Full Professor, Department of Economics, Management and Industrial Engineering, University of Aveiro, Portugal, -- "I only have to say that if someone goes through the trouble of publishing false information against SJI that may only be because you have become important in the field. So, apart from taking  legal action against these individuals, we should be encouraged by the fact that we are certainly being good enough as to disturb somebody. Just continue up with the good work."

Dr. Ananya Guha, Indira Gandhi National Open University, 
"I express my full solidarity with SJI. It is an excellent international journal of a very high quality, which is promoting creativity at various intellectual levels. I have learnt a lot from the articles submitted, many of them I consider to be outstanding."

Dr. Dragan Cisic, Professor and Vice Dean for Research, University of Rijeka, Croatia, -- "There is an old proverb in Croatia--There is always cloud of dust after the good horse. So do not take to heart all what a few misguided individuals are writing. There is always problem with people who cannot adapt to new technologies or theories.  Even Einstein did not accept Heisenberg's theory of uncertainty with words "God does not gamble."

Dr. Berge Traboulsi, Associate Professor of History and Religion, Director of the Orientation Program, Haigazian University, Lebanon, "It is sad and disgusting to read that SJI is attacked by a few people and organizations who are attempting to turn off this scientific candle (SJI) instead of supporting its valuable mission to freely spread knowledge in the world. SJI team should be proud of what they are doing and not be perplexed by those marginal and unethical attempts."

Dr. Dayaratna-Banda, Senior Lecturer, Department of Economics and Statistics,  University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, -- "It is extremely tragic that some unscrupulous individuals or organizations have resorted to unethical means of devaluing the services rendered to the world through open access peer reviewed journals such as SJI. These journals provide very useful opportunities for researchers in various parts of the world. SJI open access journals are invaluable sources of newly created knowledge. These types of services are extremely beneficial for the readers and researchers particularly in developing countries as most researchers cannot afford to subscribe to expensive traditional journals. The founders of SJI should be commended for the great services they are rendering."

Dr. Ferdinand Fiofori, Metropolitan State College of Denver, -- "I am a member of SJI Editorial Review Board. I have always enjoyed reviewing manuscripts for the Scientific Journals International."

Dr. Pietro Saitta, University of Messina, Ita
ly, "I sincerely express my support to SJI initiative.  These kinds of initiatives represent an important step toward the democratization of knowledge, one of the most important elements in a world threatened by depressing forms of obscurantism. I feel sad and shocked that SJI has been attacked, and I want to firmly express my support and solidarity for SJI."

Dr. G. S. Rahi, Fayetteville State University, North Carolina, -- "I have been associated with SJI Review Board for a couple of years. During this period I have done peer review for about 5 manuscripts. Based on their merit, less than half were sent with recommendation for publication and that too with quite a few critical comments and suggestions. This should speak for the review process of SJI."


Dr J H Khan, Professor and Head, Department of English, Sardar Patel University, India,  --  "I have been associated with SJI as a member of the Review Board for Language and Literature for the last one year or so. This association began and continues due to my deep appreciation of the mission of SJI and the objectives for which it was created. Open access journals are the need of the times, especially when there is a dearth of good journals in many regions of the world. Also, there is difficulty in accessing those that exist due to the prohibitive costs. The world has been witnessing an information explosion and the knowledge so created requires such journals for the purpose of its dissemination. I have been receiving articles for peer-review for SJI. I believe both the reviewer and the person authoring a work stand benefited. It can, therefore, be nobody's case really to impute motives against what is obviously a great service to the intelligentsia the world over. I shall continue supporting SJI."

Dr. Adewale Adeloye, Department of Chemistry, University of Fort Hare, South Africa, -- "From the look of things, what you need to know is that the people campaigning against SJI just want to know your logic and ways by which you have achieved your successes in the possible shortest time of your coming on board. Please don't rest on your oasis, SJI cannot crumble or fail because it has been built on a worthy and noble goal. You are already in existence, ride on please, I strongly support your course"


Dr. Bashar Hikmet Malkawi, Assistant Professor of Law, Accounting and Commercial Law Program, Hashemite University, Jordan, --  "I served as a reviewer for numerous manuscripts submitted for publication on SJI. The review process for SJI is as rigorous as any other subscription journal. SJI has great potential for facilitating widespread distribution of scholarly literature and multiplying the ways in which students and professors can make educational use of this content. Enough of "paid access" ideology and it is time for universal availability of a comprehensive source of human knowledge."

Dr. Vincent K. Pollard, Asian Studies Program, University of Hawai'i at Manoa,  -- "I have participated in evaluating manuscripts for a variety of print and online journals since the 1990s. SJI journals are among these publications. The review process is rigorous, constructive and productive. Editors of the SJI journals are to be commended for their commitment to high standards and for their diligence. Reflecting on what I have learned from this aspect of my professional activities, I was puzzled to learn of a sloppy smear campaign against editors of the SJI journals. I cannot fathom the instigators' motivation."

Dr. Erdal Gumus, Eskisehir Osmangazi University, Turkey, --  "As a peer reviewer for SJI, I have had the opportunity to review several important research articles that were submitted to SJI. The blind peer-review process is certainly required of all articles. I continue to encourage my colleagues to submit their original work to SJI because of the high quality peer-review process that works so professionally. I completely support SJI and open access publishing."  

Dr. B.J.C. Perera, Lady Ridgeway Hospital for Children, Sri Lanka, I have been an external reviewer for SJI for a couple of years and have reviewed several  articles anonymously. I find their review process to be highly professional and I believe that their publication as an open access modality to be very useful to the scientific community.
I believe that the smear campaigns against SJI are completely baseless, and I would be quite happy to continue to assist in their peer review processes."

Dr. Yali Zhao, Assistant Professor, Georgia State University, USA, -- "Open access journals, such as SJI, are extremely beneficial to international scholars who will not be able to access most of the journals published overseas but are eager to obtain knowledge and exchange great ideas with scholars around the world. I can also testify that SJI is indeed a peer-reviewed journal. My article was reviewed by three reviewers with detailed comments and areas to improve."

Andrew J. Buck, Professor of Economics, Temple University, "As an author, my experience with SJI and the open access concept has been very positive.  The identities of the three referees were unknown to me.  Of the three referee reports, one was exceptionally good, far better than the referee reports I am accustomed to getting form traditional journals.  The other two referee reports were very good and required some effort on my part to respond.  Never did I regard acceptance of my paper to be pro forma."

Dr. Alfredo Reyes Salazar, Universidad Autónoma de Sinaloa, Mexico, -- " I strongly believe that open access journals like SJI undoubtedly help students, professors and researchers around the world since they provide free access to peer-reviewed articles in all major disciplines. Moreover, the quality of the papers submitted is very high. I have submitted two papers for review and can testify that the review process is as rigorous as many top traditional journals."

Dr.Omar Hajjawi, Faculty of Administration and Financial Sciences, Arab American University, Jenin. --" I have reviewed numerous SJI manuscripts. The peer review was fairly conducted  where the authors and reviewers were not identified. I completed the process of review in the same manner as I have done for traditional scholarly journals. SJI open access journal is making scholarly work being available to all people. Keep up the good work, and I fully support you."

Dr. Claudia Vanney, Titular Professor of Physics, School of Engineering, Universidad Austral, Argentina, -- "I have been a reviewer for several journals including SJI. The integrity and seriousness of SJI's peer review process is unquestionable. The manuscripts I have reviewed were conducted as blind peer reviews. I completed the review of the manuscripts in the same manner as I have for other major journals. I strongly denounce these smear campaigns against SJI."

Dr. Serdjo Kos , Head of Department of Nautical Sciences at Faculty of Maritime Studies at Rijeka , Croatia, Editor-in-hief of "Pomorstvo - The Journal of Maritime Studies" , --"As a University Full Professor at University of Rijeka - Croatia and as a Fellow of The Royal Institute of Navigation, London, UK , I strongly support SJI as a respectable international scientific source in various fields of science."

Dr. G. Saravanan, Associate Professor, Department of Biochemistry, Sri Gokulnatha Mission's Institute of Medical Science & Research Foundation, India, -- "I was very shocked and angered to hear about the smear campaign against Scientific Journals International (SIJ). I am associated with SJI as a member of the Editorial Review Board. I have found that the papers submitted to SJI are of high quality and the blind review process provides detailed feedback to the authors. I am extremely happy to be a part of SJI and will continue to do so. Keep up the great work SJI."

Dr. Neil Smart, Assistant Professor, Bond University, Australia, -- “I have reviewed two articles for SJI and applied the same standards of scrutiny as I have for other top journals. I also published in the J of Medical and Biological Science of SJI in January 2008. I would be happy to share review process correspondence from my personal experiences as an SJI reviewer and author.”

Dr. Kelechi A. Kalu, Professor of African-American & African Studies, The Ohio State University, --  "It is strange that in the age of information technology-induced globalization that has democratized the processes of useful information for the business community that often helps in the exploitation of less developed regions of the world, some people are busy questioning the authenticity of open access journals like SJI.  The proliferation of information of course does not automatically mean useful knowledge; but for a blind/peer reviewed process that SJI manuscripts go through should be a cause for celebration.  The attacks on SJI and other open-access journals should remind one of Kuhnian anomaly in the history of sciences literature--celebration orthodoxy without fair hearing for the subaltern.  As long as the peer and blind review process continues as I have seen during my involvement with SJI, I fully support Scientific Journal International."

Dr. Amalia N. Miliou, Assistant Professor, Department of Informatics, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, --“I am a reviewer for SJI and I had the opportunity to review several papers.  I find that the review process of this journal is highly professional. I support the SJI efforts and I believe that open access peer reviewed journals like SJI are greatly appreciated by the scientific community.”

Dr. Sarbananda Sahoo, Assistant Professor, Asian School of Business Management,, ASBM Institute of BBA, India, -- "I would like to express my solidarity with SJI. I have been receiving articles of high quality from SJI for review.  SJI is an excellent international journal and the blind peer review process adopted by SJI maintains very high standards. I strongly believe that SJI provides an important scientific and scholarly service to the global research community."

Dr. Abdelwaheb Cheikhrouhou, Head of Materials Physics Laboratory, Faculty of Sciences of Sfax, University of Sfax, Tunisia, -- "I am a member of SJI Editorial Review Board. I sincerely express my support for SJI initiatives. SJI provides valuable opportunities for researchers to publish their quality work without prejudice. I have reviewed several manuscripts for SJI and it is my pleasure to continue reviewing manuscripts for this high quality international journal."

Dr S.J. Antony, Senior Lecturer, Institute of Particle Science and Engineering, Leader, Advanced Interdisciplinary Research (AIR) Laboratory, Equality and Diversity Officer at the Faculty of Engineering, U.K., -- "The peer review I had performed for SJI in the past is with the same vigor, intensity and fairness that I had done with other forefront journals in my filed."

Dr. Neala Ambrosi, Department of study in Italian language, University of Pula, Croatia, --
"I strongly support open access peer reviewed journals such as SJI. I have been involved with SJI as a peer reviewer.  I have used the same high professional review standards for reviewing SJI manuscripts as I have for other journals."

Dr. Salem Issa, Department of Geology, United Arab Emirates University, UAE, -- "I would like to express my support for SJI. I have been repeatedly asked to review manuscripts for SJI.  I myself published a paper on SJI, and I found the review process to be very rigorous. I therefore strongly assert that the misinformation about SJI is baseless."

Dr. Nsalambi V. Nkongolo, Associate Professor, Department of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, Lincoln University of Missouri." I strongly support SJI and other open access journals where I serve as an editor or reviewer, and/or have published papers.  Certainly, "open access journals" have diminished the number of manuscripts sent to traditional journals, therefore a loss of revenue for these publishers. This is the real issue, not the scientific value of work published in open access journals."

Dr. Ahmed Hasson, Department of Agriculture & Food, Australia,, "I am a research scientist. I have more than fifty original papers published in peer-reviewed journals all over the world. I have been associated with SJI as a reviewer. I have received numerous manuscripts from SJI as well as from other journals for peer review. I believe the papers that are published in SJI journals are the same quality as in other internationally recognized journals. I strongly support SJI journals."

Dr.Gonzalo Ferreira, Associate Professor, Ion Channels Laboratory, Department of Biophysics, School of Medicine, University of the Republic, Montevideo, Uruguay, --"In a globalized world, open access to peer-reviewed papers in journals like SJI and others, will constitute an essential basis for developing a truly global consciousness. I have reviewed several papers for SJI in the same way I have done for other traditional journals. The submitted papers I have seen and reviewed for SJI, related to my discipline, is of high academic quality. I believe that our scientific community should promote and support this kind of initiative that makes scientific development more democratic, contributing to our exponentially increasing human knowledge in a free way that is not controlled by powerful academic and non-academic structures."


Dr. Ketut Wikantika, Director of Center for Remote Sensing, Institute of Technology Bandung, Indonesia, -- "I am proud to be among those chosen as  reviewers for SJI. SJI is one of the best alternative open-access publications which conducts serious, constructive, and rigorous peer-reviews of manuscripts. SJI is to be commended for its innovative approaches."

Dr. Doris Tyler, Assistant Professor and Mental Disabilities Program Coordinator Department of Special Education, -- "I believe that SJI provides a wonderful opportunity for publication of peer-reviewed articles. I am enjoying serving as a peer reviewer for SJI."

Dr. John C.Corelli, Professor Emeritus of Nuclear and Engineering Physics, Rensselaer Polyechnic Institute, New York, -- "I strongly support the methods, the mission, and the peer review process of SJI.   I have always been asked to review papers in my specific field of interest. I review each paper with the same standards I use  for papers I review  for other major journals.  Keep up your good work."


Dr. Vasudeo P. Zambare, Research Scientist, Advanced Enzyme Technologies Ltd. Nasik, India, --  "Open access journals assess a manuscript based upon its accuracy and quality. SJI and other open access journals provide a worldwide platform for expression of scientific knowledge. SJI journals maintain very high standards for the peer review of submissions."

Donald Hsu, Associate Professor, Division of Business Administration, Dominican College New York, -- "I believe Scientific Journal International (SJI) is providing an excellent service to the academic community. I strongly support SJI, its mission, and its peer review process.  I would recommend SJI to my colleagues at Dominican College, and via Chinese American Scholars Association."

Dr. Kofi Poku Quan-Baffour, Senior Lecturer, ABET Institute, Pretoria, -- "SJI is a high quality journal that serves scholars and researches all over the world. It conducts very helpful peer reviews of manuscripts, and provides suggestions for improvement of papers before reconsideration for publication. My own paper went through the process and I am yet to effect the recommended changes before resubmitting it."

Dr. Rajfa Musemic, Head of Mathematics and Physics, University of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina,
"I have served on the Review Board of SJI. I would like to express my strongest support for SJI.  The smear campaigns against SJI and other open access journals only indicates that you are excellent, worthy of their attention and professional jealousy. I wish you all the success for your continued achievements."

Dr. Errol Mathias, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, California State University Los Angeles, California, -- "I strongly support SJI and other open access journals.  SJI is providing a great service to the scientific community. Please continue the good work."

"Dr. Ozlem Cankurtaran, Associate Professor of Chemistry, Yildiz Technical University, Turkey, -- "I am a reviewer for Scientific Journals International. I have reviewed several manuscripts for SJI and I found that there was no quality difference between manuscripts submitted to SJI and other journals. I sincerely support SJI and other open access peer reviewed journals.   I am happy to be a member of SJI Review Board."

Dr. Manuel Alberto M. Ferreira, Full Professor, ISCTE, Portugal, "I have reviewed about 20 papers for SJI, all of which are of high quality.  I can testify that the peer review and the editing process are technically sound, honest and impartial. The open access journals are the future of the scientific publishing world.  They allow a much quicker and accessible diffusion of scientific knowledge while maintaining a high quality of research. SJI is providing a wonderful scholarly service to the scientific community of the world."

Dr. Amina Bouraoui, Institut Supérieur des Technologies Médicales, Tunisia --
"I'm a member of the Review Board of SJI. I strongly support SJI and appreciate their innovative efforts and approaches. I have reviewed several manuscripts for SJI.  I would like to encourage SJI to continue the good work."

Dr. Ognyan Ivanov, Associate Professor, Institute of Solid State Physics, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, -- "I would like to express my full support for SJI and strongly denounce the misinformation and smear campaigns against SJI and other open-access journals. I am convinced that truth, fairness and honesty shall prevail against cowardly dishonest acts."

Dr. Hanan Batarfi, Vice Dean of Post Graduate Studies, KAU, Saudi Arabia, -- "Lies and misinformation are easy to throw around by despicable people who claim to be journalists or scholars.  In reality, they are none. As a reviewer for SJI, it is a very rewarding scientific endeavor for me.  I enjoy reviewing scientific papers for SJI. The facts reveal how wrong and misguided these few individuals are who have undertaken such campaigns of distortions against SJI as well as other open-access journals."

Dr. Manuchehr Farajzadeh, Department of Remote Sensing & GIS, Tarbiat Modares University, Iran, --"SJI and other open access journals provide a crucial service to scholars and researchers around the world.  The peer-reviewed journals of SJI maintain very high standards while providing open access to scientific literature."

Dr. St. Chankova, Associate Prof of Genetics, Central Laboratory of General Ecology, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, -- " I would like to say that I strongly support SJI.  As a reviewer for SJI I know that it maintains very high standards for peer reviews and publications."


Dr. Raymond J. Ballard, Professor, Texas A&M University, Texas, -- "I have reviewed several papers submitted to Scientific Journals International. Of those papers apx. 30% were evaluated as acceptable in current form, 20% needed additional work and 50% were rejected.  There is a huge amount of money made by traditional print journals, so I am not surprised  that they are trying to discourage open access journals like Scientific Journals International."

Dr. Hugo Cota-Sanchez, Associate Professor and Herbarium Director, University of Saskatchewan, Canada, --"I strongly support SJI because it provides an excellent opportunity to scholars and researchers to publish articles on a timely fashion and based on a rigorous peer-review process. Furthermore, as an open access journal, SJI makes available valuable scientific information to the entire scientific community around the world. I believe that open access policies should be implemented by all journals."

Dr. Dawnmarie DeFazio, Director, Clinical Research and Regulatory Affairs Allegheny General Hospital/Allegheny Singer Research Institute, Pennsylvania, --"I strongly support SJI as an open-access journal. SJI sets very high standards for peer reviews and for publication as I have reviewed approximately four articles a month. Some require minor modifications, some major modifications and some need a lot more work to be published. Open-access journals like SJI are most beneficial for scholars and researchers around the globe. I strongly object to the smear and disinformation campaigns. I believe that SJI will continue to be high functioning peer-reviewed journals that will benefit researchers and authors around the world."

Dr. Mostafa Eidiani, Bojnourd Campus of Islamic Azad University, Iran, --"As a member of the Editorial Review Board, I have always enjoyed reviewing manuscripts for the Scientific Journals International. It is an excellent international journal of a very high quality. I am glad to be part of this organization."

Dr Sarwoko Mangkoedihardjo, Professor, Department of Environmental Engineering, Sepuluh Nopember Institute of Technology (ITS), Indonesia, --"I am a member of SJI Editorial Review Board. I have reviewed more than 10 papers anonymously.  The integrity and seriousness of the peer review process is unquestionable. I fully support SJI."