Invitation to Review Manuscript: HJEHS-14-013
We received a manuscript titled:
ARMSPAN TO THIGH-FOOT HEIGHT RATIO AMONGST ADULT MALES IN TWO SOUTH-SOUTH STATES IN NIGERIA
We will be most grateful if you could find time to review the manuscript. Please find the Abstract below:
This investigation was carried out to determine the armspan to lower limb length ratio amongst adult males in Rivers and Bayelsa States of Nigeria. A total of 500 apparently healthy males were used which cut across several age groups ranging from 20 to 60 years. Data were collected through one on one interview after which the individuals arm span and lower limb length were taken using a flexible metre tape. Results showed that arm span correlated well with the lower limb length and significant difference exist between the arm span and lower limb length ratio of adult males in Rivers state (2.06) and Bayelsa State (2.04) with p > 0.05 [sic]. The result also showed that a significant difference exist between arm span to lower limb length in all the age groups p > 0.05 [sic]. From the results we concluded that the arm span to thigh-foot heigth [sic] ratio of adult males in Rivers and Bayelsa States varies, with that of adult males in Bayelsa state closer to the estimated normal value of 2.
Key words: Arm-span, Thigh-foot, South-south, Nigeria
Kindly send us send a mail indicating your acceptance to review this manuscript to enable us forward to you the full manuscript.
Herald Journal of Environmental and Health Science
Those are some really important findings. They suggest that either the authors or the journal's editors (or both) don't know what a significant p value is. (For you non-statisticians, a significant p value should be < 0.05, not > 0.05.) At the very least, the number of typos suggests they aren't very careful.
Why send this to me? I've never dealt with this journal before, and I have no interest or expertise in "the armspan to lower limb length ratio amongst adult males in Rivers and Bayelsa States of Nigeria" or anywhere else.
From the journal's home page: "Why Publish with HJEHS - Quality Peer Review."
Some quality. Reviewers like me are apparently selected at random.
Note also that the journal's "Archive" is empty and dated 2012.
Much as I would love to see the full manuscript, I'm going to pass on the opportunity.
"Herald Journal of Environmental and Health Science" appears on Beall's List, a compilation of suspected "predatory" journals. The criteria for identifying a predatory journal are found here.
The good news is that at least it's cheap, with a stated "processing fee" of only $400. In a previous post about open access journals, I noted fees as high as $5000.
Faculty, residents, and students should be aware that any journal that promises open access and charges a fee for publishing a paper should be thoroughly vetted before submitting any work or especially any money.