As a follow-up to my earlier post on predatory journals I thought I would share some of the many invitations I have received since it appeared 🙂 What I do find annoying is that our email Firewall system sis extremely efficient at intercepting real emails and putting them on hold for us to approve, but that all the emails shown below got straight through the system without any trouble.
Over the top glorification!
Beware of journals that use over the top language trying to appeal to your vanity.
Poor English is always a clue that things are not what they seem.
Totally wrong discipline
It is always a bit of a give-away when over the top language is coupled with a journal title where the field is somewhat removed from your own. I am an entomologist and ecologist.
and then you have this journal – they desperately need a proof reader 🙂
These journals make the mistake of advertising a totally unrealistic publication schedule
It is possible that if they had put a more realistic publication schedule an engineer might have fallen for this one.
Here are a couple of examples where they are trying a bit harder and getting a bit more sophisticated.
The name of a real journal, Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment highlighted to take advantage of the careless reader.
The suggestion that they are on the look-out for reviewers implies a certain degree of respectability.
I am sure that you have all had similar emails, but if you have had even more outrageous or more cunning invitations, please feel free to share.