Newcastle 'Scholars' Publishing
Whether Cambridge Scholars Publishing is a predatory publisher may be a matter of debate. What is not debatable, however, is their repeated use of unsolicited commercial email to drum up business.
This is not the first message that I've received from Rebecca Gladders, although it might be the first in which she thinks that I give a shit about her fucking pronouns. It's also clear that they harvest email addresses, since I've instigated no interaction or communication with them. Irrespective of whether these behaviours constitute predatory publishing or not, they unequivocally put CSP into the category of disreputable and unprofessional pondlife, in my opinion.
The company's link to Cambridge, either the city or the prestigious academic institution, is tenuous, to say the least. Something that they now acknowledge, but that wasn't always the case; perhaps they received complaints of misrepresentation. The company was, apparently, founded in Cambridge by ex-scholars from the University of Cambridge. That's it. They're not even based in Cambridge any more, but in Newcastle upon Tyne, a grim hole in the northeast of England.
Anyhow, I've thought about adding CSP to my predatory publishers collection for a while. This post is just to make the point. And now I need think of them no longer.
I'm not going to click any link to unsubscribe from a list that I never willingly subscribed to in the first place. Nor will I update a profile that I neither created nor wanted. That's what spam filters are for.
Cambridge Scholars Publishing are inviting proposals for academic books and edited collections in Health Sciences. You can find full information about Cambridge Scholars Publishing, including a Book Proposal Form, on our website. Since our foundation in Cambridge, UK, in 2001, Cambridge Scholars Publishing have grown to be one of the world’s leading scholarly book publishers, with a backlist of more than 8000 titles, and several hundred academic books due to be published this year. Though we remain proud of our roots, Cambridge Scholars Publishing Limited is not affiliated to, or associated with, Cambridge University Press or the University of Cambridge. We publish in all major fields of academic research and practice, including Humanities and Social Sciences, Physical Sciences, Life Sciences, and Health Sciences. We aim to put our authors at the heart of everything we do. We bring that ambition into our publishing operations with our Author Promises:
- Fast, fair, and friendly proposal review;
- Publication in handsome hardback, as well as eBook formats, for our academic library customers;
- Worldwide distribution to research and study centres across the globe, via our international network including Amazon, Ebsco/GOBI, ProQuest, and Ingram;
- A book published with us is always in-stock, and always available for sale, thanks to our unique Print on Time global distribution system;
- An escalating royalty payment—the more titles sold, the higher the royalty rate, from the first copy sold;
- No charges for publication.
I received another unrequested and unwanted missive from she/her Gladders, to which I responded with a brief, and singly expletive question as to why she thought I gave a damn about her fucking pronouns. A they/them from CSP responded, whimpering that misgendered pronouns are FAPFAPFAP, but they/them would unsubscribe me from their shitlist. I replied that I had never subscribed in the first place, so anything that I've received from she/her is spam.
CSP don't operate an opt-in subscription list, at least not one that I've opted in to. Presumably, therefore, they get their address list from scrapers. I'm not convinced that my unsubscription will last any longer than the next scraping session.