All's not what it seems

It's not brayn surjury!

screenshot of two emails received 80 minutes apart
Mega, Megan: coincidence…or an email from The Twilight Zone? (spooky)

Immediately following a megajournal, I was greeted by this missive in my inbox from Megan Taylor, who, by earlier definition, must be an impressively large N Taylor. (LOL)

Megan works as an editorial assistant for Austin Publishing Group, a quality publishing powerhouse:

ABOUT US

Austin Publishing Group is an emerging open access publisher specialising in Science, Technology and Medicine is dedicated to serve the biomedical community through its initiatives. Austin Publishing Group is an academic publisher with 100+ peer reviewed open access journals in various subjects such as biomedical, Pharma, Life Sciences, Environmental, Engineering and Management. Austin Publishing Group publishes Open Access eBooks providing free access to vast scientific literature. Austin Publishing Group's mission to facilitate free access to scientific data through an Open Access platform is greatly supported by invaluable contributions from the strong editorial and advisory boards. Austin Publishing Group is moving ahead with a vision to develop an optimized knowledge sharing platform and an enlightening interactive network for researchers all over the world through its scientific publications and meetings.

Austin Publishing Group's mission to facilitate immediate access to scientific data through an Open Access platform is greatly supported by invaluable contributions from the strong editorial and advisory boards.

Austin Publishing Group is moving ahead with a vision to develop an optimized knowledge sharing platform and an enlightening interactive network for researchers all over the world through its scientific publications and meetings.

Austin Publishing Group

The company's care to detail isn't limited to its mission statement though. Many of the navigation links don't work, and the broken ones differ between pages, clearly signalling that this site was not designed and developed by competent professionals. From a brief review of the homepage; about page; and contact page, you cannot access information on pricing; privacy; T&C; or FAQ, for example. All of which implies a remarkable insouciance.

Austin Publishing quicklinks, showing broken links
Austin Publishing quicklinks, showing broken links
You can't get there from here: Quick links on the About Us (L) and Contact Us (R) pages. , MIA.

Anyhow, Megan, bless her, is soliciting. For articles, that is. Articles for Austin Neurosurgery: Open Access. Or possibly for Austin Journal of Autism & Related Disabilities; she doesn't appear to know, or care, which. But, whateverz, it's all related to braynz, so it's all the same, innit? (rolleyes)

Once again, I have been chosen to contribute my valuable and excellent work to a journal that's completely outside my sphere of vague competence. Okay, so I know that neurosurgery is a fancy-schmancy word for brain surgery, but that hardly qualifies me. As for the possibility that my research work will…also study material science, I can honestly say that I have absolutely no idea what that means. (confused)

All that aside, did you know that brain surgeons and rocket scientists aren't as clever as you might've thought? I wonder if Megan's hoping to someday become a brayn surjun, and a contributing author for her jurnal. They don't appear to be too fussy.

Subject: Publish your work with us
From: Megan Taylor <megantaylor@austinsjournal.co>
Reply-To: Megan Taylor <megantaylor@austin-journals.com>
We are delighted to introduce our Austin Neurosurgery: Open Access (ISSN: 2690-1730 and Impact Factor: 1.8) peer-reviewed promote on-going research and information exchange. We have chosen you to contribute your valuable & excellent work, to help us to release best quality articles for the regular issue. We are among the leading International Research Open Access Journals. We strongly believe that your research work will improve the standards of our journal and also study material science. It will be really appreciated if you could submit your paper on or before 30 March, 2022. For more details about the journal please visit the journal homepage: Austin Journal of Autism & Related Disabilities We will be looking forward to hearing a positive response from you soon. With Best Regards, Megan Taylor Editorial Assistant: Austin Neurosurgery: Open Access Austin Publishing Group America: 6565 N MacArthur Blvd Ste 225, Irving Tx 75039, USA Tel: +1-201-655-7075
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No, that's not a misspelling, austinjurnal.co appears to be APG's MailWizz tracking domain.