Most of it's boring

Precious engineering

Date: Wed, 06 Jul 2022 09:32:24 +0000
Subject: Dr. REUBEN ROSENBERG :: Submit your Research Paper
From: IJPERA Journal <>
Reply-To: IJPERA Journal <>

image of emailI have no idea who Dr Reuben Rosenberg is. This could be a solicitation either from him, or for him. But I'm assuming that he knows more about precious engineering than I do, which wouldn't be difficult, since I didn't even know it was a thing until I saw this beauty from International Journal of Precious Engineering Research and Application in my inbox.

You'd be forgiven for thinking that precious engineering was a lucrative occupation, but ₹1000 is only a little under $13, although publication charges for authors outside India jump to a whopping $60. Considering some of the fees demanded by scalpers publishing in other fields, this seems like bargain basement pricing. I guess precious engineers have to make do with a job title that sounds better than it pays. (shrug)

Incidentally, those lucky Indian authors not only get a reduced fee compared to their international colleagues, but a swift turnaround time to boot: Fast Publication within 48 hrs in fees 1000 INR Only. Which suggests that the peer review process must be highly optimised.*

Anyhow, other than the ornate email design, the thing that really caught my attention was when trying to use the tracker URL to locate the mail template.

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Hardly likely to embue any visitor with a warm fuzzy feeling, unless they pissed themselves when reading it.

* Read: non-existent.

IOSR Journal of Pharmacy

Date: Sat, 03 Jun 2023 15:20:09 +0000
Subject: *** SPAM *** Dr.  Geoffrey Hughes :: Manuscripts Submitted Journal
From: phr journal <>
Reply-To: phr journal <>

This bears some of the same hallmarks: the retro table structure; the irrelevant, to me at least, name in the subject line; and the noreply From header. It's missing the pretty colours, but you can't have everything. (shrug)

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International Journal for Advances in Engineering and Management

Date: Sat, 09 Jul 2022 14:07:05 +0000
Subject: DR. RONALD BLEDAY :: Article Global Statistics
From: IJAEM Journal <>
Reply-To: IJAEM Journal <>

image of emailNow it's the turn of Dr Ronald Bleday to be name-checked.

Similarly attractively-formatted email, and this time for a subject matter that actually means something to me; in that I (think I) understand what it is, not that it's dear to my heart. I'm assuming here that global statistics has something to do with advances in engineering and management. (shrug)

Oh, and the tracking URL didn't lead to a dodgy site warning. So that's progress, I guess.

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Same beautifully retro-designed email, harkening back to turn of the century websites; same suspiciously precise impact factor; different campaign domain. And now IJAEM is name-checking Dr. Anuj Kapur; I have no idea why, presumably it's with his consent. Unless they think that I am he, in which case it isn't.

Date: Thu, 13 Apr 2023 06:57:25 +0000
Subject: Dr. Anuj  Kapur
From: IJAEM Journal <>
Reply-To: IJAEM Journal <>
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