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There are 239 posts tagged: predatory publishing & conferences

Middletown madness
(ProBiologists LLC)
15 June 2024

Just down the road from Fortune Journals we find ProBiologists LLC at 600N Broad Street, Middletown, DE. Or, rather, they found me. Oh what a lucky, lucky me I am.

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Time traveller
(Insight Conferences)
11 June 2024

I took care to open Suzane Jones' message in view source mode, so as not to activate the almost inevitable tracker. But, hell's teeth, this was just too good to pass up!

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Academic bankruptcy
(Fortune Journals)
7 June 2024

Another new, to me, predatory publisher comes in the guise of Neli Parker peddling Journal of Pediatrics, Perinatology and Child Health. Apparently, its editorial board members are impressed with my work, as the quality of the article is high and found informative. That's nice to hear, and I guess it's why it got accepted by a publishing house that doesn't have to walk the streets for money, unlike The Police's Roxanne and Fortune Journal's Neli Parker.

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The world meets at world meet
(Aver Conferences)
21 May 2024

Aver Conferences is a new (to me) predatory conference disorganiser, and Navaneetha beckons me, and everyone else on her shitlist, to Dubai. I dunno, what's the weather like in Dubai in November?

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More pies 'n' beer
(Japanese Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology)
16 May 2024

Sakura has heard of my exemplary research in gastroenterology and hepatology, which comes as news to me. I have no idea what she's talking about, unless she's referring to my ongoing research into pies 'n' beer.

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Finger nowhere near the pulse
(BioMed Pulse)
12 May 2024

The formatting of the message and the To and Subject headers are the same as Journal of Biomedical Research & Environmental Sciences. The email address is different though, as is the fake US correspondence address on the website. So this may be the same outfit, but may not.

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Google mail for integrity
12 May 2024

I've no idea who publishes Journal of Medical Care Research and Review. Or International journal of Nursing Didactics for that matter. The website doesn't divulge that information. But I'm assuming they're as until now unknown to me.

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Dirty Hungarian phrasebook
(ABS Conference)
7 May 2024

I have to admit to some confusion when I received an invitation to attend a conference in Hungary that has been a platform for researchers to expand their networks and stay updated with the latest developments in agricultural and biological sciences since 2015. The reason for this confusion was that, other than me having nothing to do with agricultural sciences that I'm aware of, the time zone and tracking image of my correspondent suggest she's based in China, not Hungary. Why would the Chinese be disorganising a Hungarian conference? (confused)

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Aspiring quality articles
(Medvix Publications)
6 May 2024

Evans Walker is enthusiastic about announcing he's accepting submissions to yet another case reports webcomic. I guess he's easily pleased.

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Taking the piss
(POL Scientific)
28 April 2024

This one's unusual. The recipient email address is mine, obviously, but the salutation is neither to me nor no one I've ever heard of, as is often the case. Instead it's to a co-author with whom I published once, years ago. He was neither the first-named, senior, nor corresponding author, so fuck knows how or why they got his name. But there you go. (shrug)

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Ave Maria
(Scientific Summits…no, not that Scientific Summits!)
10 April 2024

There's something about skeevy Indian hoes and their predilection for taking on Catholic-sounding names to westernise themselves. In this case, it's the risible-sounding Maria Teresa, the saint of the slums no doubt.

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Gonna need a bigger broom
(Herculean Research)
6 April 2024

Like the Augean stables, the world of predatory publishing is full of shit. In this case, it's Herculean Research's Jackson M who's brandishing the tropes:

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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
(Prime Meetings)
3 April 2024

Maya Angelou may have passed on, but she lives again—in name, if not in spirit—in the shape of a predatory Indian conference disorganiser. This new and invigorated Maya is excited about seeing us in Dubai, but I'm not sure why we'd go or what we'd expect to achieve there. After all, I don't associate a toxicology meeting with either revolutionising transport or improving nutrition.

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Way2PissMeOff
9 March 2024

Grace Mary, or Mary Grace? Or perhaps neither's meant to be a family name. Who knows? Who cares? Certainly not I. (shrug)

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Pages
(Pangea Global Events)
29 February 2024

Pangea Global Events is a new-to-me predatory conference disorganiser, although they seem to have been in business since at least 2021. They're disorganising two conferences to be held in Paris on the same dates—International Conference on Surgery and Anesthesia, and International Conference on Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology—although Paris gets off lightly: Florence has three on 21–23 March; Munich gets another triumvirate on 22–24 April; while Vancouver will be beladen with five of the damned things 4–6 November. And there are others. Such busy bees.

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Unsustainable
(Times Scientific Group)
26 February 2024

Times Scientific Group is a predatory conference disorganiser that hasn't troubled my inbox until now. This is no run-of-the-mill solicitation though, oh no no no.

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Lorem ipsum
23 February 2024

Spewing out template missives for predatory webcomics and events, to harvested lists of email addresses of people who're antipathetic to you and your cause, can't be a fulfilling career. And given the money-grubbing nature of the people who run these schemes, I can't imagine the pay's too great either.

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Prominence, or lack thereof
(Iris Publishers)
22 February 2024

Another new predatory publisher to my experience, and disappointingly all they're fishing for is more case reports. How drear.

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All the science that's fit to print (money)
(SciMedPress)
17 February 2024

I think SciMedPress might just be a new predatory publisher on the block. At least on my block, anyway.

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Branching out
(HSPI)
24 January 2024

Anne Allen reaches out from HSPI proudly welcoming all the participants for the upcoming global experts on health from around the world. The cause of this excitement is Global Summit on Public Health 2024. (snooze)

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Maldivian medicos
4 January 2024

International Medicine and Health Sciences Congress 2024 is being hosted in the delightful Maldives, but also online for those whose budgets, and management, don't stretch to such luxury. Nice.

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Weedkiller (marijuana)
28 December 2023

Most predatory publishers who've shat into my mail inbox are based in India, but pretend to be in the US. Tara Zheng, on the other hand, eschews such nonsense. She's Chinese, in China, and isn't afraid to own it.

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globlconfs [sic]
19 December 2023

I'm not sure whether globlconfs.com is associated with one of the many predatory conference disorganisers that I've had the misfortune to come across before, or whether they're a new entity. Their website wasn't responding, but WHOIS indicates that the domain was registered in only April of this year, and the server is based in the city of Chhindwara, Madhya Pradesh, India. Quelle surprise!

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Myself Bobbie
19 November 2023

Another new predator; predatory publisher, that is. And this time it's Annals of Clinical and Medical Case Reports.

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It's not bioscience!
(Prime Pubmed)
11 November 2023

Located at 16192 Coastal Highway, Lewes, Delaware 19958, Country [sic] of Sussex, in the good ol' USofA, Prime Pubmed describes itself as A Open Access Publisher With A Focus On Science, Technology, And Medicine, Prime Pubmed publication Is Committed To Helping The Biomedical Community With Its Activities. Sounds marvellous; although I suspect that helping the biomedical community with its activities amounts to little more than spewing PDF files onto a garbage website in exchange for mucho moolah, a sort of money for old rope proposition.

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No reservations
(ScieniQ Publishers)
3 November 2023

A new entry in the litany of predatory publishing outfits shits into my inbox: ScieniQ Publishers. They're headquartered at 264 E Honeysuckle Pl, Chandler, AZ 85286, USA and are there for all the research and development journals dontchaknow? These include not only Advance [sic] Medical and Clinical Research, the webcomic on behalf of which Jessica K is pestering me, but also Journal of Nursing and Researchers [sic]. (LOL)

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Pies 'n' beer
(Scicaucus)
2 November 2023

I have no idea how Susan comes into this, but Caroline Kelly's keen for me to attend the International Conference on Nutrition, Obesity, and Diabetes Research. I'm less keen, largely because I have no clue about any of this shit; unless shoving pies and beer into my gob counts as research into nutrition and obesity, in which case things are going swimmingly.

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It's academic, really
(Academic Research Publishing Group)
12 October 2023

Elijah shits into my mailbox pimping Academic Journal of Chemistry. As opposed to a nonacademic journal of chemistry, presumably.

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I guess the predators are running out of naming options
(Conferences Global)
9 October 2023

This is not Materials 2024, it's not Nano 2024, and it's not Nano Materials 2024, it's biggerer and betterer that any of that shit…this is Materials and Nano 2024. Phuqueme, I'm so pumped.

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(at)
(Research Trends)
11 September 2023

The editorial executive at Research Trends appears to be one of those folks who feel the need to obfuscate their corresponding email address—editor@researchtrends.net—in their messages, by substituting the @ with (at). As I've noted before, I don't think this is necessary; AFAIK email harvesting bots, the type used by suppliers of scraped lists to predatory publishers like Research Trends (P) Ltd, don't scrape email contents. I may be wrong though.

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A kick in the teeth
(SCON Conferences)
8 September 2023

SCON Conferences is, I believe, a new predatory conference disorganiser to me. And Paul Sagar has recognised my excellence in the field of dental science by not only inviting me to talk at Dental-2024, but also to join the disorganising committee. Unfortunately, the conference's theme—dental education and research—is simply too pedestrian and uninspiring for me to be arsed.

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Urinal of clinical cases
12 August 2023

As if there weren't enough webcomics devoted to publishing—read: shitting PDF files onto the interwebz—low-energy medical case reports, here comes Journal of Clinical Cases. And, on the behalf of her comic, Zara Williams wishes me a magnificent day. #SoBlessed.

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A pain in the gut
11 August 2023

Another irrelevant webcomic offering to waive the APC fees; DOI charges applicable, naturally. Try as I might, I couldn't find any information as to the APC on the comic's website, only this reference to submission fees, which are not the same thing at all: There is no submission fee charged to authors. Irrelevant at best, because no journal charges a fee to submit; potentially deliberately misleading at worst, because upon acceptance they'll stiff you with the APC fee.

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I want a divorce!
(MedDocs Publishers LLC)
9 August 2023

Only a week after being introduced to Med Discoveries LLC, thanks to Ella Perry, William Henry comes in from another predatory publisher I'd never heard of before: MedDocs Publishers LLC. The company's stated address is Reno, NV, although stated and actual aren't necessarily the same thing.

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Med Discoveries
1 August 2023

MedDiscoveries—or Med Discoveries, who knows? who cares? (shrug)—is a new one on me, claiming to be based stateside. There was nothing in the email headers to suggest otherwise. Except, why would a US-based publisher use UTC+0000 as their time zone? Of course, this is a generic campaign server, but would a US publisher obfuscate their time zone like this?

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Human Journals
29 July 2023

This thing of beauty found its way into my inbox this morning. I don't know who designed it, but they should have their meds checked.

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Sanderson, just Sanderson
18 July 2023

The rather officious-sounding Sanderson has given me only one week to avail myself of a discounted APC fee for Journal of Clinical and Medical Images. He—I assume I'm dealing with a rent boy here—must think I have a pile of images laying around, just waiting for some predatory shithead's offer to turn them into obscure digital detritus on the interwebz.

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Clapp hands, here comes Raquel!
(Peertechz Publications)
6 July 2023

Annals of Marine Science is another Peertechz quality webcomic leaching out of Hyderabad. I'm going to assume that my correspondent westernised her name to Raquel Clapp by happenstance, and without knowing that the clap is a colloquialism for gonorrhoea. Nevertheless, I really can't think of any name more apt for a sex worker. (LOL)

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IJERA: another Indian webcomic
29 June 2023

International Journal of Engineering Research and Applications is yet another money-grubbing webcomic from the Indian subcontinent. Their brazen use of the seogoogleaustralia.com domain—a suspended account by the way—in the From header to circumvent mailer rules is one giveaway. Another is that despite their claim to peer-review, the turnaround time of publication within two days shows that's a pretence.

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Diabetic crisis
(ClinMed Conferences)
27 June 2023

I think this outfit may be a new one to me. The openaccesspublisher.com domain suggests a PDF spewer, not a conference disorganiser, but some predators will turn their hand to anything to con a buck or two. The dbcmed.info domain seems to be unsecured. But these are only the email addresses. The link is to clinmedconferences.com which exists, and ClinMed Conferences claims to be based in Wilmington, DE.

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Sixteen-month countdown
(Mindspace Conferences)
13 June 2023

We're not yet halfway through 2023, and already Mindspace Conferences are thinking ahead over a year to Traditional Medicine 2024. Talk about wishing our lives away. Then again, a visit to Milan is something to be looked forward to.

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Editorial bored
(Reseapro Publishing Group)
18 May 2023

A new to me predatory publisher, Reseapro Publishing Group, craps into my inbox. And with it another invitation to waste my time, doing the work of the staff not employed by RPG, who'd rather maximise profits by scoring pro bono work from the academic community.

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Faith in the impossible
6 May 2023

According to her email's subject line, Faith Arnold has issued her first reminder for me to utilise her services, although I have no recollection of her contacting me before now. Oh, of course, this is a generic template hosted on a campaign sever. And her missive found its way into my junk mail folder, not because it met any filtering rules that I'd set after seeing it before, but because SpamAssassin awarded it a score of 12.9, from a required score of 4.0, based solely on generic rules; which suggests she's punching way above her weight.

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IOSR webcomics
2 May 2023

This thing of beauty fell into my junk mail folder. Multiple coloured text and Comic Sans MS just screams the pinnacle of academic professionalism, doesn't it? (no)

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Dopey man hit
23 April 2023

Some thoughtless bastard has apparently recommended me as a potential reviewer to Bentham Science Publishers, to peer-review a manuscript presumably below the standard to be accepted by a publisher who values scientific merit over money. Or have they? I've received requests such as this before, and I suspect they pull the list of potential reviewers from the same source as that of potential submitters; i.e. scraped from the web.

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All aboard the transtrain
16 April 2023

Rebecca Williams comes in from Austin Journal of Invitro [sic] Fertilization. I may know little about the journal's subject area, but I do know that invitro is in vitro. You'd think that a senior editor would get this shit right.* (SMH)

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Lil' ol' fashionista, me
(Symbiosis Group)
13 April 2023

I've really only associated the Indian subcontinent with four things: corruption; curry; cheap fast fashion; and unsolicited commercial email. Predatory publishers conflate the first and last of these, in a sense, by defiling the academic record for financial gain. And now Amalle Wiles also conflates the third, as (s)he solicits my contributions on the subject of fashion technology and textile engineering. Although (s)he's keen, desperate, or deluded, if any article I could present were considered to be of the highest priority. I have to admit, the sight of that presumptuous red exclamation mark in my inbox pissed me off.

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Reproductive?
12 April 2023

As a webcomic title, Case Reports in Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive [sic] makes no sense; reproductive what? I have no experience in case reports, other than reading a few, and they're pretty bloody tedious. I have even less experience in OB/GYN. Nevertheless, I'd like to know what reproductives Albie's concerned about.

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Own Gul
(Bentham Science Publishers)
12 April 2023

Nuzhat Gul has reached out to me to be a guest editor for Current Pharmaceutical Design. I freely admit to knowing phuquall about the subject, but I guess that still amounts to more than she does anyway. So, why not? As any Disney executive will tell you, money is always money; which is why they take the red pen to stunning and brave for Chinese and Islamic markets.

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Lying Lewis
(Directive Publications)
21 March 2023

Yet another low-energy case reports urinal, claiming to be based in the USA, but with an Indian time zone [cough]. Ironically enough, CICR gives its mailing address in Chesterton, IN, as 364 Indian Boundary Road. At least they have a sense of humour.

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Diarrhoea is hereditary…*
20 March 2023

LIDSEN Publishing Inc.—AKA Open BioMedical Publishing Corporation it seems—is a scholarly Open Access publisher with headquarters in Ohio, USA. It's also a known predatory publisher, albeit one that's new to me. So, I've learnt something; not a particularly worthwhile something, admittedly, but something nonetheless.

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Remarkable innovations
(Open Access Text)
13 March 2023

The remarkable innovations being made in the field of biomedical research are quite the thing at gOATse, for both Brianne Miller and Christine Davies shat into my inbox within the space of a couple of minutes! Their templates are nigh on identical, although their From and Reply-To headers are unique.

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Goodbye Commiefornia?
(Remedy Publications)
11 March 2023

Oh no, say it isn't so! The Californian cathouse appears to be no more. It's the end of an era, although I can't honestly say I'm surprised. There's been an exodus out of Commiefornia, particularly over the last couple of years, what with soaring taxation and deteriorating standards of living. And it seems that Wyoming, like Texas and Florida, is a beneficiary of this migration.

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Complimentary Casey
6 March 2023

Casey Cameron appreciates my professionalism and knowledge. I wish I could return either compliment.

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A confusion of conferences
(Scientific Meetings AKA Magnus Conferences)
2 March 2023

Predatory conference organisers are a confusing lot. There are so many of them; but are there, in turn, so few? Confused? Read on, or not, your choice.

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Roboclot
(USF Conferences)
1 March 2023

Having been invited to attend conferences on subjects as varied and wide-ranging as gynaecology, nanomaterials, and 3D printing, I was wondering how long it take for my expertise in the field of robotics to be acknowledged. And I need wonder no more, for I've been invited speak at [deep breath] Global Summit and Expo on Robotics, Control and Automation Engineering GRCA conference. Known by the cognoscenti as Robotics 2023.

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Number 1 Anna
15 February 2023

Either Bonnie Tan, Cathy Han, or anna1—I'm not sure which—enquires whether I'm interestedingiving [sic] a speech at ICGO-2023 in Japan. The event doesn't stand alone, however, as it's being held concurrently with eleven others as part of Gala Technology Frontier 2023. While this sounds very grand, it's likely that the organisers have block-booked a single hotel, with each conference being held in its own meeting room…or broom cupboard.

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Another Editorial Manager
3 February 2023

Another unnamed Editorial Manager is soliciting high-quality research papers to publish in the rather nonsensical Frontiers in Medical Case Reports. I love it when clueless money-grubbers display their ignorance with contradictory requests or titles for their webcomics, and these clowns have managed not one, but two.

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Educating Elena
11 January 2023

Sarah Elena has gone through a previous article of mine, and found it quite interesting and informative. Learning of this makes me so happy I could cry. If only she was corresponding on behalf of a journal to whose scope it was relevant, I could even believe she understood it.

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Reproductive what?
30 December 2022

The webcomic's title—Case Reports in Obstetrics, Gynecology [sic] & Reproductive—doesn't make a lot of sense. Reproductive what?

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Low-energy predation
21 December 2022

Probably the lowest-energy bid for business that I've received from a predator. No shits given by the author as to why the recipient shouldn't give none either. Not even a frikkin' greetings of the day FFS! (SMH)

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All the news that's fit to 3D print
(Scisynopsis Conferences)
29 November 2022

For reasons too dull to relate, I've been thinking about 3D printing. Watching tutorials, reading reviews of printers, that sort of thing. Not actually doing anything practical though, or spending anything but my time. Baby steps.

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I.E.T. home phone
20 November 2022

Two days ago, I received an invitation from Shekhar Sanyal, informing me that I had only four days in which to register for the Institution of Engineering and Technology's Future Tech Congress 2022. Yesterday, I received another, warning of only three days remaining. What is this, a fucking countdown?

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Psycho
9 November 2022

To add to my academic achievements in the fields of dentistry; surgery; mining; mineral ore extraction; alcohol toxicity; [cough] case reports, among many others, it appears that I'm shit-hot in the field of psychiatry. Heavens to betsy, who'd've thunk it? Certainly not me!

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Case in point
6 November 2022

Case reports seem to be low-hanging fruit in the realm of predatory publishing.

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All the fun of the fair at Cancer World
1 November 2022

Cancer, it's a bitch innit? Or izzit?

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Surgical bypass
29 October 2022

Michael Johnson asks me to kindly agree for Austin Publications' proposal, without clarity as to what it is that they expect—other than money—or what makes this edition special. Commonly, a special edition of a journal has a specific theme; at least that's the case for traditional, academically-relevant journals, it may be different for webcomics with their lower bar for acceptance. All that I know of the special edition of Austin Journal of Surgery is that it's due to be shat out onto the interwebz next month.

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Albie or Ari?
(United Research Forum)
25 October 2022

It's been a while since I've heard from the 'tards at United Research Forum, but Albert Smith—hohoho—has broken cover and gone over the top, as it were.

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When is a field of study not a field of study?
23 October 2022

Through my experience and expertise in the field of Clinical Case Reports and Medical Case Reports, John Abraham is impelled to seek my exceptional manuscript for Mathews Journal of Case Reports. At least I assume that's what he means by inscribe for our special issue, although he doesn't go so far as to illuminate how issue 3 of volume 7 is particularly special in any way.

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Clinical Skillzzzzzzz
11 October 2022

A.K [sic] Wilson is offering me the opportunity oppotunity to published in International Journal || Food Science. But, upon further reading, it looks pretty much like an opportunity to have my work published in International Journal of Clinical Skills to me.

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Mercy me
(Auctores Publishing)
10 October 2022

Mercy Grace appreciates my professionalism and and knowledge, after viewing my work which has nothing to do with the scope of her webcomic. That's nice.

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Meet heads
(Coalesce Research Group)
5 October 2022

They're busy bastards over there at Conference Meets. Either busy, or desperate. In this one evening alone, I've received no less than six final follow-up messages for conferences covering 3D printing through to material science. Huh? (confused)

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I talk to the trees…
5 October 2022

The same paper that was irrelevant to the field of plant science, yet stoked Roisin Clarke's interest, has worked its magic on Maria Garce. CEOS Plant Biology and Research thinks that it's a pioneering publication. Even I wouldn't go that far, and I wrote the damned thing.

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Word of mouth
(Scientific Eminence Group)
3 October 2022

It's getting quite bewildering, the webcomics that cater to the dental sciences. After Olivia Madison's Journal of Oral Health and Dental Science (Scholarena), and Charles Wilson's Journal of Dentistry and Oral Health (JScholar), comes Jennifer Brown with Journal of Dentistry and Oral Care Medicine (Annex Publishers).

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Deadlines don't come any tighter
30 September 2022

Amelia Williams is mixing it up with the boilerplate text here. Like Olivia Madison, her webcomic's inclined to post garbage to the interwebz; but, like Roisin Clarke, she felt my article to be very informative, which is nice. This is the same article that compelled both of those ladies to court my submissions in the fields of oral health and plant science. Clearly, it's more far-reaching and influential than I could ever have imagined. (rolleyes)

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Planted
26 September 2022

The only noteworthy aspect of Roisin Clarke's missive is that the informative article which sparked her interest in my research was the same one that ignited Olivia Madison. Just think of it: one publication that's relevant to the fields of both oral health and plant science. What are the chances?

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Oral…health
25 September 2022

Olivia Madison informs me that Journal of Oral Health and Dental Science is inclined to spew all manner of shit related to the subject of oral health onto the interwebz. It's not a field in which I can claim much in the way of expertise. For sure, I brush my teeth morning and bedtime, and I use mouthwash; but my flossing routine is, quite frankly, shameful. (embarrassed)

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The nature of Shanu*
23 September 2022

Shanu's reached out to me on behalf of Journal of Biomedical Science and Research. They've come across an abstract of mine from six years ago and would be glad to publish the full manuscript. This is very kind of them, but it was published at the same time as the abstract, which is kind of the point of an abstract really. I can only assume that Shanu's scraping through citation indices without follow-up, which would waste their time; it's better to waste other people's.

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Yet more fervent curiosity
22 September 2022

Half a year ago, Jennifer Brown was impelled by a fervent scientific curiosity. I think it might be spreading among the denizens of Manassas, VA Hyderabad, since Paul Anderson has approached me with the same affliction.

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Passing off
(Academia Publishing)
16 September 2022

Web of Science is a pay-to-use platform for accessing reference and citation databases on academic journals and the like. It's owned by Clarivate—formally the Intellectual Property and Science business of Thomson Reuters—which also owns Institute for Scientific Information (ISI). ISI published a long-established list of revered journal impact factors.

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Robb-ed
15 September 2022

There's a certain confusion here, but I don't know whether the fault lies with Mr Robb or between my ears. I simply cannot understand the relevance of neonatal care to a Journal of Biomedical Research and Environmental Sciences.

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The new way of thinking
14 September 2022

Should I assume that Francis is a man? Or could Freeya have mistranslated Frances? Whatever, I have no idea why they think that my prior work is of any relevance to their comic—other than it offers a contact email address—so I thought that I'd get them to do some thinking of their own. (devil)

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Lack of esteem
10 September 2022

Angelina Isabella wants my article for year-mid issue of the esteemed—by whom?—Clinical Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Apparently, it will bring out the best achievement of their webcomic…as if I cared. But she believes in me, so that's nice.

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Exploring the explored
26 August 2022

If I have any ongoing research that I'm planning to submit for publication, then Henry James has an enticing offer. Thanking me for my magnificent scholarly contributions—of which there are none, at least to his webcomic—he has a great opportunity for me to explore my newest work. Ummm…r-iiii-ght.

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Euro global twaddle
25 August 2022

I really don't recall receiving anything from Elena Watt before, or having heard of Euro Food Technology Congress 2022. Nevertheless, there's an interesting paradox—well, okay, a paradox at least—in her message. Two paradoxes, actually.

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Impactless
(Austin Publishing Group)
25 August 2022

Well, this is a first, a predatory journal admitting to a negative impact factor. I didn't realise that such a thing was possible, let alone boast-worthy.

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Low-energy nutrition
22 August 2022

I haven't really been paying too much attention, but this is at least the third or fourth invitation that I've received from Sofia Miller in the last couple of weeks. Clearly, with less than a month to go, the organisers of Nutrition 2022 are desperate for virtual bums on virtual seats.

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Paharma or pharma?
10 August 2022

We've mused here previously on the pseudonyms used by hookers in the predatory publishing industry. The family names are rarely run-of-the-mill common names: Smith; Jones; or even Bloggs. Instead, the last name is often interchangeable with the first. The first name may not be the first name, if you see what I mean.

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Angie or Bob?
6 August 2022

The catchily-entitled Journal of Clinical Case Reports, Medical Images and Health Sciences is another web comic specialising in fleecing the gullible or desperate among the medical fraternity.

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The proof of the pudding…is in the reading
(JSciMed Central)
30 July 2022

Just posting this for the shitz 'n' gigglz, really; no biggie. Yet another barely literate request from a JSciMed comic, although at least this time it doesn't concern my ground-breaking, liver-busting research on alcohol toxicity. I'm rather relieved that we're all moving on from that, I was beginning to get worried.

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Trad-Med man
27 July 2022

Since the 4th Edition of International Conference on Traditional Medicine, Ethnomedicine and Natural Therapies is expected to be such a raging success, Elena Claire is taking over from Linda Joseph to manage the fifth edition. At least I think that's what's happening. Both of them seem to be involved in similar conferences this year. But it's possible that internal communications at Scientific Meetings, or whatever, are as ineffective as those at InstantlyForgettableNameCorp.

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Eurasia Conferences' conferences
23 July 2022

This is quite unusual, for a predatory conference organiser: Rachel Smith's timezone actually seems to be the same as the location she claims as her physical mailing address, UTC+0100—although that's no guarantee she's where she claims to be. What is also unusual is an above-average degree of insouciance.

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Hot off the press: a brand new publishing house
15 July 2022

Journal of Women [sic] Health Care and Gynaecology is a newly-established web comic that aims to fleece researchers in the fields of women's health care and gynaecology. And, after finding my article entitled «title» to be quite interesting, Victoria Young thinks that I can aid this fledgling effort.

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Enriching women's health redux
14 July 2022

Laura Oliveira had stopped peddling Gynec-2022 before I began noting date headers for my investigation into whether the harlots of 150 South Wacker Drive actually plied their trade on the streets of the Windy City—answer: they don't, and Laura's no different—but she's back! Now with new-and-improved Gynec-2023 which, like the imminent Gynec-2022, is to be held in Orlando, FL.

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It's gonna be a long wait
11 July 2022

The Asia-Pacific Association of Scientific Research have reached out to Swee Pin Yeap for him to become a member. Unfortunately, he isn't here, and I don't know how to get in contact with him. But I'm pretty certain that he'd fall over himself in his rush to join this auspicious undertaking.

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Cunning Myra
8 July 2022

If you were to receive the message based upon the template below, you might be foolish enough to think that you'd done something wrong. After all, Myra's been expecting a reply to her previous email. She's a good-natured soul, and doesn't want to pester you, but she's having to remind you anyway. You utter shit! How could you keep the poor bitch waiting, begging like this?

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Clarity for morons
7 July 2022

I've just received a request for clarification from someone at work who clearly didn't read the originating request thoroughly, otherwise she wouldn't have needed clarification. I hate spoon-feeding morons who're paid enough, but are too lazy to do their job properly. (grumpy)

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Precious engineering
6 July 2022

I 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.

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Keep an idiot hanging on
5 July 2022

Michael J seems to have taken on Maha D's role as whipper-in for Global Journal of Fertility and Research. Consequently, he's sending me a frequent follow-up, apparently because I never responded to several previous contacts.

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Surgical imprecision
27 June 2022

Clinics of Surgery is a journal that aspires to publish articles in the field of surgery. To me, that sounds like they're not actually publishing such articles right now, but they hope to get there some day. At least they have a goal, and a drive to meet it, so that's something to get out of bed for in the morning, I suppose.

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Ho, ho, ho
Not in Chicago
19 June 2022

We've previously mused on the likelihood that the ladies of 150 South Wacker Drive were actually whacking off somewhere altogether less salubrious than even Jussie Smollett's MAGA country. I've recently been taking more notice of the UTC timestamps in the email headers, and it's almost predictably enlightening.

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Journal of Anything
18 June 2022

There's not much to this missive from Laura Wilson. As expected, her mail server is not in the same timezone as Chicago. Hey-ho. I have no experience or past publications of any possible relevance to the journal. In fact, the message below is not what I received, it's the MailWizz template that her tracking image links to, so everyone on her shitlist gets the same. Par for the course.

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My nipples explode with delight!
17 June 2022

Newsflash to Sarah Jones: There's no such thing as the perfect cup of coffee. I only drink the filthy stuff when I need a jolt. And then it's solely for its pharmacological effects, not its organoleptic characteristics.

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Spam, no matter what…
15 June 2022

Just a brief note on two issues that have cropped up before, at least independently, but here they come together in an inglorious double whammy.

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Fat shamed?
9 June 2022

James Johnson thinks that I'd be a good fit for his obesity comic. The cheeky fucker. (mad)

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Clueless confirmation
7 June 2022

It's always nice to have the value of your past work recognised by people whose sole interest is in your future money. As I've noted previously though, the only research that I've done on alcohol toxicity has involved a single subject individual. Me. (cocktail)(wine)(beer)

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Token gesture
4 June 2022

Just read the first sentence of Elisa Johnson's message. Does it make any sense to you? I've read it three times, and I'm none the wiser.

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Free nutrition!
3 June 2022

Kathy Miller's soliciting me. At least I think she is. Unless the omission of a comma is intentional, in which case she's inviting me to solicit myself. And that makes even less sense than the rest of her missive.

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EmiFlo: MIA (sad)
1 June 2022

Team JPPR has returned, although this time not through Emily Flora. I received nothing from Sarah Jones yesterday, and one day seems to be ridiculously soon to be chasing people up anyway. Damned ho's in a damned hurry.

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My cruisin' Vinnie
1 June 2022

Dr Gallicchio doesn't clarify why he's happy to contact me. Again.

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Beggars belief
1 June 2022

All begging emails from predatory publishers are a sign of desperation. They need those processing charges to keep rolling in. But I don't recall ever having received something as honest as an admission of lacking manuscripts. Having said that, if it's lacking manuscripts, it's hardly ready for release, is it?

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My outstanding H-index
1 June 2022

Susan Lee is impressed with my outstanding H-index. (proud)

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Valley (Cottage) girl
30 May 2022

Another reminder from one of Open Access Pub's sex workers, from whom I recall no previous correspondence. It may just be the corporate schtick.

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Not so great desire
27 May 2022

Brayden James has a great desire. A great desire for the involvement of my eminent work, my intriguing research no less, in the form of a piece of writing in the upcoming issue of Mathews Journal of Nutrition & Dietetics. Either that, or a great desire for my intriguing and eminent money, in the form of article processing charges.*

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It pays to be in India
18 May 2022

It's almost refreshing to have an Indian predatory publisher who's not pretending to be based in the US, or anywhere else that's not India. So, I'll give Arun Azad of Pushpa Pulishing [sic] House kudos for that, at least.

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Fairy Fey
14 May 2022

I'm currently working on a wider study of Remedy Publications' streetwalkers, and haven't been posting their individual missives. Largely because they regurgitate the same old shit, perhaps slightly reworded, just with different mailer headers. We've covered that ground before. There's no need to go over it again and again.

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Thai down
13 May 2022

If the question is what value do continuing professional development (CPD) credits have when they come from a garbage-tier predatory conference?, then the answer has to be none.

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An honest harlot?
11 May 2022

Despite monitoring my junk mail folder, simply for shitz 'n' gigglz, I don't recall receiving any previous correspondence from Katherine Isabella. So it's highly likely that she's trying to pull a fast one, to make her missive, and my expected reply, appear that much more urgent. On the other hand, her article submission schedule is filling up, so time really could be of the essence. I'm willing to take the risk of the ship sailing without me though.

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Liar Lisa
10 May 2022

Lisa Kortis has contacted me from the editorial office of Archive of Food and Nutritional Science. She doesn't provide her mailing address, but given that this is a Heighten Science Publications Inc. journal, I'm going to assume that it's in East Windsor, CT. Or, more likely than not, not.

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He's got a nerve
29 April 2022

Judging by the UTC timestamp, Jim's not in India. But he's not in the US, either. So he's clearly not being honest about his whereabouts.

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Always here
(Juniper Publishers)
28 April 2022

There was something about Merissa Dennis' misplaced confidence in me that struck a chord. I've seen this schtick before. But I have no idea why OAJT should believe that I'm always here to assist them, I haven't done so before, and I have no intention of starting now. Or ever, for that matter.

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I, Coleman
28 April 2022

Coleman I is a new fish in the pond. They're truthful, or so they claim anyway. Funnily enough, I've never really considered truthfulness to be a shining characteristic of Indian predatory publishers.*

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Fervently curious
26 April 2022

There aren't many people who can claim to be impelled by ferevent scientific curiosity. Jennifer Brown is one of the lucky few. And I have to admit to feeling somewhat envious.

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Hyderabad ho!
22 April 2022

More of the same from a US-based Peertechz editor holidaying in India. The company is obviously either a slave-driver, or so good to work for that its editors just cannot stop, even when on leave.

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(N)OMICS
21 April 2022

Sophia Anderson has a UK telephone number. But her email was sent from India. (thinking)

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Teething problems
20 April 2022

The only dental problem here is that Michael's too far away for me to knock his teeth out with a monkey wrench. The UTC timestamp confirms my earlier suspicion regarding his whereabouts though.

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Time travel
18 April 2022

Clara Allen claims to be based in the USA. I've just received an email from her that's date- and timestamped 3½ hours ahead of me, in Switzerland. So, she must be travelling. Possibly somewhere in India, where the time zone is UTC/GMT +5:30 hours. (rolleyes)

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Keep waiting
17 April 2022

Savannah Williams, or Saanvi Walia, is back. Like the other working girls at the Belmont bordello, her throwaway mailer address is a construct based on the journal abbreviation, AJOHNS in this case. The rest is filler.

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No ENTry
17 April 2022

Pamela Aldrich informs me that Journal of Ear, Nose and Throat Disorders is a unique platform for sharing [my] research findings. She's not wrong about that. At least, if by unique she means completely irrelevant.

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Of obesity and weight management
10 April 2022

Like Ruby Dawson before her, Sharon Carter is also ecstatic. Once again, I don't share her enthusiasm, but I am beginning to spot a pattern here.

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My green research
10 April 2022

Ruby Dawson's ecstatic. Which makes one of us.

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Tell Laura I loathe her
9 April 2022

She's using a different From header to before, hence the appearance of this missive from Laura appearing in my inbox. But in both cases, I note that the From header domain name matches the tracking image's. So, it's less likely that these are use-once, random permutations.

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Clever ho
7 April 2022

Oooh, here's another way around Outlook's block sender function. And it's so obvious, I can't imagine why didn't I see it coming. Rather than faking the domain name, simply faking the generic mailer name before the @ also works. (slaphead)

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The way of the wolf
(Lupine Publishers)
5 April 2022

I've been contacted by Diana Smith, on behalf of Reproductive System and Sexual Disorders: Open Access Journal. Or should that be Open Access Journal of Reproductive System and Sexual Disorders? Lupine Publishers don't seem to care, so why should I? (shrug)

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Unnecessary acknowledgement
4 April 2022

According to Rebecca Morris, Journal of Biotechnology and Biomedical Science is exhaustive in its scope and publishes rigorously peer-reviewed papers covering novel prospects and techniques in all areas of Biotechnology and Biomedical Science. Good to know! (thumbup)

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The stealthy ho
3 April 2022

From toccri.com to toaccr.com. Annals of Clinical Case Reports is an stupendous source of information…every day across the world. Apparently. It's also a megajournal, specialising in medical case reports. Not unlike Mega Journal of Case Reports. (rolleyes)

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Just walk away, Rene
3 April 2022

And now she's back, from toccri.com, not outer space.

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Stupid Bag
31 March 2022

Sumona Bag invites me to republish one of my old articles as a book chapter. Double-dipping like this is a disreputable academic practice, essentially padding out one's list of publications, although Sumona phrases it in a more favourable light: With the same research work you can get double benefit and it will enrich your resume.

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Jolly Angelina
28 March 2022

I was going to delete her message without comment. But, then it occurred to me that despite this mailer being on the blocked senders list, which is why I found it in my junk mail folder, and the standard I tried several times schtick, I have never received anything from Angelina Megan before now.

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The dog's gotta go
26 March 2022

When not recognising my excellence in the fields of obesity and diabetes, John Wick's gunning for my thoughts on gynaecology and obstetrics. He obviously considers me to be some sort of jack-of-all-trades. Perhaps the polite term would be polymath? (thinking)

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Not the full ticket
(Medtext Publications)
25 March 2022

The Belmont bawds and their fellow Medtext molls have taken to changing the From header to bypass sender block rules, but retain the Reply-To address, so that they can receive direct replies. Cunning, no?

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Born too late
22 March 2022

I have been graciously invited to attend the 30th World Congress on Controversies in Obstetrics, Gynecology & Infertility (COGI), to be held in Amsterdam in November. Not only that, but if I was born before 1988—and I was, by a clear margin—then I'm eligible to enter the Young Scientist Competition! Yay!!

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Predatory review
18 March 2022

Peer-review is the process by which a manuscript that's submitted for publication, in an academic journal, is reviewed by experts in the field. If necessary, the reviewers will offer suggestions to improve the paper, and finally a recommendation as to whether or it's suitable for acceptance, or should be rejected. This is pro bono work, done for the sake of academic integrity.

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Hitman meets fatman
18 March 2022

Rent boy by day, hitman by night, John Wick's tracked me down. As long as I don't kill his dog though, I should be fine.

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No, no, Nancy!
17 March 2022

Nancy Ronald is soliciting, quite literally in this instance. She claims to have read one of my published articles, and found it to be a great source of information. I'm relieved, and the editor of the accepting journal would be too, to know that Nancy approves of his decision.

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Orlando or (gut-)bust(er)
15 March 2022

Magnus Conferences have quite the sense of humour…or irony. They're hosting the World Obesity and Weight Management Congress in Orlando, FL. Home to Disney World, and a Mecca for lardarses the world over. Talk about taking coals to Newcastle.

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If you're going to credit me with someone else's work, at least choose something interesting
11 March 2022

I'm used to invitations to publish my work in journals, or attend conferences, the scope of which are outside my realm of expertise, such as it is. I'm also used to my published work being extolled to elicit my engagement. All for the financial benefit of some morally- and ethically-bereft predator.

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This auspicious year
10 March 2022

Those crazy Californians and their wacky ways.

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Quinntunessential
10 March 2022

Quinn Elisaa returns to my inbox, this time on behalf of Journal of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics. Two weeks ago, when she and Prissy Wiley last defecated into my mailbox, they were both using the same mailer From address: editor@joapmedtextoa.com.

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It's not brayn surjury!
9 March 2022

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)

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Mega or mega-?
9 March 2022

Mega-: according to the dictionary definition, it means large, very large, or huge. But, colloquially, it extends to mean impressively large; awe-inspiring. Thus we have megalodon, an impressively large lodon; megalith, an impressively large lith; and megalomania, an impressively large lomania.

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Pharmer Greene
8 March 2022

Laura Greene has also taken to circumventing block senders lists, by the simple expedient of changing the From address in her message. I am, apparently, honoured to be a speaker at Pharma 2022. Or is it Pharma-2022? Who cares? Certainly not Laura.

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My "brilliant" research
5 March 2022

A mere two weeks ago, Laura Oliveira expected my attendance as a speaker at Gynec‑2022. Now that she's found my brilliant research background in google database [cough], I'm again invited to speak. I'm under no illusion that I've been specially selected for this dubious honour; if my expertise in the field is anything to go by, then they've set the bar ridiculously low.

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Late bird discount
2 March 2022

According to Prof. Giacomo Corrado, early submissions to Journal of Translational Science gain a discount of only £699. Which implies that late submissions get a better deal; perhaps the editorial team enjoys the thrill of just-in-time delivery. But I wonder what that deal is? (thinking)

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Heeeere's Rene!
2 March 2022

Bloody hell! Only a week has passed, and she's back. Her message didn't go straight to junk mail, even though I tagged her previous missive accordingly. I think that this might be because the From address has changed. Last week it was editor@jipccrioa.com, and now it's editor@ijoapccri.com. These are for the same journal, Clinical Case Reports International.

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/campaigns/
1 March 2022

I wouldn't normally do this, but I cannot adequately describe the abject amateurism of the email that I received from IJDMSR—the Indian International Journal Dental and Medical Sciences Research [sic]. So, below is a screenshot of that message.

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Cancerfornia
1 March 2022

Alyssa needs an immediate response, and Journal of Gynecological Oncology requires my prompt support, with my valuable research into gynaecology. I'm saying nothing. (whistling)

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Track 'n' trace
(Gavin Publishers)
1 March 2022

Yet another rent boy expecting me to submit an article to a journal in a field about which I know nothing. This time it's complementary and alternative medicine, which I only associate with nutters, chanting, incense, and kaftans.

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(g)OAT(se)
28 February 2022

Open Access Text claims to be a publishing house based in the UK.

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Editorial broad
26 February 2022

Solicitations to submit articles to predatory journals outside one's field of expertise is not uncommon. But an invitation to join the editorial board of such an esteemed [by whom?] organisation is definitely a step up.

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More MailWizz!
26 February 2022

Within less than one hour, I receive two missives from hoes grinding away at Medtext Publications LLC. Other than sharing the same predatory publisher and a general disdain for the English language, both Quinn Elisaa and Prissy Wiley have two things in common: total ambivalence as to whether I genuinely have any experience in the subjects of their journals, I don't; and, in common with the hoes at Remedy Publications, the use of MailWizz's tracking image tag.

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Drugs and fishes
25 February 2022

I was annoyed when I read Elisa Peretti's message. The first two paragraphs, in particular, really pissed me off. Does she really think that bothering eminent strangers, with constant begging mails, will encourage them to submit an article to her gutter journal, or give a damn about enhancing it?

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Supplementary
25 February 2022

Christopher Robinson is eager to work with me. That's nice for him, but I'm not so sure that I feel the same way.

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Just send anything!
(Herald Open Access)
25 February 2022

Things must be getting desperate at Herald Scholarly Open Access. Kaitlyn Carl is following up on her previous request, which I honestly don't recall, for any submission to be published in Journal of Reproductive Medicine, Gynaecology & Obstetrics. The journal has an impact factor of 1.36*, apparently. I don't know what the asterisk means, she doesn't say.*

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Rene, now with added é
22 February 2022

It appears that Vanessa Holmes isn't the only working girl at the Belmont bordello to foresake verify-live links for a MailWizz tracking image tag. Rene/René Brinley is also using this skeevy tactic.

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Jess and obesity
22 February 2022

United Research Forum is back, with another wannabe celebrity conference organiser. Or is Jessie not Sarah Jessica Parker's nickname?*

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Do you like cookies too?
22 February 2022

The American Journal of Biomedical Science & Research is a new one on me. From a brief search, it seems to be the only journal published by BiomedGrid LLC, which is not one of the hallmarks of a predatory publisher. But there are others, besides begging emails.

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Belmont or Bengaluru?
21 February 2022

Vanessa Holmes wants my kind support for the upcoming edition of Annals of Clinical Toxicology; once again, a subject in which I have no experience. I do, however, have experience in dealing with garbage missives like this. Perhaps I could prepare a manuscript for submission to Journal of Gutter Journals. (thinking)

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A brothel is a brothel is a brothel
20 February 2022

Yet another garbage-tier conference at which my presence is expected. This time, it's Gynec-2022.

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Immediately passed over
20 February 2022

Yet another demanding request, this time from the Belmont bordello. It's kinda ironic that a journal on emergency medicine needs an immediate response and prompt support. (LOL)

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Happia without Sophia
18 February 2022

Sophia B's back, wishing me a happy today! My today would be happier without her shittin' in my inbox. But that's by the by, she obviously cannot get enough of my great cooperation.

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Predatory publishers
15 February 2022

It's a topic that arises here, on occasion. But, for anyone unfamiliar with the subject, and not to overdo the explanation, what is predatory publishing?

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Do you offer discounts too?
15 February 2022

On behalf of Obstetrics and Gynecology Reports, Gretta Collins offers Disocunts for the new issue. Given the journal's subject matter, the typo is cruelly apt.

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Pharmed out
13 February 2022

According to the subject line of Laura Green's missive, my presence is expected at Pharma-2022.

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Not just Jessica
13 February 2022

The first time that Jessica M Viewer contacted me, she didn't include her address in her signature, so I didn't put two and two together. But it now appears that the Californian cathouse, at 820 El Camino Real, has another ho-in-residence.

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Hopeless response
11 February 2022

I receive a lot of unsolicited email from predatory publishers. Most messages are simply too unremarkable for comment. Some are amusingly inept in one way or another. Few actually piss me off.

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Are you saying I'm fat?
11 February 2022

Either Scientific Meetings or Magnus Meet—Jessica Deborah seems to be ambivalent as to which—is organising the Euro-Global Conference on Food Science and Technology, to be held in Paris, France. This is another hybrid event, for the benefit of those who don't want to travel during the pandemic, or who have an aversion to mice and Gallic customer service.

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Lil' ol' risk-taker me
10 February 2022

Rebecca Martin is pretty sure that attendees of Biomaterials 2022 will gain much knowledge. There's a certain lack of commitment there which suggests she's not entirely convinced.

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Emma, is that really you?
10 February 2022

It appears that international conferences on traditional medicine are really quite the thing. Scientific Meetings are not only organising a hydrid ICTM-2022 in September, but also a virtual one in April. Or are they? (thinking)

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The colour of Ronnie
10 February 2022

Veronica Stanley hopes that I won't disappoint the scientific bastion that is Research in Pediatrics & Neonatology. I have every intention of doing just that, but that's beside the point.

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The return of Editorial Manager
8 February 2022

Editorial Manager is back. None of it's great, but the highlighted paragraph is special.

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Pain meds
3 February 2022

Sansa H advises me that You have more opportunities for future collaboration. And it's always good to have opportunities, isn't it?

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Natural healing
1 February 2022

I've been invited to attend the prestigious ICTM-2022 in Paris. That's Paris, France, not Paris, Texas. Fortunately, it's a hybrid event, so I needn't run the gauntlet of the French capital's murine population.

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Dentist the menace
27 January 2022

I last visited the dentist a little over a month ago. But nothing happened that'd be worth reporting in either Dental & Oral Case Reports or Journal of Dentistry & Oral Disorders. Unless the hygienist's recommendations for interdental brushes, because I don't floss regularly, counts.

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Editorial confusion
24 January 2022

Like Vanessa Moore, Sarah H seems to have some confusion about the scope and reach of her journal. But her confusion goes further still.

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Not such a bargain
14 January 2022

Vinnie's contacted me again, offering a New Year special publication fee of only $159 to Journal of Regenerative Medicine & Biology Research. Hang on, didn't he offer me a reduction to $159 in September? And Ashley Brown offered the same deal in April, if I submitted before a specific deadline.

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Nano nano
11 January 2022

Note to Alina Cohen:

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Debs
11 January 2022

I haven't been counting the number of times that the editor of Archives of Women [sic] Health and Care has approached me for a contribution to their e-rag. But she has: Second Follow-up email after no response. So it's good to know that one of us is paying attention.

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Stack 'em, pack 'em, and rack 'em
(Magnus Conferences)
5 January 2022

Magnus Conferences specialise in the other side of the predatory coin from publishing: scamming people to attend garbage-tier conferences. Obviously, this market has been dented somewhat by the pandemic. So they're now offering physical/virtual hybrid events.

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No data
5 January 2022

John George seems pretty earnest when he writes, encouraging me to share my work.

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Foresee to praise
20 December 2021

Vanessa Moore's at it. Again. Global Journal of Reproductive Medicine is in shortfall of articles for successful release. Again.

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Labour vs delivery
15 December 2021

The subject line of Gretta Collins' missive is a close, but no cigar in terms of comprehension, but I'll spare you a blow-by-blow critique. The real issue is that I'm not sure what Labor and Delivery refers to.

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No slacking!
12 December 2021

Rayner Micheal writes that he/she Hope you are working on your ongoing Research.

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Journal of (any) research
7 December 2021

Maha D, managing editor at esteemed garbage-level webcomic, Global Journal of Fertility and Research, invites me to Publish and expose your article. There are some places where exposing one's article can get you the unwanted attention of law enforcement. Or so I'm led to believe, I've never tried it myself. Honest, officer!

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Send us your gynaecologists
(MedPress)
30 November 2021

Laura Harry has invited me to contribute gynaecologists, ostensibly to her esteemed journal. If she's collecting actual, practicing gynaecologists though, could she be planning to staff a women's hospital? (thinking)

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Trackers tracking
30 November 2021

Dr Federica Gattuso invites me to publish my preprint manuscripts in HighTech and Innovation Journal. So, I think she's asking me to double dip, by submitting a manuscript that's already been accepted for publication elsewhere.* This is a questionable practice at best, if not flat-out unethical.

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Dental floss
29 November 2021

What's your immediate thought? The journal title in the From header doesn't match that in the message body. The From address is editor@manuscriptsubmit.biz, yet the Reply-To address is jdoh@scimedresearchmail.biz.

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Disclaimer disregarded
29 November 2021

Zena Zhao, at MDPI publishing house, invites me to submit an article to a special issue of their journal, Materials, to be entitled Zirconia and Innovative Biomaterials for Dental and Biomedical Applications. Curiously, I have a dental appointment this Friday, which will include filling a small fissure in one of my molars. I wonder if that's how she came into contact with me? (thinking)

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My learned works?
24 November 2021

I have absolutely no idea why Journal of Corona Virus [sic] has contacted me for my helpful contribution. They may have read my learned works in the field, but I think it's unlikely.

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Immediate attention
14 November 2021

I've been approached by Journal of Child, Adult Vaccines and Immunology, at least according to the From header. Or is it Journal of child adult Vaccine Immunology, as according to my trusty correspondent? (thinking)

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Editorial Manager
13 November 2021

The message is impersonal, and almost as terse as the subject line:

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Hypertensive
12 November 2021

The subject line of her email says it all. At least it would, if I understood it.

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No chance
10 November 2021

I received a message from Emily Flora last week, the standard request to submit my valuable research to her valueless web journal. You know the schtick. It was neither amusing nor inept enough to pass comment on, so I deleted it without further ado.

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Columbian clot
9 November 2021

In my ongoing drive to mock the incompetence of predatory publishers and their staff, I have been gifted a request from Alice Vickers, on behalf of Perceptions in Reproductive Medicine.

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What about us?
9 November 2021

Web-based businesses should ensure that their web presence gives potential clients a good impression of the company as a whole. As they say, first impressions last. It's like asking a girl out on a date, if you look like shit, she's more likely to turn you down. Garbage-tier predatory publishers not only resort to unsolicited commercial email, but their websites often have glaring anomalies that indicate a lack of attention to detail.

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Sweet William
8 November 2021

William Rose has reached out to me, to enquire Need a publishing platform? It's not a properly-formed question, granted, but perhaps he's in a hurry. Time is money, after all.

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A venue of Vanessas
5 November 2021

What is it with Vanessas? There are so many of them out there, just desperate to publish my esteemed ramblings. So far, my demimonde of sweet Vanessas includes Williams, at Medtext Publications; Moore, at Juniper Publishers; and the below-mentioned Holmes, working out of Remedy Publications' very own Californian cathouse.

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Rejoice‽
2 November 2021

I've mentioned the Global Journal of Reproductive Medicine a couple of times before, but I've only just noticed that Vanessa is either unsure or downright ambivalent as to whether or not it's Global. The journal name that she provides in the From header field is Journal of Reproductive Medicine. I guess minor details like that don't really matter when you're scraping the bottom of the publishing barrel.

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Savannah or Saanvi?
31 October 2021

Someone claiming to be Savannah Williams, at Remedy Publications' Belmont bordello, sent me an Invitation for the Submission of Upcoming Research Work on behalf of the American Journal of Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery. But, by definition, upcoming research work cannot be submitted for publication; since it's upcoming, it hasn't been done yet. Duh!

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I didn't realise that my writing was so bad (sad)
27 October 2021

The opening line advises me that I'm receiving this shit because I visited their website, which is an utter lie. Even if I had visited their website—and as a native English speaker, with years' of publication experience, why would I bother?—they could only have obtained my email address if I'd submitted it. Like I'd ever do that!

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Lisa with an EL*
26 October 2021

And now Lisa D Williams joins the best little whorehouse in California. The owner/CPO of the company must've had an extension built to the bordello at 820 El Camino Real. Either that, or the girls are working shifts. I can't imagine that their clientele would be too happy with bunk beds.

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Kindly piss off*
26 October 2021

The demanding tone of the subject line from Vanessa Williams—no, not the Vanessa Williams, not unless she's fallen on really hard times that is—really pissed me off: Kindly Submit 2 Page editorial/Short Communication/Letter to Editor. I don't give a damn about it being kindly, that's no different to demanding money with menaces and please.

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Girls hangin' out
13 October 2021

Sweet Jesus! They're really packing 'em in at that there 820 El Camino Real, California, aren't they? Rene, Daizy, Alyssa, and Vanessa must be besties. Best hoes, that is.

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From India with love?
4 October 2021

Daizy Priscilla contacted me, inviting me to submit my blahblah to her yadayada. None of it stood out of the ordinary, except she's another lowlife at the gutter publishing house that is Remedy Publications LLC. Daizy must be besties with Alyssa, who works out of the same office address.

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Saying it's not doesn't mean it's not
4 October 2021

Food Safety 2022 have invited me to speak at their Food Science & Technology 2022 webinar. I am so honoured!

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Newcastle 'Scholars' Publishing
27 September 2021

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.

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Extending my research?
26 September 2021

From the Journal of Child, Adult Vaccines and Immunology comes an opportunity for me to Extend your research by publishing with us.

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Druggie
25 September 2021

The subject line claims Only 2 weeks left for this issue: please submit. But September ends next week. I thought this solicitation was for Annals of Pharmacology and Pharmaceutics, not Annals of Time Travel…in which case it should've been addressed to Doctor Who. BA-BOOM-TSCH!

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Surgical precision
22 September 2021

What luck! I've received a high priority invitation to submit a manuscript to The General Surgeon.

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The ethics of spam
10 September 2021

I've received something similar to this email from Ethics International Press before. In that instance, the message referred to Dr Rosamund Thomas, as if her name was supposed to mean something to me.*

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Still overpriced
9 September 2021

Yes, the English is terrible. No, I have no expertise in the journal's subject matter, although I have been selected as an eminent author, so there's that I guess. But, a valueless predatory journal with rip-off rates publication charges of only $159? That's a total freakin' bargain!

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California or Cambodia?
8 September 2021

International Journal of Internal and Emergency Medicine is an academic publication based in the USA. Or is it?

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Glorious wishes
13 August 2021

Vanessa offers me glorious wishes, which I don't get every day, so that's nice. And she wants me to submit my valuable manuscript immediately. It can be on any topic of my choosing, which gives me more leeway than I'm used to; or should be allowed, if I'm honest.

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Too rich for me!
22 July 2021

It's rare that predatory publishers are open about the cost of publishing your laundry list in their gutter-grade journals—using journals in its broadest possible sense. Usually it takes some digging to get that information. But I have never seen anything so up-front about costs as this.

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Waiting hopefully
15 July 2021

The Global Journal of Reproductive Medicine, a prominent journal within its specialist field, is produced by the leading publishing house, Juniper Publishers, based in Irvine, California.

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Eminent me
2 July 2021

I've mentioned low-energy spam from predatory publishers before. If you want someone to give you money for old rope, you might as well help them to understand why your rope is better for them than anyone else's. But that seems to be too much for some publishing pondlife.

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My precious articles
8 June 2021

Another request for my valuable submission. My money research work is highly prized among the pondlife publishing community, who're obviously not wasting their income on translation services. Anyhow, I'm posting this here simply because it's short and funny; unlike Melissa McCarthy, who at 5′2″ (1.57m) can only lay claim to being short.

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Inglish lyk wot I rite
8 May 2021

From an academic perspective, most unsolicited email that I receive comes from garbage-tier open access journals. But there's other life, dwelling among the nether reaches of the pond, ready to pounce on the unwary; and that includes translation services. Services such as those offered by Academia Editing.

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If you're gonna lie, don't make it obvious
6 May 2021

Another day, another request for my money offer to publish my research work. Normally, gutter science rags big-up their value with fancy wording. But only rarely do they give even vaguely meaningful numbers to back their claims. So, this message from a journal called Natural History was refreshing for its candidness, if nothing else.

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Cancermail
30 April 2021

Unsolicited email sent by predatory publishers has many characteristic traits related to the incompetence of organisations that exist solely to publish your work for payment. Generally, though, they are fairly brief, and have discernable paragraph white space.

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Cannot be arsed
30 April 2021

Sometimes predatory spam is so low-energy that I wonder whether they actually expect a response. I'm inclined to think that their sole intent is to fill my inbox with shit.

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Hair today, gone tomorrow (sad)
26 April 2021

Another day, another solicitation from a pond-dwelling, vanity, science publisher.

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Ironic alcoholic
12 April 2021

SL Pharmacology and Toxicology, a garbage-level publication shat out onto the interwebz by Scientific Literature Journals, is planning a special edition to be entitled Alcohol Toxicity:

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Hopeful response
24 July 2020

Spam messages from predatory publishers are not uncommon. They often follow a standard format, including one or more of the following: the urgency of their deadline; the eminence of one's work in the, often totally unrelated, field; fulsome praise of the recipient's character, if not manhood; spurious claims as to their academic value; no indication of the, carefully hidden, costs. Most go straight to the junk folder without comment, or even being read.

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I blow my nose in your general direction
12 July 2020

It never ceases to amaze me, the poor English, lying, and general incompetence in begging emails from gutter science journals. You've heard the saying first impressions last, but it's not as if they're even trying…other than my patience:

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Yours professionally
24 June 2020

Another day, another request for me to publish my valuable research, at my expense, in some bottom-dwelling pseudo-science comic.

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The book that writes itself for you, but not quite
26 May 2020

Most of the unsolicited email that I receive into my business account is from laboratory suppliers, despite me not having a laboratory!; low-rent conference organisers; or lower-rent open source publishers. And then, every so often, there's something out of the ordinary.

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Publish, and be damned!
16 March 2019

One form of spam, that I regularly receive, is from predatory publishers requesting that I submit my valuable research to their valueless journals for immediate publication…for a usually undisclosed fee.

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Google translated?
5 February 2019

We all get spam, unwanted email communications that is, not tinned pork derivative. It's intrusive, annoying, and, in some cases, malicious or even dangerous. But, it's a part of everyday life and, every now and then, there's one that escapes the junk mail filters and briefly brightens my day with its simple ineptitude.

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