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Friday, December 20, 2013

Journal editor spam

Sometimes it’s a little hard to figure out the angle on spam. Take this one.

It was sent to my business email, not my academic one.

I’m not a chemist or chemical engineer. I’ve never published in a chemical journal. I’m not even in a close field. I’m not Indian, and don’t have a name that sounds remotely Indian. I’m not on the editorial board of any journal.

The journal says it is “devoted to rapid publication”, which I think often means paying to publish and editorial standards that are a bit lax, but I’m unfamiliar with this particular journal. 

So what’s the angle here? If you apply to be editor, do you have to submit a large “application fee”?