Saturday, February 11, 2012

A Scam Warning From ChrryBlstr.

So, I received the following e-mail today. Initially, I was surprised and actually flattered by this unsolicited offer. However, upon further research, turns out that it's a scam. Once again, the old adage rings true...."If it sounds too good to be true...." 

From Knowledge to Wisdom
Journalism and Mass Communication
Print ISSN: 2160-6579                      Frequency: monthly                        Current Volume: 1/2011

Dear Dr. Chrry Blstr ,

This is Journalism and Mass Communication (ISSN 2160-6579), an academic journal published across the United States by David Publishing Company,  9460 Telstar Ave Suite 5, EL Monte, CA91731, USA. We have learned your paper “Not All The Kids Are Snowflakes” in Snowflakery Conference 2011 , and are very interested in your paper. If you have the idea of making our journal a vehicle for your research interests, please feel free to send electronic version (MS word format) of your manuscripts to us via email. All your original and unpublished papers are welcome.

Currently, we are trying to invite some scholars who are willing to join our editorial board or be our reviewers. If you are interested in our journal, please send your CV to us. Hope to keep in touch via email and can publish some papers or books for you and your friends. As an American academic publishing group, we wish to become your friends if we may.
Best Regards
Editor Office
Journalism and Mass Communication, ISSN 2160-6579
David Publishing Company
1840 Industrial drive, Suite 160, Libertyville, IL 60048, USA

Call for Paper(s)

Journalism and Mass Communication is an international, scholarly and peer-reviewed journal (print and online) published monthly by David Publishing Company, USA. The journal serves as a bridge between worldwide scholars and public researchers. The journal publishes research articles, reviews, and letters in all areas of Journalism and Mass Communication. aiming to provide the most complete and reliable source of information on recent developments in Journalism and Mass Communication.
The e-journal provides free and open access to all of its content on our website. Accepted papers will immediately appear online followed by printed in hard copy.

Journalism and Mass Communication is indexed in following databases:
★ Database of EBSCO, Massachusetts, USA
★ Chinese Database of CEPS, American Federal Computer Library center (OCLC), USA
★ Chinese Scientific Journals Database, VIP Corporation, Chongqing, P. R. China
★ Ulrich's Periodicals Directory
★ Pro Quest/CSA Social Science Collection, Public Affairs Information Service (PAIS), USA
★ Summon Serials Solutions

1. The manuscript should be original, and has not been published previously. Do not submit material that is currently being considered by another journal.
2. Manuscripts may be 4000-12000 words or longer if approved by the editor, including an abstract, texts, tables, footnotes, appendixes, and references. The title should be on page 1 and not exceed 15 words, and should be followed by an abstract of 100-200 words. 3-5 keywords or key phrases are required.
3. The manuscript should be in MS Word format, submitted as an email attachment to our email address.
4. Authors of the articles being accepted are required to sign up the Transfer of Copyright Agreement form.
5. Author will receive 2 hard copies of the journal containing their articles.
Peer Review Policy
Journalism and Mass Communication is a refereed journal. All research articles in this journal undergo rigorous peer review, based on initial editor screening and anonymousrefereeing by at least two anonymous referees.
Editorial Procedures
All papers considered appropriate for this journal are reviewed anonymously by at least two outside reviewers. The review process usually takes two to three weeks. Papers are accepted for publication subject to no substantive, stylistic editing. The editor reserves the right to make any necessary changes in the papers, or request the author to do so, or reject the paper submitted. A copy of the edited paper along with the first proofs will be sent to the author for proofreading. They should be corrected and returned to the editor within seven days. Once the final version of the paper has been accepted, authors are requested not to make further changes to the text.
Submission of Manuscript
All manuscripts submitted will be considered for publication. Manuscripts should be sent online or as an email attachment to:

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  1. I find myself shoveling these things out of my inbox once a week. Most of them can't even be bothered to figure out what field I'm in, and so are pretty obviously spam. There are enough spelling mistakes and red flags in the email you got ("we want to be your friend"?) to warn me off.

    I always just assumed these missives came from really crappy journals though. Can't see what they would gain from luring me into submitting a manuscript - my latest findings on hamster poop aren't exactly patentable.

  2. Cos they will ask you for $50 a page (right at the end of the "editorial" process).

    There's a pretty good summary here:

  3. R and G - Oh, no! It's the first one that I've ever received.

    EC1 - Yes, that is a great link. There's also this from the Chronicle.,80784.0.html

    However, in the Chronicle article, some folks do mention that paying for publication is the norm in their respective field, STEM.

    1. Yup. $50 a page that EC1 mentions is actually a pretty good rate in STEM. Some journals will waive a certain number of pages per year if you are either a member of the society, or without a grant. Others charge more - it's part of deciding where to publish.

      Always makes it interesting when people ask "So how much do you get paid for your articles?"

      I'm not defending David Publishing though, I must say they sound pretty iffy.

  4. I got one of those emails last year mentioning a paper I gave at a conference the year before. It made me wonder, as it wasn't my best paper. Certainly it was not worth publishing without some major work. I did some digging and saw it was a scam.

    FWIW, one of my colleagues has published in a libertarian journal that charges authors even to submit a paper for consideration.

  5. Got a similar email from DavidPublishing as well, and I didn't trust their website at all.

  6. I get a good many of these, but so far they've been generic, not personalized. We'll see what happens when the programs for a couple of upcoming conferences at which I'm presenting are released to the web.

    I think the proliferation of less-than-trustworthy "academic" "journals" is, in part, an unintended consequence of all the effort teachers of classes that involve library research and librarians have spent trying to impart "information literacy" to our charges. Recent graduates (and anybody who has been reading library web pages, course materials, etc.) are now all too familiar with the key words, "peer reviewed" being the most prominent one. Of course, it still matters who the "peers" who are doing the "reviewing" are.

    The ever-increasing pressure to publish doesn't help, either, of course. There have always been questionable presses willing to make any dissertation into a "book" for the right price; that practice now seems to have drifted down to the journal level.

    I think people in disciplines where page fees are part of the process of publishing with a reputable journal know who they are, from pretty early in graduate school. As I understand it, in disciplines where such payments are routine, the costs are built into grants, "professional expenses" allowances in addition to salaries, etc., etc., and someone in the group of authors (and as far as I can tell it's mostly the group-authorship, lab/equipment-intensive disciplines that do this, not the ones where one can practicably be an independent scholar) is likely to have the money available through one budget or another. If it's really going to come out of an individual author's pocket, then something's probably fishy.

  7. So, OK, what about Cambria Press? I have students solicited to go there and I can't figure out if they are legit or not.

    1. F and T - here's a link to some people's thoughts re: Cambria - they seem to be polarized as well.

      Pro - Would you prefer a publisher not provide such services? Many don’t.

      The link is for another publisher. Anyone who compares them will clearly see they are entirely different publishers.

      I looked at the Cambria Press website again. There is a lot of information there. Obviously, they are new and need to provide this information to educate people about their program.

      I respectfully disagree with Nancy Drew and the OP's opinion of Cambria Press based on my personal experiences with them and another careful look at their website. Note the page continues with: "Our scholarly works undergo peer review and we publish solely on the basis of peer review results. Cambria Press does not require any grants, subsidies, or payments from institutions or authors for publication whatsoever."

      Although I am not a Cambria Press author and only heard of them after being contacted to be a reviewer, I see that many Cambria Press authors are from top tier universities like Harvard, Stanford, Princeton, Oxford, Columbia, etc. Obviously, they chose Cambria Press for good reason and after careful consideration.

      No doubt the editors of the volume in question also chose Cambria Press for good reason. I don’t think anyone should malign such a large body of professors in such an offhand, casual manner. As a senior professor with university press publications, I certainly don’t take lightly any dismissal of my peer review for them.

      Con - This thread has been dead for a while, but a close friend's former colleague (call this person "Smith") is having a book published by Cambria. The only "reader" for Cambria was Smith's PhD supervisor; the book was Smith's dissertation. The blurb for the book is also being written by the former supervisor, with no mention of this. Cambria has, with a little research, little credibility; if someone is publishing with them, and not a regular UP, you have to wonder: Why use Cambria in the first place?

    2. Thanks ChrryBlstr. I've actually seen that forum but wondered what CM people thought. But we have moved on... oh well!

  8. I received a similar message after presenting at a scientific conference. It explicitly mentioned and justified the fees that would be charged. The grammar (as you can see below) was poor.

    Publishing Fee
    Accepted papers need to pay for publishing in our journal ($60 per page). As an international academic journal, we must afford the reviewing and editing fee. We also need to send you the hard copies within your paper. But we have no advertisement system or endowment, so it's not easy to run the journal. Please understand us and support us. It is normal for academic journals to charge some publication fees or submission fees to run their journals, even if some famous journals.

  9. It's very sad...I already paid the amount... they charged me $530 for the first paper and my next paper they charged me $416... What will I do now?

  10. Replies
    1. I have a hard time solving my problem. I've followed you advice, yet it was hard than what I expect. Are there other alternatives?

  11. Dear Ava, Don't pay any more. Call the Better Business Bureau in the state where the publisher or journal is located. Ask for help from someone you know who has any legal background.

  12. Look, folks, this is really simple. You just have to follow a a couple of simple steps:

    1. Hear of all of the reputable journals in your field(s). At the end of this step you will *have* heard of all of the reputable journals in your field(s).
    2. If you're contacted by a journal that you didn't hear of while carrying out step 1, then delete the email.

    It really is this simple. Don't make it any harder than this. Just don't. Seriously. Don't.


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