Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Spam from scam conferences

Thunderbird tells me, "This message may be a scam", and indeed it is: yet another call for papers from a fake academic conference, this one run by our friends at Global, a well known 
fake academic brand.

Academic novices might wonder how they can tell whether a conference or journal is fake or not. First, of course, is the clue: "this message may be a scam" warning. Second, Beall's list. 
Third, the fake conferences blog. Fourth, common sense: why are you getting solicitations to conferences in attractive destinations half way around the world in areas of research not even close to your own? Why are the submission deadlines so close to notification of acceptance dates? Why have you never read or heard of the journals connected to the conference? For example, see below (from today's spam fake academic conference email):
Journal: All authors who present their papers at the conference will be invited to submit an extended version of their research paper for the GSTF Journal of Engineering Technology (JET) (Print ISSN: 2251-3701, E-periodical: 2251-371X). All submitted papers will go through blind review process for acceptance. All accepted papers (after the review process) will be included in the JET on a complimentary basis. GSTF JET is hosted and published on Springer’s Open Access publishing platform - Global Science Journals (GSJ). In addition, it will be indexed by CAS, EBSCO, CrossRef, ProQuest, Ulrichsweb, Cabell's Directories and will be submitted to Google Scholar, IndexCopernicus, ScienceDirect, amongst others.
Use of Springer's open access platform is like use of e.g. google's blogger platform: neither Springer nor google have anything to do with the content (not that the Springer brand is looking or smelling too good these days.)

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