Friday, May 19, 2017

More spam from scam journals: Medcrave edition

I was just contacted by a fake academic enterprise I hadn't heard of before: the "Medcrave Group", though it did make Beall's list before it was taken down. The stated address (which lacks a street number) is in Edmond,Oklahoma, which isn't at all suspicious.

I was contacted on behalf of the Sociology International Journal; the subject heading of the email was "Honorable Editor" (yes, really). The email is worth reprinting.
Hope this mail finds you well!

It is our immense pleasure to invite you as an Editorial Board member for Sociology International Journal.

MedCrave in its bag having 2000+ Open Access quality articles and more than 5000 EB has come about  in the short period by providing DOI to articles from Cross Ref and indexing in repositories like ICMJE & Pubs Hub, that adds value to the quality work published and helps in easy access throughout the globe.

Based upon your eminence and expertise, we would like to have your profile in our Journal Editorial board. In fact presence of renowned people like you will add visibility towards our Journal and certainly many researchers will cite your profile.
 ******

Kindly send us your CV, Biography, Research Interest & Recent portrait photograph.

Do not hesitate to contact us for any queries.

We await your positive response.

Best Regards,
Levi Martin
Editorial Office-MedCrave Group
Sociology International Journal
It is nice to have my "eminence" recognized, particularly by a publishing group which has 2000+ articles "in its bag". Interestingly, the name "Levi Martin" is close to the name of a prolific sociologist at the University of Chicago, who I am quite sure is not involved in this enterprise.

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