Thursday, June 1, 2017

Invitation to edit fake academic journal: Herald Scholarly Open Access edition

I don't mean to brag, but I was just invited to be an editor of a journal published by Beall listed Herald Scholarly Open Access, a fake academic publishing outfit discussed some months ago by DHKaye, in the blog Flaky Academic Journals, only Kaye was just asked to review a paper (he didn't, but it was published anyway,) and my spam email asked me to join the editorial board of Journal of Atmospheric and Earth Sciences, fields I haven't the remotest connection to.

Just for shits and giggles, here's the email:

Good Day Dr. XXXX
Greetings from Herald Scholarly Open Access!

We are pleased to announce you that, Herald Scholarly Open Access launched a new journal entitled “Journal of Atmospheric & Earth Sciences”. Herald Scholarly Open Access has been successfully publishing Open Access Journals since its inception with the healthy support from eminent researchers.

We are in the process of editorial board formation. As the one of eminent scientific personalities, we invite you to associate with us as an editor. We believe your association will help for the journal growth and development. Kindly let us know your opinion.


If you are interested to serve as an editor on the journal editorial board, kindly send us your CV, research interests and biography to the mail at:


Kindly let us know your opinion at your earliest convenience.

We look forward for a long lasting scientific relationship.


Best Regards
Chrissy Evans
Herald Scholarly Open Access
2561 Cornelia Rd
#205, Herndon, VA 20171
 Interestingly, the address goes to what looks like an apartment complex rather than an office park---somehow I doubt that "Chrissy Evans" (wasn't she a world class tennis player?) lives there.

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