Monday, February 25, 2019

Spammed again: International Journal of Philosophy

It's been awhile---partly because blogs seem to be more suited to the Obama years than the Trump era, partly because the amount of fake journal solicitation spam in my inbox has declined dramatically (I suspect this is due to a more efficient spam catcher used by my email server rather than a drop in fake journal activity.) But the International Journal of Philosophy is at it again, this time raising the stakes and inviting me to be a guest editor. Humbled as I am by this offer, (due to my "scientific achievements in Philosophy") I thought it was worth sharing:

Eminent scholars and researchers are welcomed to launch a special issue in their familiar domains. In view of your scientific achievements in Philosophy, we are confident that you are capable of proposing a special issue and serving as the Lead Guest Editor. On condition that the proposal is permitted, you will serve as the Lead Guest Editor.
Duties of a Lead Guest Editor:
1.     Build a reviewer group consisting of at least 5 guest editors to undertake strict pre-check and peer-review processes in order to guarantee the quality of published works
2.     Make the decision on the acceptance or rejection of an article
3.     Increase the visibility of the special issue
4.     Encourage researchers to contribute manuscripts to the special issue
Benefits of the Lead Guest Editor:
1.     Stay current with the cutting-edge scientific discoveries
2.     Connect with distinguished experts all over the world
3.     Have a greater chance of being promoted to the journal's Editor-in-Chief
4.     Publish one manuscript without any charges in the special issue
5.     Obtain a Certificate of Honor (PDF format)
6.     Get one hard copy of the special issue free of cost when the special issue has been finished successfully (on request)
You, dear reader, will probably not be surprised when I confess that I will take a pass on this offer.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Spam from Scam International Journal of Philosophy

It's been a while since I posted, and the world has not gotten more noticeably rational or stable. One exception---the amount of spam from scam journals is pretty steady. Here's one that hit my inbox today, from the misleadingly named: International Journal of Philosophy, which also spammed me last summer. that starts with a key word generated text about a recent paper of mine in a real journal and continues with an invitation to submit one to them. Plus, to join their editorial board.

I posted more background about this fake journal here.

As for me, I think I'll take a pass on this invitation (excerpts below, with bolding and sarcasm added):

Initiated with an aim to promote the development of scientific community, specialists and professionals in different research fields can get the latest research results from International Journal of Philosophy. In light of the advance, novelty, and possible wide application of your innovation, we invite you with sincerity to contribute other unpublished papers that have similar topics to the journal. Your further research on this article is also welcomed.

On behalf of the Editorial Board of the journal, we feel very honored to invite you to join our team as the editorial board member/reviewer of International Journal of Philosophy. Considering your academic background and expertise in this field, the Board believe that you may be the most suitable person for this position. (Who me? *blush*) It is believed that your position as the editorial board member or reviewer will promote international academic collaborations.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Mid-summer spam from scam journal

Have you ever heard of the International Journal of Philosophy? Neither had I, until a few days ago when I got a spam solicitation, seemingly computer generated, using key terms from a recent article of mine (in a non-fake journal. This "journal", whose name is a sound alike for several legitimate philosophy journals, is one of dozens, hundreds probably, produced by the Science Publishing Group, a company registered with New York State in 2012, with an address in Manhattan, and listing YING XIONG as CEO (a fairly common name, as well as the title of a 2002 Chinese action film, and nominee for best foreign film in 2003, translated as "Hero" in English.)According to the watchdog blog Flaky Academic Journals, it is in "media partnership" with another scam outfit Omics International, from which I (along with countless others) have also received spam solicitations.

These fake academic publishing scams grow like weeds. We all know the ongoing danger they pose: like weeds, they will choke out cultivated crops: legitimate research. But maybe in this post-truth age, fewer and fewer will care.

Friday, June 29, 2018

Dead again

This is a sad, and long delayed ending to the sad saga of Jahi McMath:
Jahi has now died, her family’s lawyer announced Thursday in a statement to The Washington Post.
She died on June 22 in the New Jersey hospital alongside her mother, Nailah Winkfield, and her stepfather, Marvin. On a death certificate, a doctor in the New Jersey hospital listed Jahi’s preliminary cause of death as bleeding as a result of liver failure, the family’s lawyer, Chris Dolan, said.
For the past four years, Jahi suffered an “anoxic brain injury” resulting from the severe blood loss after her surgery, in which doctors removed her tonsils, adenoids and soft palette to address the girl’s sleep apnea, Dolan said.
In the medical malpractice lawsuit filed against Jahi’s Oakland hospital and surgeon, the family said doctors failed to note an “anatomical anomaly” in Jahi that posed an increased risk of hemorrhaging. Jahi’s mother accused the hospital’s staff of failing to summon a doctor when her daughter, who was African American, desperately needed medical attention.
“No one was listening to us,” Winkfield recounted to the New Yorker in a story published earlier this year. “I can’t prove it, but I really feel in my heart: if Jahi was a little white girl, I feel we would have gotten a little more help and attention.”
Probably so. 


Thursday, June 28, 2018

Spam from Scholarly Pages

Today's fake academic journal spam comes from Christina Sperling, at  Insights in Anthropology, published by Scholarly Pages, giving their location as 1805 N Carson Street, Suite S Carson City NV.  The address seems to be a mail drop, and is or was the location of the publisher Scientific Pages.

Christina, if you are reading, my anthropological insight is that the world is full of scholars, and there are many predatory fake academic publishers stalking them.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Don't feed the trolls: Daddy edition

Don't negotiate with hostage takers.

Unless you have to. And that is the twisted moral jujitsu that hostage takers use against their targets---use the moral conscience and concern of decent people by threatening the lives and welfare of those in your control to get what you want out of them.

Trump and his crew use this tactic as expertly as any gang of terrorist kidnappers. Last fall Trump unilaterally ended DACA, taking hostage the lives and futures of hundreds of thousands of  our population, in order to force the creation the border wall and restrictive immigration policy that he wanted. It didn't work. So now he takes a new population, infants, toddlers and children hostage, held in hidden locations, in order to work his will.

Trump's actions shock the conscience of all who still have a conscience, and emotionally outrage the majority of Americans. But this is what the Trump crew is using as leverage. Emotional responses to the horrifying fate of the hostages plays into their twisted, yet effective, tactics. Emotionalism reads as 'mommy voice'---soft, emotional, unreliable, weak. The hostage takers rely on toughness, the 'daddy' voice of those strong enough to do what is necessary, no matter how painful. The worse the situation that they create, the tougher, more 'daddy' * they appear.

But the real voice of the hostage takers that of Corey Lewandowski--- that of an unpleasant, not so smart 12 year old who mocks his classmates, steals their lunch money, punches them in the stomach and laughs when they cry.

How to respond?  Dealing with these assholes is tricky. Emotional responses feed their trolling. But ignoring them while the lives and futures of hundreds of thousands of the DACA population and now thousands of vulnerable children and their parents seems impossible. What to do? What is the policy counterpart to Plath's outcry?

There’s a stake in your fat black heart   
And the villagers never liked you.
They are dancing and stamping on you.   
They always knew it was you.
Daddy, daddy, you bastard, I’m through.

*admittedly, 'daddy' of the abusive kind.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Trump's flying monkeys

In the fictional Wizard of Oz, the Wicked Witch of the West relies on flying monkeys to carry out her nefarious plans; without them, her powers to harm are much more limited. In the non-fictional United States, Trump also needs flying monkeys to exercise his malign powers. Sadly, he has them. As Paul Krugman notes: 
this isn’t a column about Trump. It is, instead, about the people who are enabling his betrayal of America: the inner circle of officials and media personalities who are willing to back him up whatever he says or does, and the wider set of politicians — basically the entire Republican delegation in Congress — who have the power and constitutional obligation to stop what he’s doing, but won’t lift a finger in America’s defense.
He speculates about their motivation:
Why are Republican politicians unwilling to discharge their constitutional responsibilities? Relatively few of them, one suspects, actually want a trade war, let alone a breakup of the Western alliance. And many of them, one also suspects, are well aware that a de facto foreign agent sits in the Oval Office. But they are immobilized by a combination of venality and cowardice.
 Here are the facts: if the members of the GOP (looking at you, Susan Collins, and you, Jeff Flake) who deplore Trump's trashing of Canada and the G7 (now 6 since Trump's tweet storm?) or his cruel and pointless policy toward refugees, ripping children from their parents' arms, or now, his servile surrender to North Korea but adopting its (and China's) preferred language, or about a million other destructive and corrupt plans, they have the power to ally themselves with the democrats in Congress and overturn them. That they do not, that they will not, that they seem to see the harms and horrors being done yet continue to fly in the monkey squad, is, I suppose a matter for their psychiatrists to figure out.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Spam from OAtext

New month, new spam from a fake academic journal:

I am following up to my previous mail.
 I had posted about a similar solicitation, equivalently spammy, from this operation last November.

Research and Review Insights (RRI) under progress of new issue design (Volume 2, issue 2) and we expect your work which helps us to release best quality of articles.
This is to inform you we are celebrating 2nd anniversary for our journal. On this occasion we are inviting manuscripts and current researches are welcome for this week with Special Discount (40% reduction on Article Submission and 50% reduction on Annual Member Ship).
That's good news, since a price list online has you charging authors  £810 

So, we are requesting you to avail this opportunity by submitting your article to this mail or to on or before 20th June.
Do not hesitate to ask if you have any concerns.

Katie Tia
Managing Editor
T: +44 203 657 9099
This source from 2015 found Oatext,, the publisher of this journal, registered in the UK, which is consistent with the phone number.

I don't think so, not even if they offer DSW style green dot 70% discounts.