yet another publishing spam

Here is another email Andrew and I got recently:

Dear Andrew Gelman , Christian P. Robert,

Science Publishing Group is an independent international publisher of 50+ open access, online, peer-reviewed journals covering a wide range of academic disciplines. From the google scholar, we get one of your original creative research paper titled “Not only defended but also applied”: The perceived absurdity of Bayesian inference published in Statistics .

We expect you describe the state-of-the-art in this field, such as the new contributions, ideas, or clarifications that resulted after the conference paper was presented. We expect your revised and extended paper will be published in our journals!

Full peer review: All manuscripts submitted to our journals undergo double blind peer review. Fast publication: Fast peer review process of papers within approximately one month of submission.

Low price: The article processing charge for one manuscript submitted before May 15 2013 is 70USD or 120USD.

While I do not understand why they put the quote in the middle of our title (!), it is astounding that a publishing company proposes to re-publish a paper without bothering about copyright laws. They do not even suggest a particular journal for our “creative research paper”… No, it is not a conference paper, no it was not published in Statistics! I love the final line: don’t they know that publishing is free of charge in most statistics journals?!

One Response to “yet another publishing spam”

  1. I guess that, yes, they do know that in most of cases publishing is free of charge…but they have a different “business model”. I browsed their Maths&Stats section. Most of journals have not (yet) released a single issue. But there is the possibility to APPLY (!) to be a member of the editorial board.
    I guess it’s just a one-man operation looking for easy money from researchers desperate to publish.

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