From the Inbox: Journal Spam

Dear Colleague,

The Journal of Computational Biology and Bioinformatics Research (JCBBR) is a multidisciplinary peer-reviewed journal published monthly by Academic Journals (www.academicjournals.org/JCBBR). JCBBR is dedicated to increasing the depth of research across all areas of this subject.

Translation: we’re launching a new journal for research that can’t get published anyplace else.

The journal welcomes the submission of manuscripts that meet the general criteria of significance and scientific excellence in this subject area.

We’ll take pretty much any crap you excrete.

JCBBR is an Open Access Journal

One key request of researchers across the world is unrestricted access to research publications. Open access gives a worldwide audience larger than that of any subscription-based journal ad thus increases the visibility and impact of published work. It also enhances indexing, retrieval power and eliminates the need for permissions to reproduce and distribute content. JCBBR is fully committed to the Open Access Initiative and will provide free access to all articles as soon as they are published.

Incidentally, if you visit our web site, you’ll find the following in the “Instructions for Authors,” all the way at the bottom: “Fees and Charges: Authors are required to pay a $550 handling fee.” Elsewhere on the site, you can see that “There are no financial reward for reviewers and editors of the various journals. These positions are purely voluntary.”

In other words, the expert reviewers work for free, but the publisher still collects a stiff fee to publish in this online-only publication. While some open access journals are serious about peer review, the same business model could be used as a cover for operations that are really just vanity presses, making money by charging a fee to publish whatever washes in over the transom. Not that we’re such an operation, mind you, just sayin’.

Hypothetically, though, if we were that cynical, we’d probably focus on cranking out as many different journals across as many obscure but official-sounding subject areas as possible. To make serious money from this, our catalog would have to be huge.

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