Wednesday, August 27, 2014

A new low in science spam

Science spammers sometimes use scripts to mine journals or article databases for authors' contact details and then generate automatic spam. That saves them a lot of work, of course, but one has to wonder about the efficiency of that approach because the results are so bizarre and off-putting.

Dear [my name]; [name of co-author]; [name of co-author]; [name of co-author]; [name of co-author]; [name of senior author],
Once you published a paper titled [name of our paper] in [name of the journal] . With such attractive theme [what follows are the keywords of our article] Cell size; chromosome; flow cytometry; genome size; guard cell size; ploidy, the article is so outstanding. It shows your professional and rigorous attitude. On behalf of the academic world, we appreciate your contribution to the research filed [sic!] very much. And we wonder if you have any new progress or you are doing any new study about your interested field.
Science Publishing Group [link], who [sic!] publishes Journals, Special Issues, Books and Conference Proceedings, now sincerely invites you to contribute your new articles to the website.
[another link]
Submit Your Latest Research
New progress of your latest research
New study in your research field
A view for the new research trends
Please submit your new papers via:  [another link]
Advantages to Publish with SciencePG
Peer Review: Effective and professional
High Visibility: Up to 40,000 visitors per day
Open Access: Open to the public free of charge
Low APC: Article Processing Charge ranges from 70 to 270USD
Abstracting and Indexing: WorldCat, CrossRef, JournalSeek, CASSI, etc.
If you are doing some new study, please kindly notify us. And we are looking forward to your participation.
It is even worse because all the fields that were filled in by the script are in italics in the original (like the keywords above), making it even easier to see what is going on. So sad.

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