Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Yet more funny science spam

Most of them are caught by the spam filters now, and most of the ones that make it through are unremarkable in their mediocrity, but the following two caught my eye:
JACOBS PUBLISHERS - Let your wisdom enkindle others
Is it too much to ask that they avoid gibberish at least in the company motto?
Warm greetings from Jacobs Publishers!
Sometimes I wonder what language it is that they get these flowery greetings from; other spammers write "greetings of the day" or similar. Is it Punjabi, or perhaps Yoruba? Whatever it is, it doesn't sound unpleasant.
We introduce ourselves as Jacobs Publishers, initiated to serve the scientific community. It is an Open access publishing group that publishes peer-reviewed articles related to different aspects of Medical, Life Sciences, Pharma, Chemistry and Engineering. We have initiated a Journal called Jacobs Journal of Environmental Sciences. With relentless efforts of our Editorial team, we have initiated Inaugural Edition for our Jacobs Journal of Environmental Sciences.
Somebody here really, really likes the word initiated - and could probably use a Thesaurus.
We are planning to release the edition in the month of April, 2015.  On this Occasion, we request you to submit your Research Work as manuscripts to our journal, we would request you to invite your colleagues, experts to submit their manuscripts. Manuscript submissions expected date March 31st, 2015.
Request, on the other hand, does not sound as polite any more.
Authors are requested to pay 199 USD as publication charges for Inaugural edition. Payment could be done only after the completion of Peer Review process and acceptance by our esteemed Editorial Board Members.
This is at least surprisingly honest. Many competitors hide the fees until a paper has been submitted.
Amy Alethia
Jacobs Journal of Environmental Sciences
Jacobs Publishers
9600 Great Hills
Trail # 150 w
Austin, Texas
Yeah, right. If this message is the English of somebody from the USA then I am the emperor of China.

The second one is below the fold. Content advice: may trigger seizures.

My eyes! My poor eyes! Also:

Journal of Multidisciplinary what?

Five days from submission to publication? Sounds totally legit.

Impact factor 2.015? I assume that would be news to the Thomson Reuters Journal Citation Reports...


  1. This is a great post, I found it when searching for "Amy Alethia" to determine if she's a real person, as I, too, receive invitations to publish in a Jacobs' journals. You will appreciate the statement in my invitation: "Warm Greetings from Jacobs Publishers!
    We are pleased to invite you to be a part of Jacobs Journal of Genetics research, which has a very good reputation. The journal has already released one issue so far." That first issue must have been awesome to have established the journal's good reputation! They didn't give me an Impact Factor or a price, so I'm a little envious of your invitation.

  2. Excellent post. I just got one as well, signed by "Mathew Stevens" (Matthew Stephens is a big name in my field). I guess "Amy Alethia" wasn't working out.