Image source: IEEE . On 25 May 2015, I received an unsolicited offer from a publisher I'd never heard of before, David Publishing *....
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(The original message source with all headers is here, not that it will make sense to you since the message is uuencoded probably because it was originally written in a non-ISO-Latin-1 language.)
What made me wonder about David Publishing? Well, here's a few problems I had with that email:
- real publishers have well-structured email, with good use of formatting;
- real publishers get my gender, title, and/or rank correct;
- real publishers invest in proper translation services;
- real publishers make direct and specific links between their services and what they're hoping you will offer them;
- real publishers will provide a full and real contact name for their representative;
- real publishers do not appear on Beall's List.
The email I received didn't meet any of these criteria.
So I told 'em to fuck off.
I also created an email filter to immediately delete any future messages from the davidpublisher.com domain.
But that's not good enough for them - so now these losers are trying to convince me of their legitimacy. Today, I found this message in my inbox (original source here), which again seems to be utter bullshit, because:
- the language of the english text is extremely poor;
- the included message allegedly attributed to Jeffrey Beall is lacking in actual source, and if one goes to Beall's website, one finds the actual page describing the appeals process - a process completely different from what is advertised;
- searching for text fragments of the complaint against Beall (e.g., this one or this one) yields not one result on a reputable source of information about academic publishing; and
- searching for the names of those who apparently wrote against Beall yields results like this one, containing unsubstantiated 3rd party copy-and-paste jobs (read the comments on that post to see what I mean).
And as for David Publishing? Fuck 'em.
* I linked to this site using DoNotLink, so don't worry about giving them traffic by following this link.