One feature of being a publishing academic for a few years is that your e-mail address ends up easily scrapable off of your published papers, making you a target for academic spam. Much of this spam relates to new publishers and conference organizers who make money by charging high publication or registration fees while doing no actual editorial work or peer review. Of course one consequence of being new and publishing whatever dreck anyone is willing to pay you for is that no one reads or cites your journals, so you need to make yourself look legitimate. Sometimes this involves straightforwardly fraudulent behavior, but other times it is just silly, like this e-mail I got the other day:
Invitation for attendance and paper from MSS 2013
The Conference on Mathematics and System Science
The Conference on Mathematics and System Science (MSS 2013) will be held on August 14-16, 2013 in Beijing, China. This Conference will cover issues on Mathematics and System Science. It dedicates to creating a stage for exchanging the latest research results and sharing the advanced research methods.
Call For Papers
All the accepted papers will be published by “American Journal of Computational Mathematics” (ISSN: 2161-1211), a peer-reviewed open access journal that has been indexed by Academic keys, Google Scholar, etc.
Attendance with Full Paper USD 500 (RMB 3200) Attendance with Abstract & Presentation USD 400 (RMB 2500) Simple Attendance USD 350 (RMB 2300)
Call for Speakers
If you wish to serve the conference as an invited speaker, please send email to us with your CV and photo.
(The outfit that sent this e-mail is well-known for this sort of thing.) The funniest part of this to my eye is the attempt to establish prestige by mentioning Google Scholar, a site so exclusive that it indexes the papers included on my personal webpage, and Academic Keys, which I’ve never even heard of. Update: and today (5/28) I get another one (this time from IJERA) which lists indexing in the arXiv and Cabell’s Directory, neither of which index journal articles.
[Most links in this post go to Jeffrey Beall’s excellent blog tracking predatory publishers.]