Today’s spam publication

From someone using the name “Tomas Kant”, to a huge number of groups (including the linguistics faculty at Stanford), a call for papers for a “journal”:

International journal of science, commerce and humanities (IJSCH) is an open access, peer-reviewed and refereed multidisciplinary journal published by post academic publications. The objective of (IJSCH) is to provide a forum for the publication of scientific articles in the fields of science, commerce and humanities. In pursuit of this objective the journal not only publishes high quality research papers but also ensures that the published papers achieve broad international credibility.

Yes, it stinks of spam; note the absurd breadth of the fields covered, and the absence of capitalization in the names of the “journal” and its “publisher”.

And then it gets better:

The journal publishes research papers in the fields of History and Philosophy of Science ,Cognition and Instruction ,Environmental & Geographical Education Learning Environment ,Science and Literacy ,Using Technology in Environmental & Science Education ,Pedagogical Issues and Teaching/Learning Strategies ,Educational Technology ,Computer Assisted Learning/Teaching , Biology, Chemistry, Health sciences ,Physics, Mathematics , Geology, Social Sciences, Computer Science ,Agriculture and Forestry ,Statistics, Engineering, Natural sciences , Political Science, Zoology , Botany ,Banking Economics, Marketing business ethics , journalism and mass communication, hotel and tourism, architecture, women studies , music ,psychology , anthropology ,international relations , corporate governance , human resources so on.

PROF.Dr. Steve Grosser
The Chief Editor

And, when we get to the “publisher”, truly wonderful:

preveious name: post academic journal publishers (PAJP)

Post Academic publications (PAP),UK is an independent organization delivering supports and services to education and research in United Kingdom and all over the world.

Cooperation: To Publishing a special issue on our journals, please contact the concerted journal chief editor directly.

(I haven’t edited this material in any way.)

An earlier posting on mine on spam publications and spam conferences is here, where I noted that

Jeffrey Beall on his “Scholarly Open Access: Critical analysis of scholarly open-access publishing” site, maintains a list of  “potential, possible, or probable predatory scholarly open-access publishers”

(Beall is a librarian at UC Denver.)

PAP was not (yet) on Beall’s list, but IJSCH is on his list of dubious stand-alone journals (here); I’ve forwarded the material above to him for his evidence files.

Meanwhile, be careful, scholars; it’s a rough world out there.

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