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Started by Scout, June 14, 2019, 04:03:19 AM

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secundem_artem

Here's a different spin on this thread.  The names are changed to protect the guilty.

QuoteDear Professor Artem
How are you? Do you remember me? You are the academic editor of my paper(Clog Dancing in Meiji Period Japan published in International Clogging Monthly). Thank you for your guidance and support.

I am currently working on my PhD on the effects of Clog Dancing on the voting preferences of chronic alcoholics . I published a systematic review and meta-analysis in Clogging for Drunkards. I also submitted my PhD work to the The Daily Clogger journal. They accepted my paper for publication but requested a publication fee of $494.25. We are unable to send money outside Spotsylvania due to the country's current banking system. Thus, we are in serious trouble. Due to the payment issue, my PhD work will be delayed. I understand that you have a busy schedule.

Would you help to publish my article?

I'm happy to send a polite "sorry, no can do" but holy crap, does this request actually sound reasonable to anyone?  It's not as if I am swimming in funding and given Artem U's current financial status, I doubt they would let me use if for this anyway.
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Puget

Quote from: secundem_artem on January 31, 2024, 12:43:02 PMHere's a different spin on this thread.  The names are changed to protect the guilty.

QuoteDear Professor Artem
How are you? Do you remember me? You are the academic editor of my paper(Clog Dancing in Meiji Period Japan published in International Clogging Monthly). Thank you for your guidance and support.

I am currently working on my PhD on the effects of Clog Dancing on the voting preferences of chronic alcoholics . I published a systematic review and meta-analysis in Clogging for Drunkards. I also submitted my PhD work to the The Daily Clogger journal. They accepted my paper for publication but requested a publication fee of $494.25. We are unable to send money outside Spotsylvania due to the country's current banking system. Thus, we are in serious trouble. Due to the payment issue, my PhD work will be delayed. I understand that you have a busy schedule.

Would you help to publish my article?

I'm happy to send a polite "sorry, no can do" but holy crap, does this request actually sound reasonable to anyone?  It's not as if I am swimming in funding and given Artem U's current financial status, I doubt they would let me use if for this anyway.

This sounds extremely shady- Yes, pub fees can be a big barrier, but they would have known about the publication fee before submitting, and could have submitted to a journal without fees, or a  legit OA journal that offers discounted rates to those in developing countries. At any rate, it is really weird to ask someone who isn't an author or even someone they really know to pay. 
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Wahoo Redux

Quote from: Puget on January 31, 2024, 12:56:10 PM
Quote from: secundem_artem on January 31, 2024, 12:43:02 PMHere's a different spin on this thread.  The names are changed to protect the guilty.

QuoteDear Professor Artem
How are you? Do you remember me? You are the academic editor of my paper(Clog Dancing in Meiji Period Japan published in International Clogging Monthly). Thank you for your guidance and support.

I am currently working on my PhD on the effects of Clog Dancing on the voting preferences of chronic alcoholics . I published a systematic review and meta-analysis in Clogging for Drunkards. I also submitted my PhD work to the The Daily Clogger journal. They accepted my paper for publication but requested a publication fee of $494.25. We are unable to send money outside Spotsylvania due to the country's current banking system. Thus, we are in serious trouble. Due to the payment issue, my PhD work will be delayed. I understand that you have a busy schedule.

Would you help to publish my article?

I'm happy to send a polite "sorry, no can do" but holy crap, does this request actually sound reasonable to anyone?  It's not as if I am swimming in funding and given Artem U's current financial status, I doubt they would let me use if for this anyway.

This sounds extremely shady- Yes, pub fees can be a big barrier, but they would have known about the publication fee before submitting, and could have submitted to a journal without fees, or a  legit OA journal that offers discounted rates to those in developing countries. At any rate, it is really weird to ask someone who isn't an author or even someone they really know to pay. 

I'm assuming you know this candidate personally? Have you made sure that the candidate in the email actually sent the email?  It seems like the sort of ridiculous sob stories one finds in your Spam folder from Nigerian princes and the like.  They don't actually want the amount they ask for; they want your various numbers and identifiers.  These have become a little more sophisticated since the days of the poor Nigerian prince.
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Hibush

I got a Nigerian prince email the other day. Blast from the past! It had a warm familiarity, until I hit the Report Phishing button.

secundem_artem

Quote from: Wahoo Redux on December 11, 2019, 11:08:23 AMJust got a verbose and rather polished if ponderous solicitation from Research Outreach.org.

They even used the name of my most recently published paper in the subject line, and for a second I was excited because I thought a real editor or academic was soliciting something for an anthology or special edition.

But nope.

Apparently Research Outreach is "so passionate about open access" to the general public that they "must charge researchers" for their work.

Website is also polished if ponderous.  Wonder if it has any connection to the Oxford Round Table?

Bumping this one up.  Has anybody got any updated experience with this organization?  Certainly they have a much more polished and professional approach than the ones that spell my name wrong, mis-identify my discipline, want to discuss my distinguished research, and request a submission for their next publication coming out in 4 days.

These guys appear to be taking legitimate publications and re-packaging them for a non-academic audience.  I'm not sure how important or relevant that is - or what it costs.

So... wise ones.  Any updates?
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sinenomine

Quote from: secundem_artem on February 08, 2024, 09:36:24 AM
Quote from: Wahoo Redux on December 11, 2019, 11:08:23 AMJust got a verbose and rather polished if ponderous solicitation from Research Outreach.org.

They even used the name of my most recently published paper in the subject line, and for a second I was excited because I thought a real editor or academic was soliciting something for an anthology or special edition.

But nope.

Apparently Research Outreach is "so passionate about open access" to the general public that they "must charge researchers" for their work.

Website is also polished if ponderous.  Wonder if it has any connection to the Oxford Round Table?

Bumping this one up.  Has anybody got any updated experience with this organization?  Certainly they have a much more polished and professional approach than the ones that spell my name wrong, mis-identify my discipline, want to discuss my distinguished research, and request a submission for their next publication coming out in 4 days.

These guys appear to be taking legitimate publications and re-packaging them for a non-academic audience.  I'm not sure how important or relevant that is - or what it costs.

So... wise ones.  Any updates?

This seems similar to Kudos, but looks like it always charges contributors. This study sees some value in Kudos for increasing views.
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apl68

"Clog Dancing in Meiji Japan" sounds like something the late mamselle would have been up for discussing.  I can just see her posting links to YouTube videos.
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