Yet another post in my “draft blog post cleanup” series. Here is #9; from June 2008. It can in a way be viewed as an extension of my post from a few days ago about Bentham. Here is what I wrote in 2008:
OK, I know I am supposed to be supportive of Open Access journals, just because a journal is OA does not mean it is OK. Take “The Open Evolution Journal.” being published by Bentham.
On paper, this could be a useful contribution to the list of OA journals. They have some good people on their Editorial Board and I am glad to see such a big list of people in Evolution seemingly supporting OA publishing.
And Bentham is certainly doing the OA talk and pushing OA as a major option for their publications. In fact, they might be pushing OA a bit too much. For example, in their letter to me they say
All published open access articles will receive massive international exposure and as is usually the case for open access publications, articles will also receive high citations.
Hmm. A bit over the top no? I love OA mind you. But OA in and of itself does not guarantee citations and exposure.
But this is a minor quibble. My real issue with them is the SPAM. I keep getting frigging emails from Bentham for all sorts of journals. And some of the emails I get are for accounts that I cannot easily send email from to use their lame unsubscribe option. I assume others out there get these emails from Bentham too, as I have gotten them from like 20 of their journals so far. And many are in areas that I have no expertise in (I just got one for a Geology journal).
Just goes to show – OA sometimes means “Objectively Annoying.”
I have written about Bentham – that Spam bots of science publishing before. Got an email from them today – it is wrong in so many ways. I thought I would just post it here – and let people judge for themselves but am a bit wary of calling attention to them and putting out any of their message. So I am going to put out mine
BENTHAM – LEAVE ME THE $&%#@ ALONE
And if that is not enough for you, how about reading Richard Poynder’s piece on them from four years ago. Seems they have not changed a bit.
Well, Science SPAM never seems to go away. Not sure exactly why it seems to come in waves, but recently I have been getting a lot of email messages from the OMICS publishing group OMICS Publishing Group: An Open Access Publisher
The latest is for the Journal of Bioanalysis & Biomedicine. I love how the message says
“This is not a spam message, and has been sent to you because of your eminence in the field. “
Interestingly, this is the EXACT same wording in messages I used to receive from the horrible Bentham OPEN group. (see one of my complaining posts about this here). I wonder, did Bentham somehow morph into OMICS publishing group? OMICS Publishing group is also trying to promote itself as an Open Access publisher in much the same way Bentham does. I hope for everyone’s sake they are not connected since the last thing we need is more SPAM out there. Anyway, since I have gotten a bunch of emails from various OMICS journals many of which I have no possible scientific connection to, I am giving OMICS my “Science SPAMMER of the month award”.
Once again, I am getting sick of getting email after email from various Bentham Open Journals like the one below. This is basically a form of SPAM as they send these out to people no matter what the connection is to the journals field. I like how they now emphasize that “Please note that submission of a manuscript is not a guarantee for acceptance for publication”
This likely has something to do with the recent controversy over a Bentham Open journal accepting a nonsense paper .
Just goes to show you that just as their are annoying commercial journals and annoying society journals, there certainly are annoying open access journals. And many Bentham journals take the prize for being as annoying as they come. Perhaps not all Bentham journals are like this, but I get spam-like email from dozens of them … and do not get any from other Open Access journals.
Dr. J.A. Eisen
Institute for Genomic Research Rockville MD 20850
Dear Dr. Eisen,
I am writing to you in my capacity as the Editor-in-Chief of Current Molecular Pharmacology, which is a cutting-edge peer-reviewed journal published by Bentham Science Publishers. Bentham Science publishes more than 300 print and open access journals.
Current Molecular Pharmacology is in its second volume and is indexed by all major indexing media includingChemical Abstracts, EMBASE, Genamics JournalSeek, Scopus, etc. The journal’s homepage may be viewed athttp://www.currmolpharm.org
The journal invites contributions for both comprehensive review articles and guest edited issues in all areas of cellular and molecular pharmacology with a major emphasis on the mechanism of action of novel drugs under development, innovative pharmacological technologies, cell signaling, transduction pathway analysis, genomics, proteomics, and metabonomics applications to drug action.
It is a great pleasure to invite you to contribute to Current Molecular Pharmacology. If you wish to submit your work to the journal, then please provide us the title and an abstract (up to 250 words) of your article by email email@example.com You may submit the full article.
Please note that submission of a manuscript is not a guarantee for acceptance for publication, as all manuscripts will be subjected to peer review. Each prospective first-named (corresponding) author will receive a limited number of free reprints and PDF of the paper.
Please could you also refer the journal to your colleagues and other contacts in the field, including your librarian, for promotional purposes. I look forward to hearing from you soon.
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