I don’t get it. Really. I just don’t understand. Early this morning, when the first of the 90-odd emails bounced into my inbox, I looked again with disbelief. Yes. Sorry. It’s OMICS again…
Here it is:
Dear Dr. Caplan,
You have been invited to submit a paper for Journal Of Drug Metabolism & Toxicology.
I would be grateful if you would submit a paper for an upcoming issue on “Molecular Mechanisms of Apoptosis and Signalling Pathways”.
To submit your article, please go to http://pharma.edmgr.com/. Your User Name is XXX-YYY and your password: XXX-ZZZ.
Please respond to this invitation by 15 Aug 2013.
If possible, I would appreciate receiving your submission by 29 August, 2013. You may submit your paper online at the above URL.
We plan to publish your paper, along with others that we receive in the Aug 30, 2013 issue of the journal.
Benefits of the special issue
Contributors/authors: On special consideration, processing fee for special issue articles: $919
http://www.editorialmanager.com/pharma/ or email@example.com
I THOUGHT scientists were an elite group–and generally smart. That’s why this just doesn’t make sense.
Let’s start with the fact that I don’t do any work on drug metabolism and toxicology. Never have, and likely never will. I’ve also never published anything on APOPTOSIS. So why the hell would anyone possibly think to invite me to write a paper on the subject? With a deadline 3 weeks away. And with a “SPECIAL” processing fee of only $919. Lovely.
Okay, so I’m not naive. And I also know that I’m not an expert or even well versed scientist in the realm of apoptosis or drug metabolism or toxicology. So that makes this a scam. Pure and simple. A way to try and get money off an unsuspecting scientific mark. But what bothers is is that I’ve written about this OMICS company and their scams at least a year ago. This means that if they are continuing to advertise their scams and search for marks, then it must be working. And if it’s working, then what does that say about some of our scientist colleagues out there in the blogosphere *shudders*.
And a quick update on Ginger! I am completely in love with this dog. Smitten. Separation anxiety. The whole bit. She’s well acclimatized, listens to commands (occasionally obeys, too, when it suits her) and spends a great deal of time grooming me with licks to any exposed part of my body. Preferably face and neck. She whined/cried a little (for me–sleeping in my son’s room) the first night, but in successive nights she has snored her way through with no complaints. What can I say? It’s been too long without a dog!