24 Responses to Beware of Spam Email With Offers to Promote Your Research

  1. Andrew Miller (Elsevier) says:

    My suggestion: Lip Glossers

  2. Shawn says:

    Just another variation of the vanity press… Like a lot of the “Who’s Who” publications. How bad does one career have to go before they pay for a fluff piece on some magazine that no one reads and certainly no institution collects?

  3. Nils says:

    Douglas Adams would call these the Golgafrinchan Middle Class.

  4. Tobias says:

    I wouldn’t be surprised if the Swedish article in “Tentakel” is referring to “Projects magazine” (http://www.projectsmagazine.eu.com/magazines) from Insight publishers. I think they target EU projects and european research councils. They contacted my (three times by phone) about doing an article on my research, and if I remember correctly the fee was 2500 euro. I agree that this is a new spin on vanilty press.

  5. Eric Blalock says:

    I dub thee “vanity press”. Been around for years, no need to change it just because it’s being mongered on-line. The email missive arrives with several attached ‘example’ articles from the ‘journal’. This seems most embarrassing to the researchers in those articles, the ones who have already succumbed to the lure.

  6. Eric Blalock says:

    Ah, almost forgot- if you go to ‘international innovation’s website, and find their street address, Google map and street view for a laugh

  7. xmoses says:

    Eric, why “for a laugh”? it’s an ordinary city street. Have you seen Nature’s offices in London? They look really grim from the outside. .

  8. Alicia Lucksted says:

    Hi, your post says you’d like to receive examples of this… I’ve recently had an exchange with Researchmedia you might find amusing since the “person” writing to me said in one email they would not contact me again and then did. Not sure why I even bothered to reply to the first, except that I found their solicitation unprofessional. If you want a copy of the corrrespondence where would I send it?

  9. I just got one of these invites from Research Media Ltd. The email did not mention any costs so I emailed back asking who pays. Only then was I told that it was £600/page and they normally write 3 pages. My response: “Thanks, but not interested.”

    I’m glad that I saw your post or I might have wasted more time on their games before I discovered that they wanted me to pay for this unsolicited exposure of dubious benefit.

  10. Michelle Aarts says:

    I have recently received several email requests for book chapters or “showcase articles”, the most recent of these from International Innovation. May I forward you this recent email? Although the company seems legitimate the email had the feel of a spam, or worse yet, a scam. We have no funds for exorbitant page charges so would not choose to publish here at any rate, but I’m curious as to whether this is a legitimate request or a spam with bits and pieces copied from web profiles.

    • This company wants you to pay them a lot of money to write articles praising your research. They publish it online and in their glossy magazine. I don’t think that many people pay any serious attention to their publications and recommend against using this service. They are spamming a lot of scholars in the U.S. at this time. In many cases, the publicity may backfire, as others will see that a researcher paid around three thousand dollars to have someone write up his research in a useless magazine.

  11. Mark Samuels says:

    Research Media Inc and its International Innovation is also targeting Canadian researchers. As a researcher I am currently considering whether it is worth the money. I don’t automatically think not, there is some potential value to the glossy magazine approach. At any rate this is not an obvious scam, it does seem to be what it says it is. They have published interviews with senior Canadian science administrators which appear to be legit, although those were free. So they must support themselves through the page charges from researchers. There is some amount of marketing in Science, especially as soon as one goes beyond traditional peer-reviewed funding sources.

  12. Ana Rodriguez says:

    I just got an invitation from Research Media. I’m a scientist based in the US. They asked me for 2250 British pounds! (=$3700). They sound very professional and their website also looks good. Thanks for posting this discussion here. They claim that 30,000 individuals and institutions receive their publication, but I don’t think there is a way to know if this is true. It is a good thing and their work looks nicely presented in the end, but is it worth the money? I don’t think so. It also seems like they are increasing their rates rapidly, based on previous posts.

  13. Kelly Ryan says:

    I work at Oxford University and we have recently received a lot of unsolicited emails from International Innovation asking for £2,250 to publish articles about our academics. Whilst the publication seems legitimate I’m sure there are more effective and credible ways of disseminating research, and I have told my colleagues as much. Thanks for putting this post together and highlighting the methods that they use!

  14. Simon Gee says:

    Interested in the distribution claims from International Innovation – has anyone been able to gain some evidence of where the magazine is distributed?

  15. Bill P says:

    Just sent them an email on that very topic; will let you all know what comes back.

  16. Simon Gee says:

    I tried to join the international innovation website and download one of the OA magazines, most of them will not download

  17. Mark Tschudi says:

    I just received an invitation to publish with them, for $3000. Have never heard of this journal and doubt many would see an article in it. So I’ll pass…

  18. James Whitby says:

    We (a large FP7 project) were recently approached by euresearcher magazine, apparently published by Blazon Publishing and Media Ltd in the UK, which seems to be operating in similar territory.

  19. Jaap Schellekens says:

    Since I’ve started coordinating an FP7 project I’ve recieved a number of invitations from researchmedia and others. I think it is best to just ignore them. My main reason for irnoring them is that I had never heard of them before not had any of the people that I may wanted to reach with a glossy.

  20. Nola Aitken says:

    I received an invitation from International Innovation today. (www.researchmedia.eu. and http://www.internationalinnovation.com)

    The poor word usage and grammatical errors in the email tipped me off right away. The other tip-off was that I had to pay to have my research published.
    No thanks.

  21. Josie R says:

    I received one of these emails yesterday. I was almost convinced I should reply – mostly because they do not name a cost for publication anywhere in the email – but a colleague suggested I google first. I think they’ve figured out they get a much higher response rate if they don’t say anything about a price… The email was well written and the site it linked to was polished and professional-looking.

  22. Mike H says:

    I believe the hope is to get you on the phone believing it’s free and then selling you the dream once they have you there.

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