12 Responses to Fake Female Names Embellish Predatory Publishers’ Spam Emails

  1. Frank Lu says:

    I’m seeing these generic Anglo names popping up in such solicitations, including from OMICS. This may be a trend following offshore call centers, esp. those based in India. I’ve spoken to innumerable “Sam’s.”

    “John Doe”

  2. Stephen B says:

    I think you are being slightly harsh here. A friend of mine works for a company that makes computer games based in Eastern Europe. They use “false names” because there is a lot of prejudice against certain nationalities, and they’d rather not highlight their country of origin as it is irrelevant to the quality of games they make. An interview with James Trent in a Western magazine doesn’t arise suspicion – whereas an interview with Vladimir Budrianov does – but that suspicion is nothing other than prejudice. Plus they choose a name which is familiar and easy to pronounce. Many Chinese people moving to the West do the same. I don’t see how this is at all deceptive.

  3. Susan Ariew says:

    It is only deceptive if you’re trying to find a way to rip people off.

  4. Solomon says:

    We should understand the psychology of the publishers. I believe they use fake names just because of the reason that only the name of USA or UK in whole world is regarded by everyone. Don’t want to explain it but its a fact. For example if someone use Brazilian, Egyptian or Indian name to call papers than people would certainly dither to submit. I think if a publisher is sincerely practicing and controlling the quality of publication than the use of fake name doesn’t matter. We just look at the quality because it can’t be compromised. The famous quote by marketing ICONS give us the direction “CUSTOMER PAYS FOR QUALITY AND SATISFACTION”. I am thankful to the viewers for liking my opinions in my all comment posts.

  5. D. Brookman says:

    If they were selling video games or memory chips or soap, then yes, the name wouldn’t matter. But that’s not how professionals communicate with other professionals. Real editors serving real journals use their real names.

    It’s true that often a non-western scientists adopt a westernized first name to make things easier when communicating with westerners. I have a valued colleague who does this; she calls herself “Jenny Wang” instead of “[Chinese name] Wang,” and as an editor formally signs off as T.-Y. (Jenny) Wang. But she doesn’t call herself Jenny Smith.

    • Stephen B says:

      Please read the article before commenting – this article is about editorial assistants and those sending email invitations to submit articles. Clearly if you are a scientist, use of a real name matters a lot more – although there are many, many examples of professionals (never read a book by an author using a pseudonym?) using false names for legitimate reasons (William Sealy Gosset is a good example).

  6. Jitu Sagar says:

    A fake Journal IJSER ( International Journal of Scientific & Engineering Research (ISSN 2229-5518) is also doing same thing for attracting the authors and earning money by fooling new researcher….

  7. Three real-life scenarios:

    1. As an Indian graduate student in the US, I met a number of Chinese students who had adopted a Western nickname. But this name never replaced their real name in emails. To present oneself in writing only with a nickname or false name is not the same as adopting a nickname to fit in a foreign country. The first practice is fraud; the second is to integrate in society.

    2. I worked for a few months in a large American technology company with lots of Indians, and many of them were from south India — the home of very long, cumbersome names. They proudly used their full names or shortened forms and never adopted Western names. They were respected for their work and didn’t have to fight some imagined prejudice.

    3. The sordid IT staffing industry in the US is full of Indians with fake Western names. Why? They are not respected for their work, and all they can hope for is to fool people into thinking they are not Indian.

    The third scenario is what we’re seeing with predatory publishers, not the first or second.

    Publishing is not Hollywood or Bollywood, where actors are bestowed new screen names if their real names are not charming or appealing.

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