130 Responses to Bogus Journal Accepts Profanity-Laced Anti-Spam Paper

  1. jshrager says:

    I don’t see the problem. I’d give this paper a fantastic review. I’m not kidding. A little humor is science is a good thing. The only problem I see is that they should have submitted it to a first tier journal. In fact, I’d be honored to OPEN review this paper, just for the fun of it!

  2. Yurii says:

    Hmm, the journal stated that article was accepted with “minor change”. I would be curious to see the nature of these minor changes.

    • F- your mailing list says:

      I think the minor edits were the fact that the F-word was capitalized. So, lower-case f had to be applied throughout.

    • Guido B says:

      The review report includes the following recommendations for “minor changes”:
      “a. Please Use latest references in order to increase your paper quality.
      b. Introduction part is precisely explained.
      c. Kindly prepare your camera ready version of paper as per IJACT paper format.
      d. Use high resolution images in order to increase the appearance of paper.”

      As mr. Beall said in his post, they probably use the exact same text for all papers.

      • 007agent says:

        I think the editors took issue with the fact that they were using an *electronic* mailing list, and wanted “mailing list” qualified throughout the paper to alleviate reader misunderstandings

  3. ferniglab says:

    Brilliant. Will follow suit, may reduce amount of crap landing in my inbox!
    Almost worth the $150 just to get it published and then publicise the fact – I suspect the altmetrics would be good!

  4. I sort of wish he’d send them the money and have it published…partly to see if they do publish, partly to see if it ends up on Google Scholar, partly to let it stand in the journal’s archive as a warning to other authors!

    • Peter Vamplew says:

      If it was my paper I probably would pay for the publication, but I don’t think it would be ethical to do it without permission of the original authors.

      • Neb says:

        Please tell me you have tried to contact Mazières and Kohler to obtain this permission. This is a vitally important paper that must be published!

  5. malcolm says:

    I think I know who should have peer reviewed this, or at least handled its peer review….except he is dead….

    • Briån Lawrence says:

      Aside from Mr. Carlin’s laudable talents as a public speaker and chronicler of the human condition, the mere fact that he is currently deceased makes him not only the most obvious choice to peer review this paper but without question the best choice as well.

  6. Warren Terra says:

    I rate the appropriateness of this post to be published on the internet as: 1 – Excellent.

  7. […] how this paper made it through. It’s from a ticked-off Australian engineer, and he gave it the arresting title of “Get […]

  8. jilly says:

    Reblogged this on fluffysciences and commented:
    In apology for lack of a post on Wednesday, have this hilarious interlude instead.

  9. daniel says:

    Dear Dr. Beall, I want to kindly ask you if Proceedigns of the national academy of sciences of the united states of america (PNAS) is a predatory publisher. They publish more then 3500 articles in one year and the fee for each paper is 1700 USD.

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  11. skrieg says:

    Ironically, I think the reviewer nailed it. This paper is *very* appropriate for publication in this particular journal.

  12. […] a different, and much more light-hearted note, yesterday this happened. (Note that the link is mostly safe for work, but if you have a ginormous monitor open to […]

  13. […] Open Access has the full story, including links to the typeset manuscript and acceptance message. This is far from the first time […]

  14. Dan Riley says:

    For no good reason I decided to sample the quality of this fine journal. The first article I looked at, the final article in the current issue, was “SHELL SHOCK: A DEADLY VULNERABLE THREAT TO THE INTERNET”. In it, we find phrases such as “From the moment CloudFlare turned on *our* Shellshock protection” (emphasis added), quickly revealing that most of the paper has been delicately lifted, almost completely intact (even the figures!), from a Cloudflare blog posting. The author’s biography does not reveal any affiliation with Cloudflare or the author of the blog post.

    Searching for references, I did not find any footnotes at all in the paper, but it does include the following exemplary references section:

    [1] Google.com
    [2] Wikipedia.com
    [3] The Economics Times, pg no.7,1nd October 2014.
    [4] Yahoo.com
    [5] Symantec.com
    [6] Youtube.com

    A true model of generality, suitable for any paper whatsoever!

  15. […] receipt of $150). The journal even sent a sham “reviewer report,” re-posted in full at Scholarly Open Access. Apparently, the sham paper is […]

  16. […] Zirytowany spamem przesyłanym do niego przez jeden z takich pasożytów, Dr. Peter Vamplew wysłał w odpowiedzi manuskrypt napisany w 2005 roku przez Davida Mazieresa i Eddiego Kohlera. Tekst był protestem przeciwko zalewających ich zaproszeniom na fałszywe konferencje. Dr Vamplew miał nadzieję, że ktoś po drugiej stronie otworzy załącznik i wypisze go z listy – donosi blog Scholarly Open Access. […]

  17. Pedro says:

    Reblogged this on From experience to meaning… and commented:
    This is way too funny!

  18. […] gives research institutions billions of dollars towards infrastructure and administrative support Bogus Journal Accepts Profanity-Laced Anti-Spam Paper Chagas Disease in America: Undiagnosed, […]

  19. How can I cite this paper in research if not published?!

  20. […] Bogus Journal Accepts Profanity-Laced Anti-Spam Paper – Jeffrey Beal – Scholarly Open Access […]

  21. […] Beall, associate professor and librarian at the University of Colorado at Denver, first reported the story on his blog, Scholarly Open Access. The website includes a running list of over 650 publishers of what Beall has […]

  22. […] me off Your Fucking Mailing List:” Bogus Journal Accepts Profanity-Laced Anti-Spam Paper, Jeffrey Beall […]

  23. […] dell’International Journal of Advanced Computer Technology. Peter Vamplew ha girato a Jeffrey Beall la mail e la lettera di accettazione con richiesta di pagamento di 150 dollari sul conto corrente […]

  24. Lee Rudolph says:

    I strongly object to the misuse by the blog author (or blog-sub-editor, if the blog budget runs to one) of “profanity” where “obscenity” is clearly meant. Ordinarily I would not be so picky, but (by sheer coincidence) I was just tracking down a reference with Google and came across W. Kamlah’s 1975 monograph Von der Sprache zur Vernunft: Philosophie und Wissenschaft in der neuzeitlichen Profanität, which Google Translate helpfully englished as “From the language to reason: philosophy and science in modern profanity”, so I have profanity on my mind.

  25. ​Excellent stuff, you may also like this spoof conference paper from the late Kim Il Sung accepted at another Predatory Publisher (OMICS) conference! http://witchdoctor.ca/?p=623

  26. I have been a victim in a similar funny (not so much back then) story. My IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing article was plagiarized in one of these predatory open-access journals. Thus, I wrote a complaint note to the editors attaching the original paper in the email for reference but they just replied after a few days that my submission was accepted for publication! There were excellent review points and bogus comments even. They kept sending me weekly spam for several months requesting to pay the ~$100 publication fee.

  27. […] As you might imagine, many liked the paper, so they picked it up and used it as their standard reply to the spam solicitations for papers, and as reported by Scholarly Open Access … […]

  28. […] invece, come rivela il sito Scholarly Open Access, la rivista Ijact ha scritto a Vamplew, comunicandogli che la ricerca era stata accettata per la […]

  29. Dude says:

    Regarding the ability to cite the paper:
    The author should consider to upload a preprint of the paper to arXiv.org. You may keep the current format, the specific IJACT format is probably not necessary. :)
    This would spare you your 150 bucks, and everybody could cite.

  30. Chen says:

    I don’t agree that “no peer review was completed “. I think that the anonymous reviewer made an accurate and excellent review: the appropriateness of this paper for this journal is Excellent, …., and recommended to accept this paper for this journal.
    I don’t think that i would give a significantly different review of this paper, if I were asked to review for this journal.

  31. Keith Fraser says:

    That’s hilarious. I’m reminded of the time I replied to a Nigerian scam-spam email with a bemused “why did you send me this?” (this was before those scams were so well known) and got an obviously automatic “thank for agreeing to help, you are now my brother” response.

  32. ijact says:

    same journal http://ijact.in/
    An International Journal Of Advanced Computer Technology

  33. […] My colleague Mark Wilson brought this to my attention. Like all academics my inbox always receives conference and journal calls for papers, some of which are bogus and are just a way of scamming naive researchers from some money. You can read one academic’s response to this practice in this blog article. […]

  34. […] whether that journal asking you to submit a manuscript is a legit open access resource? Well, if it accepts an article titled “Get me off your f^[#ing mailing list” consisting of nothi…, you might want to send your research […]

  35. […] and Harvard’s Eddie Kohler in 2005 to respond to repetitious conference invitations, and has been in circulation ever since. So we can add failure to check for plagiarism to the IJACT’s numerous sins. To be fair […]

  36. […] and Harvard’s Eddie Kohler in 2005 to respond to repetitious conference invitations, and has been in circulation ever since. So we can add failure to check for plagiarism to the IJACT’s numerous sins. To be fair […]

  37. […]   众所周知,在线开放获取期刊质量参差不齐,或许会因为人手短缺的问题而无法严格控制质量。但你恐怕无法想象他们真的会发表垃圾文章。计算机科学开放获取杂志《International Journal of Advanced Computer Technology》接受了一篇论文《Get me off Your Fucking Mailing List》(PDF),作者自称来自纽约大学和加州洛杉矶分校,整篇论文除了格式有模有样外,内容就是不断重复标题“Get me off Your Fucking Mailing List”….任何人都知道这叫 Spam。这篇论文是 Peter Vamplew 博士所创作的,他收到了该期刊的垃圾邮件,于是就向该期刊递交了反垃圾邮件论文,没想到竟然被接受了,只是发表论文需要先缴纳 150 美元。 […]

  38. Heather says:

    I downloaded the paper and will use it as a standard submission/reply to my daily lot of spams from bogus journals like this one (though I draw the line at actually going through the manuscript submission system). Today’s winner is The Open Access Journal of Science and Technology – OAJoST.

  39. juandesant says:

    I guess you can always have a sociology paper out of this ;-)

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  41. P Canning says:

    Are these two journal owned by same people?

    International Journal of Advanced Computer Technology (IJACT)
    http://www.ijact.org/index.htm

    International Journal of Innovative Research in Technology & Science
    http://www.ijirts.org/index.htm

  42. […] an Associate Professor of Computing at Federation University Australia. According to the blog Scholarly Open Access, Vamplew received an invitation to submit a paper to the International Journal of Advanced Computer […]

  43. […] quanto riporta il blog Scholarly Open Access, lo scienziato australiano Peter Vamplew dell’Università […]

  44. […] Open Access blog ran an eye opening, albeit extreme, story of two UCLA researcher that simply had enough and made the proof that some of these are simply bonus jo…. The whole paper is based on a single sentence “Get me off Your Fucking Mailing List” […]

  45. Sudesh Kumar says:

    I emailed the editor of the journal about the above paper. The reply is given below. Apparently I got a forwarded message which was originally sent to Tom Whipple. The language of the reply leaves a lot to be desired.

    ———————————–
    Dear Whipple, Tom

    My email ID is hack but i am recover my mail ID. I am not accept this paper.

    On Tue, Nov 25, 2014 at 6:51 PM, Sudesh Kumar wrote:

    Dear Editor,

    Please look at this blog: https://scholarlyoa.com/2014/11/20/bogus-journal-accepts-profanity-laced-anti-spam-paper/

    This blog post will give a very negative impression for your journal for many years to come.

    I want to know did this really happen? Was the paper in question accepted by you?

    Please do respond to my email.

    With regards
    Dr. Kumar
    ———————————————

    (original emails available on request)

  46. Reinhard says:

    this is great, the editor does not even speak english.

  47. […] GMOYFEL A pointed response to those bogus manuscript requests. Nice. (Hat tip to Chris Gunter for providing the link.) […]

  48. […] According to a blog Scholarly Open Access, this PDF done a rounds, and an Australian mechanism scientist named Peter Vamplew sent it to the International Journal of Advanced Computer Technology in response to spam from a journal. Apparently, he suspicion a editors competence simply open and examination it. […]

  49. […] submission was accepted for publication by the International Journal of Advanced Computer Technology, damning both […]

  50. […] the paper in response to repeated conference invitations, and it’s been in circulation ever since. Now, you might think the profanity-laden paper was a bit excessive, but who knows how many […]

  51. […] Technology, a pretend academic journal, which just published the exciting breakthrough paper “Get Me Off Your Fucking Mailing List.” The reviewers found it excellent! And perhaps most of all, Witness #40, who just… yeah, I […]

  52. […] ниже — из недавнего случая, когда получив очередное спам-предложение, Peter Vamplew в […]

  53. […] Pubblicato con licenza Creative Commons Attribuzione-Non opere derivate 2.5 Italia.    Crediti immagine:  snapshot di Jeffrey Beall […]

  54. […] couple of weeks ago, a funny story came out about a peer-reviewed journal accepting a “paper” which consists of nothing […]

  55. […] could be embarrassing to a journal in question, just as the Sokal Hoax showed. Even the “Get Me Off Your Fucking Mailing List” episode made many people raise their eyebrows on the quality of a certain technological […]

  56. […] #21 Bogus Journal Accepts Profanity-Laced Anti-Spam Paper […]

  57. […] En effet, alors que je partage les points de vue présentés en introduction, je suis atterrée par le traitement des résultats (statistiques descriptives sans écart-type, ANOVA sans F et p, détournement du êta-carré) et par l’absence de véritable discussion (aucun commentaire sur le nombre supérieur d’ateliers en A, la similarité des résultats de B et C, le rapport coût-bénéfice en A,…). Mais que fait la police des reviewers ?!? […]

  58. […] One of those fake spam academic journals accepted and “peer reviewed” a paper that consists entirely of profanity. […]

  59. […] not be peer-reviewed. Or in the case of Mark Shrime, our titular researcher, not reviewed at all. Some of you may recall articles from November 2014 about a “research paper” called Get Me Off Your Fucking Mailing List being accepted for […]

  60. […] A paper by Maggie Simpson and Edna Krabappel was accepted by two scientific journals Why A Fake Article Titled "Cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs?" Was Accepted By 17 Medical Journals Bogus Journal Accepts Profanity-Laced Anti-Spam Paper […]

  61. […] and Harvard’s Eddie Kohler in 2005 to respond to repetitious conference invitations, and has been in circulation ever since. So we can add failure to check for plagiarism to the IJACT’s numerous sins. To be fair […]

  62. […] besser haben das David Mazières und Eddie Kohler gemacht: hier ist ihr […]

  63. […] entitled “Cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs” which was accepted by 17 medical journals. Seife also links to a paper which consisted of hundreds of repetitions of an obscene seven word sentence. (The […]

  64. […] scandals continuing to rock the community, and the seemingly unstoppable rise of plausible-sounding bogus journals, their standing in the eyes of scientists risks dropping to an all-time low. With many academic […]

  65. […] ilustra mejor el extremo al que llega el problema que el caso del estudio creado en 2005 por los científicos computacionales David Mazières y Eddie Kohl…. Hartos de recibir toneladas de spam invitándolos a conferencias no deseadas, escribieron un […]

  66. […] and Harvard’s Eddie Kohler in 2005 to respond to repetitious conference invitations, and has been in circulation ever since. So we can add failure to check for plagiarism to the IJACT’s numerous sins. To be fair […]

  67. […] Then again, there is a problem with “predatory journals” that will accept scholarly articles from just about anyone … for a fee. In one case last year, two journals accepted a paper about Fuzzy Homogeneous Configurations written by Maggie Simpson and Edna Krabappel. In another, two computer scientists submitted a 10 page paper reminiscent of “The Shining” that repeatedly wrote “Get me off your Fucking Mailing List”. Instead of taking the hint, one journal accepted it for publication and submitted an invoice for $15…. […]

  68. […] included a peer review report that described it as “excellent”. You can see the documentation here. Not only will these publishers take your publications, they will charge you for the pleasure (or […]

  69. […] that a International Journal of Advanced Computer Technology recently ostensible for announcement a paper patrician “Get Me Off Your Fucking Mailing List,” whose calm was zero some-more than those 7 words, steady over and over for 10 pages. Two other […]

  70. alfa33333 says:

    Reblogged this on alfa33333's Blog and commented:
    When you think the Email about a Glasses discount could not be more buggy..

  71. […] that a International Journal of Advanced Computer Technology recently ostensible for announcement a paper patrician “Get Me Off Your Fucking Mailing List,” whose calm was zero some-more than those 7 words, steady over and over for 10 pages. Two other […]

  72. […] of Advanced Technology Computer recentemente aceitou para publicação um artigo intitulado “Get Me Off Your Fucking Mailing List” (Me Retire da sua Lista de Mailing de Merda), cujo texto era nada mais do que essas palavras […]

  73. […] International Journal of Advanced Computer Technology recently accepted for publication a paper titled “Get Me Off Your Fucking Mailing List,” whose text was nothing more than those seven words, repeated over and over for 10 […]

  74. […] that the International Journal of Advanced Computer Technology recently accepted for publication a paper titled “Get Me Off Your Fucking Mailing List,” whose text was nothing more than those seven words, repeated over and over for 10 pages. Two other […]

  75. […] that the International Journal of Advanced Computer Technology recently accepted for publication a paper titled “Get Me Off Your Fucking Mailing List,” whose text was nothing more than those seven words, repeated over and over for 10 pages. Two other […]

  76. […] that the International Journal of Advanced Computer Technology recently accepted for publication a paper titled “Get Me Off Your (Fracking) Mailing List,” whose text was nothing more than those seven words, repeated over and over for 10 pages. Two other […]

  77. […] that the International Journal of Advanced Computer Technology recently accepted for publication a paper titled “Get Me Off Your (Fracking) Mailing List,” whose text was nothing more than those seven words, repeated over and over for 10 pages. Two other […]

  78. billwilliams says:

    Interestingly, an apparently profanity-laced article in a Springer publication last year, turns out to be a legitimate scientific publication: http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs11433-013-5387-8

  79. […] extremo: um artigo que contém somente as palavras “get me off your f*ing mail list” foi aceito para publicação em uma revista dita científica (esse fato foi devidamente tratado pelo Palpitômica neste […]

  80. […] of Advanced Computer technologie a récemment accepté pour publication un papier intitulé « Get Me Off Your Fucking Mailing List » (NDT : Virez-moi de votre put*** de mailing list) dont le texte était uniquement composé de […]

  81. […] Another issue for OA is the possible damage to peer reviews systems, diminishing the overall quality of scientific journal publishing.[3] An example includes a hoax publication.[6] […]

  82. […] add-on, as what i mentioned in my post, there may be hoax publications[3] and those who access OA content have to “take with a pinch of salt” on the […]

  83. […] it might have setbacks on the quality of work published as well. As seen from his example on hoax publication, publishers fail to conform to standards and not perform peer review before articles gets published […]

  84. yared says:

    How could I change my paper which is published in fake journal?

  85. […] that the International Journal of Advanced Computer Technology recently accepted for publication a paper titled “Get Me Off Your Fucking Mailing List,” whose text was nothing more than those seven words, repeated over and over for 10 pages. Two other […]

  86. […] that the International Journal of Advanced Computer Technology recently accepted for publication a paper titled “Get Me Off Your Fucking Mailing List,” whose text was nothing more than those seven words, repeated over and over for 10 pages. Two other […]

  87. […] Bogus Journal Accepts Profanity-Laced Anti-Spam Paper | Scholarly Open Access […]

  88. […] The International Journal of Advanced Computer Technology accepted for publication a paper titled “Get Me Off Your Fucking Mailing List,” whose text was nothing more than those seven words, repeated over and over for 10 pages.. Ref: scholarlyoa.com/2014/11/20/bogus-journal-accepts-profanity-laced-anti-spam-paper/ […]

  89. […] Bogus Journal accepts anti-spam paper. The article is here. […]

  90. […] например, недавно International Journal of Advanced Computer Technology одобрил публикацию статьи под заголовком «Уберите меня нахрен из вашего листа […]

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