HallScript, a Lebanon-based company that specializes in writing- and editing-related services, offers ghostwriting as a service.
Currently spamming under a likely contrived name (Dale Keith Roberts), the company offers “holistic” language and copyright services:
From: Dale Keith Roberts <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, May 25, 2016 at 10:06 AM
Subject: New service for clients
Holistic Language & Copyright Services
HallScript is a newly established enterprise consisting of highly qualified and experienced professionals (based in Lebanon and officially endorsed by the Ministry of Economy & Trade of Lebanon) offering superior quality services and competitive rates in translation, editing/proofreading, copyright management and design (digital & hard copy formats, in various major world languages). Added to these professional services are our expert content writers in finance, economics, business, technical & scientific subjects and much more. Our prestigious clients include the RAND Corporation and Cambridge University. We invite you to browse through the website on the Internet (go to – hallscript.com), and we hope to be able to have the unique opportunity of working closely with your business/institute, in the near future.
Miss Tina Maalouf
Ghostwriting involves paying someone to write something on your behalf, something you take authorship credit for.
In some domains, such as mass-market autobiography, it’s not considered unethical. But in scholarly writing, ghostwriting is unethical, and it’s considered a form of “academic dishonesty.”
The pay-to-publish model is leading to many changes in scholarly publishing. You pay to publish, and increasingly, some researchers pay companies to complete other parts of the research process also.
Researchers with access to funds will be more successful than those without. Merit, innovation, good ideas, and novelty will take second place to money in the bank used for scholarly publishing.
Scholarly publishing is becoming less about sharing discoveries and more about paying companies to prepare and publish something so you can get academic credit.
Hat tip: Dr. Solomon Stein