An article just published in the University of Toronto Press’s Journal of Scholarly Publishing details a test of several scholarly publishers that sent spam emails to the author. She submitted secondary school essays to determine whether they’d be accepted for publication by the journals.
The article is “An Expanded Approach to Evaluating Open Access Journals.” In the article, author Dr. Margaret Ray of the University of Mary Washington describes what happened after she sent several essays written by high-school students to journals she received spam emails from.
Preceding Dr. Ray’s methodology and results is a deep and interesting commentary on scholarly open-access publishing. A professor of economics, Dr. Ray contextualizes her experiment in the broad economic context of open-access.
Though the paper appears in a subscription journal, the publisher has kindly provided me with a link to share with those interested in accessing and reading the article: http://bit.ly/OpenAccess_Ray.
Appendix: The article’s citation:
Ray, M. (2016). An expanded approach to evaluating open-access journals. Journal of Scholarly Publishing 47(4), 307-327. http://doi.org/10.3138/jsp.47.4.307