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March 25th, 2018
Why Is Some Academic Spam Funnier Than Others?
This invitation made me laugh out loud:
From: International Journal of Poultry and Fisheries Sciences <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Friday, March 23, 2018 at 7:03 AM
To: “Sax, Paul Edward,M.D.”
Subject: Accepting Articles for our Inaugural Issue: IJPFS
Dear Dr. Paul E Sax,
Greetings from International Journal of Poultry and Fisheries Sciences!
We are privileged to introduce International Journal of Poultry and Fisheries Sciences a peer reviewed journal and currently inviting papers for inaugural issue.
We had a glance at your published article “Tenofovir alafenamide versus tenofovir disoproxil fumarate, coformulated with elvitegravir, cobicistat, and emtricitabine, for initial treatment of HIV-1 infection: two randomised, double-blind, phase 3, non-inferiority trials.”.
We found your article very innovative, insightful & interesting; we really value your outstanding Contribution towards Scientific Community and it was really appreciated.
With the theme of ‘Serving Scientific Community for a better Mankind’, to International Journal of Poultry and Fisheries Sciences is publishing articles dealing with all aspects of poultry and fisheries. Being impressed by your quality work, we are contacting you to know if you can associate with us by submitting your upcoming research.
We accept any article (Research Paper, Review Articles, Short Communications, Case Reports, Mini- Review, Opinions, and Letter to Editors etc.) for publication so, we Request you, to provide your manuscript on or before March 29th, 2018.
Note: If need arises, we will extend the date of submission as per your convenience.
Your diligent work and speedy submission will expedite the release of the inaugural issue of the journal.
International Journal of Poultry and Fisheries Sciences would be highly appreciative of your contribution and cooperation.
Thank you for your valuable time! Kindly revert to us for your queries.
International Journal of Poultry and Fisheries Sciences
This might be the most absurd single item of academic spam I’ve ever received.
Beats the invite from the Johnson Journal of Aquaculture and Research by a mile.
And surpassed everything on this list from Marty Hirsch, which I can’t resist sharing again:
Per Journal of Infectious Diseases Editor-in-Chief Marty Hirsch, a short list of copycat predatory journals over the years — with my personal, all-inclusive favorite highlighted! #academicspam pic.twitter.com/4Xy7VEpDnw
— Paul Sax (@PaulSaxMD) December 31, 2017
So congratulations to the “International Journal of Poultry and Fisheries Sciences,” or the “IJPFS,” as it’s commonly known to all — you are the winner!
Which got me wondering — why is some academic spam funnier than others?