Should I submit a gynecology paper?

Every scientist, I suspect, gets these invitations from predatory journals looking to solicit papers. And 98 times out of 100, the journal is completely unrelated to my work, showing that they’re just trolling scientists to get papers. Here’s one I got today. Needless to say, I gave them a sharp answer and told them to leave me alone. Though I had unsubscribed before, it clearly didn’t work, as this is a second solicitation:

It is not hard to compile a mailing list of qualified workers in obstetrics and gynecology for solicitations like this, but I guess it’s easier just to spam every biologist. You wouldn’t believe the list of journals and societies where I’ve been invited to submit or give papers, nearly all of them in medical areas that have nothing to do with evolution.


  1. Brujo Feo
    Posted September 22, 2018 at 10:30 am | Permalink

    “On behalf of editorial team” tells me pretty much everything I need to know. I don’t know what “Christiana Lawrence’s” real name is, but many Eastern European and Slavic languages don’t use articles, either definite or indefinite. It could be just a typo, of course, but this is generally how you recognize, for example, phony phishing emails that come from banks…that you don’t even do business with.

    • Ken Kukec
      Posted September 22, 2018 at 10:54 am | Permalink

      “Emergency. Everybody to get from street!” 🙂

      • Merilee
        Posted September 22, 2018 at 3:19 pm | Permalink

        What the heck is that from??🤓

        • Ken Kukec
          Posted September 22, 2018 at 6:26 pm | Permalink

          From The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming, a Cold War farce about a Russian sub that breaks down off the US coast and washes up in Maine, directed by Norman Jewison and starring Alan Arkin. Here’s the trailer.

          • Merilee
            Posted September 22, 2018 at 6:37 pm | Permalink

            I’ve heard of it but never seen it. “You kiss-ed me”…LOL

    • Posted September 22, 2018 at 11:14 pm | Permalink

      Why use lot word when few word do trick?

      • Merilee
        Posted September 22, 2018 at 11:25 pm | Permalink

        At least you didn’t say “less word”.😬
        Been watching a very funny and touching Brit series called Last Tango in Halifax and these people leave out most articles as well. (Not to mention using “were” in place of “was”.)

        • Merilee
          Posted September 22, 2018 at 11:26 pm | Permalink

          Had to look it up…yes, Yorkshire.

  2. Tom Johnson
    Posted September 22, 2018 at 10:36 am | Permalink

    I received an invitation from the same journal, among the great many invitations that come my way. Me research and writing is on androgen deprivation (castration, both chemical and surgical). My work might better go in an ANTI-obstetrics journal.

  3. Posted September 22, 2018 at 10:50 am | Permalink

    Perhaps you were targeted because you are there for the birth of your (numerous) fruit fly babies?

  4. Mike Anderson
    Posted September 22, 2018 at 10:51 am | Permalink

    My proposal: “Gynecology in the Colonial Era – a Postmodernist Point of View”

    Crank out 12 pages from a PoMo generator, then scatter some gynecological terms throughout.

    Sit back and wait for the accolades.

  5. Posted September 22, 2018 at 11:25 am | Permalink

    It would look better on their record than yours.

  6. BJ
    Posted September 22, 2018 at 11:48 am | Permalink

    Pull a Sokal!

    Jerry, this is an enormous opportunity for some fun! Write the most ridiculous paper you can!

    Some ideas:

    “How Western Medicine Colonizes and Marginalizes Indigenous Ways of Knowing: A Case Study in Gynecology”

    “Gynecology and the Colonization of Women’s Bodies”

    “How Allowing Men to Practice Gynecology Promotes Patriarchy” or “Male Practice of Gynecology: Institutionalized Sexual Assault”

    “Gynecological Exams: A Physical Representation of Internalized Misogyny”

    “Gynecology as Metaphor for the Heteropatriarchy’s Subjugation of the Earth Mother”

    And so on…

    • Posted September 23, 2018 at 5:25 pm | Permalink

      It would be a hoax, when you publish something ridiculous in any reputable journal of the field (not some random fake one). That’s why Lindsay and Bogghosian’s ‘hoax’ was ridiculous, they proved themselves ideologues.

    • Posted October 21, 2018 at 4:15 pm | Permalink

      But these journals invariably have page charges. The joke is not worth the money.

  7. Serendipitydawg
    Posted September 22, 2018 at 12:36 pm | Permalink

    I would certainly be tempted to submit something post-modern with plenty of semiotics. If you could work felids in it would be a triumph.

    At the very least they may stop asking 🙂

    • Brujo Feo
      Posted September 22, 2018 at 12:39 pm | Permalink

      “If you could work felids in…”

      You mean like kitty-cats? Pussies?


  8. GregZ
    Posted September 22, 2018 at 12:39 pm | Permalink

    Submit one so Trump can grope it.

  9. ploubere
    Posted September 22, 2018 at 1:56 pm | Permalink

    Not just the sciences, every academic field is rife with these.

  10. Posted September 22, 2018 at 2:19 pm | Permalink

    Your reputation is more valuable than a sham paper, fun as that may be,
    unless your cconducting an experiment, then i’m all for it… BUT you could send a paper that is fully conversant in your chosen field, made up ready to go, perhaps a little editing i wouldn’t know. See if that perplexes them, if so, then no great loss, if it gets published, evolution is all the better for it.
    If they dont bite and keep partitioning, keep sending the same paper.
    Apply this to all comers and with same paper, keep time taken to a minimum.

  11. Neil Wolfe
    Posted September 22, 2018 at 3:11 pm | Permalink

    Just use find and replace to convert one of your existing papers:

    Long-Distance Migration of Women. 3. Dispersal of vaginas from a Maryland Orchard

    Women were released over a 2-mo period. Three months after beginning the release, marked vaginas were found in appreciable numbers up to 6km from the release site, with some traveling as far as 10km.

  12. Merilee
    Posted September 22, 2018 at 3:21 pm | Permalink


  13. Posted September 22, 2018 at 3:28 pm | Permalink

    Evolutionary Biologists…Gynecology? Yeah, I see the correlation! 😹

  14. Posted September 22, 2018 at 3:46 pm | Permalink

    Might they accept writings about other orifices such as “Pearlfish hides in sea cucumber’s butt”?

    I’m sure that a lot of doctors and nurses could share stories with you about strange (and wonderful?) objects found in various human inlets/outlets. But, maybe, that’s already been written and published.

  15. David B
    Posted September 23, 2018 at 5:41 am | Permalink

    I get lots of them, too. They go right into my Junk Email folder – I don’t even respond.

    And even if I *did* send in an article, I fear it’ll be followed very quickly by a rather large bill for page charges. You know, the ones I automatically agreed to when I submitted an article.

    Or worse – it’ll be followed by a message that starts “Welcome to our Editorial Board!”

  16. Ken Kukec
    Posted September 23, 2018 at 9:17 am | Permalink

    Well, you’ve done a philosophical paper — and you’ve probably spent more time thinking about this topic than about the categorical imperative. 🙂

  17. Posted October 21, 2018 at 4:17 pm | Permalink

    I’d have some appreciation if they were honest. If they said, “Here, we have a nice little journal with … page charge. It has no impact factor yet, but the articles are published online and some day someone may decide to cite them.”
    But no, they never tell about the page charge.

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