Three nefarious predators before breakfast

The predatory journals seem quite desperate this holiday season: this morning I got requests from no fewer than three of them importuning me for a scientific paper. The first involves thyroid research, a field in which I was deeply involved (NOT!):

Dear Jerry A Coyne,

Christmas Greetings from – Annals of Thyroid Research and Endocrinology!! 

On the behalf of our Editorial office, we take privilege to inform you that we are in the process of releasing a Christmas issue by the month of December, as we are releasing an Issue for a special occasion we would like to invite you to contribute your valuable articles towards our journal.

We hope that your contribution towards our journal would help to increase the quality of our journal and would help the scientific community to the next level.

We are expecting your quick response.

With Gratitude,

James Williams
Editorial Board Assistant


Dentistry and Oral Health? Seriously?

Dear Dr. Jerry A Coyne

Greetings for the day…!! [JAC: these people like exclamation marks!!!!]

JDOH (Journal of Dentistry & Oral Health) is an endeavour to promote research, innovation in  Dental research for Journal Publication. It is a scholarly online, open access, peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary, bi-monthly, and fully refereed journal focusing on theories, methods and procedures and relevant fields for Journal Publication.

JDOH is accepting manuscripts for its upcoming edition Volume 5, Issue 1. We are writing this proposal to endorse your research in the particular field.

Journal publication contains research papers which deal with the contemporary issues of international relevance in the education theory, methodology and practice of mankind. It welcomes Scientists, Researchers and Scholars to submit their work in the form of Case Study, Research Papers, Review Articles or Short communications. All manuscripts submitted will undergo evaluation by independent peer reviewers based on initial screening by a subject expert from the large Editorial Board.

More details about the journal available at:;

Submit your paper online:

All the published articles get indexed in internationaly recognized open access repositories considered appropriate for the subject.

After publication, article will be assigned with DOI number and will be indexed in Googlescholar, DOAJ and cite factor. If your article is funded by NIH, it will be indexed in PUBMED within a month after publication.

If this proposal is agreeable to you and does not conflict with your current professional and research interests, please let us know by writing to us as an acknowledgment of you looking forward to publish your wor= k.

With Best Regards
Editorial team
Jscholar Publishers


This one, at least, references an earlier paper I wrote. I quite like that paper (it was my Presidential contribution to the journal Evolution), but it’s not at all relevant to the Medical Research Archives, and there’s no “research” in that summary paper.  Yes, the author would be me, but no, I won’t consider publishing in this ridiculous journal. I gave Dr. Phiri, and the others above, a strong admonition to leave me alone.

Followup article?

 I am trying to reach the lead author of “Science – religion – and society: the problem of evolution in America”.

Would that be you? I wanted to discuss the idea of working on a followup paper which would provide more up to date information on this topic. I have volunteered to edit the next few issues of the Medical Research Archives, and am currently in the process of planning the content which each issue will feature. Have you or maybe a colleague at University of ChicagoÊ continued in this line of research at all?

The Medical Research Archives is unique in that it all articles are published both in an open access online edition and a subscription print edition. I am pasting a link below to some of our more recent open access articles on PubMed so you may get a sense of the sort of articles we publish.”Medical%20research%20archives”%5BJournal%5D

Is this something you might consider during the next couple of months?


A. Phiri, M.D.
Medical Research Archives
Phone: 612-524-5565
Online ISSN: 2375-1924
Print ISSN: 2375-1916
PubMed ID: 101668511


  1. Serendipitydawg
    Posted December 18, 2018 at 8:51 am | Permalink

    looking forward to publish your wor= k

    They actually sent it with that????

    Oh well, at least they didn’t look forward to publishing your wok. No-one wnats taht.

    • Posted December 18, 2018 at 10:04 am | Permalink

      No, those signs showed up when I pasted the text, and I forgot to remove one.

      • Serendipitydawg
        Posted December 18, 2018 at 10:20 am | Permalink

        Well that’s a relief, I wouldn’t like to think that they looked unprofessional 😉

  2. Posted December 18, 2018 at 9:11 am | Permalink

    The email notification for this WEIT post went into my gmail spam trap. I guess gmail assesses that the content, about predatory journals, is too similar to the vast number of predatory-journal spam emails.

  3. ThyroidPlanet
    Posted December 18, 2018 at 9:13 am | Permalink

    Why do I get the feeling the first one might be my fault? Can’t put a finger on it…

  4. kieran
    Posted December 18, 2018 at 9:16 am | Permalink

    Anyone have a copy of the paper on trees falling in the wood? It’s a joke paper talking about woody detritus accumulation and sonic disturbances

  5. Posted December 18, 2018 at 9:16 am | Permalink

    I was amused that the email address for the editorial board assistant at “Annals of Thyroid Research and Endocrinology” is

    Please tell me that there’s a sister journal called “Annals of Colon Research and Proctology” whose editorial board assistant can be reached at b*

    • Simon Hayward
      Posted December 18, 2018 at 9:19 am | Permalink

      Wouldn’t the acronym be CRaP@pub etc.?

  6. JB
    Posted December 18, 2018 at 9:34 am | Permalink

    What are the odds that the author of the first email truly is “James Williams” (and yet he seems not to speak English very well)?

  7. BobTerrace
    Posted December 18, 2018 at 10:45 am | Permalink

    At least the third one used decent grammar.

    • Posted December 18, 2018 at 1:28 pm | Permalink

      Apparently it is an elite junk journal.

  8. pablo
    Posted December 18, 2018 at 11:42 am | Permalink

    Is the title an Alice in Wonderland reference?

    • gravelinspector-Aidan
      Posted December 19, 2018 at 5:01 am | Permalink


  9. SnowyOwl
    Posted December 18, 2018 at 11:42 am | Permalink

    As with SPAM phone calls, it is likely that all three of morning messages are from one source!
    Just as three calls from three area codes can be from one center/individual, three of these inquiries can be from one source.
    That’s why you got them all this morning.

    • infiniteimprobabilit
      Posted December 19, 2018 at 3:49 pm | Permalink

      No. If you compare the dodgy ‘English’ of the first with the other two, they weren’t written by the same person.


    • Zetopan
      Posted December 20, 2018 at 2:58 pm | Permalink

      We recently received a SPAM phone call from a non-working number, as identified on our Caller ID phone. The spammers routinely fake the caller phone numbers using VoIP. Some people have even received calls from their own phone number.

  10. Phil Garnock-Jones
    Posted December 18, 2018 at 3:21 pm | Permalink

    I sometimes do a Google Earth search for the (always US or UK) street addresses they provide: a couple of apartment buildings, a house in the woods, and two acupuncture shops.

  11. gravelinspector-Aidan
    Posted December 19, 2018 at 5:02 am | Permalink

    The predatory journals seem quite desperate this holiday season:

    They’ve got end-of-year quotas to fill?

    • Zetopan
      Posted December 20, 2018 at 2:55 pm | Permalink

      They have bills to pay so they are always searching for barefoot pilgrims.*

      *A phrase that I heard decades ago from a used car salesman. It means someone so credulous that they will gladly pay full price for an essentially worthless used car.

  12. David Ball
    Posted December 19, 2018 at 6:05 am | Permalink

    Not only do I get requests like this all the time, but this morning I got an invitation to be a *speaker* at a conference in Taiwan! And it cited a paper I published that had nothing to do with the topic of the conference – gee, who’d figure? AND, I recognized none on the list of names on their advisory board (not unexpected; not my field).

    I suspect that these emails are either (a) generated by a bot, or (b) generated by a student who knows nothing about any of the fields they are intersecting with.

    I just delete them (after a few chuckles). I don’t even give them the courtesy of a reply, lest that inspire MORE junk science emails. To paraphrase Hitchen’s Razor: An email that was received without invitation can be trashed without reply.

    • Posted December 19, 2018 at 11:45 am | Permalink

      I know a lot of them have to be generated in at least a semi-automatic fashion. Why? Because “Dr. Keith Douglas” and “Professor Keith Douglas” have both received invitations. I have no doctorate and I am not a professor. (But I do have academic publications, which seems to be enough to attract the vultures.)

  13. Zetopan
    Posted December 20, 2018 at 2:51 pm | Permalink

    “Phone: 612-524-5565”

    A check shows that the above phone number is not attached to a fixed address and it is VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol), which is a favorite for phone call spammers. We typically receive 2 to 4 of these types of calls per day. These calls greatly balloon during government shutdowns.

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