We all get those emails that start “Dr esteemed Professor…” or “Greetings of the day….”, desperately wanting us to submit an article to their new “open-access” (aka massive fee) journal. Plenty has been written about predatory publishing previously so I don’t want to rehash that, but I received an email this morning that was just so bad, that I would like to record it here for posterity, feel free to post your own in the comments:
Dear Dr. James G Ryall,
Hope you are doing well.
I will be thankful if you could concern on my request.
I am pleased to inform you that Journal of Stem Cell Research & Therapeutics (2475-5540) is planning to release Volume 2 Issue 5 by the mid of May and we need only two articles to accomplish this issue. In fact I am afraid as I am having few days to release the issue. Hence I have chosen some illustrious people like you to support us for release the upcoming issue. So please support us with your contribution of 2 Page Mini Review/Short Communication towards publication in JSRT.
Your prompt submission sustains us a lot and impacts my ranking in end of this month.
Hope you understand my concern and your kind attention in this regard is highly appreciable.
Await your hopeful submission.
PS*: In addition, we are accepting the thesis as eBooks and also videos towards publication in JSRT to fulfill our journal in all aspects.