Ex-research council boss Douglas Kell says sector body should take action over unsolicited emails that consume academics’ time
UK universities should consider taking legal action to stop the “tsunami of spam emails” from predatory publishers that is consuming “vast amounts of academics’ time”, a scientist has argued.
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“This tsunami of spam emails is totally illegal and consumes vast amounts of academic time,” said Professor Kell, who is now research professor of systems biology at the University of Liverpool.
“It is something that Universities UK should be tackling because it affects all their members,” he added.
Professor Kell suggested that UUK should sue so-called predatory publishers in a similar action to the 2019 lawsuit brought by the US Federal Trade Commission, a consumer watchdog, which saw a Nevada court order the OMICS International publishing group to pay $50 million (£36.6 million) in fines for “deceptive publishing”.