- 1,280 spam emails were received during a 5-year period starting with the first conference attendance—no emails were received until this point in the author’s career.
- Spam emails from potentially predatory journals and conferences can be directly related to academic activity—conference attendance and publications.
- The 990 spam emails from journals came from 111 publishers, of which 22 were from the State of Delaware (USA), with 6 publishers providing the same postal address.
- Requests to unsubscribe from unsolicited emails have some success, but is limited since there is little action that can be taken against the publishers or journals.
Academics and other researchers can attest with pained resignation to the email avalanche from questionable publishers/predatory publishers that slam their inboxes. This interesting open access paper, published in November 2022, and the research it reports does an analysis of the wall of cachu dafad (it’s Wesh, look it up) that relentlessly overwhelms us.
Tomlinson, O.W. (2022), Analysis of predatory emails in early career academia and attempts at prevention. Learned Publishing. https://doi.org/10.1002/leap.1500
Publisher (Open Access): https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/leap.1500