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Spam me once, shame on you. (Academic) spam me 3000 times…? – Retraction Watch (Alison McCook | December 2016)

Published/Released on December 14, 2016 | Posted by Admin on December 23, 2016 / , , , , , ,
 


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One of the drawbacks of having any kind of digital presence relating to research is the ensuing avalanche into your in-tray of offers from academic publications who are desparate to publish your sage utterances sight unseen. As my grandma used to say if it sounds too good to be true it is almost certainly not true

Every year, academics get thousands of spam emails inviting them to submit manuscripts or attend conferences — but don’t bother asking to “unsubscribe” for Christmas.
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Spoiler alert, for those of you planning to read the rest of this post: It doesn’t make much of a difference.
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That’s according to the conclusions of a study published in one of our favorite issues of the BMJ — the Christmas issue. After a group of five self-described “intrepid academics” tried to unsubscribe from the 300+ spam invitations they received on average each month, the volume decreased by only 19% after one year.
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Also read this paper about trying to unsubscribe from spam lists



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