I just received the following email entitled “Call for paper and reviewer” from this journal I’d never heard of:
“Dear Dr. Alex Case,
We are reaching you because of your article entitled, ‘Don’t Do Anything For Students That They Can Do For Themselves’, which was published in Humanising Language Teaching, Year 15; Issue 5; October 2013, and was very impressed at its scope and contents. I know you are an expert in your research area.
I am the Editorial Assistant of ‘World Journal of English Language’, a peer-review journal, published by Sciedu Press. It is devoted to publishing research papers in various aspects, fields and scope of the English Language, such as but not limited to teaching and learning English as a Second Language (ESL), as an Additional Language (EAL) or as a Foreign Language(TEFL).
It is my honor to invite you to submit your new manuscripts to us as one of the ‘Authors’ in our next publication.
For manuscripts submission, please visit: http://www.sciedu.ca/journal/index.php/wjel/about/submissions#onlineSubmissions
We would appreciate if you could share this information with your colleagues and associates who might be interested in joining us as a ‘Reviewer’ or submit their manuscripts to us as ‘Authors’.
Thank you and we hope to hear from you and/or your colleagues and associates soon.
Ms. Sara M. Lee
Editorial Assistant, World Journal of English Language
so as instructed, here I am sharing it with my blog readers. However, what I really want to share is my suspicions. The first thing I checked was whether they charge money for publishing with them, and lo and behold there on their submissions page was a 200 US dollar fee. I next turned to Google to see whether anyone else shared my doubts, and indeed the only independent source on the first page of Google on the organisation Sciedu Press was one adding it to a list of questionable publishers. That also showed that the wording of the email above is, as I suspected, used in every email they send out in a spamalicious kind of way – including their fondness for the rather strange sentence “I know you are an expert in your research area”. The fact that I only write practical teaching advice and don’t have a research area to be an expert in just adds the custard to the pie of my doubts.
I’m going to write back to them to see if they can calm my doubts, but in the meantime I would assume they are simply there to make some kind of money off naive teachers and researchers with 200 dollars to spare, and so are best avoided. If anyone has time, probably the best way to check is to send them a hilariously bad article and see how long it takes them to get back to you with an acceptance and request for payment.