If you are in the science business, you have probably received personalized unsolicied requests to publish some paper in a specially-designed book published by a no-name company. I'm not talking about big-name publishers like Springer, or well-known researchers on the area. An offer, out of nowhere, from some person acting as editor for some outfit in upstate New York or Burma or wherever.
If you have nothing better to do with a paper already rejected in two or three places, and it is not a lot of work, and they don't say you have to pay up front, maybe you take up the offer.
Be careful, however, because this guys are essentially pay-per-publish and they will charge you some place along the way. Nova Publishers, for instance, charges for "English editing". That means that once you've prepared the manuscript, they tell you that if the English is not OK (hint: it will not be) they will charge for editing or reject the paper. They might charge you for publishing color figures, or for sending it to your University library (with a rebate, of course). There will always be a reason for charging you, which you might do to not lose the (time) investment you have already done in the paper, or just because you need to publish.
So, be careful: as soon as you receive this kind of offer, help your bayesian filter by sending it to the spam bin, along with congress announcements from Naguib Callaos and WSEAS.
Etiquetas: hoaxes, scams, pay-per-publish