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A cross-sectional study of predatory publishing emails received by career development grant awardees
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    The era of predatory academia.
    • Anuradha Bishnoi, Dermatologist PGIMER, Chandigarh, India
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      • Keshavamurthy Vinay, Dermatologist

    We congratulate Wilkinson et al. for their excellent piece of work that assessed the burden of academic spam emails (ASEs) received by the academic grant receivers.1 This paper is very relevant in the current scenario when ‘predatory academia’ is emerging as a potential threat to the ethos and virtuosity of medical research.

    We are all aware of the unsolicited ASEs adorned with flowery language that we routinely receive. On a closer look, these emails follow a certain predictable pattern. These are replete with grammatical errors, are usually asking authors to submit one ‘eminent article’ in order to complete/ inaugurate an issue of their journal, or inviting to be a part of their editorial board or a chairperson in an upcoming conference. These can be quite intimidating when received and read for the first time, and a naïve researcher might in fact like the manner in which these emails are addressed. A little discussion with the senior colleagues and mentors, and a quick trip to the hastily put together, incomplete websites with dual addresses (one of which is usually located in developing countries) and fake editorial boards (usually with pictures of prominent physicians/ surgeons from different specialties put together) shall however, soon make things clear for these young researchers.

    Predatory journals have been now present for more than a decade.1 Previously, the researchers were exposed to these journals, either through their colleagues or, themselve...

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