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Mail & Guardian: Unscrupulous academics buy into 'university 419 scam'
19 Jan 2016 - 07:45
"Nothing significant seems to have been done to stop the practice of academics publishing in open-access, online scam journals and reaping the rewards.
I check my spam folder and there they are, the daily six or so desperate appeals from widows of African despots to launder their late departed’s dosh – the Nigerian 419 scam. There must be suckers who fall for it because the invitations keep coming.
But now, for the past year or so, my Google mail is adding a new kind of spam: what I choose to call “university 419” – solicitations from predatory open-access journals asking me to publish, immediately and cheaply, in their peer-reviewed, citation index listed online journal."