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Posted in Member News by Editor on August 17, 2016

Public Service Announcement

HECAA member Alden Gordon (Trinity College, Hartford, CT) notes that he recently received an email from ‘David Publishing’ with specifics mined from this year’s ASECS conference in Pittsburgh. The scam involves an invitation to publish (in this case with the Journal of Literature and Art Studies, JLAS) that apparently then results in a bill for hundreds of dollars for ‘editing’ or the like. The subject line of the email appears remarkably personal with the recipient’s name included.

Predatory publishing is not a new scam (more information is available here and here), but it is alive and well. So bear in mind that the upside of having your news (including conference presentations) posted at sites like Enfilade is that colleagues know what you’re up to. The downside is that spammers and scammers do, too. Though annoying, it need not be a serious problem—so long as you hit delete.

–Craig Hanson

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