My book was published a week ago and this morning I received the following email:
Dear Dr. Pillai ,
We have learned of your published research on motivation. We would like to invite your participation in our publishing program. In particular, I have in mind a new research or review article for an edited collection (invitation only) being assembled under my overall direction tentatively entitledPsychology of Motivation: New Research
The deadline for the abstract is April 30th 2011 and for the completed chapter July 30th 2011. Please send the abstract and the chapter to firstname.lastname@example.org.Related book webpages:
Psychology of Persuasion
We also welcome proposals to serve as the editor of this volume. If you are interested, please send your latest CV to n.columbus@novapublishers. Proposals to serve as the editor are welcome up to the abstract deadline. In addition, we welcome proposals for monographs, edited collections or book series in this or related fields, as well as for membership on related Editorial Advisory Boards. ……….Nadya Gotsiridze-ColumbusPresident
Five minutes of checking revealed a similar letter sent to an archeologist about Women in Sport!!
A month ago I got a solicitation to contribute a chapter to an edited volume on the built environment. The message came from Frank Columbus, President and Editor-in-Chief, Nova Science Publishers, Inc. I did some looking on the Nova Publishers web site, and also on some discussion sites such as the Chronicle of Higher Education Forum and others. It seems they they are sending out mass email solicitations to contribute to edited collections, mostly edited by Frank Columbus, on a variety of topics. I concluded that this was some kind of pseudo-scholarly vanity press and forgot about it.
Yesterday I got another of these emails from Mr. Columbus. This is how it starts:
Dear Dr. Smith,
We have learned of your published research on sports. We would like to invite your participation in our publishing program. In particular, I have in mind a new research or review article for an edited collection (invitation only) being assembled under my direction tentatively entitled “Women in Sports.” The contributions for this edited book are intended to range from 4,000-35,000 words. If you are interested in participating, please consult the Notes for Contributors at the bottom of this letter. …….
A little more checking revealed that Nova seems to be a one man (or a one couple) show which has found a wonderful way to make money from unsuspecting librarians:
A look at the contents of some journals published by Nova revealed many issues which contained no original materials at all. The journals show a pattern of entire books about Russia from the early 20th century being reprinted chapter by chapter as though they were separately titled articles. Material from US government documents, Congressional Research Service reports, and material excerpted from other recent public-domain sources have been combined, sometimes with one or more original articles to produce journals costing between 700 and 900 US dollars annually.
Nova Publishers appears to be nothing more than a republishing scam but the ones being duped are not the contributors who pay nothing while getting their list of publications enhanced, but the unsuspecting or gullible librarians paying fabulous amounts to stock Nova journals or books.