Questions tagged [spam]

Questions regarding dealing with unwanted electronic messages specific to an academic environment

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Answering form letter graduate school application emails

As a professor in a North American university, I receive a number of what I consider to be form letter graduate school application emails from outside the country. These emails generally feature some ...
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How can corresponding authors protect themselves from academic spam?

Almost immediately after becoming a corresponding author, my academic email account quickly become inundated with unsolicited communications from predatory open access journals and “conferences.” My ...
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Filtering spam invitation emails [closed]

Is there a readily compiled, contiunously updated list of email addresse and/or domain names used in spam messages from predatory journals or conferences, or phrases or keywords that could be used to ...
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What is this “can I hire you as a tutor” scam?

From time to time (presumably because I have an academic address, or am listed on a university web site) I get an e-mail like this: "My son will be in your city next month for two weeks. He is ...
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Mass (spam) emails seeking short term internship, solutions

This question asking if the subject of current question is spam or not serves as the motivation for further, seeking solutions. As can be seen from the answers and comments, the emails from ...
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What is arQiv.org?

I got an email from arQiv.org saying that someone searched for one of my articles on arXiv. This email was sent to my email address that I use for arXiv, but I thought that was private. Visiting the ...
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Is it acceptable for a graduate student to use their university email and affiliation in furtherance of a commercial interest?

I received an email from a graduate student at a well-known university in the UK. The email is a marketing email for a campaign run by a company the writer of the email is affiliated with. The ...
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How should I react to emails from unknown (to me) book publishers?

Since my Ph.D., I have occasionally received emails from publishers (that I've never heard of before) about writing a book. They all seem like mass emails that have my name and some title of a paper I ...
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How to stop spam from ConfDriver of TU Wien?

This year I submitted a paper to a conference that used ConfDriver of TU Wien. From the time of submission, I started receiving a lot of CFPs from conferences that also use ConfDriver. All the ...
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What is the best course of action when approached by predatory publishers?

When I receive fishy emails for conferences/journals which seem "predatory" I just mark them as spam and forget about them. (This may confuse my spam filter which would mark as spam legitimate CFP but ...
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Would a legitimate journal send unsolicited email to an author offering to feature an article in their own publication, for a fee?

I have received an email from a journal in the field of engineering saying that they found an article of mine and want to feature it in their own publications for a fee. I cannot tell if this is ...
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Should I accept review requests from dubious journals?

I'm a graduate student with, so far, one published article in a peer-reviewed journal. Since the article came out, I've been receiving increasing amounts of "academic e-mail spam" from people wanting ...
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What can/should be done about journals that spam potential contributors?

I'm a very early stage researcher and my first two conference papers could have been better, but that doesn't stop new journals spamming me with offers to publish my work. This morning I received two ...
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How do I remove myself from academic mailing lists?

When I was a grad student, I participated in a bunch of conferences, and sent papers to journals and the like. But now I'm no longer in academia. I've been out for more than three years, and I still ...
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How should one respond to 'Call for Paper' e-mails?

Of late I have been receiving a number of e-mails with subject 'Call for Paper' and invitations to contribute to new and/or open-access publications. While most of them immediately qualify for the ...
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Should I respond to emails (resembling spams) asking for my papers?

I started to get emails like this: From: Firstname Middlename Lastname <someotherfirstname0000@hotmail>~ Title of paper. I need the article to study. thank you! Firstname ...