This one totally faked me out at first. It was an email from “Nick Bagnall” that began:
Dear Dr. Gelman,
I made contact last year regarding your work in the CMG: Reconstructing Climate from Tree Ring Data project. We are about to start producing the 2014 edition and I wanted to discuss this with you as we still remain keen to feature your work.
Research Media are producing a special publication in February of 2014, within this report we will be working with a small selected number of PI’s with a focus on geosciences, atmospheric and geospace sciences and earth Sciences..
At this point, I’m thinking: Hmmm, I don’t remember this guy, is this some sort of collaborative project that I’d forgotten about?
The message then continues:
The publication is called International Innovation . . .
Huh? This doesn’t sound so good. The email then goes on with some very long lists, and then finally the kicker:
The total cost for each article produced in this report is fixed at a tax free amount of $ 2,980 USD for the full three page development, this is a required contribution.
OK, now I get it. But there’s more:
By publishing open access, researchers benefit from a higher visibility and increased cross pollination of their article.
Luckily, I can publish open-access for free whenever I want!
Could you please drop me a mail and advise when would be a good time to discuss further?
T: +44 7791 510 287
I don’t think so.
P.S. This happened last month; I scheduled it on a day when just about nobody should be reading this blog, that way I’m not wasting too many people’s time with it.
In all seriousness, though, this sort of thing really does hurt my feelings. I do all this research because I think it’s important. So it hurts when people like this guy come along and think of me as nothing more than a mark.
P.P.S. A few weeks later, “Bagnall” emailed me again:
Dear Dr. Gelman,
I sent you an email some weeks ago concerning the CMG: Reconstructing Climate from Tree Ring Data project. I understand how busy you are at present and may not have seen my email so I thought I would try one last time. . . .
Still with that juicy charge of
$8940 $2980 per article. I wonder, does this guy get any takers at all, or is there some other game they are playing. Ugh. Although I guess this is better than mugging old ladies for spare change or selling Herbalife dealerships.