I just got an unsolicited email from an allegedly new 'academic' journal, History Research
(published by the prestigious "David Publishing Company" which claims to be based in California but I think is really based in China), offering to publish a paper I recently gave at a conference. They clearly just grabbed my name and the paper title from the conference program online. This has 'scam' written all over it - or at best, perhaps a vanity (pay to publish) journal or something (I noticed "If the paper is accepted by our journal, the author should finance some of the publishing costs" in the fine print at the bottom). Before I delete the email, I thought I'd ask whether it might be worth sending them a paper for publication that I wasn't planning on using otherwise - or does it look bad to have a publication from some weird, fly-by-night journal on my CV? I'm a grad student (and have not finished my PhD, despite them addressing me as "Dr.") and right now the only publication I have is a book review.
Dear Dr. [my name],
This is History Research (ISSN 2159-550X),a new academic journal published across the United States by David Publishing Company, EL Monte, CA, USA. We have learned your paper"[paper title]" in [conference name] Annual Meeting 2012.
We are very interested in this paper. If you have an idea of making our journal a vehicle for your research interests, please send us the electronic version of your manuscripts in MS-Word format via email. All your original and unpublished papers are welcome.
Currently, we are trying to invite some scholars who are willing to join our editorial board or be our reviewers. If you are interested in our journal, please send your CV to us (The main research fields should be included). Hope to keep in touch via email and publish some papers or books for you and your friends.
History Research, ISSN 2159-550X
David Publishing Company
9460 TELSTAR AVE SUITE 5, EL MONTE, CA 91731, USA
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com
Call for Paper(s)
History Research is an international, scholarly and peer-reviewed journal (print and online) published monthly by David Publishing Company, USA. The journal tries to challenge the accepted disciplinary boundaries, and construct an open forum which is to further the understanding of history with open attitude by publishing articles of interest to historians and scholars of other related disciplines.
The topics covered in the journal include (but not limit to): cultural history, economic history, military history, intellectual history, political history, social history, history of ideas, history of science, history of religion, women’s history, and art history.
The journal is published in English. The e-journal provides free and open access to all of its content on our website. Accepted papers will immediately appear online followed by printed in hard copy.
History Research is to be indexed in following databases:
★ Database of EBSCO, Massachusetts, USA
★ Hein Online Database, W.S.HEIN, USA
★ Chinese Database of CEPS, American Federal Computer Library center (OCLC), USA
★ Chinese Scientific Journals Database, VIP Corporation, Chongqing, P. R. China
★ Ulrich's Periodicals Directory
★ ProQuest/CSA Social Science Collection, Public Affairs Information Service (PAIS),USA
★ Summon Serials Solutions, USA
Guidelines for authors
1. The manuscript should be original, and has not been published previously. Do not submit material that is currently being considered by another journal.
2. Manuscripts may be 4000-15000 words or longer if approved by the editor, including an abstract, texts, tables, footnotes, appendixes, and references. The title should be on page 1 and not exceed 15 words, and should be followed by an abstract of 100 – 200 words. 3 – 5 keywords or key phrases are required.
3. The manuscript should be prepared in MS Word format and submitted to our email box as an attachment.
4. Authors of the articles being accepted are required to sign up the Transfer of Copyright Agreement form.
5. Authors will receive 2 hard copies of the journal containing their articles.
6. If the paper is accepted by our journal, the author should finance some of the publishing costs.
Peer review policy
History Research is a refereed journal. All research articles in this journal undergo rigorous peer review, based on initial editor screening and anonymous refereeing by at least two anonymous referees.
All papers considered appropriate for this journal are anonymously reviewed by at least two outside reviewers. The review process usually takes two to three weeks. Papers are accepted for publication subject to no substantive, stylistic editing. The Editor reserves the right to make any necessary changes in the papers, or request the author to do so, or reject the paper submitted. A copy of the edited paper along with the first proofs will be sent to the author for proofreading. They should be corrected and returned to the Editor within seven days. Once the final version of the paper has been accepted, authors are requested not to make further changes to the text.
Submission of Manuscript
All manuscripts submitted will be considered for publication. Submission guidelines and web submission system are available at http://www.davidpublishing.com
Or send it as an email attachment to:
Welcome to visit our website at: http://www.davidpublishing.com
Address of Headquarter: David Publishing Company, 9460 TELSTAR AVE SUITE 5, EL MONTE, CA 91731, USA
Address of China Branch: P. O. Box 71613008, Wuhan, Hubei Province, P. R. China. Postal Code: 430071