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26th-Nov-2012 11:38 pm
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 All your original and unpublished papers are welcome.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.

Best regards,

Joyce Peden

Editorial Office

History Research, ISSN 2159-550X

David Publishing Company


E-mail: history@davidpublishing.org; history_research@yahoo.com

Tel: 1-323-410-1082

Fax: 1-323-9847374

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.

Editorial Procedures

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


Or send it as an email attachment to:

history@davidpublishing.org ;


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

Email:history@davidpublishing.org, kathy.yu@davidpublishing.org

Address of China Branch: P. O. Box 71613008, Wuhan, Hubei Province, P. R. China. Postal Code: 430071

Email:history_research@yahoo.com, shelly@davidpublishing.org
27th-Nov-2012 11:37 am (UTC)
Just delete it; it's not worth it, and it'll risk making you look like a sucker.

Here's a relevant thread from the Chronicle forums.

Edited at 2012-11-27 12:30 pm (UTC)
27th-Nov-2012 11:39 am (UTC)
It might be a complete scam, in which case you will find your credit card details used for nefarious purposes.

It might be a prohibitively expensive vanity publisher, in which case you may be forking out thousands of dollars for 'editing costs'

The very best case scenario is that it's a few hundred bucks and someone actually bothers to proof read the thing for you, though that's unlikely.

None of this will improve your CV, or get your research read by a wider audience.

So, no, don't bother.
27th-Nov-2012 11:53 am (UTC)
lol, delete.
27th-Nov-2012 12:27 pm (UTC)
I would say don't do it if it seems to be a vanity publishing thing.

I have seen when people have fallen for those "Who's Who" scams and put it on their resume or CV. I immediately begin to question their judgment. Is this person gullible? Naive? Have low self-esteem? Those kinds of questions just drag down the whole CV and erode the person's candidacy.
27th-Nov-2012 06:27 pm (UTC)
Yes, this. If you think it's fishy, don't publish with them, otherwise you either come across as naive or willing to participate in fishy schemes, neither of which cast you in a very positive light.
27th-Nov-2012 01:01 pm (UTC)
In general, if someone wants you to pay them to publish your work, it's probably a scam.
27th-Nov-2012 04:17 pm (UTC)
Actually, OA publishing requires you to publish your work, and its not a scam, its fine. However, *unsolicited* attempts to publish you work are a scam, regardless if you have to pay for it or not.
27th-Nov-2012 04:36 pm (UTC)
Unsolicited from unknown entities and journals. Unsolicited from actual known publishers, however, are blessings for grad students in the thick of things - someone actually showed up to that 8 am conference presentation and is actually interested in my work and that someone is from... well, I've been approached by Routledge and U Minnesota Press, I know others who have been approached by Reiner, Duke, etc. Book editors trolling for new authors is common in my field at least.
27th-Nov-2012 05:26 pm (UTC)
really? have you gotten solicited from: http://sgo.sagepub.com/ because they solicited everyone, even undergrads that can't form a sentence. The publisher doesn't make the journal, or the book.
27th-Nov-2012 07:46 pm (UTC)
No, apparently I'm not that cool. Even Sage is getting into the BS?
27th-Nov-2012 09:00 pm (UTC)
at least they are somewhat honest about it, admitting that they will review the articles for methodology (apparently, not caring what conclusions you draw from it) and that the purpose is to make sure you get articles published as quickly as possible.

Heck, I have been hit up by them to be a reviewer and an author! In one day, even!
27th-Nov-2012 10:21 pm (UTC)

27th-Nov-2012 11:09 pm (UTC)
27th-Nov-2012 08:39 pm (UTC)
Yes, it is common in my field too especially for journals to solicit manuscripts from promising talks.
28th-Nov-2012 12:12 am (UTC)
I generally receive solicitations for new and unestablished journals. However with those I generally know someone on the review board and/or saw the journal pitch at a conference.
28th-Nov-2012 12:11 am (UTC)
PLoSOne must be a scam then. Costs a couple thousand bucks to publish there.
29th-Nov-2012 06:31 pm (UTC)
I understand that this is incredibly field dependent, and in the sciences it's not unusual to have to pay to be published. I've been told that this expense is often written into science research grants.
1st-Dec-2012 04:33 pm (UTC)
In the life science, it's pretty common to have to pay per page that you use (and extra to publish color photos!). But unsolicited like this, it does sound like a scam.
27th-Nov-2012 03:46 pm (UTC)
Why would you ever send out a paper you weren't planning on sending out otherwise, whether to a vanity press or an established one? The world doesn't need more utter crap published.
27th-Nov-2012 05:20 pm (UTC)
Definitely steer clear. This recent article from Times Higher Education might be interesting as it addresses some of the relevant issues.
27th-Nov-2012 08:44 pm (UTC)
Do NOT use them. 1) Academics world over (I'm in Australia) know about this. 2) They will get you for A LOT of money a little while down the road. 3) You will get ripped off and then your article will be unusable anywhere else. Google them and you'll see the blogs about what happens.

You're grad student, I get it. But work on presentations and networking to get published. Not ANYTHING from these people.
28th-Nov-2012 12:14 am (UTC)
I agree with max here. If you weren't planning on publishing anything at this time, hit delete and move on. If you were planning you probably already had a journal/format in mind that didn't involve these people.

If you've never heard of anyone involved in the journal or publisher move on.
28th-Nov-2012 01:05 am (UTC)
Why stop with just the one paper? Save yourself some trouble and publish all your work with them.
28th-Nov-2012 05:58 am (UTC)
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