Saturday, May 16, 2009

Do not fall for SPAM pretending to be from Elsevier

Just got the email below (with some key parts blotted out). It is clearly (to me) fake (although it is kind of funny in a way given the recent news about Elsevier publishing fake journals). But just in case someone else out there got the same SPAM and did not figure out it was fake, I am posting this message here.


Dear Colleague,

On behalf of all the Editors-in-chief of Elsevier Journals, we wish to Communicate to you that we are currently accepting manuscripts in all Fields of human Endeavour.
All articles published will be peer-reviewed. The following types of papers are considered for publication:

• Original articles in basic and applied research.
•Critical reviews, surveys, opinions, commentaries and essays.

Authors are invited to submit manuscripts reporting recent developments in their fields. Papers submitted will be sorted out and published in any of our numerous journals that best Fits. This is a special publication procedure which published works will be discussed at seminars (organized by Elsevier) at strategic Cities all over the world. Please maximize this opportunity to showcase your research work to the world.

The submitted papers must be written in English and describe original research not published nor currently under review by other journals. Parallel submissions will not be accepted.

Our goal is to inform authors about their paper(s) within one week of receipt. All submitted papers, if relevant to the theme and objectives of the journal, will go through an external peer-review process.

Prospective authors should send their manuscript(s) in Microsoft Word or PDF format to XXXXX and should Include a cover sheet containing corresponding Author(s) name, Paper Title, affiliation, phone, fax number, email address etc.

Kind Regards,


PS: Pls. show interest by mailing XXXXXX if your Manuscript is not ready but will be ready soon.


  1. I think this is legit, Jon.

    I got the same email. The sender told me that he was a Nigerian scientist who had a huge number of papers that had been accepted at Cell but for which he could not afford page charges. He is willing to make me the corresponding author if I wire him $4000...

  2. Just found this through google so it is definitely spam

    Email "Call for Papers" (spam) does not come from Elsevier

    Subject: Email "Call for Papers" (spam) does not come from Elsevier
    From: "Menefee, Daviess (ELS-NYC)" Date: Fri, 30 Nov 2007 18:28:37 EST
    Over the past few days a fraudulent message has appeared on
    several scientific Internet sites requesting a "Call for Papers"
    and referencing Elsevier as the sender. This message is now
    being forwarded to library listservs. It uses a fake publisher
    email address and tries to look like an official announcement.
    Please be aware that this is a spam message and is a fraud that
    is being perpetrated on potential authors since it asks for money
    up front. Please be assured that this is not an Elsevier email
    and Elsevier is in no way involved with this scam. Elsevier is
    working with authorities to counter the spread of this fraud.

    If you come across the spam email 'Call for Papers' please do not
    respond to it. We kindly request that you forward the email to Thank you for your cooperation with
    this matter.

    Daviess Menefee
    Library Relations