Monday, August 26, 2013

Spammy journal Editorial Board invitation of the week - Avens Journal of Food Processing and Beverages

I get lots of semi-Spammy email invites to be involved in various new journals.  Here is one from this week.  I figure - the more I post such things, when people Google for the journal they will sometimes see my posts about how idiotic some of these journals are.  No idea how I ended up on their radar here ..

Dear Dr. Jonathan Eisen,

We are glad to invite you as an eminent editor for the Journal of Food Processing and Beverages (JFPB). Journal of Food Processing and Beverages is an international, non profit, open access, peer reviewed journal that is being recently launched by Avens Publishing Group with a commitment to serve the scientific community.

We are aware of your reputation and distinction in research in some of the fields relating to our journal and that is why you have been chosen as an Editorial Board Member of our Journal of Food Processing and Beverages.

Editorial Board benefits: 

1. Articles suggested by Editors will be provided a 50% discount.
2. We will be conducting conferences yearly; relating to happenings, advancements and breakthroughs in our Journal and editors will be playing a key role in suggesting titles, educating the young scientific community and also promoting our Journal.
3. The article's fate i.e., both the acceptance or rejection of article is purely dependent on the Editor’s decision and the peer reviewing process will be confidential.
4. We will be providing scientific credits to all the Editorial board members based on their active participation towards our journal.

If you are interested, you can send your details such as: short biography (100 words), C.Vrecent passport size photo (to display at our website), and complete working address (Department, University / institute) for our records.

With regards,
Managing Editor
Journal of Food Processing and Beverages
Avens Publishing Group
877 W 23rd st.,
Los Angeles, CA 90007,

Disclaimer: All works published by Avens Publishing Group are under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License and supports the Bethesda statement on Open Access publishing.

Note: This is not a spam message, and has been sent to you because of your eminence in the field. If, however, you do not want to receive any email in future from Avens Publishing Group, then please reply with your request.


  1. Someone in my workplace is under the impression that OA journals are of lower quality than subscription access journals. Their reasoning? All of the spammy invites that they receive mention OA. They claim (dubiously) that none of the legitimate invites do so.

  2. Reply must obviously be a resounding yes, of course :)

    More seriously, regarding Neil's comment -it is important to bring Jeffrey Beall's list of predatory publishers to the attention of colleagues, institution and library. People get caught out, particularly when mentoring not good and/or pressure from admin high.

  3. I like the "Note: This is not a spam message", reminds me of "Ceci n'est pas une pipe"

  4. See here for more on that publishing operation.