Did every freaking scientist in the world get that Frontiers spam?

Apr 20 2010 Published by under #FWDAOTI, Conduct of Science

Apparently every scientist I know got this spam yesterday:

Dear Joachim Schachtner
Considering your great expertise I would like to invite you to review the below appended article submitted to Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience.
Please kindly communicate your decision within 3 days by logging into your Frontiers account and selecting "My Frontiers => Review Editor => Review Invitations Received".
If you accept, you will then have 10 days to submit your review.

From these Frontiers in ding dongs who seem to send me more irrelevant email than not.
Even worse, a few of our colleagues were a little slow to realize that the stupid Frontiers outfit allowed the recipients to post to their spam list! So every reply from helpful scientists saying "um, that wasn't supposed to go to me.." was a reply-all!!! Aggh! I can see the first one or two maybe, but who the hell doesn't realize what is going on after that and stop with the replying already?

18 responses so far

  • Hank Roberts says:

    Is this an unusually nasty Term and Condition?
    "3.4 No images or graphics provided by or through Frontiers may be copied or published elsewhere without the specific written consent of Frontiers. The Author shall be liable (jointly and severally where the Author consists of more than one person) to Frontiers for any damage or liability suffered by Frontiers as a result of any unauthorised copying or publication of graphics or images."

  • Namnezia says:

    Ha, I got it too, along with all the bazzillion "you've got the wrong person" replies!

  • rpenner says:

    Even IT professionals are sometimes bitten by the Reply-All-of-Doom.

  • bioephemera says:

    When that happens to an email list my friends and I are on, we start making up fake clueless reply-alls mocking the heck out of the real reply-all-ers, and sending them to only the people we know. I've scared the crap out of my friends a few times, by making them think I ACTUALLY replied-all with the snarky email! Good times.

  • Arancaytar says:

    "So every reply from helpful scientists saying "um, that wasn't supposed to go to me.." was a reply-all [...]"
    Oh man, that joke never gets old! I love that, unless it happens to my inbox. =P

  • Orac says:

    Of course, my solution to such issues is never to volunteer to review manuscripts for anyone unless it's someone I know and they ask me at least three times. 🙂

  • DrugMonkey says:

    Orac, I've never responded once to these Frontiers people and never have the emails been relevant to me. I categorize them as spammers.

  • I've ben trying to get off their email list for at least 6 months...

  • Bob O'H says:

    I didn't get this - I feel so left out.
    I recently got an invite to be in the next Who's Who, so I haven't been totally neglected.

  • Dr Becca says:

    I got this and the Who's Who invite. I'm on ALL the lists, baby!

  • ginger says:

    I get Who's Who and invitations to submit to every new journal that comes from Elsevier or Springer, no matter how far removed the topic is from my research. "Current Opinions in Widget and Attachment Science" wants my work!
    Frontiers in whatever is off my chart. (But did you want to share that name up there, DM? It's not yours, is it?)

  • cycloprof says:

    "Current Opinions in Widget and Attachment Science" wants my work!
    ummm...do you study sex toys?

  • ginger says:

    I made that journal up, silly cycloprof.
    Does anyone else get very short notice invitations to attend meetings in China that are only relevant to their work in the most tenuous imaginable way? Or is this an Antipodean thing?

  • Dr. Feelgood says:

    Hell yeah I got it to. Remind me to add them to spam for the next eon.
    Doc F.

  • antipodean says:

    Ginger
    I'm glad to hear it's a Antipodean thing and not just an -antipodean thing
    -antipodean

  • Dario Ringach says:

    Yeah, I got it too... and all he other 10,000 replies replies that followed.

  • DrugMonkey says:

    I trashed my copy of the original email. Does anyone still have it? Can you confirm that the manuscript was actually attached to the email? Some journalist is asking me.

  • neurolover says:

    No, there was a click through link. I never clicked it, so I don't know, but I suspect you'd not get to the article through the link -- but would receive a further link if you "accepted the invitation."

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