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A month ago I got a solicitation to contribute a chapter to an edited volume on the built environment. The message came from Frank Columbus, President and Editor-in-Chief, Nova Science Publishers, Inc. I did some looking on the Nova Publishers web site, and also on some discussion sites such as the Chronicle of Higher Education Forum and others. It seems they they are sending out mass email solicitations to contribute to edited collections, mostly edited by Frank Columbus, on a variety of topics. I concluded that this was some kind of pseudo-scholarly vanity press and forgot about it.
Yesterday I got another of these emails from Mr. Columbus. This is how it starts:
Dear Dr. Smith,
We have learned of your published research on sports. We would like to invite your participation in our publishing program. In particular, I have in mind a new research or review article for an edited collection (invitation only) being assembled under my direction tentatively entitled "Women in Sports." The contributions for this edited book are intended to range from 4,000-35,000 words. If you are interested in participating, please consult the Notes for Contributors at the bottom of this letter.
Wow, I must have forgotten about my publications on sports! Actually, this is probably another example of the "Mike Smith" confusion; see the list of "Books by Michael Smith that I did NOT write." No, I am not the decorator of the Obama White House, and I was not the winning jockey at the Kentucky Derby a couple of years ago. And I have not published on women in sports.
My advice to graduate students, if you get one of these solicitations: HIT THE DELETE BUTTON! I have already expressed my low opinion or many or most edited volumes in archaeology (see my archive entries under "Edited Volumes"); these Nova Science books are sure to occupy an even lower rung on the ladder of quality.