I received the following (unsolicited) email:


I have had an opportunity to read your paper entitled “WHAT IS THE PROBABILITY YOUR VOTE WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE?” published on the journal “Economic Inquiry”. I know you are an expert in this field.

I am Daisy, the editor of Business and Economic Research (BER) which is a peer-review, open access journal published by Macrothink Institute. Your submission will make an important contribution to the quality of this journal. You are sincerely invited to submit manuscripts at any time.

Business and Economic Research is indexed by CrossRef, EBSC Ohost, Genamics JournalSeek, Google Scholar, LOCKSS, MediaFinder?-Standard Periodical Directory, PKP, Open Archives Harvester, WorldCat, et al.

Each paper published in Business and Economic Research is assigned a DOI® number, which appears beneath the author’s affiliation in the published paper.

You may visit the journal’s website at http://www.macrothink.org/journal/index.php/ber/index to know more details and submit articles online at http://www.macrothink.org/journal/index.php/ber/information/authors

We would be grateful if you could circulate the e-mail to your department members, colleagues and research students.

Best Regards,

Daisy Young
Editor, Business and Economic Research
Macrothink Institute
5348 Vegas Dr.#825
Las Vegas, Nevada 89108
United States
Tel: 1-702-953-1852

A journal based in Las Vegas, huh? As a statistician this shouldn’t bother me, but still . . . I want to get my 100 journals without cheating.

Also, “Macrothink Institute” sounds about as bogus as “Sabato’s Crystal Ball.”

P.S. I can’t figure out where to place this post, as unfortunately this blog doesn’t have a Zombies category. I’ll put it in Immigration because when I clicked through the link, many of the articles seemed to be from other countries.

[Cross-posted at The Monkey Cage]

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