Too many journals, or, Never respond to an email where they put your name in all caps

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, EBSCOhost, 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 to know more details and submit articles online at

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

Best Regards,

Daisy Young
Business and Economic Research—————————————————————-
Macrothink Institute
5348 Vegas Dr.#825
Las Vegas, Nevada 89108
United States
Tel: 1-702-953-1852
Fax: 1-702-387-2666

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.

6 Responses to Too many journals, or, Never respond to an email where they put your name in all caps

  1. Andreas Moser August 5, 2012 at 1:25 pm #

    Now I feel bad that they never contacted me.

    • Andrew Gelman August 5, 2012 at 2:01 pm #

      No prob, I’ll forward them your email and they can contact you directly.

  2. Andrew August 5, 2012 at 4:30 pm #

    Macrothink Institute (TM) – “Thinking about tomorrow”

    No, really:

    • Andrew Gelman August 6, 2012 at 4:36 am #

      Hey, how come all the commenters here are some variety of the name “Andrew”? I thought everyone was named Matt!

  3. David Campbell October 24, 2012 at 10:52 am #

    Maybe Macrothink is learning something. My invitation to publish in Aquatic Science and Technology did not have my name in all caps. Otherwise, it’s rather similar to the above, apart from a different editor name and a different title of publication that had been read by them.

  4. Mittel gegen NagelpilzNagelpilz Bilder July 16, 2013 at 5:36 am #

    Why viewers still make use of to read news papers when in this technological globe everything is accessible
    on web?