Wow, I’ve just been awarded a random honorary membership… to entice me to submit to a predatory journal? I don’t think so.
I mean it had everything going for, a membership of a journal (!), a membership number(!), and even an expiration date (obviously they weren’t that impressed to only offer a single quarter). I could identify two past honoraries… Shame I never heard of the journal, or the publisher, and shame it’s listed on this funny page here: https://predatoryjournals.com/publishers/ — because they also offer some great benefits, like “Indexing: In all relevant organizations”, an “artificial intelligence” 3rd reviewer which can (I quote) “can detect writing styles, plagiarism (for the second time), grammar, contextual spellings, vocabulary, and quality of the article without any human biasing” (?!). All this on top of priority during reviewing.
I have just received an invitation to review an article by a publisher that’s — let’s say “less established”. Given that they have been accused of being a predatory publisher in the past, I was at first positively surprised: There was none of this silly flattering of being a leading expert etc. and they apparently did try to get a proper review. Then came the title and the abstract. It had “public attitudes” in it, and a “scoping review” — so if you allow for synonyms in the keyword search, I can see how their machine picked me, but if no human is involved, neither am I (irrespective of the fact that this was utterly out of my expertise). Maybe we should react with automatized reviews, a fork of SciGen perhaps?
Funny thing: Just as I’m doing some light reading on metrics, impact factor gaming, and predatory journals with no real peer-review, I get a revised article to review where there were six (!) reviewers solicitated, all of whom made substantial recommendations.
Even though it’s become fairly common, scientific spam still annoys me. Today I’ve been “invited” to join a grandiloquent sounding society nobody has ever heard of. Key draw, being able to publish in journals nobody has ever heard of. Why would I want to do that?