We read spam a lot: prospective cohort study of unsolicited and unwanted academic invitations

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dc.contributor.author Grey, Andrew en
dc.contributor.author Bolland, Mark en
dc.contributor.author Dalbeth, Nicola en
dc.contributor.author Gamble, Gregory en
dc.contributor.author Sadler, Lynn en
dc.date.accessioned 2017-05-15T23:48:04Z en
dc.date.available 2016-09-28 en
dc.date.issued 2016-12-14 en
dc.identifier.citation BMJ, 14 December 2016, 355, i5383 en
dc.identifier.issn 0959-8138 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2292/32906 en
dc.description.abstract To assess the amount, relevance, content, and suppressibility of academic electronic spam invitations to attend conferences or submit manuscripts. Prospective cohort study. Email accounts of participating academics. Five intrepid academics and a great many publishers, editors, and conference organisers. Unsubscribing from sender's distribution lists. Number of spam invitations received before, immediately after, and one year after unsubscribing from senders' distribution lists. The proportion of duplicate invitations was also assessed and the relevance of each invitation graded to the recipient's research interests. A qualitative assessment of the content of spam invitations was conducted. At baseline, recipients received an average of 312 spam invitations each month. Unsubscribing reduced the frequency of the invitations by 39% after one month but by only 19% after one year. Overall, 16% of spam invitations were duplicates and 83% had little or no relevance to the recipients' research interests. Spam invitations were characterised by inventive language, flattery, and exuberance, and they were sometimes baffling and amusing. Academic spam is common, repetitive, often irrelevant, and difficult to avoid or prevent. en
dc.description.uri https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27974354 en
dc.format.medium Electronic en
dc.language English en
dc.publisher BMJ Publishing Group en
dc.relation.ispartofseries BMJ en
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dc.rights.uri https://researchspace.auckland.ac.nz/docs/uoa-docs/rights.htm en
dc.rights.uri https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/ en
dc.subject Humans en
dc.subject Prospective Studies en
dc.subject Universities en
dc.subject Electronic Mail en
dc.subject Academic Medical Centers en
dc.title We read spam a lot: prospective cohort study of unsolicited and unwanted academic invitations en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.identifier.doi 10.1136/bmj.i5383 en
pubs.volume 355 en
dc.description.version VoR - Version of Record en
dc.identifier.pmid 27974354 en
pubs.author-url http://www.bmj.com/content/355/bmj.i5383 en
pubs.publication-status Published en
dc.rights.accessrights http://purl.org/eprint/accessRights/OpenAccess en
pubs.subtype Article en
pubs.elements-id 603659 en
pubs.org-id Medical and Health Sciences en
pubs.org-id School of Medicine en
pubs.org-id Medicine Department en
pubs.org-id Obstetrics and Gynaecology en
dc.identifier.eissn 1756-1833 en
pubs.number i5383 en
pubs.record-created-at-source-date 2017-05-16 en
pubs.dimensions-id 27974354 en


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