Beware Nova Publishers and Frank or Nadya Columbus – President and Editor-in-chief

Update July 2011 here.

My book was published a week ago and this morning I received the following email:

Dear Dr. Pillai ,

We have learned of your published research on motivation. 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 overall direction tentatively entitled

Psychology of Motivation: New Research

The deadline for the abstract is April 30th 2011 and for the completed chapter July 30th 2011. Please send the abstract and the chapter to main@novapublishers.com.

Related book webpages:
Psychology of Persuasion
https://www.novapublishers.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=11100

We also welcome proposals to serve as the editor of this volume. If you are interested, please send your latest CV to n.columbus@novapublishers. Proposals to serve as the editor are welcome up to the abstract deadline. In addition, we welcome proposals for monographs, edited collections or book series in this or related fields, as well as for membership on related Editorial Advisory Boards. ……….
Nadya Gotsiridze-Columbus
President

Five minutes of checking revealed a similar letter sent to an archeologist about Women in Sport!!

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. …….

A little more checking revealed that Nova seems to be a one man (or a one couple)  show which has found a wonderful way to make money from unsuspecting librarians:

The Content of Journals Published by Nova Science Publishers, Inc. by David Bade

Abstract:

A look at the contents of some journals published by Nova revealed many issues which contained no original materials at all. The journals show a pattern of entire books about Russia from the early 20th century being reprinted chapter by chapter as though they were separately titled articles. Material from US government documents, Congressional Research Service reports, and material excerpted from other recent public-domain sources have been combined, sometimes with one or more original articles to produce journals costing between 700 and 900 US dollars annually.

Nova Publishers appears to be nothing more than a republishing scam but the ones being duped are not the contributors who pay nothing while getting  their list of publications enhanced, but the unsuspecting or gullible librarians paying fabulous amounts to stock Nova journals or books.

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20 Responses to “Beware Nova Publishers and Frank or Nadya Columbus – President and Editor-in-chief”

  1. Emilio Cervantes Says:

    Dear Dr. Cervantes,

    We have learned of your published research on
    arabidopsis thaliana. 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
    overall direction tentatively entitled

    Arabidopsis Thaliana: Ecology, Habitat and Conservation

    The deadline for the abstract is May 25th 2011
    and for the completed chapter August 25th 2011.
    Please send the abstract and the chapter to

  2. Giacomo Vivanti Says:

    Just got this email:
    Dear Dr. Vivanti,

    We have learned of your published research on social cognition. 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 overall direction tentatively entitled

    Psychology of Social Cognition

    The deadline for the abstract is June 25th 2011 and for the completed chapter September 25th 2011. Please send the abstract and the chapter to main@novapublishers.com.

    Related book webpages:
    Social Psychology: New Research
    https://www.novapublishers.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=9516

    We also welcome proposals to serve as the editor of this volume. If you are interested, please send your latest CV to n.columbus@novapublishers. Proposals to serve as the editor are welcome up to the abstract deadline. In addition, we welcome proposals for monographs, edited collections or book series in this or related fields, as well as for membership on related Editorial Advisory Boards.

    Edited Collection: The contributions for this edited book are intended to range from 4,000-35,000 words (chapters over 10,000 words can be updated by the author for the e-version of their chapter for a period of 2 years at intervals of 6 months, 12 months and 24 months after publication). If you are interested in participating, please consult the Notes for Contributors at the bottom of this letter. Should your schedule not allow a full contribution at this time, we would welcome either a Commentary or Short Communication of 1,000-4,000 words.

    Publication will be about 6-9 months after the close of the volume. As soon as a book is listed on our Website ( http://www.novapublishers.com), the codes in the status field are changed to indicate the production stages through publication.

  3. Amelie Says:

    I received a similar email May 24th 2011 about an edited collection on citizenship practices and challenges. This is the third time I receive this type of sollicitation (first time from Nova though) and it seems this is a growing phenomenon. Academics and scholars beware.

  4. Juliane Kopf Says:

    I just (June 23rd 2011) received a very similar email about an edited collection on the parietal cortex: anatomy, function and disorders. I had a paper come out that also touched the subject of the parietal cortex briefly just a few weeks ago.

  5. Michael Johnston Says:

    I got a similar solicitation, in reference to my work on politics in the Philippines, and it looked dodgy from the start — an invitation to contribute to a book that lacks an editor, and oh by the way would you like to be the editor yourself? (Reminds me of a cartoon I saw years ago, in which a man says to a woman, “I’m getting married next week — wanna be the bride?”) Also, contributions of between 4,000 and 35,000 words…?

    I wasn’t very interested anyway and now, having read this page, I’m even less so –

    mj

  6. Maggie Says:

    I got a similar email the other day from NOVA Publishers (see below). My first impression was, it was a publishing scam…And my instinct was right after all… :)

    Dear Dr. Sanapo,

    We have learned of your published research on Philippines. 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 overall direction tentatively entitled

    Philippines: Economic, Political and Social Issues

    The deadline for the abstract is July 31st 2011 and for the completed chapter October 31st 2011. Please send the abstract and the chapter to main@novapublishers.com.

  7. Gray Says:

    I googled Nadya tonight, before sending an abstract off tomorrow!, and found this blog – just in time. Of course I won’t bother now.

  8. Vera Popovic Says:

    Dear Mr. Pillai,

    I suggest you do your research before you slander other people’s hard work and companies. It is a pity that anybody can post whatever they like on the internet nowadays without a valid reason or claim. No, it is not a republishing scam. We will be looking into why these letters were erroneously sent to you. If you have any questions, you are free to call or stop by our offices. We will not be getting into an internet debate. I suggest you hire a lawyer if you wish to continue spending your time (doctor?) spreading false rumors.

    Best regards,
    Vera Popovic

    Nova Science Publishers, Inc.

  9. Martin Says:

    Nova has provided a valuable service for many years.

    Nova has given new. authors an opportunity.

    Nova has published academic, not-so-academic and non-academic works for a broad readership that extends beyond the academic world.

    Frank Columbus expired in December 2010 and the company is now managed by Maya Columbus. Unfortunately, new staff are arrogant, ignorant and obnoxious.

    I have terminated my 9 year publishing relationship with Nova.

  10. K Says:

    I consider it academic spam:

    Dear Dr. Hill,

    We have learned of your published research on impulsivity. 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 overall direction tentatively entitled

    Psychology of Impulsivity

    The deadline for the abstract is August 20th 2011 and for the completed chapter November 20th 2011. Please send the abstract and the chapter to main@novapublishers.com.

  11. GMK Says:

    I have received the same formula letter inviting me to submit an article on “Visual Perception: Processes, Disorders and Neural Mechanisms”.
    GMK

  12. RT Says:

    There is a big difference between scamming people and producing a product that might be of low quality.

    I have no knowledge about how NOVA manages its journals so I will restrict my comments to how it manages its edited volumes. I have received several invitations from NOVA and I am not aware of any instance of them misleading authors–and certainly not misleading them to believe that it is a high honor to be invited to write for a NOVA volume. Everything in the NOVA invitations I have seen is upfront, including the fact that NOVA might not have selected an editor yet. NOVA doesn’t even imply, like some publishers do, that the volume they seek to produce will be “a leading reference to scholars and practitioners”, etc.

    Sure, NOVA is responsible for the fact that it is not very selective about inviting authors. And of course its means of selecting authors affects the quality of the volumes it publishes. But if the chapters in its volumes are weak, that’s largely the fault of the authors. No publisher that I know of has completely abstained from publishing low-quality scholarship.

    So I hope librarians and others who may be involved in purchasing decisions can tell the difference between volumes worth buying and volumes that aren’t. I also hope that NOVA’s communications with librarians are as straightforward as the invitations it sends to authors.

  13. Keith Says:

    I agree with RT. I’ve had experience of working with Nova over several years. They are unorthodox, and I am sure more interested in profit than scholarship. However, I have seen nothing that suggests ‘scam’, as everything is explicit. Before getting involved in one of their projects I checked who publishes with them, and many respectable scholars in leading institutions do. I’ve been invited to contribute to a number of volumes, and have agreed to some, and declined others. Everything has been above board PROVIDING one does not assume that there will be any serious peer review or scholarly editing of the work. These volumes are probably not a good place to send your most original research results that might get into prestigious journals, but they seem perfectly reasonable vehicles for publishing chapters reviewing or reflecting upon aspects of your work, or for offering speculations that you would like ‘out there’ and doubt could be published in research journals.

  14. xx Says:

    Dear Dr. xx,

    We have learned of your published research on sustainable development. 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 overall direction tentatively entitled

    Sustainable Development: New Research

    The deadline for the abstract is October 20th 2011 and for the completed chapter January 20th 2012. Please send the abstract and the chapter to main@novapublishers.com.

    Related book webpages:
    How Globalization is Changing the U.S. Forest Sector https://www.novapublishers.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=10804

    We also welcome proposals to serve as the editor of this volume. If you are interested, please send your latest CV to n.columbus@novapublishers.com. Proposals to serve as the editor are welcome up to the abstract deadline. In addition, we welcome proposals for monographs, edited collections or book series in this or related fields, as well as for membership on related Editorial Advisory Boards.

  15. Βαγγέλης Τάλιος Says:

    I do’nt now, i will tel you after a few days

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  18. Ostolaza Says:

    I’ve just received an invitation-To ,my original research I prefer Elsevier, Springer, Informa and stop it here…others are super-low quality things….
    Review were I collect parts of other manuscripts..maybe…

  19. Martin Says:

    Maya or Nadia Columbus has taken over for her deceased husband, Frank, and after a period of adjustment, things are much better.

    I have never been scammed by them and I have reestablished my working relationship.

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