Academic spam bingo

I have had a particularly generous season of conference-spam, journal-spam and laboratory-salespitches-spam this autumn. My current spam folder contains gems such as:

  • “academicians”
  • “You can attend this event from your comfort zone.”
  • “I have contacted you regarding your precious manuscript submission”
  • “We have gone through one of your publications which contains valuable information that guides the future research allies.”
  • “We believe that our journal will get a very good reputation in scientific community with your valuable submission. “
  • “This journal would offer you an enriching experience and achieve great successful endeavors”
  • “A galaxy of 500+ International experts from 40+ countries will be there to share their knowledge and wisdom”

So here it is: academic spam bingo



The Journal of Imaginary Research

In November last year I had the opportunity to participate in a creative writing workshop as part of WriteFest 2016 at the University of Sheffield. The challenge was to write a mock academic abstract and academic profile based on a random picture from the research of one of the other workshop participants, and the final result was to be published in the Journal of Imaginary Research. The picture I received was a collage of box files, decorated with quotes and images, and with holes cut in the front. I have no idea whose picture it was or what the research was about. The workshop group consisted of quite a few representatives from the humanities, so my guess is it came from one of them rather than the measly two or three other STEM students/employees. In any case, it was a fun experience, and I thought I’d share my abstract.


The full issue can be found here: the Journal of Imaginary Research, volume 2


And just in case anyone wondered, this was the picture I submitted from my own research:nsbw