Invitation to ghost-write an article for RetractionWatch

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Lenny Teytelman Feb 05, 2016

I am at the UC Davis Gaming Metrics: Innovation & Surveillance in Academic Misconduct. Lots of talks on fake journals, fake papers, fake metrics. The talk that rocked the audience with laughter was by Burkhard Morgenstern on the fake Editorial Board member, previously covered by Jonathan Eisen (Scary and funny: fake researcher Peter Uhnemann on OMICS group Editorial Board #JournalSPAM). 

That reminded me of a ghost-writing invitation to have an article placed into RetractionWatch. I encouraged the exchange, to see where it would go. 

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From: David Charles <editorial@specialistauthors.com>

Date: Wed, Sep 2, 2015 at 8:26 PM
To: lenny [at] protocols.io

Hi,

I hope all is well with you.

This is a polite enquiry to see if you would be interested in having me provide you with a well-written, informative and engaging article for retractionwatch.com that will complement your existing content.

I will provide a piece which your visitors will enjoy reading and which is also unique to your website. There will be a single link included in the body of the article.

I have a number of ideas for possible article topics, but if there is a subject you would particularly like covered, please feel free to let me know.

Please contact me if you would like to discuss this further.

Many thanks for your time.


Kind Regards,

David Charles

Outreach Editorial Team
www.Specialistauthors.com

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From: Lenny Teytelman 
Date: Wed, Sep 2, 2015 at 8:54 PM
To: David Charles <editorial@specialistauthors.com>

Yes! I am interested!

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From: Luke S <luke.s@specialistauthors.com>
Date: Mon, Sep 7, 2015 at 5:34 AM
To: lenny [at] protocols.io

Hi Lenny,
Thanks for the reply. David has passed this on to me to follow up on.
I was hoping to write a piece for you which would discuss the legal avenues available to someone who is looking to achieve a retraction of online content. 
I would include one DoFollow link leading to the online presence of an international lawyer. 
I would request that the article is published within 48 hours of submission, and without any reference to admin, guest, or specialist authors. 
If this sounds like something of interest, please do let me know, I would love to get started on the research and writing for this piece. 
Thanks Lenny,

Kind Regards, 
Luke S.
Outreach Editorial Team

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From: Lenny Teytelman
Date: Mon, Sep 7, 2015 at 8:25 AM
To: Luke S <luke.s@specialistauthors.com>

Do you guarantee a publication? And if so, where?

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From: Luke S <luke.s@specialistauthors.com>
Date: Mon, Sep 7, 2015 at 8:37 AM
To: Lenny Teytelman 

Hi Lenny,

I was hoping actually to have the piece published to your blog, with me acting as a contributing writer. Would this be possible at all? 
Thanks, 

Kind Regards, 
Luke S.
Outreach Editorial Team
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From: Lenny Teytelman
Date: Mon, Sep 7, 2015 at 10:06 AM
To: Luke S <luke.s@specialistauthors.com>

Now I am confused. How does this help me and my company?

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From: Lenny Teytelman
Date: Wed, Sep 9, 2015 at 9:34 AM
To: Luke S <luke.s@specialistauthors.com>

So would I publish the article here? Should it have my name as the author?
I am still trying to understand the purpose of the exercise and how it benefits you and us.


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From: Luke S <luke.s@specialistauthors.com>
Date: Thu, Sep 10, 2015 at 7:05 AM
To: Lenny Teytelman 

Hi Lenny,
I was actually hoping for the article to be published on  retractionwatch.com
It would not be of any direct benefit, apart from the fact that you would get a unique piece of new content for your site, but I think it would be an interesting article and useful to the readership. 
Would this be ok? 
Kind Regards, 
Luke S.
Outreach Editorial Team

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From: Lenny Teytelman
Date: Thu, Sep 10, 2015 at 7:20 AM
To: Luke S <luke.s@specialistauthors.com>

This is the part that confuses me - I run protocols.io and TheSpectroscope.com. I am not affiliated with retractionwatch. 
Lenny

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