Uncommon Ground


Yet another (possibly) predatory publisher to add to the list – Asteroid Publishers

Why do I think Asteroid Publishers might be predatory? Because I received this e-mail from them earlier today:

Dear Dr. Kent E. Holsinger,

Greetings for the day

We are aware of your reputation for quality of research and trustworthiness in this field. With a great pleasure we would like to invite you to join the Editorial Board of our “Journal of Plastic and Aesthetic Surgery”. We are very glad to have an eminent like you to guide the journal in a well-organized way.

Hoping that you will accept our invitation.If you are interested, kindly send your updated C.V, Biography, Research Interests, Recent Photograph and working details for our records.

We hope you are always being there to support us.

Looking forward to have your long lasting scientific relationship.

Best Regards,

<name removed>

Journal Coordinator

Journal of Plastic and Aesthetic Surgery

I have a strong background in evolutionary genetics, but the closest I come to knowing anything about plastic surgery is that my father was a family practitioner until he retired and he occasionally performed minor cosmetic surgery. Any journal publisher who thinks I have a reputation “for quality of research and trustworthiness” in the field of plastic and aesthetic surgery doesn’t deserve to be trusted and should probably be shunned.

The Marist Mindset List for the Class of 2023

Yes, you read that right. It’s the Marist Mindset List, not the Beloit Mindset List. It’s the same Mindset list as before, but it now has a new home. If you’ve never heard of the Mindset List before, here’s the full press release. The short version is

The Marist Mindset List is created by Ron Nief, Director Emeritus of Public Affairs at Beloit College, along with educators McBride and Westerberg, Shaffer, and Zurhellen. Additional items on the list, as well as commentaries and guides, can be found at www.marist.edu/mindset-list and www.themindsetlist.com.

As always, I enjoy looking over the list, even though it makes me feel really old. Here are a few of the items I found particularly striking this year.

  • Like Pearl Harbor for their grandparents, and the Kennedy assassination for their parents, 9/11 is an historical event.
  • The primary use of a phone has always been to take pictures.
  • The nation’s mantra has always been: “If you see something, say something.”
  • They are as non-judgmental about sexual orientation as their parents were about smoking pot.
  • Apple iPods have always been nostalgic.

You can find the full list at www.marist.edu/mindset-list. Enjoy!