Open publishing is a fantastic idea. However, this move by Bentham Science makes them look like Manutius Publishing. I just got an email from them that starts like this:
“Dear Dr. Scheidegger:
Bentham Open is one of the …”
Not only have they gotten the doctor thing just completely wrong, but I have been asked to join the board because of my “eminent contributions in the field of virtual reality”. However, later in the email, they write: “Should you be interested in being and Editorial Board Member, then please could you send us your CV and list of publications for consideration [sic]”. Wait, wasn’t I selected because of my eminent contributions? And do they pick virtual reality grad students to be on the board of their vis journals?
I can recognize at least one name from the current board. If it’s true (there are no affiliations and only abbreviated names, so I can’t be sure), that’s unfortunate. Also, stop calling your model Open Access. Pay-to-publish is NOT open access. I agree with Mihai Patrascu‘s feeling: from first impressions, this is a case of a creative publisher trying to trick us into giving them money. I have to wonder how many people they unsuccessfully spammed before they got to grad students…