Paleonet: Beware of dodgy abstract acceptance e-mails

Robert Speijer Robert.Speijer at
Thu Sep 3 06:20:37 GMT 2015

Dear John,
Check the e-mail address. Yesterday I've received a proper confirmation of a GSA abstract as a co-author and it was sent from meetings at

Best regards / Met vriendelijke groeten,

Robert P. Speijer

Professor of Paleontology
Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, KU Leuven
Celestijnenlaan 200E, B-3001 Leuven, Belgium
Tel: +32 16 326404; Fax: +32 16 322980
Papers at ResearchGate<>

Van: Paleonet [paleonet-bounces at] namens John Laurie [john.r.laurie at]
Verzonden: donderdag 3 september 2015 4:51
Aan: PaleoNet
Onderwerp: Re: Paleonet: Beware of dodgy abstract acceptance e-mails

Gil and Jane,

This is a paper on which I was senior author and was submitted to a conference in Newcastle (NSW) in 2014. If it isn't bogus, then one of my co-authors must have submitted this without informing me or any other co-author. That's a bit rude.


On 3 September 2015 at 12:41, Gil Nelson <gnelson at<mailto:gnelson at>> wrote:
I think these are sent to all those listed as author on a presentation, whether or not they are present or actually make the presentation or staff a poster.
From: Jane P Davidson<mailto:jdhexen at>
Sent: ‎9/‎2/‎2015 10:38 PM
To: PaleoNet<mailto:paleonet at>
Subject: Re: Paleonet: Beware of dodgy abstract acceptance e-mails

Hi John,  odd that you got this.  I know that GSA is sending  out notifications now to those who did submit abstracts.  Best,  Jane Davidson

Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE smartphone

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From: John Laurie <john.r.laurie at<mailto:john.r.laurie at>>
Date: 09/02/2015 7:30 PM (GMT-08:00)
To: paleonet at<mailto:paleonet at>
Subject: Paleonet: Beware of dodgy abstract acceptance e-mails

Dear Paleonetters,

I just received an e-mail congratulating me for having my abstract accepted for an oral presentation at a Geol Soc America meeting in Baltimore later this year. The fact that the title is the same as a previous abstract submitted to another conference, and that I have not submitted an abstract to any conference in the US clearly indicates that this e-mail is bogus. So, if you get one of these, delete it immediately.



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