When I just opened my mailbox, I found this*:
Please accept our apologies if we have caught you at a busy time.
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Who on earth would care for any stuff published without peer-review? It says on their website that “it is the authors’ responsibility to actively solicit at least three reviews on their article. Authors can seek more reviews, if they so wish. We discourage authors from choosing their reviewers selectively. WebmedCentral reserves the right to invite further reviews on any article.” However, when I checked some of the “Popular Articles” none had been reviewed. It also seems that the majority of “Latest Reviews” comes from some “Mr.Admin WebmedCentral”.
With the increasing number of open access journals with questionable reputation (I’m NOT referring to BMC or PLoS) and then this on top, I think one should really watch out from which journals citations stem from when reading papers or refereeing manuscripts. In this context the similarity in names between WebmedCentral and BMC isn’t really coincidental!
* admittedly in the junk-folder when checking whether Thunderbird would have again been over-critical