On July 23, Yelena Shafeyeva, President of Begell House, Inc, emailed me. Referring to my above-linked email, she said "If below is not a spam please call me to discuss this matter." I replied that it was definitely not spam, and asked when would be a good time to call. Not receiving an immediate reply, I called and spoke to Meghan who said Yelena was away that week. (Meghan was one of the recipients of the original email, and clearly knew who I was.) On July 26 Yelena emailed me and asked me for my CV, which I attached in an emailed reply. She also wrote that the following week would be a better time for a call. The next week I called again, and again I talked to Meghan, who said Yelena was not in the office. Meghan promised Yelena would call me. But Yelena never did call. So just this afternoon I emailed her again as follows:
I had the impression from Meghan with whom I spoke twice on the phone that you would call me. If you prefer, you can email me any questions. You can do that or email me a definite time for a call. If I don't hear from you I'll assume you changed your mind. As you know, many journals have fired Ji-Huan He already. I will be doing a blog post soon summarizing the "good" and "bad" journals in that regard. Typically it is the high-quality journals who do the right thing and the fly-by-nights who don't. Part of my wrapup of the Ji-Huan He affair will include an email to all members of the editorial boards and publishing staffs of the "bad" journals just so that everyone is aware that a conscious decision has been made to keep Ji-Huan He.
This response came almost immediately with emphasis and all-caps exactly as in the original:
I am attending conference in DC and will be here the up-coming week. I am warning you that we are not happy that you make unjustified comments regarding Begell House publications. You practice may be characterized as Begell House publications character- deformation. If you do not stop placing questionable blogs regarding our publications I may have to TAKE LEGAL ACTION! If you place false information about our company online this may damage the image of our publishing house. After all who are you to make those blogs?