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Call it stupidity or bad luck but I am guilty of submitting my research article to a journal which is listed in Beall's List of Predatory Publishers.

It is my first article and I don't have much experience publishing articles. I was searching for a top impact factor journal and found this one on Google and in excitement sent my article (word and pdf files) in this journal a few days ago, only to discover later that this might be a bogus journal.

Now I am worried about that what will happen to my article. What if they plagiarize my paper, or send it to another journal not giving me credit?

My question is that what should I do now? Should I send my article to a reputable journal now? What should be the process? What if it is flagged for fraud by that journal? What are my options?

Any help would be appreciated.

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Is your paper accepted for publication? Did you send the camera ready version? If not, you can always retract the paper. Do it as soon as possible – Alexandros Jul 27 '14 at 18:51
Do as @aeismail says. Withdraw NOW. – Alexandros Jul 27 '14 at 19:24
Well just do not pay. They will throw your paper in the garbage can. Don't be afraid of "plagiarism" (this makes me smile): journals with fees, (unless few top journals) mostly are just after the fee, and the review is just a "formality". – Pam Jul 28 '14 at 12:12
I don't understand all these suggestions about withdrawing the paper "NOW!1!1!1!1!". If just asking to withdraw is enough, then that journal isn't really as bad as it seems. If however it is so bad, then just asking will yield no results. Either way, it's pointless. – o0'. Jul 28 '14 at 20:48
How does a journal from Beall's list gets to have a 'top impact factor' in your field? Assuming you are talking about the legitimate IF. – Cape Code Aug 2 '14 at 12:34
up vote 36 down vote accepted

If the paper has not yet been accepted for publication, you are free to withdraw the paper from consideration. Depending on the policies of the journal to which you submit the article, you may need to disclose the prior submission, and explain why you withdrew the publication from consideration.

Unfortunately, there's little you can do to stop the publishers of the first journal from doing something unsavory with your article. You will need to exercise vigilance in monitoring the work in this area to ensure that the paper isn't mishandled or worse. Be sure to maintain records of all of the correspondence you have had with the journal—and make sure of all it is documentable—phone calls won't suffice here.

However, if all the journal has is a PDF of your original article, it makes it a lot harder to do anything with it: it is tedious work to convert it into the template that most publishers use without significant effort. Thus, without the original graphics and text files, it will be difficult for them to "transmit" the paper elsewhere.

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They have sent me a mail of acknowledgment of article submission but it does not mention title of my paper. – Jewel Thief Jul 27 '14 at 19:12
At this stage, just withdraw the paper from consideration by the journal. – aeismail Jul 27 '14 at 19:14
and as far as documentation goes, my article was accepted in an IEEE associated conference earlier this year but I was not able to present it due to travel issues. I have their acceptance mail with me. Would that be good enough proof if some thing bad happens to my article? – Jewel Thief Jul 27 '14 at 19:22
@JewelThief In case of being plagiarised, they can testify you submitted it to them earlier. – Davidmh Jul 28 '14 at 20:49

aesmail's post is right on. In addition, I would recommend creating some Google Alerts for some unique sentences or phrases from your article as well. Use quotes around the whole text in each query. Make sure that the ones you pick are unique to your work by finding query strings that are exactly from your work and return no results on Google now. That way, if they do make use of your words, you have a chance of finding out when it happens. You might have to make several of these, but if you use some key passages, you've got a good chance of catching them if they do.

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Thanks for pointing this out. I had this in mind, but forgot to mention it. – aeismail Jul 27 '14 at 19:13

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