I submitted a paper to a journal, which was accepted for publishing. I made the payment and signed the copyright form. I enquired the state of the transaction of the bank and the amount was credited to the journal’s account. After that, I got no response from their side.

What should I do?

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    Accept that you've been scammed? What's the journal name? We may be able to determine whether you've been duped by one of the predator journals. – 101010111100 Jul 6 '16 at 12:21
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    How long since you paid the fee and signed the copyright form? – scaaahu Jul 6 '16 at 12:39
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    In the published version of the journal, do they say when papers were submitted? Maybe you can tell if yours is just taking the normal amount of time before appearing. – GEdgar Jul 6 '16 at 13:55
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    As a rule of thumb, be weary of journals that request payment form authors. – Cape Code Jul 6 '16 at 15:56
  • Can you include: what country you are in, and the approximate time table for this question (for example, I sent in payment 3 days/weeks/months ago) – J. Roibal - BlockchainEng Jul 6 '16 at 16:07

Before jumping to conclusions, the first thing to do is to send a polite email to the editor for an acknowledgement or current status of transaction. Short delays are manageable, but how long or short differs from one journal to another.

There are several factors that you might have to think through to determine your next action.

  1. Whether you have submitted your manuscript to a hijacked/predatory journal; these journals might pretend to be a reputable journal by sounding the same but differing in spelling to mislead you.

  2. Whether the journal is reputable; one of the ways to rule this out would be to check the volume and issue number. This would give an idea of how long was this journal was publishing.

  3. Whether this level of delay is usual; sometimes even if the money is credited on the other end, it may take some time reach the necessary department.

Resorting to legal action would be the last thing to do.

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