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Are the conferences organized by WASET legit or some type of scam? [duplicate]

Searching through websites dedicated to collect upcoming scientific conferences, I have stumbled upon a lot of similar-sounding conferences around the world (e.g., see here), all organized through the ...
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Should I tell a colleague that he's serving as an editor for a predatory journal?

A colleague of mine, who I regard scientifically, just invited me to submit an article to a special issue of a journal which I consider predatory. I consider this journal predatory because its ...
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Should I publish in a second rate journal published by a maybe disreputable publisher?

I've been invited to write an article for a special issue of an open access journal. According to the prospective guest editor, the editors say that “All papers invited by the guest editor will be ...
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A journal keeps requesting reviews after I have declined any more

I recently received an invitation to review two papers from a journal(!) through EDAS, which I have an account with, only because many years ago and while I was studying my Bachelor degree, I ...
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A predatory journal? [duplicate]

I sent my manuscript to a journal which they accepted for publication without peer review. They asked for a 1000 euro service fee. I requested a withdrawal instead, to which they replied asking ...
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How should I cite something that I saw in a famous internet forum (not Stack Exchange)?

Let me tell you the story. I am a researcher in Mathematics and I have been the past months developing an idea that seems simple but potentially fruitful. The idea is so simple and straightforward ...
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How can you compare the quality of conferences?

So I know with journals you can look up the impact factors, but is there any equivalent for conferences? So I'm looking at IEEE's Information Technology and Artificial Intelligence Conference which ...
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Can you file a complaint about editors selling your contact information?

If you are in academia, you might have noticed that your contact information is being sold, sometimes you collaborate with a person with a very specific research line and background and get an ...
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How to find out if a journal is predatory? [duplicate]

I am considering the website of this journal and can't really decide if it is a predatory journal or if it is merely a very obscure journal. As far as I am aware, it does look to be a real journal ...
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Is conpher.com / conpher legit?

Does anybody know if conpher is a trustworthy organization? I have recently received a couple of emails from jm@conpher.com. The email body says: Congratulations on your new article! We are a group ...
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can I submit in a new journal after submission in a predatory journal who force to pay in order to withdraw?

after submission of my article, I realize that it was a predatory journal. I ask to withdraw my manuscript but they require to pay half of charges. what can I do? If I do not pay, can I submit in a ...
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If a journal requires “Article Processing fee” does that make it a predatory journal? [duplicate]

If a journal take article processing fee then does that mean the journal is predatory? or there are some other criteria to tell a journal as predatory?
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Possibly, quick acceptance for publication

Two days ago, a physics journal received my manuscript and today they informed me that the editor and reviewer accepted my manuscript for publication. this is the first time for me publishing a ...
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What is the best way to publicize the existence of a fraudulent journal?

Earlier this year, I was anonymously informed of the existence of a fraudulent journal, Reactive Oxygen Species. When I investigated, I found that the "Editorial Team" of "international experts" ...
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Submit in journal with no DOIs? [duplicate]

My professor and I have been trying to publish a paper, but it keeps being rejected. A journal emailed my professor asking her to submit the paper to them, but I am not sure it is legitimate. None ...
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Can anybody vouch for PubSure? [duplicate]

A few days ago I uploaded a pre-print to arXiv. Today I got an email from a service called PubSure offering to evaluate the manuscript with AI (?) and give me a score on how "publishable" (?) it is. ...
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Is Archives of Applied Medicine (aoamj.org) a respectable Journal/Conference? [duplicate]

The title says it all, is Archives of Applied Medicine (aoamj.org) a respectable Journal/Conference? (I am going to answer this myself.)
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Rejection from a legitimate journal, with reviewers recommending me to try a Beall's list journal

Recently I received a rejection by the editor of SCI Expanded journal (which I consider to be a legitimate journal): The reviewer's comments (just a few days after I submitted the manuscript): ...
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Is this academic organization a predatory one?

I was reading about this organization that is called SAI (https://thesai.org/) which has a number of journals and conferences indexed in Scopus, but I am a little bit dubious if it should be ...
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Is it wise to try to remove myself from predator mailinglists?

A predator journal (Americal Journal of Applied Mathematics) regulary sends me mails about how I should submit to them or join the peer review. Recently I discovered there is a Unsubscribe link in the ...
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Is “Advances in Engineering” a predatory platform? [duplicate]

I have received an e-mail from "Advances in Engineering". Is it a predatory-platform? Is it reputable? ... Dear Dr. XYZ, We are pleased to inform you that Advances in Engineering selection ...
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Why do vanity journals exist?

I'm confused about the existence of vanity journals. My impression is that they often charge significant sums of money yet provide no peer review, editing, etc. If I want to claim I published ...
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Beall's List of Potential Predatory Publishers on Weebly shutdown?

Most academics would be familiar with Beall's list of Potential Predatory Publishers. His project was shutdown some years ago, with the publicised reason being a "personal decision" (see link above), ...
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Conference claims they have indexed proceedings and publisher denies it

There is a conference which says that the proceedings will by published in Springer. Normally, Springer conferences mention the series of the volume that the proceedings will be published (LNCS, CCIS ...
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Paper accepted at a probably predatory conference, how shall I proceed?

I'm a college student attending a very prestigious university. I did an independent research during this summer, and I recently submitted my conference paper to an international conference. The ...
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Removing articles from ResearchGate

Over a decade ago, when I was about 11, I fancied myself as budding social scientist and wrote a few "papers" of extremely dubious quality which I uploaded to SSRN. I kept up the interest in ...
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Turning a conference proceedings into a book chapter. Is it self plagiarism?

I've recently sent some of my research to a local conference entitled "XIX Simpósio Brasileiro de Sensoriamento Remoto". After the conference, I started getting contacted by some publishers asking me ...
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What is the difference between predatory publishers and vanity presses?

The University of Sunshine Coast's website gives the difference as: Vanity publishers are publishers that will charge the author a fee for publishing a book ... While similar to vanity publishing, ...
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Withdraw my published paper from open access journal [closed]

Because the journal is not recognized by UGC. Kindly please suggest how to withdraw my paper in an open access journal.
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Has a journal ever switched between being a predatory journal and a reputable one?

There are a lot of questions here on what predatory journals are, and how to tell if a journal is one or not. Are there known cases where a journal has "switched" camps, or where substantial evidence ...
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Is there anywhere to complain about the behaviors of editors of journals except themselves? [closed]

Two months ago, I submitted a paper to a journal. Within two weeks, editor in chief gave me: "Invitation to Revise". He himself read the manuscript and provides some comments. I worked on his ...
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is David Publishing Company legit? [duplicate]

I have an abstract presented by my colleague at a local conference. I got an email from a company called David Publishing Company claiming that they are interested in publishing our paper in the ...
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Do I have an obligation to pay publication fee to predatory journal?

Accidentally submitted to predatory journal (very naive and stupid first time researcher here) accepted with no evidence of peer review. Could not pay submission fee so they reduced cost substantially ...
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Accidentally submitted to predatory journal, did not pay fee, already online?

I am a first time researcher and naively submitted to an OA predatory journal (on BEALL'S LIST) which requests a publishing fee. Having read the terms and conditions, there was no comment stating that ...
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How common is reference/citation padding?

I recently discovered a paper of mine (pure mathematics) has been cited by a paper in a very different field (an area of applied mathematics) that I have nothing to do with. The reference to my paper ...
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How should I withdraw a paper from a predatory journal? [duplicate]

My Co-author made the mistake of sending a research article to a predatory publisher(OMICS), which got accepted after 2 months of review. On the same day of their acceptance email, we sent a ...
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Is there anything inherently wrong with publishing in a bad journal?

There's a journal I read a paper in I wanted to respond to. The journal is open access, has no fee, and I have enough for a short paper (less than like 5 pages, there are no size limits). Writing this ...
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My former adviser published an article from my master thesis in a predatory journal without my consent, what should I do now?

My former master adviser published an article, which is derived from my master thesis, in a predatory journal without my consent. He put my name as the first and corresponding author and his name as ...
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Withdrawing a chapter proposal: Is anything else required here?

I have been invited to write a chapter with a publisher, so I wrote a proposal for the chapter using the abstract of a write-up (short primer paper) I had. After sending the proposal, I eventually ...
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What are the legal obligations of “Editorial Board Membership Agreement”?

Basically, I have two questions. First question: Anyone knows EnPress publisher is just a scam/predatory publisher or not? Cause they sent an email to me to invite me to join editorial board of a ...
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How to balance looking for fast journals and avoiding predatory journals?

I found a question (What are "fake", "shady", and/or "predatory" journals?) regarding a list of predatory journals (https://web.archive.org/web/20170111172309/https://...
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should I publish in journal that has no IF

I have written an article in the field of Information Systems and Security and I would like to publish it in a journal. From downloading the Scimago journal rank, I decided to publish in a journal ...
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What is the consenus of IntechOpen, open access books, are they predatory? [closed]

I have received an unsolicited request to write a chapter for a book relevant to my research. I have searched the current editors and they are actual people but not very well known in the field. On ...
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ATINER - is this a legimate conference? pros and cons? [duplicate]

Background: A close acquaintance of mine is a tenured faculty member at a minor US college, having worked there for several decades. They are very well respected for their contributions to the college,...
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Reputed journal publications, yet I have small number of citations

People say that the impact factor and number citations somehow correlated. However; since 2012, I published 7 articles in well reputed top-10% journal, 5 papers in flagship conferences. Yet my total ...
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Is a request to publish an article in Research Features a scam?

I regularly receive emails from Open Access predatory journals or conferences asking me to publish an article or attend some kind of conference somewhere. Usually, those emails are easy to identify. ...
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Were predatory journals widespread before publishers of reputable journals introduced the “author pays” model?

After reading yet another news article about predatory journals/conferences and how they weigh on the finances of labs in some countries, I started to wonder the following. Were they widespread before ...
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Which blacklists of poor quality scientific journals are run formally by a government agency?

I read on Nature News China introduces sweeping reforms to crack down on academic misconduct (mirror) 2018-06-08: The policy also states that MOST [the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology] ...
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Is this journal a scam: Requires payment, invited to submit via email, no comments from reviewers, journal not listed on scimagojr rankings

After having presented a paper of mine at a conference last summer, I received an email from someone claiming to be part of an editorial team of a journal, to whom my paper was recommended. I sent my ...
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GDPR and predatory/spam journals

As the new general data protection regulation approached, I got a ton of emails from services I'm using asking me to give my consent. My question is, would the new law help me to get rid of the ...