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Questions tagged [disreputable-publishers]

For questions about publishers that are reputed to engage in unethical and/or dishonest practices.

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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?

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 scam or a real thing?

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 ...
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Should I submit my paper to a journal that accepts papers quickly?

Should I submit my paper to a journal that accepts quickly? One of my batch-mate got accepted in a journal within 1 month. The journal was also listed on predatory journal's list. Please advise.
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How serious can this review invitation be?

I published my first article a while ago, nothing special, just rigorous formalization of some well-known facts. Now I got a mail writing We have read about your published precious paper in ...
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Predatory publisher

I work on political ecology and I currently writing up my thesis. Inadvertently I sent around 3000 words to a conference on "tribals" in Kerala organised by a TISS professor with no address or ...
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Is there something like withdrawal charges?

I have served as a reviewer for allied academies and decided to submit an article myself, but couldn't find any info regarding APCs. After some months I was told that my article is accepted and I have ...
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What to do when bosses want me to publish for a legit journal of a predatory publisher?

Since a year ago my lab group is invested in producing a special issue for a journal of a controversial publisher that is listed as a predatory one in its open access branch. But my compliances about ...
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Why would the editor of a reputable journal act simultaneously as the editor of a potentially predatory journal? [closed]

Can anybody explain why someone who is editor of a reputable journal also act simultaneously as an editor for a potentially predatory journal?
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Distinguish starting journals from predatory ones

As you know, there are journals -predatory journals- which are just publishing scams, without actual peer review, etc. but look like genuine ones, and it is a problem for the honest researcher to ...
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How should I go about publishing a manuscript in which my mentor does not actively support my best interests?

I am at a loss of what to do. I had started working on this project, a systematic review and meta-analysis back in undergrad. I was a senior. Long story short, for a while my manuscript was going well....
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Journal got blacklisted recently – how to withdraw the paper from the journal and database?

Recently, the journal where my paper was published got blacklisted in a so-called blacklist. I was very surprised since the journal existed more than ten years. My questions: How to drop the paper ...
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Is there a website that lists the journals that are actually scams? [duplicate]

I constantly receive emails from editors asking me to submit papers for their journals. However, only a handful of them originate from a trustworthy source. The vast majority are just scams — ...
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Does a publication in a predatory journal negatively impact admissions decisions?

I have published an original research paper in what was claimed by Beall's list to be a predatory journal. Considering the way they reviewed my paper, the corrections they gave me, and the many ...
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Filtering spam invitation emails [closed]

Is there a readily compiled, contiunously updated list of email addresse and/or domain names used in spam messages from predatory journals or conferences, or phrases or keywords that could be used to ...
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Journals having format standards described in a commercial document

I am writing a paper that I want to submit to a journal in Education. By looking at the formatting requirements I discovered that most of the journals in this area set require to format submissions by ...
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Is Science Publishing group (http://www.sciencepg.net) a genuine publisher related to the Science journal?

I received an email requesting me to apply for a reviewer/editor position at Science Publishing group (http://www.sciencepg.net). But I found that Science Publications have a different website (http://...
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What to do when you have accidentally submitted an article to a predatory journal

I'm an inexperienced researcher and I made the stupid mistake of submitting my article to a predatory journal. I realised the journal was fake when they failed to provide the reviewers comments. I ...
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How to remove my name from the editorial board of a journal on Beall’s list?

My name is listed on the editorial board of a journal on Beall's list against my will. I emailed them multiple times to ask them to remove my name from their website. They did not reply. How do I deal ...
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Do reputable journals ever conduct peer review entirely by email?

In the comments to one of the answers to this question, the asker points out that he is asked to submit his review of a manuscript for publication via email and that there is no formal online system ...
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When picking a journal for my research should I value the publisher's reputation over the journal's impact factor?

I'm in the process of selecting an appropriate journal for my article. I short-listed a few journals based on topic coverage, IF and speed of the review process. I am confused: should I select a ...
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Invitation to review for an unknown journal

I recently received the following invitation to act as a reviewer for an unknown journal. Is it ok to just ignore it? Subject: Invitation to Review Manuscript for Asian Journal of Current ...
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Paid for article in OMICS journal [duplicate]

I submitted an article to one of the OMICS journals and also paid for it only to find out they are a predatory journal. article not yet publish. Any advice what I should do?
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Where are predatory publishers based?

Is there any research/study/survey that looked at the location of predatory publishers? (e.g., x% are based in country A, y% are based in country B, etc.) I am mostly interested in English-speaking ...
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What to do when a good article is published in a predatory online journal that disappears?

European International Journal of Science and Humanities (EIJSH) published my article about 2 years ago. The publication was online. The problem is that I haven't been able to access the EIJSH website ...
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A scam publisher offers me to publish, but it seems that I lose nothing if agree

I've received an email from Lambert Academic Publishing (LAP Publishing), offering to publish my manuscript. I heard that they are a scam, but is there any reason to refrain from publishing with them?...
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With Beall's List gone, how can I tell if a journal is spam?

Jeffrey Beall removed his list of predatory journals from the internet this past Sunday. While the reasons for his doing this are not yet public, this is a real loss of a valuable service. Does anyone ...
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What makes a journal scientific?

Question What exactly is the definition of a scientific publication or journal? Background What fueled this question in particular is the current rise of predatory publishers. Jeffrey Beall had a ...
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Do most customers choose predatory publishers knowingly?

In this comment, it was claimed: Predatory publishers thrive because when you apply for a job or a grant, few read your papers. They check the papers you pinpoint and the number of publcations. ...
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Should I mention a published paper in a disreputable journal in my resumé for admission to a PhD scholarship?

I want to be admitted to PhD studies at a foreign university with a scholarship. I was in a team of four members authoring a paper, whose senior member (who is a professor) corresponded the ...
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How can I withdraw my paper from a fake conference?

I submitted one of my research paper in a fake conference by mistake. Now I want to withdraw my paper from it, But I am facing problem in withdrawal as no email id is given on that website. The ...
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What to do if predatory journal won't withdraw paper after acceptance? [duplicate]

Last year, I’ve started an independent research in hopes to be published one day. Fast forwarding a year (a couple of weeks ago in fact), I have finished my manuscript in which I was planning to ...
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Should I be suspicious of a conference that invites me, a recently admitted graduate student, to be an invited speaker?

I'm a recently-admitted student to graduate program, albeit possessing a considerable roster of research papers in known conferences and journals. I'd just, recently, received an email from the ...
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Why do predatory journals invite people to editorial boards?

I've been invited to the editorial board of a predatory journal. I know not to accept the invitation or reply in any way shape or form, but I don't understand why they are doing this, which is a bit ...
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Is there an actual, physical event associated with predatory conferences?

I occasionally receive emails inviting me to present in a predatory conference. These are usually easy to identify, given that they call me a "Dr" or a "Prof" (only a PhD student at the moment), never ...
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Does inclusion on the ARC ERA 2010 journal ranking list imply the journal is not predatory?

Leading up to 2010, the Australian Research Council’s Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) initiative categorized journals (and conferences) into four categories A*, A, B, and C (see this ...
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How can academia defend itself against journal website hijackings? [closed]

This is fresh off the press:* How to hijack a journal. J. Bohannon. Science 350 no. 6263, p. 903. 20 November 2015. I just saw it and I find it intensely worrying. In short, it appears that scam ...