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Sure way of checking if an article is reliable

I have recently started working on a thesis, and my supervisor told me to make sure I didn't include papers from predatory or unreliable sources. Typically, i perform my searches on Web of science or ...
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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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"Quarterly Franklin Membership" means? [duplicate]

Recently I received an email from London Journals Press. Dear Dr. Po-Wei Huang, ... Taking note of your research interest that matches with our journal scope, I would like to welcome you to associate ...
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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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Submitting to a new journal after attempting to withdraw from ARIPD

Last month, I submitted a paper to the American Review of Math and Statistics (ARMS); however, recently, I learned that its parent company, American Research Institute of Policy Development, is a ...
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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 realized that it was a predatory journal. I asked 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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Should I referee for MDPI journal Mathematics? [duplicate]

As a general rule, when I receive a request to referee a paper from a journal, I do my best to accept it unless I have a strong reason not to. One possible reason is that the journal in question is ...
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How to handle payment requests from a predatory journal?

I sent an article to the journal at a promotional price. The article has already been published. They asked for a surcharge for the review and I paid but according to them I was late and they want to ...
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Is it ethical to obliquely cite articles published by a predatory publisher?

There's a recent article published in Research Evaluation analyzing MDPI's self-citation rates. The author argues that MDPI's self-citation rate is anomalously high relative to leading journals in the ...
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Predatory journals which are not open access

A curiosity inspired by this answer by user Allure, on a previous question I had regarding how to recognize predatory or otherwise disreputable journals. In the answer, it is noted that journals ...
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Can a (predatory or fake) journal refuse to withdraw a non-published paper, even though the journal is to blame for withdrawal request?

Synopsis: Can a fake journal keep the copyright of a submitted (not published) paper, despite the authors' request to withdraw it (because of the journal not keeping its full-waiver promise and also ...
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Asked to be part of Editorial Board. How to evaluate journal?

I am a postdoc researcher (more than five years after PhD) with an average publishing record. I have been contacted by a journal asking me to become part of their editorial board. I am, however, ...
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Is conferenceindex.org a reputable source?

https://conferenceindex.org/ Is this a reputable website or a scam/predatory conference collection?
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Predatory conferences: attendance with abstract

There are many "international conferences" that seem predatory (with a high degree of certainty). They usually provide a space for you to talk about any general issue you consider worth ...
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After my abstract was accepted I learned that the journal is predatory. How can I protect my abstract?

I submitted an abstract to a journal that is on the predatory list of publishers. It has been accepted within hours, but I only now learned that publishing there involves fees and that the journal is ...
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How is it possible that [insert known crackpot] has articles published in Peer-Reviewed Journals?

Note: This question is intended to be a generic version of something that gets asked occasionally on this site. I apologize for making it overly-contrived, but it's intended to be a generic template ...
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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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How should one react and respond when reading questionable publications in highly-regarded conference proceedings?

I am writing to ask for the community's advice in both reacting (regulating my own thoughts) and responding (whether worth the time to respond at all) to situations involving questionable publications....
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How do I identify predatory and low quality journals? 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 can be done when a professor from reputable institute asks me to publish in a predatory journal?

So, I've received what was in many respects a perfectly normal spam message of the form; Due to your recent publication [title of my paper] you are invited to contribute a chapter to a book on [topic ...
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How to make sure that a conference is not a scam when you are invited as a speaker?

I received an invitation from Neuroscience & Brain Disorders (NBD 2021) conference to present my work as an honorable speaker. My research interests are related to the topics of this conference ...
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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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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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Is the Journal of Asian Health a predatory journal? [duplicate]

I recently had a paper accepted to the Journal of Asian Health. Their editorial team seems to consist of one professor, and it seems that they just published their first volume in 2021. However, they ...
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Is it acceptable to cite good papers published in predatory journals? [duplicate]

I am facing a little bit of a conundrum. I am currently writing a research paper in a pretty niche industry field and I am going through a literature review. During this process, I have found a ...
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Should I do peer-review for a predatory conference? [duplicate]

As a first, I recently received an invitation to peer review for a predatory (or at least shady) conference - in contrast to the tons of unsolicited invitations to publish papers with their journals ...
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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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How to balance looking for fast journals and avoiding predatory journals?

I found this question regarding a list of predatory journals. This list is said to record many fake or shady publishers. I am under special circumstances where I would benefit from "speedy" ...
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Does the Tech Industry outside Academia know which Journals are predatory and which aren't?

The question is pretty simple: Are HR/interviewers/recruiters outside of academia who parses through your CV/resume, aware of which journals are predatory (say, from Beall's List) and which are not (...
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Effects of having a few publications in predatory journals in the beginning of my research journey?

The question might feel a little common out here, but allow me to explain more. I am a Junior Year CS Student and in my early days of getting involved in publishing conference papers, research ...
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Is the review process at MDPI fair to reviewers? [duplicate]

I was asked to review for an MDPI journal and realized while requesting to extend the deadline for my review that the editor at MDPI intended to send review requests to several reviewers, to gather ...
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How do you judge the quality of a journal?

A colleague and I recently submitted a paper to a journal with an impressive-sounding name, the "International Journal of Artificial Intelligence and Computational Research". According to ...
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How to identify a legitimate journal from a fake journal? [duplicate]

I know using Google Scholar metrics we can get an awareness about legitimate journals, but there are some journals or conferences papers not stated in the Google metrics. Hence I want to know how to ...
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My supervisor often forwards me predatory submission invitations, how can I react appropriately?

My supervisor (a professor and head of a research institute) is otherwise very competent, accomplished and a well respected and renowned expert in his field. Yet, he keeps on forwarding me emails with ...
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Why do publishing scams use "lҽttҽr ѕubstitυtҽs"?

I get plenty of scam mail, but the scam mail from predatory journals has a unique habit of using odd substitutes for normal roman letters. For example; You Are Inᴠіtҽd to Pυbliѕհ Your Original ...
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How to check if a conference is "indexed" or "fake"? [duplicate]

I submitted my paper to a conference. Based on a previous accepted submission, the conference response seems suspicious, not to mention that gmail marked their email as "suspicious mail". ...
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Is it worth publishing a book chapter through InTechOpen open-access publishing? [closed]

There is already a post on A.SE about the InTechOpen platform, which is currently listed as a predatory open-access journal. That question is 3 years old and since then the platform has changed a lot, ...
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Is a seemingly decent paper with a citation to a poor article from predatory journal a concern?

I am interested in citing a paper. This paper has ~30 citations from others, which is respectable and indicates that a fair number of people have also found it worth discussing. However, a fairly ...
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How to identify predatory publishers/journals

What are the best strategies for assessing if a journal is a "vanity" or "predatory" journal that should be avoided (both for publishing in and reviewing for)? For example, how ...
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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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Can a predatory journal have a quite high Impact factor?

A journal from MDPI is ranked 114 out 272 in its category according to Web of Science Journal Citation Reports. Can it still be a predatory journal? Can a predatory journal obtain an impact factor at ...
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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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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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Would it be ethical to resubmit a research paper to a different conference, when the original venue gave false informations?

It has been asked before if it is ethical to withdraw from one journal, from which a paper has been accepted, and resubmit to another better journal. I believe that the situation here is a little bit ...
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Is this academic organization a predatory one? [duplicate]

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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Can a Scopus journal be fake/predatory?

I get "spam" emails advertising journals listed in Scopus. Can a Scopus journal be fake/predatory? Or does Scopus has enough strict conditions to list only reputable journals? Or do spammers ...
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Is Science Publishing group (http://www.sciencepg.net) a genuine publisher related to the Science journal? [closed]

I received an email requesting me to apply for a reviewer/editor position at Science Publishing group. But I found that Science Publications have a different website, hence I feel that the email is a ...
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How to explain to my boss where not to publish?

I have some continuing misunderstandings with my advisor. For some time I am actually doing my research as a one man show, but due to my faults and a lot of work I still did not finish my PhD. I am ...
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Experiences with Scientific Research Publishing (SCIRP) journals [closed]

Recently I've been receiving an increasing number of invitations to submit papers to several new Open-Access journals published by Scientific Research Publishing (SCIRP). Has anybody here had any ...
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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 ...