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How is it possible that [insert known crackpot] has articles published in Peer-Reviewed Journals?

I'll note that a "crank" in one field might well be an expert in another. Some incredible racists who spout crap are well respected researchers in, say, math or electronics. I'll also note ...
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Rejection from a legitimate journal, with reviewers recommending me to try a Beall's list journal

I am quite new to academia, is the above considered normal practice No. This is abnormal and unacceptable for a reviewer or editor to suggest this. Any advice of what I can do? If the journal you ...
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How is it possible that [insert known crackpot] has articles published in Peer-Reviewed Journals?

Why would it be impossible? Remember, peer review is only supposed to judge the work that is presented. It's not supposed to judge the reputation of the authors, or the credibility of the author's ...
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Why do publishing scams use "lҽttҽr ѕubstitυtҽs"?

"Unicode-obfuscation" (link to pdf) is a common spam-filter evasion technique that is not unique to publishing scams. Your sample is not representative, so it only appears as if other scams ...
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Why do vanity journals exist?

We do not call them "vanity journals." We call them "predatory journals." They make their money from people who do not understand how journals work. Their customers do not know that anybody can set ...
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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?

I heard about Beall's list several times on this site, but I'm amazed about its significance to some people. When you start doing research, you need to know which papers are important in your field (...
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Do reputable journals ever conduct peer review entirely by email?

I have interacted with several reputable math/TCS journals, both as author and as reviewer, entirely via email without the involvement of an online submission. I have even witnessed senior members of ...
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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?

As noted in the question, Beall's list once was a method for identifying predatory publishers. However, the list is no more. A recent Publons blog post addressed how to identify predatory journals. ...
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What to do when a good article is published in a predatory online journal that disappears?

This is a very important question, as even non-predatory publishers can have problems and face difficult times, eventually closing altogether (e.g. Heart Lung and Vessels). As stated in the comment ...
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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?

The journal has nothing to "give back" and no basis for demanding payment. As long as the authors still hold copyright the work is theirs and theirs alone. All that is required is a ...
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Why do publishing scams use "lҽttҽr ѕubstitυtҽs"?

This paper (Arxiv PDF Link) argues that it is indeed done to prevent spam filters. From their conclusion: Moreover, we tested this method with a Microsoft Business email. We first sent an email ...
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What is the best way to publicize the existence of a fraudulent journal?

Send it to one of the successors to Beall's list of predatory journals. Their websites: Cabell’s whitelist/blacklist: commercial, subscription required for access, but accepts listings Stop Predatory ...
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Distinguish starting journals from predatory ones

Look at the editorial board. If it contains respectable, well-known researchers in the field, then it's likely to be a serious journal.
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How serious can this review invitation be?

Don't waste your time with it. You were smart to catch how the mail might have been generated (keywords etc). These mails are often sent out by journals that turn out to be predatory*; you wouldn't ...
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What to do when you have accidentally submitted an article to a predatory journal

You can now submit it elsewhere. It has not been published and it is not under consideration anywhere, so you are free to resubmit it. The fact that the first journal was predatory is only relevant ...
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Is a seemingly decent paper with a citation to a poor article from predatory journal a concern?

It is obligatory to cite works that you use in your research. This includes bad works, works with errors, works that have never been cited, works published in bad/predatory journals, and works that ...
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Why do vanity journals exist?

If you’ve ever submitted a manuscript that was eventually rejected, you can understand why people will resort to this kind of publication. Publishing novel stuff is hard, and not everybody can do it. ...
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Should I do peer-review for a predatory conference?

I would not review for a disreputable journal or conference, especially not a predatory one. Not only does it waste your time but I believe you are doing harm because you are providing them ...
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Should I submit my paper to a journal that accepts papers quickly?

Quick acceptance (a month) is pretty surprising for many disciplines, but that's not necessarily a bad thing in itself. But if the journal "guarantees quick acceptance", you should be very suspicious, ...
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What is the best way to publicize the existence of a fraudulent journal?

There is little point in publicizing a particular fraudulent journal. It costs very little to set up a fraudulent journal. If people become aware of one fraudulent journal, criminals will simply ...
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After my abstract was accepted I learned that the journal is predatory. How can I protect my abstract?

Money is the great motivator for predatory journals. If you write and tell them that: You do not wish them to publish your abstract You will not be paying them anything You will not be sending them ...
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Distinguish starting journals from predatory ones

Most new respectable journals will be backed by an institution, so you can have a look at sponsors. They put their reputation on the line, so this is probably a more secure verification than only ...
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How to make sure that a conference is not a scam when you are invited as a speaker?

[As per suggestion of user151413, comment converted into response] A few sanity checks to run: Ask them who else is in your session and with which topics, if possible. Check the participant list or ...
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Were predatory journals widespread before publishers of reputable journals introduced the "author pays" model?

Anecdotally, a significant proportion of journals on post-Soviet space in 90s were quite happy to publish literally anything as long as author covers the "publication costs". The peer-review was ...
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Should I tell a colleague that he's serving as an editor for a predatory journal?

First, you need to have very solid reasons for considering the journal to be "predatory". I bring this up because the only concrete reason you gave in your question is a rather poor one: ...
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How to make sure that a conference is not a scam when you are invited as a speaker?

If you are invited as an "invited speaker" or "honourable speaker" and the conference organizers still ask you to pay a registration fee to give your talk, that is likely a scam. ...
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Invitation to review for an unknown journal

The title of the journal is very suspicious. You cannot even tell whether the journal is within your area of expertise. This is probably one in the sea of many worthless journals. I am the editor of ...
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Is there a website that lists the journals that are actually scams?

There used to be one, called Beall's list, which listed predatory journals. The author however took it offline, apparently partly because of legal threats. If you search online you will be able to ...
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Is a request to publish an article in Research Features a scam?

Research Features is a UK-based magazine intended for a broad audience (outreach), it is not a peer-reviewed academic journal. So in one sense it is legitimate: it's a real magazine with real ...
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Has a journal ever switched between being a predatory journal and a reputable one?

This question isn't really answerable because what's predatory and what isn't predatory isn't well-defined. If you define "predatory" as being on Beall's list, then the answer is yes: MDPI ...
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