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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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Can a (predatory or fake) journal refuse to withdraw a non-published paper, even though the journal is to blame for withdrawal request?

In addition to the excellent answers by Buffy and Anonymous Physicist, I will add a few points. For the sake of completeness, let me summarize the key issues I see here. I am not a lawyer, but I do ...
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Asked to be part of Editorial Board. How to evaluate journal?

Say no. I get these "please join our editorial board" invitations all the time. The (new) journal wants to be able to advertise a significant editorial board. The journal may or may not be ...
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Asked to be part of Editorial Board. How to evaluate journal?

I'm going to differ from Ethan Bolker and say you should consider it. It's not a concern that you are invited even though you're not a professor, because there's no rule that says only professors can ...
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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?

Is this legally possible for the thief to legally keep the theft (and unpublished) article? A more relevant question would be: Can someone libel me and legally get away with it? The answer is yes, ...
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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?

I'll offer a different perspective as to what usually happens when the new journal receives your "duplicate submission". The standard COPE guidelines look like so: I highlight the key step. ...
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Should I referee for MDPI journal Mathematics?

This is not really an answer to the question asked, but it provides background. For context I'm currently employed at MDPI. MDPI is not predatory in the traditional sense of the word (i.e. does not ...
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How to handle payment requests from a predatory journal?

Do not pay them anything else. You can try asking for a refund. I would be surprised if it works. What will they do? They will keep trying to get money from you. It's tough to predict if they will ...
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Predatory conferences: attendance with abstract

These conferences are made for people like you, who work at institutions which require some academic output, and define that output as publications or attendance to a conference to present your work. ...
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Predatory journals which are not open access

Academia.SE isn't about providing lists and evaluating specific journals is off-topic here. However, I can write a more vague/general answer. Open access is a newer model than predatory publishing, ...
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Sure way of checking if an article is reliable

There is no foolproof way of checking whether the findings of an article are reliable. The best way is to be an expert and read it carefully as well as reproducing the findings, but even that is ...
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Should I referee for MDPI journal Mathematics?

Personally, I have denylisted MDPI as a publisher I will not review for. They consistently sent me terrible manuscripts to review and ignored the information I provided about my area of expertise. ...
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Asked to be part of Editorial Board. How to evaluate journal?

The response by @Allure is measured and raises many good points. However, I think that your specific situation is much simpler: if you don't know anything about the journal that offers you a place at ...
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Predatory journals which are not open access

I know of at least one physics “journal” with the following properties: A hybrid financing model: You need to pay to publish and to view. For whatever it’s worth, the prices are considerably below ...
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Predatory journals which are not open access

This question is more complicated than one might think at first sight. Under the traditional definition of "predatory publishing" - where one does not conduct peer review and publish ...
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Submitting to a new journal after attempting to withdraw from ARIPD

I doubt they will publish the paper before you pay them, which you will not do. I think you can submit it now to another journal. I would add a cover letter to the editor explaining the history.
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Sure way of checking if an article is reliable

Don't check the journal/publisher, check the author(s) Not everything published in a predatory journal is unreliable, just like not everything published in reputable journals is reliable. Most papers ...
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The rise of LIDSEN Publishing Inc. - how serious is that publisher?

I think the most neutral and objective information you will get will come from skimming papers in journals you're interested in. They can lie about all sorts of metrics and editorial policies, but ...
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Is conferenceindex.org a reputable source?

I searched for a few good theoretical computer science conferences on that website, none of them were listed. On the other hand, the stuff they do list for computer science looks a lot like the ...
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Predatory conferences: attendance with abstract

So I'll tackle your last question first since the answer is a bit philosophical. If you have the money and you just want to say few things to some people (OR to look around the world), where is ...
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