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

For questions about publishers that are reputed to engage in unethical and/or dishonest practices, such as:

  • Claiming a rigorous peer review process, but actually publishing virtually anything that's paid for.
  • Preying on people who are under a lot of pressure to publish, by charging high author fees for promises of quick publication.
  • Pretending to be affiliated with a reputable professional society.
  • Claiming an "impact factor" when they do not have one, or when they have an "impact factor" from some entity other than Thomson Reuters ISI.
  • Listing important academics on their editorial board, when these people never agreed to serve in this capacity.
  • Not stating author fees upfront, and sending a bill to authors only after a paper is accepted.
  • Publishing content that is plagiarized or has copyright issues.
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