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What do I do if my thesis is stolen

Inform your advisor and the department, maybe also the Dean of the school what happened. Don't pay any money to extortionists. Let the authorities deal with it. Your university may have a legal ...
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Is Academia.edu's "mentions" feature real?

It is so clearly a hoax, trying to get more subscribers. Please, Academia.edu software engineers, do not try the "we make errors" card, as it is not believable. I do believe they are legit, but this ...
Dominique Kenens's user avatar
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WCAM speaker invitation: scam, and how does it work?

A good technique to research questions of the form "is X a scam?" is to google "X scam". I just googled "Annual World Congress of Advanced Materials WCAM scam". One of ...
Dimitri Vulis's user avatar
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Invitation to a new conference: possible scam?

It is shady at very least. Covering a wide range of topics, with barely any mention of the organizing committee or keynote speakers - there is hardly any information to go by at all! Even the ...
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Invitation to help writing and submitting papers -- how does this scam work?

This is how I believe the actual scam works. There is some poor sod who has a low quality research paper and who wants it to appear in a reputable journal by unethical means if need be. Maybe they ...
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Got roped into (what I’m pretty sure is) a scam conference. What now?

You can be plagiarized even if you never attend a scam conference The two concepts (plagiarism & scam conferences) are unrelated. This is because plagiarism is taking someone else's work and ...
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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 ...
Pieter Naaijkens's user avatar
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Meeting dishonest ex-supervisors at large international conference -- Should one speak out?

There is a lot going on here. If you want to play power politics make sure that you have the power first. You contemplate making an accusation. Depending on local law and custom this could open you ...
Buffy's user avatar
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Do journals avoid you as a reviewer if you are too fast?

In my experience, the unusual thing is not that you haven't been asked to review recently but that you had a batch of review requests all at once. Most journals that I have worked with, as either ...
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Invitation to help writing and submitting papers -- how does this scam work?

Who pays for those services in an amount sufficient to pay me and those middlemen? Oh, a lot, lot of people! Only a fraction of the people who can benefit from publication credit actually have the ...
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Is Academia.edu's "mentions" feature real?

This is definitely a scam. (+1 for Dominique Kenens) I registered 7 years ago, and haven't logged in for many years. I'm definitely not a premium user. Still I have received several of such emails ...
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Got roped into (what I’m pretty sure is) a scam conference. What now?

Do you have a supervisor? Have you discussed this with them or someone else at the university? Surely in the long run it's better to err on the side of being totally honest with them and explaining ...
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Elsevier Editorial System: is this scam?

This is the usual way reviewer invitation arrives. Go for it. (Maybe check if the email and the links you received are really from an Elsevier domain).
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Is Academia.edu's "mentions" feature real?

I'm a software engineer at Academia.edu. We have a feature which allows users to see which papers mention which users. That feature is only available to premium users. During the first month, you ...
Jack Maris's user avatar
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What do I do if my thesis is stolen

It's worth remembering that in most locales around the world, you owned the copyright to your thesis the moment you recorded it in a durable format (on paper, in an electronic document, etc). Someone ...
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Do journals avoid you as a reviewer if you are too fast?

I am not sure if you made the journals suspicions, but here is what I do when my reviews take extra-short or extra-long time. I let the editor know what is going on. For example, I just finished a ...
Terry Loring's user avatar
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Invitation to a new conference: possible scam?

If the list of topics spans a page, you should already be suspicious. Conferences that have no focus typically imply that they are not where people with deep knowledge in a reasonably well ...
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Is Academia.edu's "mentions" feature real?

I have a college email address that was used when I was researching one paper, so I was easily able to look back at the number of times I get emails from Academia.edu, telling me that my name has been ...
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Meeting dishonest ex-supervisors at large international conference -- Should one speak out?

If I might propose an alternative? Your goal here isn't necessarily to accuse the supervisors in question, but to warn potential vulnerable victims to their scam. I don't work in academia, but I do ...
SE Does Not Like Dissent's user avatar
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I got an offer of admission to a post-graduate program in a totally different field. How to know if it is legit?

Yes, this is a legitimate offer from a real school. I also took a quick look at online reviews. There are too many negative reviews such as "don't go there" or "avoid this place at all ...
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Is there a website that lists the journals that are actually scams?

There are at least a couple of lists. You'd have to judge for yourself how much you trust them since apparently none of them is affiliated with a University or some other "reputable" curator: List of ...
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How to quickly assess the legitimacy of a conference?

The fastest way possible is to use a policy of "don't call me, I'll call you" with venues (conferences, journals, etc.). If you don't already know them, discard correspondence from them. In most cases ...
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Do journals avoid you as a reviewer if you are too fast?

I can add a sample size of one from personal experience here: In my field (somewhere between physics and applied mathematics), the actual workload of a peer review is at most one day of work while the ...
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I got an offer of admission to a post-graduate program in a totally different field. How to know if it is legit?

Saint James School of Medicine seems legit. It is a private, for-profit medical school. They appear on Wikipedia's list of medical schools in the Caribbean, and they are ECFMG eligible, meaning that ...
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Are the conferences by Acavent legit or a scam? - subquestion to general question "How to detect if a conference is a scam"

To me at least, this does indeed raise a lot of red flags. I googled the company out of curiosity, and found a similar thread to your's on ResearchGate. In that thread, a person who claimed to be ...
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Do journals avoid you as a reviewer if you are too fast?

Do journals avoid you as a reviewer if you are too fast? No. might they have mistrusted my reviews because they were too quickly done? No. Reviews are judged by the contents. are editors letting ...
Anonymous Physicist's user avatar
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Is conpher.com / conpher legit?

I work for Conpher. Conpher was started by 35 postdoc researchers who want to share journal article publication experiences in order to share advice on where best to publish your research. Conpher is ...
John Marshall's user avatar
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Is Academia.edu's "mentions" feature real?

I agree that the "mentions" emails (1) are just trying to convince me to pay to subscribe and (2) are becoming less and less likely to be true mentions of my name. Today's was "A paper published in ...
Jane Doe's user avatar
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Is Academia.edu's "mentions" feature real?

I receive these messages on a weekly basis, with texts like "mentioned in influential papers" or "mentioned in a paper published in The Journal of xxx". I have a unique name, so it ...
Falcon Ener Kise's user avatar
5 votes

Is Academia.edu's "mentions" feature real?

Total scam. Since they have a 30-day-money-back guarantee, I have checked out the mentions to my name they have spammed me for years. There were 10-15 mentions of my name and none of the mentions were ...
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